Irvine Fact Sheet

Population and Size

Irvine has a population of 266,122 and covers an area of nearly 66 square miles. It's the 85th largest city in the United States.


•  Niche ranked Irvine the #10 "Best City to Live in America." (2017) 

•  WalletHub ranked Irvine #3 among the "10 Happiest Cities in the United States." (2017)

• Money Magazine named Irvine #20 of 50 "America's Best Small Cities" to live. (2016)

• named Irvine a 10 Best College Town, 2016

• Top 10 Green Towns to Visit! FlipKey by TripAdvisor

• The 10 Best Cities for an Active Retirement by EVELO (2016) (Irvine ranked #1)

• Top 100 Best Places to Live 2016 by

• Irvine has been rated "America's Safest Big City" by the FBI crime ranking of cities over 100,000 in population every year since 2005

• 2015 "City Livability Award" by The United States Conference of Mayors.

• 2014's Best & Worst Cities for Families by WalletHub (Irvine ranked #5)

• Named one of "The 10 Best Cities to Raise Children," by MyLife (2014)

• Named one of the "10 Best Places to Live in California," by Movoto Real Estate (2014) 

• Irvine ranked best-run city by 24/7 Wall St. (2014)

• Irvine named one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live by (2013)

• Best Cities for Recreational Activities by 2013 (Irvine ranked #9)

• Recognized as one of "America's Thriving Cities, From Seattle to Boston" by The Daily Beast (2013)

• 2012 list of MONEY's 100 Best Places to Live in America 

• "Best City to Live In" The Best of Orange County 19th Annual People's Choice (2012)

• Ranked 6th on Forbes list of top 10 cities with the happiest young professionals (2012)

Cultural Diversity

The 2010 U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey revealed 46% Caucasian, 38% Asian, 10% Hispanic, 2% African American and 5% other.


Located in the center of Orange County, Calif., Irvine is just 45 miles south of Los Angeles and 90 miles north of San Diego. The center of the city is only 7 miles from the Pacific Ocean.


Irvine's average temperature in January is 56 degrees and average temperature in August is 71 degrees. Precipitation averages 10-13 inches per year.

Green Space

More than one-third of the entire City of Irvine is permanently preserved as parks, natural open space and trails.

  • Community Parks - 19
  • Neighborhood Parks - 39
  • Athletic Fields - 81
  • Sports Fields - 155 acres + OC Great Park 194-Acre Sports Park
  • Off-Street Bicycle Trails - 54 miles
  • Open Space/Greenbelts - 5,600 acres
  • Streetscape - 872 acres
  • Trees - 71,035
  • Total of 16,000 acres of open space, trails, parks and NCCP land (Natural Community Conservation Plan) in and around Irvine, most in Orange County!

Interesting Facts

  • Missions, cattle grazing, and agriculture were once the main activities in the Irvine area.
  • Irvine hosted the first National Boy Scout Jamboree on the West Coast in 1953.
  • Irvine was incorporated as a city on December 28, 1971.
  • Irvine is one of the nation's largest planned urban communities.
  • Irvine is home to the University of California, Irvine.


Whether traveling by air, train, bus or car, Irvine is conveniently located near Interstates 5 and 405, as well as Routes 73 and 55. The Irvine Transportation Center offers Amtrak and Metrolink service.

John Wayne Airport (SNA)

Located less than five minutes from the majority of Irvine's hotels, the airport is served by commercial and commuter airlines, including Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, United and WestJet.

Famous People From Irvine  

Will Ferrell
Jon Lovitz 
Nasim Pedrad

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Film and Television Production in Irvine

Television Series

  • HBO's Ballers 
  • Rosewood 
  • Criminal Minds
  • The Player

Television Reality
Shark Tank

  • Farmers' Market Flip
  • Real Estate Wars 
  • Happily Ever After (seasons 1 and 2)
  • Real Housewives of Orange County 
  • The Bachelor 
  • Total Divas
  • HBO's Hard Knocks

Feature Films

  • Chips 
  • Horrible Bosses 2 
  • The Hangover, art III
  • Zero Dark Thirty 

Total Number of Irvine Hotel Rooms - 4,718




Hotel Irvine




Irvine Marriott 




Wyndham Hotel




Hilton Irvine




Embassy Suites




Marriott Irvine Spectrum

252      DoubleTree




Courtyard by Marriott - Irvine Spectrum




Atrium Hotel 

176      AC Hotel




Residence Inn - Airport 




Hilton Garden Inn

164     Hampton Inn & Suites
161      Homewood Suites 




Courtyard by Marriott - Airport 




Extended Stay America

149     Hyatt House




La Quinta Inn & Suites




SpringHill Suites 




Candlewood Suites 




Residence Inn - Irvine Spectrum 

Total Square Feet of Irvine Meeting Space - 190,694


• Barclay Theatre
• Irvine Historical Museum
• Irvine Museum
• Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks
• Irvine Spectrum Center
• Miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails
• Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial
• Orange County Great Park
• Pretend City Children's Museum
• Sports facilities: Orange County Great Park Sports Complex and Ice Facility, Bren Events Center and William Wollett Jr. Aquatic Center
• Tanaka Farms
• Three golf courses
• Three major retail and lifestyle centers

Irvine is located within a close proximity to the area's popular beaches and world-famous attractions.

Area Attractions

  • Angel Stadium of Anaheim
  • Balboa Pavilion
  • Crystal Cathedral
  • Dana Point Harbor
  • Disneyland®  Park
  • Festival of Arts - Pageant of the Masters
  • Fullerton Arboretum
  • Heritage Historic Park
  • Honda Center, Home of the Anaheim Ducks NHL Team
  • Sawdust Festival
  • International Surfing Museum
  • Irvine Park Railroad
  • Knott's Berry Farm
  • Mission San Juan Capistrano
  • Newport Harbor and Nautical Museum
  • Orange County Fairgrounds
  • Richard Nixon Library
  • Segerstrom Center for the Arts
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