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IRVINE NAMED ONE OF THE TOP 100 BEST PLACES TO LIVE BY LIVABILITY.COM
Irvine Ranked High for Education and Amenities
Irvine, Calif. October 16, 2013 - 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.
Livability.com partnered with the Martin Prosperity Institute, the world's leading think tank on the role of location, place, and city regions in global economic prosperity, to produce their inaugural Top 100 Most Livable Cities list. The list is the result of a months long study of 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 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 health care - that were used to score and rank cities. Researchers narrowed their field to small to midsized cities with populations between 20,000 and 350,000 before collecting data for each city from a wide range of sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau, Walkscore and GreatSchools.com.
"Great cities are more than just a checklist of bars, coffee shops and museums. Our goal was to collect the best data available, from the best sources and the best partners to gauge the true measures of livability. Access was important, but so were utilization and affordability," said Livability.com editor Matt Carmichael. "By using data from the public sector, the private sector and nonprofits focused on these issues, we have compiled an Index that celebrates America's great cities and towns."
The top 100 cities are featured on Livability.com, along with their LivScores and information about the amenities that helped them make the list. Irvine ranked high for education and amenities and 36th overall.
Located in the center of Orange County, Irvine is conveniently accessible via John Wayne/Orange County Airport, train and car. The destination offers visitors shopping, golf, diverse dining, outdoor recreation, arts and culture, along with accommodations for every budget. Irvine's close proximity to the area's beaches and attractions makes it an ideal location for a true Southern California experience.
Livability.com explores what makes small to mid-sized cities great places to live, work and visit.
We examine issues related to livability such as walkability, cultural amenities, transportation, urban planning and sustainability through exclusive research and discussions on our blog. We celebrate the accomplishments of these cities through our monthly top 10 lists, our annual ranking of Livable Cities, our rich photography and our conversations with readers in social media. Livability.com is a division of Journal Communications, Inc.