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Irvine, CA, City and Higher Education Info

Irvine, California, is a planned suburb in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Designed around the University of California at Irvine campus, the city is a haven for well-educated professionals and an important center for the Asian-American population in California. Read about it here.

Information about Irvine

Located in Orange County, California, Irvine is convenient for a day trip to Los Angeles, which is located less than 50 miles away. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population of Irvine at 248,531 in 2014. It was reported in the 2010 census that about 39% of residents were Asian. Irvine's median household income for 2010-2014 was $91,999, per the U.S. Census Bureau, compared to a U.S. median of $53,482.

Irvine has a number of community and neighborhood parks, many of which feature public facilities for exercise and organized sports. Additionally, Irvine hosts an annual festival celebrating its diverse cultures, called the Irvine Global Village Festival.

Higher Education

The University of California at Irvine consistently is ranked as one of the nation's 50 best universities by U.S. News & World Report. The city also is home to Brandman University, Irvine Valley College, Concordia University and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Students seeking an associate's degree can opt to enroll at Irvine Valley College, a 2-year school that enrolls more than 13,000 students.

Economy and Employment

Irvine is a well-educated, mostly white-collar city with an economy heavily dependent on technology, finance, education and similar sectors. Irvine also benefits from its proximity to the greater Los Angeles area, one of the world's most economically dynamic metropolises. Per data on the region of Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of March 2016, professional and business services employed roughly 292,000 people. Trade, transportation, and utilities employed about 260,000 people, while leisure and hospitality employed about 207,000 people.

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