Located in Orange County, California the City of Irvine is home to the headquarters of some 48 US based companies as well as some 15 International Companies. Such names as Allergan, Inc., Boot Barn, Ford Motor Company (West Coast Design Center), Gateway, Inc., In-N-Out Burger, Kelley Blue Book, LA Fitness, Ruby’s Diner, Taco Bell and Western Digital call Irvine the locations of their headquarters. International Companies like Asics, Kia Motors, Mazda Motor Corp., Samsung Electronics and Toshiba Corporation also call Irvine home.
In addition to its business prowess, the jewel of Irvine is the University of California, Irvine Campus. In reality the City of Irvine was a planned community designed to complement the university campus. To go back a little in history; James Irvine, through a series of astute business transactions, came to own some 110,000 acres of land in Southern California by 1878. In 1959 the University of California purchased 1000 acres for the new University from the Irvine Company, the corporate descendant of James Irvine’s original land acquisition, and later purchased another 500 acres. At that time the Irvine Company developed a plan for a city of about 50,000 people surrounding the University and by December, 1971 the residents voted to incorporate as the City of Irvine.
Los Angeles architects William Pereira and Irvine Company employee Raymond Watson developed the Irvine layout which is divided into regional elements called “villages” separated by six lane highways and consisting of similar housing designs, commercial centers, religious institutions and schools. Some 21 Community Parks and 45 neighborhood parks provide a plethora of opportunities for recreational activities including golf, tennis, bicycling, and hiking among others, for residents of Irvine.
Dear to my own heart is the UCI School of Medicine. The basic science portion of the Medical School curriculum is located on the UCI main campus but the clinical sciences program is located at the UCI Medical Center in the City of Orange. Originally, a University Hospital was planned on the UCI campus but instead the University purchased the former Orange County Medical Center and turned it into the UCI Medical Center. I had the honor of being the head of the Division and then Department of Neurosurgery from 1986 to 1993. I was astounded during a recent visit to see how much the UCI Medical Center has grown from 1993 to the present. The attached photos will give you some idea of how that part of UCI looks today.
UCI is one of the top research universities in the USA and located on a beautiful semi-rural campus. Student enrollment is about 33,000 of which about 27,000 are undergraduates and the rest postgraduates. The Anteater is the University mascot and its sports teams have won NCAA Division 1 National Titles in Men’s Volleyball and Men’s Water Polo. Three UCI faculty members have received the Noble Prize including Dr. Frank Sherwood Rowland, Frederick Reines and Professor Irwin Rose of the School of Medicine.
The City of Irvine today has a population of about 275,000 which is about 45% of Asian extraction. The Irvine Spectrum at the southern end of the city is the location of multiple shops and entertainment venues. According to the 2010 census, 66% of the population was under age 44. Irvine is one of the finest cities of Orange County, California and a great place to consider as a permanent residence and also a great place to bring up a family. Safe and secure with multiple opportunities for a great lifestyle including education and recreation, Irvine is one of the USA’s top cities in which to live.