By Ian Hanigan
Citing a strong economy, lots of greenery and — ahem! — “incredible schools,” Money magazine has named Irvine among the best places to live in the whole U.S.
McKinney, Texas was No. 1 on its list, which focused this year on cities with populations of 50,000 to 300,000. More than 50 characteristics were examined, including jobs, housing markets and, of course, education.
At No. 14, Irvine ranked just behind Centennial, Colo. but ahead of Newton, Mass. (Let the Irvine-Newton rivalry begin!) Here’s what the magazine specifically had to say about our fair town.
This SoCal city appears on our list year after year, thanks to its strong economy — more than 100 companies are headquartered in Irvine — incredible schools, and acres of green space.
The city boasts more than 54 miles of bike paths and 20,000 acres of parks and preserves. Then there’s another little perk: The Pacific Ocean is just 10 miles away.
One of the largest master-planned communities in the country, the city is organized around 24 “villages,” complete with parks, pools and shopping centers. While Irvine has historically lacked a central spot for locals to gather, that’s beginning to change. Now residents are congregating at the 1,300-acre Orange County Great …read more
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