Introduction to Irvine, California
Incorporated in 1971, Irvine is the 28th largest city in California. The city is home to approximately 140,000 inhabitants. It is part of the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana metropolitan area which is home to over 12 million people. Irvine lies 48 miles to the southeast of Los Angeles. The center of the city is only 7 miles from the Pacific Ocean.
Around 2000 years ago, the Gabrielino Indians inhabited what is now Irvine. Irvine is comprised of several villages, each of which was master planned by the Irvine Company. The first was constructed in the 1960's and more are planned. The land, once granted to individuals by the Spanish and Mexican governments, was purchased in the second half of the 1800's by James Irvine.
Irvine enjoys the warm and sunny weather for which Southern California is so famous. August average daily temperatures are 83 degrees Fahrenheit. January average daily temperatures are 66 degrees Fahrenheit.
Missions, cattle grazing, and agriculture were once the main activities in the Irvine area. Currently Irvine is home to several Fortune 1000 companies including:
- Standard Pacific
- New Century Financial
Arts and Entertainment
Arts, entertainment, and leisure-time attractions in Irvine include:
- The Irvine Museum
- The Irvine Barclay Theatre
- The Irvine Fine Arts Center
- The Arboretum at the University of California, Irvine
- The Irvine Ranch Land Reserve
- Many more attractions in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area
- Numerous professional sports teams in the Los Angeles metropolitan area