Why you'd want to live in Irvine
Irvine is a planned city designed by Los Angeles architect William Pereira and Irvine Company employee Raymond Watson. Pereira and Watson designed Irvine's layout, which is nominally divided into townships called "villages". Each township contains houses of similar design, along with commercial centers, religious institutions, and schools. Residential areas are now bordered by two commercial districts, the Irvine Business Complex to the west and the Irvine Spectrum to the east. Irvine was chosen in 2008 by CNNMoney.com as the fourth-best place to live in the United States. In 2012, it was ranked sixth nationally. In September 2011, Businessweek listed Irvine as the fifth-best city in the United States. Irvine consistently ranks as the safest city in America with a population over 100,000. In 2014, Irvine was named the best-run city in the U.S. by 24/7 Wall Street. Many people choose to live in Irvine for its public schools, which consistently rank among the top public schools in the nation.