Irvine is an affluent city in Orange County, California, United States. It is a planned city, mainly developed by the Irvine Company since the 1960s. The city’s mission statement is “to create and maintain a community where people can live, work, and play in an environment that is safe, vibrant, and aesthetically pleasing”.
Because Irvine is home to highly-rated public schools, a large number of jobs requiring a skilled workforce, and residential housing, Irvine was chosen in 2008 by CNNMoney.com as the fourth-best place to live in the United States. Irvine consistently ranks as the safest city in America with a population over 100,000. A number of corporations have their national or international headquarters in Irvine, particularly in the technology and semiconductor sectors.
Irvine is home to the University of California, Irvine (UCI), Concordia University, Irvine Valley College, the Orange County Center of the University of Southern California (USC), Brandman University, California Southern University, Stanbridge College and campuses of California State University Fullerton (CSUF), University of La Verne, Pepperdine University, Alliant International University, Kaplan International Colleges, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and Webster University.