Irvine, named after James Irvine, is a wealthy city in Orange County, California, United States that was incorporated on the 28th of December, 1971. The 66-square-mile city has a populace of 250,384 as at 2015. Irvine ZIP codes are 92606, 92612, 92602–92604, 92614, 92616–92620, 92697, 92623, and 92650. The city has an area of 66.454 square mi (172.115 km2) 99.48% land and 0.52% water which ranks it third in the Orange County. Irvine time zone is Pacific (UTC?8); Summer (DST), PDT (UTC?7). Irvine has four sister urban communities; Taiwan, Mexico Hermosillo, Mexico and South Korea Seocho-gu, Japan Tsukuba, Japan and Taiwan Taoyuan District, South Korea.
Since Irvine is home to highly-rated government funded schools, residential housing, and countless employments requiring a gifted workforce, CNNMoney selected Irvine as the 4th best place to reside in the United States in year 2008. Businessweek also recorded Irvine as the fifth-best city in the United States in September 2011. Irvine confidently positions as the most secure to live in in America with a populace more than 100,000. In 2014, 24/7 Wall Street announced Irvine as the best-run city in United States.
Irvine is home to Brandman University, the Orange County Center of the University of Southern California, California State University Fullerton, California Southern University, University of California, Irvine, Stanbridge College, Kaplan International Colleges, Concordia University, Webster University and University of La Verne among others.
Irvine, like every other Coastal Southern California, normally has a Mediterranean atmosphere. Summers are warm-to-hot and winters are cool-to-warm, occasionally falling underneath freezing. Precipitation in Irvine happens mostly amid the winter months. In spite of the fact that snow is nonexistent, frost often happens.
Various enterprises have their national or global head office in Irvine, especially in the semiconductor and innovations division. They include; Paragon Software Group, ATEN Technology, Inc., Blizzard Entertainment, Boot Barn, CorVel Corporation, eMachines, BAX Global, Edwards Lifesciences, Epicor Software Corporation, Obsidian Entertainment, Felt Bicycles, Ford Motor Company (West Coast Design Center), Ready at Dawn, Gateway, Inc., Golden State Foods, HID, Point of View, Inc., iLounge, Allergan, Inc., In-N-Out Burger, Zymo Research, K2 Network, Spectrum Group International, Kofax, Standard Pacific Homes, Lifted Research Group, Maruchan, Inc. (a division of Toyo Suisan), Fisker Coachbuild, Meade Instruments, Broadcom Corporation, Masimo, O'Neill, Inc., Online Trading Academy, Printronix, Quicksilver Software, Red 5 Studios, Ruby's Diner, St. John, Stüssy, LA Fitness, Superformance, LLC, Taco Bell (a division of Yum!) among others.
Some international companies also have their North American headquarters in Irvine include; Asics, BenQ Corporation, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH, Kia Motors, Mazda Motor Corporation, Samsung Electronics (IT and Printing Division), Nikken, and Toshiba Corporation to mention a few.
Notable points of interest in Irvine are Ayn Rand Institute, Islamic Center of Irvine, Pao Fa Temple, Orange County Great Park, Orange County Great Park air balloon ride, Boomers! (formerly Palace Park), Irvine Spectrum Center, Saddleback Church, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Mason Park, Heritage Park, Mariners Church, Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial, Tustin Market Place, Arboretum, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre and Wild Rivers (water park).
Irvine has both community and neighborhood parks. The community parks have open facilities situated on every site. Neighborhood parks give open space and some recreational facilities inside of the villages of Irvine. Northwood Community Park specifically has as of late made an interesting expansion: The Honor Memorial and Northwood Gratitude is the first remembrance in the US ever assembled before the wars were over. It records the U.S. military death from Afghanistan and Iraq.