Nestled in the valley between Loma Ridge to the north and the San Joaquin Hills to the south, Irvine thrives at the center of Orange County. Bordered by Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Santa Ana, Tustin and Laguna Woods, the City of Irvine not only offers a great place for living, it's also a convenient gateway to some of the best attractions of Southern California.
Many of those attractions, like Disneyland Park® and Knott's Berry Farm, are less than 25 miles away. And because Irvine is criss-crossed by Interstate 405 running roughly east-west, Interstate 5 as an inland parallel to the California coast, and Highway 55 (Costa Mesa Freeway) connecting the two, it offers easy to access all of Orange County's attractions, beaches and communities.
With our city so perfectly positioned, it's little wonder that the University of California established a campus here in the 1960s. The arrival of UC Irvine began the modern chapter of an area whose history had been written in ranching and farming for hundreds of years. The combination of natural beauty, mild climate, world-class education and placement at the center of Orange County quickly sparked a vision for the master-planned community that would become the City of Irvine.
Today, Irvine is a multicultural nexus of education, innovation, business, preserved wild lands, outdoor recreation, the arts and family-friendly communities -- a growing urban center roughly 45 square miles with a population of just over 200,000. Quality of life here is high, and the FBI has ranked Irvine "America's Safest Big City" every year since 2005.
The shopping centers here are great. One of the shopping centers is an outdoor mall that offers a variety of shops,restaurants, and a theater. Shopping in this town is definitely enjoyable.
The best restaurants here are Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, California Fish Grill Inc, Bistango, and Houston's.
Irvine offers students one of the best quality schools and teachers. The teachers are highly educated and the school district is of top quality.
The local hospital is UC Irvine Medical Center. It's known to be one of Americas best hospitals for 13 consecutive years. Staff is very friendly and the doctors are very knowledgeable and well trained.