The city of Irvine was incorporated in 1971. Consistently named as one of the safest cities in America, Irvine is currently ranked by CNNMoney.com as the fourth best place to live in the country. Businessweek ranks Irvine as the fifth-best city in the country (2011) and in 2014 the city was named the "best-run city in the U.S." by 24/7 Wall Street. Irvine contracts for fire and medical services with the county, but has three of its own independent districts: library, educational and utility services. Residents also have the shortest average commute in Orange County.
The Irvine Unified School District educates a diverse student population numbering approximately 30,000 in 22 elementary schools, 6 middle schools, 4 comprehensive high schools, and 1 continuation high school. IUSD has nationally recognized schools, student performance well above state and national comparisons, and comprehensive programs in academics, the arts, and athletics. Higher education opportunities are also readily available through the University of California, Irvine. In addition, Irvine Valley College is centrally located and provides a very well respected two-year community college program. Satellite campuses for the University of Southern California, California State University, Fullerton, Pepperdine University, National University and many others are also located within the city.
Irvine offers plenty to see and do. When it comes to shopping, the Irvine Spectrum Center offers something for everyone. The center features numerous specialty shops, casual fine dining, and entertainment. Visitors can stroll through Irvine's European-flavored boulevards, enjoy a series of concerts, go dancing, dining or enjoy a night of comedy and nightclubs. The nearby Irvine Meadows Amphitheater features live concerts throughout the year.
Another local attraction is the Orange County Great Park. Formerly the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, the Great Park spans more than 1,300 acres and is designed to embrace environmental sustainability while paying homage to the county's agricultural heritage and military history while setting a new standard for sustainable and urban design.
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