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City of Irvine
—  City  —

Motto: Innovation. Integrity. Professionalism. Flexibility. Responsiveness.
Location of Irvine within Orange County, California.
Coordinates: 33°41′3″N 117°47′33″W / 33.68417°N 117.7925°W / 33.68417; -117.7925Coordinates: 33°41′3″N 117°47′33″W / 33.68417°N 117.7925°W / 33.68417; -117.7925
Country United States United States
State California California
County Orange
 - Type Council-Manager
 - Mayor Sukhee Kang
 - City Council Beth Krom
Larry Agran
Steven Choi
Christina Shea
 - City Manager Sean Joyce
 - Total 180.5 km2 (69.7 sq mi)
 - Land 179.7 km2 (69.4 sq mi)
 - Water 0.8 km2 (0.3 sq mi)
Elevation 17 m (45 ft)
Population (January 1, 2009)
 - Total 212,793
 Density 1,184.2/km2 (3,067.1/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 92602, 92603, 92604, 92606, 92612, 92614, 92616, 92617, 92618, 92619, 92620, 92623, 92697, 92709, 92710
Area code(s) 714/949
FIPS code 06-36770[1]
GNIS feature ID 1660804[2]
Area notes
Sphere of Influence 25.6 miles
Misc. Information
City flower Lily of the Nile
City tree Cinnamomum_camphora
City insect Western Swallowtail Butterfly
City vegetable Asparagus

Irvine (pronounced /ˈɜrvaɪn/) is an incorporated city in Orange County, California, United States. It is a planned city, mainly developed by the Irvine Company since the 1960s. Formally incorporated on December 28, 1971, the 69.7 square mile (180.5 km2)[citation needed] city has a population of about 212,793 (as of January 1, 2009).[3] It has annexed in the past an undeveloped area to the north, and has also annexed the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, most of which is planned to be converted into the Orange County Great Park.

Because of its good schools, jobs and housing, the city was chosen in 2008 by as the fourth best place to live in the United States.[4] In June 2009, the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported that Irvine had the lowest violent crime rate among cities in the United States with populations of more than 100,000,[5] and in August 2008 the Census Bureau ranked Irvine as having the seventh highest median income among cities in the United States with populations of more than 65,000.[6]

Irvine is home to the University of California, Irvine (UCI), Concordia University, the Orange County Center of the University of Southern California (USC), and the satellite campuses of Alliant International University, California State University Fullerton (CSUF), University of La Verne and Pepperdine University. Irvine Valley College, a community college, is also located in the city.

Irvine is home to a number of corporations, particularly in the technology sector.



Irvine was inhabited by the Gabrielino indigenous group about 2,000 years ago. Gaspar de Portolà, a Spanish explorer, came to the area in 1769. This brought on the establishment of forts, missions and herds of cattle. The King of Spain parceled out land for missions and private use.

After Mexico's independence from Spain in 1821, the Mexican government secularized the missions and assumed control of the lands. It began distributing the land to Mexican citizens who applied for grants. Three large Spanish/Mexican grants made up the land that later became the Irvine Ranch: Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana, Rancho San Joaquin and Rancho Lomas de Santiago.

In 1864, Jose Andres Sepulveda, owner of Rancho San Joaquin sold 50,000 acres (200 km2) to Benjamin and Thomas Flint, Llewellyn Bixby and James Irvine for $18,000 to resolve debts due to the Great Drought. In 1866, Irvine, Flint and Bixby acquired 47,000-acre (190 km2) Rancho Lomas de Santiago for $7,000. After the Mexican-American war the land of Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana fell prey to tangled titles. In 1868, the ranch was divided among four claimants as part of a lawsuit: Flint, Bixby and Irvine. The ranches were devoted to sheep grazing. However, in 1870, tenant farming was permitted.

In 1878, James Irvine acquired his partners' interests for $150,000. His 110,000 acres (450 km2) stretched 23 miles (37 km) from the Pacific Ocean to the Santa Ana River. James Irvine died in 1886. The ranch was inherited by his son, James Irvine, Jr. who incorporated it into The Irvine Company. James, Jr. shifted the ranch operations to field crops, olive and citrus crops.

In 1888, the Santa Fe Railroad extended its line to Fallbrook Junction (north of San Diego) and named a station along the way after James Irvine. The town that formed around this station was named Myford, after Irvine's son, because a post office in Calaveras County already bore the family name. The town was renamed Irvine in 1914.[1]

The developing urban core in the City of Irvine.

By 1918, 60,000 acres (240 km2) of lima beans were grown on the Irvine Ranch. Two Marine Corps facilities, MCAS El Toro and MCAS Tustin, were built during World War II on ranch land sold to the government.

James Irvine, Jr. died in 1947 at the age of 80. His son, Myford, assumed the presidency of The Irvine Company. He began opening small sections of the Irvine Ranch to urban development. Myford Irvine died in 1959. The same year, the University of California asked The Irvine Company for 1,000 acres (4 km2) for a new university campus. The Irvine Company sold the requested land for $1 and later the State purchased an additional 500 acres (2 km2).[7]

William Pereira, the University's consulting architect, and The Irvine Company planners drew up master plans for a city of 50,000 people surrounding the new university. The plan called for industrial, residential and recreational areas, commercial centers and greenbelts. The new community was to be named Irvine; the old agricultural town of Irvine, where the railroad station and post office were located, was renamed East Irvine.[2] The villages of Turtle Rock, University Park, Culverdale, the Ranch and Walnut were completed by 1970.

On December 28, 1971, the residents of these communities voted to incorporate a substantially larger city than the one envisioned by the Pereira plan. By January 1999, Irvine had a population of 134,000 and a total area of 43 square miles (111 km2).


Local Government

Irvine is a charter city, operating under a Council/Manager form of government.

According to the city’s most recent Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the city’s various funds had $403.8 million in Revenues, $261.4 million in expenditures, $2,265.1 million in total assets, $101.9 million in total liabilities, and $755.9 million in cash and investments.[8]

The structure of the management and coordination of city services is:[8]

City Department Director
City Manager Sean Joyce
Assistant City Manager Sharon Landers
Assistant City Manager Wally Kreutzen
City Attorney Phil Kohn
City Clerk Sharie Apodaca
Director Administrative Services Rick Paikoff
Director of Community Development Douglas Williford
Director of Community Services Libby Cowan (Interim Director as of 10/16/09)
Director of Public Safety Dave Maggard
Director of Public Works Manuel Gomez
Orange County Great Park CEO Mike Ellzey

City Council

The City Council consists of the Mayor and four City Council members. The Mayor serves a two year term and Council members serve 4 year terms. The city has a two term limit for elected officials. Elections are held every two years, on even-numbered years. During each election, two Council members and the Mayor's seat is up for consideration. The City Council appoints the City Manager, who functions as the chief administrator of the city. The City Council sets the policies for the city, and the City Manager is responsible for implementing the policies.The City Council appoints volunteers that serve on various advisory boards, commissions and committees.

City departments

The City of Irvine is served by eight departments. These departments are responsible for managing and performing all of the business of the City Hall and its services:

  • City Manager
  • City Clerk
  • Administrative Services
  • Community Development
  • Community Services
  • Public Safety
  • Public Works
  • Redevelopment


Irvine has three independent districts: Educational, Police and Utilities. Other government services are:

  • Animal control
  • Building and safety regulation and inspection
  • General administrative services
  • Planning and zoning
  • Public facility/capital improvement construction
  • Recreation and cultural programs
  • Refuse collection and recycling
  • Street lighting
  • Street maintenance
  • Landscape maintenance and transportation management
Emergency services

Irvine contracts with the County of Orange for fire and medical services. Fire protection in Irvine is provided by the Orange County Fire Authority with ambulance service by Doctor's Ambulance. Law enforcement is provided by the Irvine Police Department (IPD). The IPD operates in a suburban city rated as having one of the lowest violent crime rates among cities with over 100,000 inhabitants by the FBI every year since 2005.[9] The University of California Police Department also has jurisdiction – including arrest power – in areas of the city near the UC Irvine campus, while the California State University Police Department has similar jurisdiction in areas of the city near the CSU Fullerton Irvine campus.

State and federal

In the state legislature Irvine is located in the 33rd and 35th Senate Districts, represented by Republicans Mimi Walters and Tom Harman respectively, and in the 70th Assembly District, represented by Republican Chuck DeVore. Federally, Irvine is located in California's 48th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +8[10] and is represented by Republican John Campbell.


The cities bordering Irvine include Tustin on the north, Santa Ana on the northwest, Lake Forest on the east, Laguna Hills on the southeast, Costa Mesa on the west, and Newport Beach on the southwest. San Diego Creek, which flows northeast into Upper Newport Bay, is the primary watercourse draining the city. Its largest tributary is Peters Canyon Wash. Most of Irvine is in a broad, flat valley between Loma Ridge in the north and San Joaquin Hills in the south. In the extreme north and south areas, however, are several hills, plateaus and canyons.


Irvine, like most of coastal Southern California, generally has a Mediterranean climate (Köppen climate classification Csa). Summers are warm to hot, and winters are cool, rarely falling below freezing. Precipitation in Irvine occurs predominantly during the winter months. Although snow is nonexistent, frost occasionally occurs.

Climate data for Irvine
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 68
Average low °F (°C) 41
Precipitation inches (mm) 2.96
Source: Weather Channel [11] 2009-04-14
Lake Irvine near Irvine Park in typical Irvine spring and summer weather.

A planned city

The layout of Irvine was designed by Los Angeles architect William Pereira and Irvine Company employee Raymond Watson, and is nominally divided into townships called villages. The townships are separated by six-lane streets. Each township contains houses of similar design, along with commercial centers, religious institutions and schools. Commercial districts are checker-boarded in a periphery around the central townships.

Pereira originally envisioned a circular plan with numerous man-made lakes and the university in the center. When the Irvine Company refused to relinquish valuable farmland in the flat central region of the ranch for this plan, the University site was moved to the base of the southern coastal hills. The design that ended up being used was based on the shape of a necklace (with the villages strung along two parallel main streets, which terminate at University of California, Irvine (UCI), the "pendant")[citation needed]. Traces of the original circular design are visible in the layout of the UCI campus and the two man-made lakes at the center of Woodbridge, one of the central villages.

All streets have landscaping allowances. Rights-of-way for powerlines also serve as bicycle corridors, parks and greenbelts to tie together ecological preserves. The greenery is irrigated with reclaimed water.

The homeowners' associations which govern some village neighborhoods exercise varying degrees of control on the appearances of homes. In more restrictive areas, houses' roofing, paint colors, and landscaping are regulated. Older parts of the Village of Northwood that were developed beginning in the early 1970s independent of the Irvine Company, have the distinction of being a larger village that is not under the purview of a homeowners' association. As a result, homeowners in the older Northwood areas do not pay a monthly village association fee; and its neighborhoods are generally not as uniform in appearance as those in other villages such as West Park and Woodbridge. However, the more tightly regulated villages generally offer more amenities such as members-only swimming pools, tennis courts, and parks.

In addition to association dues, homeowners in villages developed in the 1980s and later may be levied a Mello-Roos assessment, which came about in the post-Proposition 13 era. For homeowners in these areas, the association dues coupled with the Mello-Roos assessment may add significantly to the cost of living in the city.

The Irvine Ranch played host to the Boy Scouts of America's 1953 National Scout Jamboree. Jamboree Road, a major street which now stretches from Newport Beach to the City of Orange, was named in honor of this event.

The Villages

Each of the villages was initially planned to have a distinct architectural theme.

  • El Camino Glen
  • College Park
  • The Colony
  • Deerfield (mixed styles)
  • East Irvine
  • El Camino Real (Spanish/Neo-Eclectic)
  • Greentree
  • Irvine Groves
  • Irvine Spectrum (Contemporary/Moroccan)
  • Harvard Square
  • Heritage Fields
  • Laguna Crossing (under construction)
  • Northpark (French Country, Formal French, Italian Country, Formal Italian, Monterey and Spanish Colonial)
  • Northpark Square (Spanish Mission)
  • Northwood (Bungalow, Craftsman)
  • Oak Creek (mixed styles)
  • Old Towne Irvine
  • Orangetree
  • Orchard Hills (Rural Craftsman/Spanish/Tuscan)
  • Parkside
  • Portola Springs (Spanish/Tuscan)
Rue Rueda Gigante Square in Irvine Spectrum.
  • Planning Area 40 (Future Village)
  • Quail Hill (Spanish/Tuscan)
  • Racquet Club
  • The Ranch
  • Rancho San Joaquin (Shed style)
  • Rosegate (Spanish/Tuscan)
  • Stonegate (Spanish)
  • Shady Canyon (Tuscan Ranch)
  • Turtle Ridge (Tuscan)
  • Turtle Rock (mixed styles)
  • University Hills [12]
  • University Park (California Modern)
A bridge over the man-made North Lake in Woodbridge, an Atlantic-style neighborhood
  • University Town Center (mixed styles)
  • Walnut (Prairie Style)
  • West Irvine (California Modern)
  • Westpark (Italian Riviera/Mediterranean)
  • The Willows
  • Windwood
  • Woodbridge (Atlantic Coast)
  • Woodbury (Tuscan/Spanish/French)
  • Woodbury East (Spanish)


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1970 10,081
1980 62,127 516.3%
1990 110,330 77.6%
2000 143,072 29.7%
Est. 2009 212,793 48.7%
historical data source:[13]

The census[1] of 2000 found there were 143,072 people, 51,199 households, and 34,354 families in the city. The population density is 1,196.2/km2 (3,098.0/mi2), as of the census. There are 53,711 housing units at an average density of 449.1/km2 (1,163.0/mi2). The racial makeup of the city is 61.06% White, 1.45% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 29.83% Asian American, 1.14% Pacific Islander, 2.54% from other races, and 4.82% from two or more races. 7.37% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 51,199 households out of which 36.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% are married couples living together, 9.8% have a female householder with no husband present, and 32.9% are non-families. 22.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 5.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.70 persons and the average family size is 3.17.

In the city the population is spread out with 23.5% under the age of 18, 14.4% from 18 to 24, 32.3% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 7.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 33 years. For every 100 females there are 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 90.0 males.

According to 2007 Census Bureau estimates, the median income for a household in the city is $98,923, and the median income for a family is $111,455; these numbers make Irvine the seventh richest city in the USA, among cities with population 65,000 or higher.[6] 9.1% of the population and 5.0% of families are below the poverty line. Of the total population, 6.1% of those under the age of 18 and 5.6% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

In 2006, the median gross rent paid for housing was $1,660 a month. This was the highest of any place in the United States of more than 100,000 people.[14] The skyrocketing high cost of housing is a major issue in Irvine and Orange County, as the city council faces pressure to approve future income-subsidized housing projects to meet the demands of working-class citizens.

Like much of Orange County, more resident voters are registered in the Republican Party than the Democratic Party [15]. However, the Democratic Party has recently made inroads in Irvine. In 2008 Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama received more votes in Irvine than his Republican challenger John McCain, receiving more than 57% of the vote.[16]


Most of Irvine is located in the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD). The four high schools in IUSD are University High School, Irvine High School, Northwood High School and Woodbridge High School. Each earned a six-year accreditation in 2006. Arnold O. Beckman High School is located in Irvine but is administered by Tustin Unified School District.

The four high schools in IUSD have consistently made Newsweek's list of Top 1,300 U.S. Public High Schools. In 2003, University High School ranked 58th[3]out of the top 804 high schools in the nation while Northwood High School ranked 404th[4], Irvine High School ranked 505th[5], and Woodbridge High School ranked 803rd[6]. In 2005, University High School ranked 117th[7] out of the top 1000 high schools with Northwood High School ranking 389th[8], Irvine High School ranking 816th[9], and Woodbridge High School ranking 1040th[10]. In 2006, University High School ranks at 156th[11] out of 1,200 top high schools while Northwood High School ranks at 296th[12], Irvine High School ranks at 1044th[13], and Woodbridge High School rank at 1156th[14]. And in 2007, University High School ranked 76th among the top 100 high schools in the nation as listed by US News & World Report.[17] All of these schools on the Newsweek list were in the top 4 percent in the nation.

Irvine is also home to elementary and middle schools, including two alternative, year round, open enrollment K-8 schools (Plaza Vista and Vista Verde). [15][16] The district recently constructed a new larger high tech campus for Vista Verde School in the village of Turtle Ridge. The district also has a music program starting in the 4th grade.[18] Parts of the north and west of the city are within the Tustin Unified School District.

Colleges and universities

One of many buildings at the University of California, Irvine.

Irvine is home to University of California, Irvine, which is the second-newest campus (established 1965) in the UC system after University of California, Merced. Other higher education institutions in Irvine include Concordia University, Irvine Valley College, and a satellite campus of California State University, Fullerton. Chapman University and Soka University of America are in adjacent cities.

According to the 2000 United States Census Irvine is ranked 7th nationwide, among cities with populations of at least 100,000, for having the highest percentage of people who are at least 25 years old with doctoral degrees, with 3,589 residents reporting such educational attainment.[19]


Irvine has three public libraries: Heritage Park Regional Library, University Park Library, and Katie Wheeler Library. The Heritage Library serves as the regional reference library for Central Orange County and has a strong business focus while the University Park Library has 95,745 books including a substantial Chinese collection.[20] Katie Wheeler was the granddaughter of James Irvine, and the library is a replica of the house owned by Irvine in which she grew up.[21] Additionally, most UCI Libraries are open to the public.[22]


Fountain at Irvine Spectrum Center. The center is a big part of Irvine's economy.

The majority of the Irvine's economic development is coordinated through the Destination Irvine program run by the Chamber of Commerce. The program provides information and assistance on business-related incentives, demographics, development standards, various services such as affordable housing and childcare, and schools. Irvine has been rated one of the top cities for start-up businesses and its strong, fast growing economy helped place Orange County as one of the top ten fastest growing job markets.[23]

Irvine is also used as a location for film projects. The city government grants free or low-cost filming permits and offers location information to prospective productions.


Taco Bell headquarters in Irvine Towers District.
Broadcom headquarters in Irvine Technology District.
Blizzard Entertainment headquarters is located in Irvine.

The following companies are headquartered in Irvine:

The following international companies have their North American headquarters in Irvine:

At one point Fluor Corporation had its head office in Irvine.[26] In 2006 Fluor began moving its headquarters to Irving, Texas.[27]

Top employers

According to the City's 2008 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[8] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees Sector
1 University of California, Irvine 16,000 Education
2 Irvine Unified School District 2,473 Education
3 Cellco Partnership 2,108
4 Broadcom 2,000 Semiconductor
5 St John Knits 1,972 Clothing
6 Allergan 1,922 Pharmaceutical
7 Edwards Lifesciences 1,779 Healthcare
8 Parker Hannifin 1,650 Aircraft
9 Capital Group Companies 1,506
10 B Braun Medical 1,500

Other material employers are:

Name Sector Employed
Irvine Company Real Estate 2600
Verizon Wireless Communications 2100
Freedom Communications Media 1875
Parker Aerospace Aerospace & Defense 1825
Option One Mortgage Mortgage & Finance 1801
JPMorgan Chase Financial 1700
Albertsons - Sav-On Grocery & Pharmacy Retailer 1508
Claim Jumper Restaurant 1400
Western National Group Apartments 1100
In-N-Out Burger Restaurant 1041
General Electric Consumer Finance, Infrastructure 900


Arts and culture

The Irvine Global Village Festival

Every October, Irvine hosts the Irvine Global Village Festival to celebrate the diversity among the citizens of Irvine and Orange County. The festival consists of exhibits from local merchants, entertainment from diverse cultures, and sampling of foods from various regions of the world.[29]

Irvine Community Television

The Irvine Community Television (ICTV) produces and broadcasts television programs on news, sports, arts, culture, safety for the Irvine community. The motto of ICTV is "For You, About You". ICTV can be viewed within the city of Irvine on Cox Communications channel # 30. ICTV is also available to view online at ICTV Live Streaming.[30]

Parks and recreation

Irvine has Community Parks and Neighborhood Parks. The Community Parks have public facilities located on each site. Neighborhood Parks provide open space and some recreational amenities within the various villages of Irvine.

Community Parks

  • Alton Athletic Park
  • Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park
  • Deerfield Community Park
  • Harvard Athletic Park
  • Harvard Skatepark
  • Heritage Park
  • Hicks Canyon Park
  • Lakeview Senior Center
  • Las Lomas Community Park
  • Lower Peters Canyon Community Park
  • Northwood Community Park
  • Oak Creek Community Park
  • Portola Springs Community Park
  • Quail Hill Community Park
  • Rancho Senior Center
  • Turtle Rock Community Park
  • University Community Park
  • Windrow Community Park
  • Woodbridge Community Park
  • Woodbury Community Park

Neighborhood Parks

  • Alderwood Park
  • Blue Gum Park
  • Brywood Park
  • Canyon Park
  • Carrotwood Park
  • Chaparral Park
  • Citrusglen Park
  • College Park
  • Comstock Park
  • Coralwood Park
  • Creekview Park
  • Dovecreek Park
  • Flagstone Park
  • Hoeptner Park
  • Homestead Park
  • Knollcrest Park
  • Meadowood Park
  • Orchard Park
  • Pepperwood Park
  • Pinewood Park
  • Plaza Park
  • Presley Park
  • Racquet Club Park
  • Ranch Park
  • San Carlo Park
  • San Leandro Park
  • San Marco Park
  • Settler's Park
  • Silkwood Park
  • Sweet Shade Park
  • Sycamore Park
  • Trailwood Park
  • Valencia Park
  • Valley Oak Park
  • Willows Park
  • Woodside



The Irvine Spectrum Center with the El Toro Y in the background, one of the busiest freeway junctions in the world

Streets and intersections owned by the city have trademark mahogany signage and are fiber optically linked to the city's Irvine Traffic Research and Control Center (ITRAC).[31] Traffic cameras and ground sensors monitor the flow of traffic throughout the city and automatically adjust signal timing to line up traffic, allowing more vehicles to pass through fewer red lights.[32] Several major highways pass through Irvine (Interstate 5, and Interstate 405 (California), California State Route 73, California State Route 133, California State Route 241, and California State Route 261). Major arteries through Irvine are built out widely and will run in a northeasterly direction with speed limits higher than 50 mph (80 km/h). As a result of the signal timing, wide streets, and road layout, Irvine's side streets are capable of handling a higher volume of traffic than other cities in Orange County.[citation needed]

Transit services

Local bus routes are operated by the Orange County Transportation Authority. Additionally, Irvine is served by commuter rail at both the Irvine and Tustin stations of the Metrolink Orange County Line and the IEOC Line. OCTA is currently implementing a major service increase on the Orange County line, with trains running every 30 minutes. A four-story parking structure was recently completed at the Irvine station to coincide with the service increase.

At one time Irvine intended to build a tram / guideway, in February 2009 the city of Irvine canceled the project.[17] Initially plans were underway to connect the Orange County Great Park to the Irvine Spectrum Center and surrounding businesses with a fixed-route transit system, also stopping at the Irvine Transportation Center. In 2008, two possible routes were selected, but neither will be developed now. All of the 128,000,000 dollars in funding will be returned to the Measure M fund, and be available for other cities in Orange County.

The city of Irvine has recently begun operating its own mass-transit bus service called the iShuttle [33]. This new bus service, which debuted on March 2008, consists of three routes linking the Tustin Metrolink station to the Irvine Business Complex area and John Wayne Airport.[33] The service will be free to all passengers until January 1, 2009.

Freight Rail

A major contributing factor to the growth of Irvine was by freight rail provided by ATSF (Now BNSF) Transportation. The Venta Spur was Irvine's first spur. Built in the 1920s, It moved citrus from three processing plants in what is now Northwood to the rest of the country. The processing plants were essentially Irvine's first and biggest employers of the time. The plants started to go out of business in the 1970s and the spur went abandoned in 1985 and was turned into the Venta Spur bike trail in 1999 after being donated to the city of Irvine. The Irvine Industrial Spur is the second railroad spur in Irvine. It serves various industries in Irvine's Business Complex. It currently sees little to no movements and is being considered by the Irvine planning department to be turned into a bike path.


Irvine offers a system of bicycle lanes and trails to encourage the use of bikes as a means of transportation. There are 44.5 miles (71.6 km) of off-road bicycle trails and 282 miles (454 km) of on-road bicycle lanes in Irvine.[34]

Notable natives and residents

See also List of University of California, Irvine people.

Points of interest

Orange County Great Park air balloon ride

Twinning or sister cities

Irvine is twinned with:

Filming location

According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB), the following productions have either been partially or entirely filmed in Irvine:[93][94]

  • 11th Annual Young Comedians, The (1987) (TV)
  • A Scanner Darkly (2006)
  • All That I Need (2005)
  • Anokha (2004)
  • Beneath the Surface (2007)
  • Bill Fillmaff's Secret System (2006)
  • Care of the State (2005)
  • Changing the Taste of Mud (2005)
  • Chase, The (1994)
  • Confessions of a Peep Show Junkie (2006)
  • Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
  • Corey Holcomb: The Problem Is You (2004)
  • Creator (1985)
  • Deconstructing the Family (2007)
  • Defending Your Life (1991)
  • Demolition Man (1993)
  • Depth Solitude (1997)
  • Devo: Live (2004)
  • Dino Adino (2004)
  • Entering the Student Body (2005)
  • Fuckin' with Dave Pounder (2003)
  • Girl with an Accent (2005)
  • Gleaming the Cube (1989)
  • Gohar-e shab cheragh (1998)
  • Golden Arrow, The (2003)
  • Harmony Heights (2006)
  • Heart Like a Wheel (1983)
  • How 87 Learned to Smile (2005)
  • Imaginary Girls (2004)
  • Invisible Light (2003)
  • Iron Man (2008)
  • Jihad: Searching for Answers (2007)
  • Kiss the Girls (1997)
  • L.A. Proper (2008)
  • My RV Life (2006) (TV)
  • Ocean's Eleven (2001)
  • Pablo Francisco: Bits and Pieces - Live from Orange County (2004)
  • Planet Earth (1974)
  • Planet of the Apes (1968)
  • Poltergeist (1982)
  • Promise, A (2005)
  • Rage Against the Machine (1997)
  • Raspberry & Lavender (2004)
  • Reign Over Me (2007)
  • Rhapsody (2006)
  • "SexTV" (1998): In the Company of Men: Gender in the Face of War/Sex and Psyops TV Episode
  • Shadow Man, The (2006)
  • Silent Movie (1976)
  • Sublime: Stories, Tales, Lies & Exaggerations (1998)
  • Things You Don't Tell... (2006)
  • Tiger (1997)
  • View from the Top (2003)
  • Waiting for Isaac (2006)
  • You, Me and Dupree (2006)


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Irvine is a city in Orange County, California.


Formally incorporated on December 28, 1971, Irvine is one of the newest and largest cities in Orange County, and it is still growing. Irvine is spearheading the growth in Orange County where almost everything is either new or refurbished. Most of the growth in Irvine was sparked by the donation of a large parcel of land to the University of California system in order to establish the 4th largest UC Campus (in terms of attendance) - UC Irvine.

The city is becoming the de facto business center of Orange County with many national and international companies having a presence in Irvine. Most of Irvine bordering Newport Beach (and the airport) and the areas surrounding any freeways are commercial areas where most of the larger companies have their offices.

The city is best characterized as a perfectly planned suburbia, which it is. The arterial streets are very wide and have very generous speed limits. Most residential areas are off the arterial streets on smaller two lane residential streets that lead to housing communities.

  • Fly via John Wayne/Orange County Airport (SNA) and Irvine is across the street. Alternatively, Los Angeles International (LAX) is about an hour's drive away without traffic, or Long Beach Airport.
  • Amtrak provides rail service via Metrolink and the Pacific Surfliner with a stop right in Irvine. [1]

By car

Irvine is at the intersection of the 5 and 405 freeways. One does have to consider, though, that these freeways have a significant amount of traffic and may be slow during rush hour. If traveling from San Diego and you wish to avoid some traffic, you may consider using the 73, which splits off from the 5 in Laguna Nigel. Be aware that this is a toll road, however.

The 55 state freeway may be used to get to destinations in the northwest of Irvine; north of the 55 is Santa Ana.

  • Greyhound [2] +1-714-542-2215 has a station in Santa Ana, a neighboring city.
  • As in all suburbs, it is extremely difficult to get around without a car. Rental cars are available near John Wayne Airport.
  • Irvine is known for its winding streets that do not follow the traditional grid pattern most urban drivers are used to. It is extremely easy to become disoriented and lost if you are unfamiliar with the area. Bring a GPS or a map if you are new to the area. In the various housing tracts, if you follow the double yellow lines it will always lead you to an exit or through fare to a major street.
  • Since Irvine is bounded on all sides by freeways, most of the arterial streets (which tend to be 4+ lanes in either direction) will eventually lead to a freeway, but it may be many miles before this happens.
  • Gas stations are unusually rare for a city this large and are not usually visible from the street. If you are in need of gas in Irvine, your best chances are to look in large shopping plazas where a gas station is usually hidden. Hiding the gas stations are a 'sign of upscale gentrification' in this city where household incomes rank as one of the highest in the nation.
  • Most of the major roads in Irvine have a bike path near the shoulder. Watch out for cyclists using the bike paths.
  • The Orange County Transit Authority (OCTA) provides bus transport. [3]

By bike

Irvine is a large city, covering 74 square miles, but is very friendly to bicyclists. There are over 45 miles of off-road bicycle trails and 282 miles of on-road bicycle lanes provided in Irvine. It is possible to transit from north to south in Irvine via tree shaded greenbelt bike trails with only two grade level crossings of highways. Other trails lead into the nearby hills for road touring or mountain biking experiences. Some paths parallel wildlife corridors and riders can often get glimpses of some of the wildlife native to the area - ranging from birds (sparrows to hawks), to oppossums and skunks, and coyotes to mountain lions. City of Irvine Bikeways

There are numerous bicyclist clubs in Irvine and weekend mornings are a favorite time for street touring by groups sometimes numbering in the dozens. Buses and trains carry bicycles when riders are traveling longer distances.

  • University of California, Irvine (UCI) The largest (1500 acres) and highest ranked university in Orange County.
  • Irvine Museum, 18881 Von Karman Avenue Ste. 100, Irvine, California 92612, (949) 476-2565, [4]. Displays California art of the Impressionist Period (1890-1930). Free.  edit
  • Irvine Historical Museum, 5 San Joaquin, Irvine, CA 92612, (949) 786-4112, [5]. Small, house-sized museum that displays ranch artifacts and other items related to the history of Irvine. $1 (suggested donation).  edit
  • William R. Mason Regional Park, 18712 University Drive, Irvine, CA 92612-2601, (949) 923-2220, [6]. Expansive 345 acre park with open grassy areas, trees, and lakes. Also features playgrounds.  edit
  • Woodbridge Community Park, 20 Lake Rd., Irvine, CA 92604, [7]. A 22 acre community park with basketball courts, volleyball courts, and picnic areas.  edit
  • Visiting Irvine [8] city portal information on city and events.
  • Bren Events Center [9] offers concerts for many independent and lesser known groups. Along with various dance groups and shows, they feature UC Irvine's Anteater Athletics events, most notably their well regarded basketball games, in which the men's team has had two NCAA Division II tournament bids, four NIT bids, and has been the champions of the Big West two times.
  • Irvine Barclay Theatre [10] features concerts, plays, and performances that range from student groups to world-renowned international artists.
  • Musical Theatre Village, 36-C Mauchly, Irvine, CA 92618, 1-949-753-1996, [11]. A non-profit, community-based theatre.  edit
  • Verizon Wireless Irvine Amphitheater [12] hosts various concerts ranging from rock to classical. Concerts generally held from May through December.
  • Irvine Global Village Festival, [13]. This annual event is Orange County's largest multicultural festival. Occurs in Fall. Free.  edit
  • ReggaeFest, [14]. ReggaeFest is an annual event in Aldrich Park on the UC Irvine Campus. Occurs in Spring. Free.  edit
  • UCI Free Film Series, [15]. UCI screen movies each Thursday during Summer. Free admission and free snacks.  edit
  • Wayzgoose, [16]. Occurs in Spring. Free.  edit
  • Oak Creek Golf Course, One Golf Club Dr, Irvine, CA 92618, 1-949-653-5300, [17].  edit
  • Ranch San Joaquin Golf Course, One Ethel Coplen Way, Irvine, CA 92612, 1-949-786-5522.  edit
  • Strawberry Farms Golf Course, 11 Strawberry Farms Road, Irvine, CA 92612, 1-949-551-1811, [18].  edit
  • Woodbridge Movies 5, 4626 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, CA 92604, 949-733-3795, [19]. An inexpensive cinema, known informally as "The Dollar Theater," that screens movies a couple months after they have left other theaters. Highest movie ticket price is $2.  edit
  • Film and Video Center, Humanities Instructional Building, Irvine, CA 92697-3535, (949) 824-7418, [20]. FVC screens classic movies, international films, art house cinema and more. Located on the UC Irvine Campus. Screenings typically occur at least once a week during the academic quarter. $5.  edit
  • Edwards University Town Center 6, 4245 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA 92612, (949) 854-8818, [21]. Shows independent, art house, and foreign films.  edit
  • Boomers!, [22]. A family amusement park near the intersection of Michelson and Harvard which features indoor/outdoor activities such as miniature-golf, batting cage, laser-tag, Go Karts, and arcade games  edit
  • Wild Rivers Waterpark, [23]. Located next to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Open from mid-May until the end of September. There are lots of awesome rides including a wave pool and a lazy river.  edit
  • The Great Park, 1-949-724-6247. Much of the park is still under development, but the Great Park Balloon ride is open to the public.  edit
  • K1 Speed, 17221 Von Karman Ave, Irvine, CA 92614, 1-949-250-0242, [24]. K1 Speed is an indoor go-carting venue.  edit
  • Irvine Spectrum. Features an IMAX theater, Edwards 21 Theater, Dave and Busters
  • Park Place. A Regal Cinema movie theater (closed down 2006), Fat Burgers, California Pizza Kitchen, Houston's, Ruth's Chris steakhouse, and Wahoo's Fish Taco. Located on Jamboree and Michelson.
  • Acrobatics Everyday, [25]. Brings bands and artists to Orange County.  edit
  • Atomic Ballroom, (949) 250-3332, [26]. Hosts evening dances (Mon-Sat). Styles include: ballroom, swing, and salsa. Charming venue that attracts people of all ages.  edit
  • Gourmet Detective, 105 Main St., Newport Beach, CA 92661, [27]. Murder mystery dinner show. Shows every Friday and Saturday night.  edit
  • Irvine Improv Comedy Club, 71 Fortune Drive # 841, Irvine, CA 92618, (949) 854-5455, [28]. Comedy club and dinner theatre, featuring local and nationally recognized comedians. Located at Irvine Spectrum.  edit
  • Irvine Lanes, 3415 Michelson Dr., Irvine, CA 92612, (949) 786-9625, [29]. A 40 lane bowling alley.  edit
  • Zot Zone Games Room, (949) 824-4636. Offer pool games and video games. Located on the UC Irvine campus.  edit
  • University of California, Irvine - The fourth largest campus of the University of California, UC Irvine (24,000 students), is located in the city's southern suburbs. [30]
  • Concordia University - A Christian university of roughly 1800 undergraduates. [31]
  • Irvine Valley College - Part of the California Community College system enrolling about 16,000 students. Popularly referred to as "IVC". [32]
  • Marketplace, Irvine, CA. Corner of Bryan/Jamboree. Hosts Circuit City, Lowes, Ross, Barnes & Nobles, Babies R Us, Toys R Us, Home Depot, Bed Bath and Beyond to name a few. Several popular restaurants include California Pizza Kitchen, BJ's Restaurant and Brewery, Bucca di Beppo, Cafe Chin Chin, Corner Bakery, French 75 Brasserie, Macaroni Grill, On the Border,  edit
  • The Irvine Spectrum has shops, boutiques, department stores, and plenty of merchant carts. . The Spectrum is also considered by natives in Irvine as one of the better places to spend time. The spectrum is a common place of diversion by most people living in southcentral and southern Orange county.
  • Culver Plaza. One of the two shopping plaza featuring a multitude of Asian stores and restaurants, including 99 Ranch, Sam Woo's, JJ Bakery, Morning Glory, etc. Located at the intersection of Culver and Irvine Center drive.
  • Walnut Plaza. The other Asian shopping plaza located at the intersection of Walnut and Jeffrey, also built around a 99 Ranch, along with Pho 99, House of Shabu Shabu, Taiko Restaurant, Lollicup, A&J's Restaurant, etc.
  • The Market Place. A two sided large shopping center divided by Jamboree the side opposing the Irvine side is theTustin Market Place. It features a lot of restaurants. Located on the border of Irvine and Tustin, on Jamboree. [33]
  • Irvine Spectrum. The Irvine Spectrum [34] has several restaurants in additon to its food court which includes: The Cheesecake Factory, Johnny Rocket's, PF Chang and Wolfgang Puck.
  • Heritage Square. Shopping plaza located at the intersection of Culver and Walnut. Features several Asian and Middle Eastern restaurants, including, Caspian Restaurant, Denny's, Elephant Bar Restaurant, India Cook House, Kaya Restaurant, Korean Dae Myoung OK Restaurant, Sumo Sushi & Seafood Restaurant, Super Mex, Wheel of Life. Bakeries include Diho Bakery and Assal Pastry.

Individual Restaurants

  • Chakra Creative Indian Cuisine. University Plaza, 4143 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA 92612, 949-854-0009.
  • Gina's Pizza, 4533 Campus Dr., (949) 725-1144, [35]. Delicious, handmade pizza, pasta, and salad. Very popular with local UCI and UHS students. price: moderate.  edit
  • Le Diplomat Cafe, 4237 Campus Dr Ste B161, (949) 854-5161. Tasty sandwiches. Chicken Broccoli Mushroom is one of their most popular sandwiches.  edit
  • Wholesome Choice, 18040 Culver Drive, (949) 551-4111, [36]. The food court inside of the grocery store offers a variety of food options: pizza, Chinese, Indian, Thai, Persian, American, Mexican, and Italian.  edit
  • The Korean Restaurant (Dae Myoung Ok), 14250 Culver Dr Ste B, (949) 651-1177. Good tofu pot.  edit
  • Anthill Pub & Grille, 4200 Campus Dr, Irvine, CA 92614, (949) 824-3050, [37]. Pub features Monday night comedy and other events. Located on the UC Irvine Campus.  edit
  • Dave & Busters, 71 Fortune Drive Suite 960 Irvine , CA 92618, (949) 727-0555, [38]. Known for its food, bar, and arcade. During the school year, D&B is popular among UC Irvine students, especially on Thursdays. Located at Irvine Spectrum.  edit

There are several areas of the city where bars are clustered. Please be aware that the Irvine Police Department knows where they are, too. The IPD is very concerned about keeping drunk drivers off the city's streets, so if you have been drinking to the point of intoxication don't be surprised to see flashing lights in your rear view mirror. The IPD stakes out these areas at closing time and actively pulls over anyone showing signs of DUI.

  • A Comfort Inn Irvine Spectrum, 23061 Ave de la Carlota, (949) 581-5135, Near Irvine Spectrum Entertainment Center[39].
  • Candlewood Suites, 16150 Sand Canyon Avenue, (949) 788-0500, [40].
  • Courtyard Irvine John Wayne Airport/Orange County, 2701 Main Street, (949) 757-1200, Fax: (949) 757-1596, [41].
  • Crowne Plaza Irvine Hotel, 17941 Von Karman Ave., (949) 863-1999, [42]. Close to Orange County Airport (SNA).
  • Doubletree Hotel at Irvine Spectrum. Barranca Road.
  • Embassy Suites Irvine - Orange County Airport, 2120 Main Street, (949) 553-8332, Fax (949) 261-5301. $6M Renovation completed April 2008. [43].
  • Hyatt Hotel, Jamboree Road at Interstate 405.
  • Irvine Marriott, 18000 Von Karman Avenue, (949) 553-0100, Fax: (949) 261-7059, [44].
  • Residence Inn Irvine John Wayne Airport/Orange County, 2855 Main Street, (949) 261-2020, Fax: (949) 261-2011, [45].
  • Residence Inn Irvine Spectrum, 10 Morgan Street, (949) 380-3000, Fax: (949) 588-7743, [46].

Stay Safe

Irvine is considered America's safest city by FBI studies. Feel free to walk around alone at 3:00 AM if you are over 18. The Irvine curfew is 11:00 PM for minors unless accompanied by guardian; just don't jaywalk or you may find yourself run over on Irvine's fast moving streets.

  • UC Irvine Libraries[47] Both campus libraries, Langson Library and the Science Library, offer free internet access to the public.
  • Fedex Kinkos [48] There are four Kinkos locations in Irvine. They offer internet access for a fee.
  • University, 4255 Campus Dr Ste A100, Irvine, CA 92616-9001, 1-949-474-0292, [49].  edit
  • Harvest Station, 17192 Murphy Ave, Irvine, CA 92623-9998, 1-949-474-1429, [50].  edit
  • 949 is the local area code.
  • KUCI 88.9 FM Irvine, [51]. Located on the UC Irvine campus, KUCI is run by both UC Irvine students and community members. It is a free form radio station--DJs have complete control over their shows. Features a variety of music and talk show programming.  edit
  • OC Register, [52]. Local newspaper.  edit
  • New University, [53]. Weekly UC Irvine student newspaper. You can pick up a free copy of the paper from various locations on campus as well as inside several stores near campus.  edit
  • Crystal Cove State Beach. Generally considered the nicest beach in Orange County. Follow the Pacific Coast Highway south from Newport Beach.
  • Corona del Mar. Nice small beach with tidepools and natural reserve on one side, and firepits on the other. Free parking on the side of the road, or $6 parking at lot on the beach. Southern end of Irvine. Keep going south on Jamboree until you hit the Pacific Coast highway.
  • Fashion Island. Another shopping mall similar to South Coast Plaza. Based in Newport Beach. Take Jamboree south.
  • Laguna Beach. One of the nicer beaches around here with plenty of restaurants and shops. Take the 405 or 5 south until they merge, then take the 133 south all the way until you hit the Pacific Coast Highway.
  • South Coast Plaza. The largest shopping mall around here in Costa Mesa. Just as luxurious as Fashion Island, but much larger.
  • Newport Beach and Balboa. these two semi-connected beaches are closest to irvine. Take the 5 North to the 55 South which ends in the center of Newports shopping district.
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City of Irvine
—  City  —
Motto: Innovation. Integrity. Professionalism. Flexibility. Responsiveness.
Coordinates: 33°41′3″N 117°47′33″W / 33.68417°N 117.7925°W / 33.68417; -117.7925Coordinates: 33°41′3″N 117°47′33″W / 33.68417°N 117.7925°W / 33.68417; -117.7925
Country United States
State California
County Orange
 - Type Council-Manager
 - Mayor Sukhee Kang
 - City Council Beth Krom
Larry Agran
Steven Choi
Christina Shea
 - City Manager Sean Joyce
 - Total 69.7 sq mi (180.5 km2)
 - Land 69.4 sq mi (179.7 km2)
 - Water 0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)
Elevation 45 ft (17 m)
Population (January 1, 2009)
 - Total 212,793
 Density 3,067.1/sq mi (1,184.2/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 92602, 92603, 92604, 92606, 92612, 92614, 92616, 92617, 92618, 92619, 92620, 92623, 92697, 92709, 92710
Area code(s) 714/949
FIPS code 06-36770[1]
GNIS feature ID 1660804[2]
Area notes
Sphere of Influence25.6 miles
Misc. Information
City flowerLily of the Nile
City treeCinnamomum_camphora
City insectWestern Swallowtail Butterfly
City vegetableAsparagus

Irvine (pronounced /ˈɜrvaɪn/) is an city in Orange County, California, United States. It is a planned city, mostly made by the Irvine Company since the 1960s. Formally incorporated on December 28, 1971. The 69.7 square mile (180.5 km2)[needs proof] city has a population of about 212,793 (as of January 1, 2009).[3] It has united in the past an undeveloped area to the north, and has also united the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, most of which is planned to be converted into the Orange County Great Park.


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