Irvine, Orange County Among Best Places To Live In US Reports Say

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

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Irvine is among the top 100 best places to live in the U.S., according to a recent report from Niche. The towns on the list are known in general for their low crime rates, proximity to good jobs, and strong school systems.

Niche—that connects people to their future schools, neighborhoods, and workplaces—analyzes and ranks factors such as livability, crime rates, the housing market and trends, schools, employment, and access to other amenities and resources. Rankings are based on city data from the U.S. Census, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Centers for Disease Control and Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Irvine is #11 on the list. Irvine received an A+ grade overall, with an A for nightlife, A+ for good for families, A for diversity, and a C for housing.

The Niche report said Irvine, a Orange County city with a population of 273,157, is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Irvine offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Irvine there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Irvine and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Irvine are highly rated.

Niche also tracks which U.S. cities are best for families, most diverse, and best to buy a home. Users can see which cities, suburbs, or neighborhoods are ranked.

The latest report on best places to live in the country also considers the cost of living, commute, nightlife, and walkability. These elements played a big role in decision-making due to the pandemic and shifts in living, working, and commuting over the last year, according to the company.

"In the past year, many people have become more mobile than ever before," Luke Skurman, CEO and founder of Niche, said in a statement.

"Especially if they're able to work remotely, people are asking themselves where they really want to live," Skurman said. "Our rankings are designed to help our users find the next place they want to call home based on their unique priorities. For families, we know schools are an important factor. In addition to the Best Places to Live rankings, our comprehensive school profiles and school rankings are very valuable for families looking to make a move."

See the full list of 2021 Best Cities to Live in America.

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