Irvine is a planned city, mainly developed by the Irvine Company since the ‘60s and has a population of 219,156. 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 will be converted into the Orange County Great Park.
Because of good schools, jobs, and housing, it was chosen in ‘08 by CNNMoney.com as the 4th best place to live in the US; in Sept ‘11, Businessweek listed Irvine as the 5th best city in the US. In June ‘10, the FBI reported that Irvine had the lowest violent crime rate among cities in the US with populations of more than 100,000, and in August 2008 the Census Bureau ranked Irvine as having the 7th highest median income among with populations of more than 65,000.
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