Money Magazine Names Irvine 4th Best Place in the Nation

Back to back years of being America’s safest city isn’t enough for Irvine; Money Magazine says Irvine is the fourth best place to live in the nation.  In fact, Irvine is also the most populous of the cities in the top 20.

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Eight years of progressive leadership have produced a local economy where thereare 3.5 jobs per every household, the diversity of the local economy makes Irvine nearly recession proof, and the school district, which gets support from the city, is among the best in the nation.

Here’s what the Magazine said about Irvine:

Long before developers embraced the idea of mixed-use communities, there was Irvine. It was born in the 1960s, when the University of California commissioned architect William Pereira to design a new campus and town. Today, its population hovers around 200,000, yet it feels much smaller thanks to its tight-knit neighborhoods and more than 16,000 acres of green space.

Families say Irvine is pretty close to perfect. The school district has won national recognition for stellar test scores, innovative curriculums, year-round schedules and open-style classrooms. The university is the city’s largest employer, but some two dozen companies, from Gateway to St. John’s Knits, also call Irvine home.

A big drawback: the cost of housing. A typical three-bedroom, two-bath house can run about $700,000, says Cesi Pagano, a realtor with Keller Williams Realty. But prices in Irvine have held up better than those elsewhere in Orange County, and foreclosures aren’t nearly as widespread.

  13 comments for “Money Magazine Names Irvine 4th Best Place in the Nation

  1. Tguy
    July 14, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Irvine is a prison of perfect conformity.

  2. Dan Chmielewski
    July 14, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    Not since I moved in

  3. Stephen
    July 14, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Irvine is the epitomy of conformity, and the irvine police is there to make sure everyone gets along just dandy.

  4. July 14, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    What were the criteria used in this study?
    Fountain Valley also made the top 100. Yes, FOUNTAIN VALLEY.
    Irvine is just too sterile for my taste. It feels like Stepford. I need a town with real (not manufactured) character.

  5. RHackett
    July 15, 2008 at 8:05 am

    This is one of those moments that drive Agran haters crazy.

    And one of the reasons why Larry just keeps winning.

  6. Dan Chmielewski
    July 15, 2008 at 8:05 am

    There are plenty of real chracters in Irvine. Its hardly sterile but it is safe, clean and well-landscaped. People care here. The schools are good and the streets are clean.

  7. July 15, 2008 at 8:17 am

    Stephen, Tguy, & TLC-

    Come on! Can we PLEASE throw out the stereotypes? I have friends in Irvine, and they’re certainly NOT “Stepford people” trapped in some “conformist prison”. And thanks to Agran, Krom, & Kang, Irvine is a model city that sets the standard for the rest of the region (in a good way).

    Dan & RHackett-

    Congratulations. I mean it. 🙂

    And everyone-

    Just to be fair, do you want us to show some love to Fountain Valley, too?

  8. Tguy
    July 15, 2008 at 9:29 am

    Andrew, I have friends in Irvine too. They all fit the stereotype, and they all joke about living in a conformist prison.

  9. Stephen
    July 15, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    In school we all joke about the “bubble” and how there are 3 cops for every citizen and how surreal irvine is. I would much rather live in costa mesa or fountain valley where its much more down to earth, and where the rent prices are down to earth also, im moving from a 3 bedroom condo into a 2 bedroom apt. cuz my mom cant afford the rent in irvine. Also its pretty much run by real estate agents, the irvine company, and the craftiest man alive (Larry Agran)who are in it for self promotion. So thanks alot for the cc&r’s and the police and the manipulative politicians, Im definatley moving to costa mesa when i am 18.

  10. Stephen
    July 15, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    Haha if Agran keeps spending on all these free busses and balloons and great park ads, we won’t be very recession proof. And, irvine may be the best school district, but as someone who has actually gone to school from 1st to 11th grades (im a senior now) in irvine, its is always understaffed, unmaintained, undersupplied, and the poorest district. Why, they even have to shut down woodbridge and irvine because they cant afford to maintain summer school at all four high schools

  11. Dan Chmielewski
    July 15, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Stephen — thanks for the note; I’m forwarding it to the English department at IUSD for an explanation.

  12. Stephen
    July 16, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Haha Thanks

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