Irvine Population 2018

Irvine is a city located in California. It is a planned city that was developed during the 1960s in Orange County. It is the 16th most populous city in the state, as well as the third largest in Orange County with a population estimated to be 266,122.

Irvine History

Irvine was first inhabited approximately 2,0000 years ago. It was settled by Europeans in 1769 and was used for private use and missions. The Irvine Ranch, as it was known, was parceled out by the Mexican government following Mexico’s independence from Spain in 1821. In 1864, 50,000 acres of the land was sold to a group of men including James Irvine. The group also purchased a 47,000-acre parcel. Irvine then bought out his partners and owned 110,000 acres of land. After his death, Irvine’s son inherited the ranch and created The Irvine Company, which grew crops including olives and citrus. After James Irvine, Jr. died in the 1940s, his son took over. It was at that time that he allowed urban development to occur. After his death, the University of California purchased 1,000 acres for $1 for a new campus.

William Pereira and The Irvine Company partnered to create a planned city for 50,000 people. This new area would be known as Irvine, while the agricultural area was to be called East Irvine. In the 1970s, a vote was taken and communities opted to create a larger city. Today, the city is divided into “villages” that are divided by streets. Each township village has a similar design and boasts commercial centers, schools, and churches. Today, Irvine is home to many higher education institutions, as well as the headquarters for many large companies in the tech and semiconductor industries.

Irvine Demographics

Irvine has an estimated population of over 266,000 residents. During the last census taken in 2010, the city had a population of 212,375. The city has a total area of almost 66 square miles, with a density of over 4,000 people per square mile.

The most interesting fact about the population in Irvine is that it is the largest city in the US that has an Asian American plurality, making up approximately 45% of the total population. Over 50% of the population is white, 9.2% are Hispanic or Latino, and 1.8% are black or African American. The largest age group in Irvine is 25 to 44, which makes up 31.4% of the population. Over 14% of residents are under the age of 18, and 8.7% of the population is at least 65 years old. The media age is 33.9 years, and there are more females than males residing in the city. Just over 12% of the population lives below the federal poverty line.

The city has been named as one of the best places to live in the United States. It has also been ranked multiple times as one of the country’s safest cities. It has also been named as one of the happiest places to live in the US. The city is home to many international company headquarters, including Mazda, Samsung, Toshiba, Kia, and Asics.

Irvine Population Growth

The city’s population grew substantially as city planning was underway. At the time of the 1970 census, the population was just over 10,000. This grew to over 62,000 over the next ten years. In its short history, it continues to grow at a rapid rate, most recently growing by over 25% between the 2010 census and estimates taken in 2016. The educational and employment opportunities offered by this planned city are just a few of the contributing factors to expected future population growth.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate

Irvine Race Data

Race Population Percentage
Two or More Races11,4874.32%
Some Other Race6,7802.55%
Black or African American5,2201.96%
American Indian and Alaska Native5230.20%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1700.06%

Population Pyramid

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Irvine Housing Indicators

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Median Number of Rooms (per House)
Houses Without Mortgage
Houses With Mortgage
Vacancy Rate
Median Rent
Median Home Value
Renter-Occupied Units
Owner-Occupied Units
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This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Irvine for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 4.2% and the labor force participation rate is 65.2%.

Irvine Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex)
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex)
Non Family Households
Female Householder (no husband) Families
Male Householder (no wife) Families
Married Couple Families
Average Family Size
Average Household Size