CNN/Money says Irvine is #6 Best Small City in the Nation to Live



On the heels of the FBI “Safest City in America” designation, the powers that be at CNN/Money Magazine have tallied up the numbers and evaluated criteria and determined that Irvine is the sixth best small city in America. Carmel, Indiana took the top spot and Irvine is the largest city on the list.

Now Irvine’s leadership has been a progressive council majority since 2000 and has produced a number of national awards for the city’s public safety, environmental practices, and economic/quality of life factors.  When people ask me why I keep voting for the progressive council majority candidates, it’s easy to see why.  Results matter.

From the story:

Irvine has all the surf, sand, and sun Southern California is known for, with 44 miles of bike trails, 20,000 acres of parks and preserves, and a beach 10 miles away.Thanks to smart planning, this big city can feel surprisingly small. The 40-year-old community is divided into 40 “villages,” and a minimum of five acres of park space is added for every 1,000 newcomers. Home prices are high, but new development is creating more affordable options – along with new schools, bike paths, and green spaces.

  17 comments for “CNN/Money says Irvine is #6 Best Small City in the Nation to Live

  1. Steve
    August 20, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    The City by the Beige. It’s still the most boring place in Orange County to live.

  2. August 20, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Not true Steve. If you’re bored in Irvine, it’s your own fault

  3. jose s.
    August 20, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    I can care less what anybody says irvine is a dismal shi*hole you couldn’t pay me to live there.

    • August 20, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      sorry, I was late in approving this as I had to turn the steaks over on the BBQ and open another bottle of wine. Hmmm hhmmm life sure is good in Irvine

      • Ltpar
        August 21, 2012 at 12:26 am

        Dan, glad to hear that the Obama and Agranista change is working out well for you. Meanwhile in other towns across the country, people have no jobs to pay for steak and wine, their barbeques went the same way as their homes (foreclosure) and their life savings have been reduced to zilch. Don’t think those folks will be bragging bout how good life is for them, or will they be voting for more of that life in November. With a little luck we will get a trickle down effect from the Obama defeat and the Agranistas will be turned out as well. Well, as those unconscious voters in Irvine like to say, “It’s Just Another Day in Paradise.”

        • Steve
          August 21, 2012 at 1:04 pm

          Hey genius, the financial crisis happened in 2007 and 2008. People “lost their life savings (an overstatement if there ever was one)” back then. Would you care to enlighten us on how the stock market has done since then?

          • Ltpar
            August 21, 2012 at 5:08 pm

            Steve, you need to take it easy on the Obama kool aid as it is killing your brain cells. In case you haven’t noticed people are still going belly up even today and unemployment continues at excessive levels. Meanwhile, your boy Obama runs around the country telling people who still have a little left that they didn’t do it themselves, government did it for them. I can tell you that most people find that offensive, especially since Obama himself never worked at anything except to align himself with the far left, who made him what he is today. Doubt that go see the movie “Obama’s America 2016.”

            As far as enlightenment goes, I am afraid that is probably a little over your head. Let it suffice for me to say, with the anti-business, increased regulations and government deficit spending, the stock market sucks. To this end, there is plenty of blame to go around for both Republicans and Democrats. On a personal level, my IRA Mutual Fund is down about 100k over what it was at the market peak and my real estate portfolio is down at least 800k. Still, I have fared better than most, because of a diversified investment strategy. However, coming from a background without two nickles to rub together, I emphasize with those who have lost it all. If our “rabid dog” government is not put down soon, more people will be loosing it all.

            • Dan Chmielewski
              August 22, 2012 at 7:55 am

              Patrick —
              Stock Market declines are due to Bush and began in 2008 before President Obama turned things around. The Dow then was 8,000; it’s now around 13,000.

      • Steve
        August 21, 2012 at 8:05 am

        Boy, there’s a certain “snobbyness” to that comment.

        As if one can’t grill steaks and drink wine in another city…and one far more exciting to live in than Irvine.

  4. Central OC
    August 20, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    While I do live in “the big bad” Santa Ana, I really do like Irvine. Lots of open space and wide roads. If only they changed color swatches.

  5. jose s.
    August 20, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Wine in irvine? I’d rather be clubbed like a baby harp seal in coto. Another shi*hole in orange county.

    • patrickrodgers
      August 21, 2012 at 10:28 am

      Hey jose, if you really want to fulfill those fantasies of maschoism (baby seal) that you have, I suggest you consider moving to Fullerton. They might be able to better provide the service you crave, rather than in Irvine. By the way, you didn’t say exactly what wonderful place you do live in? Care to share that with inquiring minds who want to know? Well, mabye we don’t?

  6. jose s.
    August 21, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Patrickrodgers, I don’t have a fantasy of being clubbed like a baby harp seal I’m just saying I’d rather be clubbed than to live in irvine. And as for myself I live in the west most side of santa ana which is a far cry from the dismal white on white with a touch of white irvine. And cheminowski, are you even able to eat a whole steak in irvine?

  7. jose s.
    August 21, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Also I rather like fullerton.

    • Dan Chmielewski
      August 22, 2012 at 7:58 am

      I can eat about a third of a strip steak in a sitting Jose. As long as it’s lean, I really can enjoy it very much.

      But your perceptions of Irvine as all white is way off. Its actually the most ethnically diverse city in OC with a significant number of Chinese, Korean, Persian, Indian, and about 9 percent Latino. I think African Americans come in at 4 percent. Caucasians make up about 40 percent.

  8. Advantage Title Flunky
    August 22, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Sal told me that diverse means 100% Latino.

  9. August 22, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Santa Ana is, I believe 78 percent Latino, yet I’ve heard Councilman Sarmiento talk about the city’s diversity. If Irvine were 78 percent white, would the diversity claim hold up? And if by diverse we start breaking down the different backgrounds of those Mexican-Americans based on geographic regions of Mexico, can’t we apply the same logic to caucasian residents of Irvine from England, Germany, Italy and Ireland?

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