Irvine has been named one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live by Livability.com, a national website that ranks quality of life amenities of America's small and mid-sized cities.
To produce its inaugural list of Top 100 Best Places to Live, Livability.com partnered with Richard Florida's Martin Prosperity Institute, the world's leading think tank on the role of location, place, and city-regions in global economic prosperity. Together we conducted a months-long study of more than 1,700 U.S. cities and the factors that make them the best places to live, work and play.
The data collected for the ranking were weighted based on an exclusive survey conducted for Livability by Ipsos Public Affairs, a leading global market research firm. Respondents were asked about factors that make their communities better places to live, as well as the factors they would consider in selecting another city. Those factors were narrowed down to eight categories - economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and healthcare - that were used to determine each city's LivScore.
Irvine ranked high for education and amenities.