A Welcome Message from Mayor Steven S. Choi, Ph.D.
To all those who live here, to those who work and recreate here, to those visiting and to those yet to come, welcome to the City of Irvine.
Our City Council priorities focus on the health and well-being of Irvine. Those areas include public education; public safety; business attraction, retention and growth; the welfare of our most at-risk residents; and our parks, bikeways and open spaces. Because of these efforts, Irvine is one of the country’s safest cities with one of the best educated citizenry. Such a combination is an attraction to businesses and homeowners, and an opportunity for a diverse workforce to match strong skills with great career opportunity.
In fact, Irvine’s cultural diversity is one of its strengths. Recognized as an international crossroads city, Irvine is one of the world’s most thoroughly integrated cities, which is reflected in neighborhoods, schools and workplaces across 66 square miles in the heart of Orange County.
With a population of more than 223,000, Irvine is home to more than 190,000 jobs; more than 21,000 businesses have a license here. The business areas of the Irvine Business Complex and Irvine Spectrum are among the most robust in America.
In late 2012, the City was recognized as the Best City in Which to Live in Orange County (Orange County Register), one of the Best Cities in Which to Live in America (Money Magazine), and one of the Best Cities for Happy Young Professionals (Forbes). Those honors are a reflection of who we are and what we strive for every day.
There is much more to who we are, whether you are living the Irvine life and discovering its many attributes, or planning to make Irvine your home for yourself, your family, or your business.
For more detailed information, please go to our Economic Development page, which provides information about business, about schools, and about life here in Irvine: www.cityofirvine.org/econdev.
We know that a strong city is a successful one.
Steven S. Choi, Ph.D.
Mayor of Irvine