Irvine (/ˈɜːrvaɪn/ UR-vyn) is an affluent city in Orange County, California, United States. It is a planned city; the Irvine Company started developing the area in the 1960s. Formally incorporated on December 28, 1971, the 66-square-mile (170 km2) city had a population of 212,375 as of the 2010 census; in 2016 the city's population was 258,386. In 2016, Irvine became the largest city in the continental United States with an Asian American plurality, constituting around 45% of the city's population.
A number of corporations, particularly in the technology and semiconductor sectors, have their national or international headquarters in Irvine. Irvine is also home to several higher education institutions including the University of California, Irvine (UCI), Concordia University, Irvine Valley College, the Orange County Center of the University of Southern California (USC), and campuses of California State University Fullerton (CSUF), University of La Verne, and Pepperdine University.
Pros: Irvine is one of the most affluent cities in California as well as a college town for one of the most prestigious universities in the state, so the atmosphere tends to be relaxed and easygoing. Jobs in Irvine are competitive due to the sheer number of students and gradutes looking for work, but overall there are a lot of business headquarters located in Irvine so there are plenty of career opportunities.
Cons: It is too expensive to live in Irvine and incredibly difficult for those who are low-income or without access to a personal car to travel, making it undesirable to commute to school, work, or social gatherings. Unfortunately the atmosphere in Irvine closes itself off in a cultural bubble, so there are not many diverse jobs or clients to work with.