Irvine, California Population 2020

303,956

Irvine is a city located in Orange County, California. With a 2020 population of 303,956, it is the 14th largest city in California and the 65th largest city in the United States. Irvine is currently growing at a rate of 3.65% annually and its population has increased by 43.12% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 212,375 in 2010. Spanning over 66 miles, Irvine has a population density of 4,632 people per square mile.

The average household income in Irvine is $131,313 with a poverty rate of 13.27%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $2,259 per month, and the median house value is $797,100. The median age in Irvine is 34.1 years, 33 years for males, and 35.1 years for females. For every 100 females there are 95.2 males.

Irvine is a planned city that was developed during the 1960s in Orange County.

Interesting Facts about Irvine, CA

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 of Irvine's population grew substantially as city planning was underway. At the time of the 1970 census, the community was just over 10,000. This increased 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.

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

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Irvine was:

  • White: 47.56%
  • Asian: 42.25%
  • Two or more races: 5.20%
  • Other race: 2.76%
  • Black or African American: 1.86%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.21%
  • Native American: 0.16%
The current population of Irvine, California is 303,956, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 282,572. The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 212,375.

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White126,26847.56%
Asian112,17542.25%
Two or More Races13,8085.20%
Some Other Race7,3282.76%
Black or African American4,9341.86%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander5620.21%
American Indian and Alaska Native4270.16%

Irvine Population Pyramid 2020

Irvine Median Age

34.1


Total

33


Male

35.1


Female

Irvine Adults

There are 206,057 adults, (26,228 of whom are seniors) in Irvine.

Irvine Age Dependency

47.6

Age Dependency Ratio

14.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Irvine Sex Ratio

Female

135,995

51.22%

Male

129,507

48.78%

Irvine Households and Families

Irvine Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Irvine Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married59%41%
All47.3%52.7%
Female39.1%60.9%
Male35.7%64.3%
Non Family31.8%68.2%

47.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All95,3712.747.3
Married51,6823.2959
Non Family31,6361.6131.8
Female8,4182.9539.1
Male3,6353.2335.7

3.19

Average Family Size

2.7

Average Household Size

3.7%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Irvine Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,3261.94%
9th to 12th Grade2,9241.71%
High School Graduate13,6577.97%
Some College22,66213.22%
Associates Degree11,3596.63%
Bachelors Degree66,14338.59%
Graduate Degree51,34429.95%

Irvine Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White77,50375,92351,873
Asian71,04968,34354,659
Hispanic14,13812,9296,274
Multiple Races5,6685,0833,154
Other Race4,2943,9162,150
Black2,8192,6741,478
Islander351307131
Native American30730778

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 76.93%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$69,273$84,136$52,225
Less Than High School$31,667$33,889$27,229
High School Grad$36,036$42,379$30,645
Some College$44,219$53,519$37,590
Bachelors Degree$72,467$84,754$54,855
Graduate Degree$95,676$112,595$73,147

$69,273

Average Earnings

$84,136

Average Male

$52,225

Average Female

Irvine Language

Irvine Language by Age

Irvine Language

49.76% of Irvine residents speak only English, while 50.24% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 29.11% of the population.

Irvine Poverty

Irvine Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Asian109,74915,34213.98%
White105,71412,01211.36%
Hispanic25,0164,25016.99%
Multiple13,2011,76613.38%
Other6,7571,33519.76%
Black4,62990519.55%
Islander5479016.45%

13.27%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.43%

Male Poverty Rate

14.08%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Irvine

The race most likely to be in poverty in Irvine is Other, with 19.76% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Irvine is White, with 11.36% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.42%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.19%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 30.08%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School23.56%
High School17.11%
Some College9.95%
Bachelors or Greater6.56%
Name Poverty
Male Unemployed31.65%
Female Unemployed26.07%
Female Employed5.48%
Male Employed4.51%

Irvine Income

Irvine Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$100,969$131,313
Families$123,658$153,763
Married Families$136,604$168,305
Non Families$62,795$82,492

Irvine Marital Status

Irvine Marital Status

Marriage Rates

52.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

54.4%

Male Marriage Rate

51.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Irvine Married by Age and Sex

Irvine Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Irvine Marital Status by Race

Irvine Veterans

5,564

Number of Veterans

5,048

Male Veterans

516

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,821
Second Gulf War1,141
First Gulf War872
Korea401
World War II273
Name Veterans % of Total
White4,0163.95%
Asian8540.99%
Hispanic6313.01%
Black3489.77%
Other1242.02%
Hawaiian12431.71%
2 or More670.89%
Indian319.09%

$Irvine Veterans by Education

7.37%

Veteran Poverty Rate

20.22%

Veteran Disability Rate

Irvine Employment Status

63.5%

Labor Force Participation

60.3%

Employment Rate

4.9%

Unemployment Rate

Irvine Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

40.82%

Born in California

59.63%

Native Born

40.37%

Foreign Born

19.53%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

59.63% of Irvine residents were born in the United States, with 40.82% having been born in California. 19.53% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020303,95610,6923.65%
2019293,26410,6923.78%
2018282,5726,1592.23%
2017276,41310,6924.02%
2016265,72110,1073.95%
2015255,6148,3313.37%
2014247,28311,1494.72%
2013236,1347,0513.08%
2012229,0838,8224.01%
2011220,2616,8693.22%
2010213,39270,3204.08%
2000143,07232,7422.63%
1990110,33048,1965.91%
198062,13455,13424.40%
19707,0003,0005.76%
19604,0003,90020.25%
19401000.00%