Irvine has the nation's lowest per capita violent crime rate among cities with at least 100,000 population.
Last year was the 11th year in a row that the rapidly growing city maintained its status as one of the nation's safest, with 49 people per 100,000 residents being a victim of violent crime. By comparison, the county's largest city, Anaheim, recorded 317 violent crimes per 100,000 people last year.
In 2014, Irvine police reported 120 violent crimes, which include homicides, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults. That year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which compiles crime data from agencies in an annual report, estimated the city had 242,971 residents.
Even as Irvine continues to grow in population, its crime rate has remained low.
As a master-planned community, Irvine requires five acres of parkland for every 1,000 residents. Residents and visitors are provided a tremendous number of amenities and conveniences including extensive recreational options like golf courses, and expansive parks with bike paths and running trails.
Master-planned communities eliminate high risk factors and contribute to Irvine being recognized as "America's Safest Big City" by the FBI every year since 2005.