24/7 Wall Street named Irvine the second best managed city in the US in its annual 10 Best/10 Worst cities list. Irvine was nosed out by Virgina Beach, VA.
Here’s what the description looks like:
2. Irvine, Calif.
> Violent crime per 1,000 people: 0.55 (5th lowest)
> Poverty rate: 12.3% (9th lowest)
> Adult population graduated from high school: 95.7% (2nd highest)
> Credit rating: not rated
> Population: 212,982
Irvine has a violent crime rate of just 0.55 per 1,000 people, the fifth lowest among the major cities on our list. The city is also among the best 10 for home vacancy, unemployment, median income and high school graduation rates. In 2008, CNN Money rated it the fourth-best place to live in the U.S. According to Craig Reem, director of public affairs and communications, “We are seeing a gradual improvement in our local economy that allows us to move from recession ready, to recovery ready. The City Council plans conservatively: This past fiscal year (2010-2011), we outperformed our budget expectations by nearly $14 million.”
Now 24/7 Wall Street isn’t exactly the Wall Street Journal, but the statistics for Best and Worst are on an Apples-to-Apples basis.
The city is well served by our city council, and Sean Joyce has proven himself a capable and competent city manager. There’s little drama in Irvine and, for liberals like me, the voter registration differential between Republicans and Democrats is under 4,000. Irvine has a strong local economy and is one of the greenest cities in the US.