Irvine Named a Best City to Stay-in-Place in the United States

Monday, May 04, 2020

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With every major U.S. city under stay-in-place orders, a popular radio station issued a list of American cities from best to worst when it comes to living under social distancing mandates. Irvine made the #2 spot on the list. (Although, we strongly argue it should be #1!) The criteria used for the ranking include average apartment size, the amount of parkland per person, percentage of residents with broadband internet, and the number of restaurant takeout options.

Master-planned features of Irvine make complying to stay-at-home orders more comfortable. An extensive network of beautifully-appointed villages that have always connected us, now helps us adhere to social distancing. Irvine residents have citywide safe access to more than 400 parks, 6,500 acres of preserved open space and greenbelts, conveniently located shopping centers, and a wide array of restaurants providing curbside and takeout services, providing ample personal space as we seek outdoor family respites and essential services and supplies.

The list’s ten best cities to stay-in-place:

  1. Scottsdale, AZ
  2. Irvine, CA
  3. Las Vegas, NV
  4. San Diego, CA
  5. Virginia Beach, VA
  6. Chandler, AZ
  7. San Jose, CA
  8. Raleigh, NC
  9. Orlando, Fl
  10. Austin, TX

Scottsdale, Arizona edged out Irvine, according to the survey, because “they do enjoy larger than average apartments and faster internet to help them stream away their troubles.”

The list’s worst cities to experience social isolation:

  1. Newark, NJ
  2. Hialeah, Fl
  3. Paterson, NJ
  4. Buffalo, NY
  5. Laredo, TX
  6. Tuscon, AZ
  7. Cleveland, OH
  8. Arlington, TX
  9. McAllen, TX
  10. Boston, MA

For more information on Irvine as a destination and things to do in the city, visit


Category: Community News, COVID-19, Irvine News, Destination Irvine