Irvine is a master-planned city in Orange County, California, United States in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The Irvine Company started developing the area in the 1960s. A number of corporations, particularly in the technology and semiconductor sectors, have their national or international headquarters in Irvine. Irvine is also home to several higher education institutions including the University of California, Irvine (UCI), Concordia University, Irvine Valley College, the Orange County Center of the University of Southern California (USC), and campuses of California State University Fullerton (CSUF), University of La Verne, and Pepperdine University.
Irvine's tourism information is co-ordinated through the Destination Irvine program run by the Chamber of Commerce. The program provides information on Irvine as a place to vacation and as a destination for meetings, events and other business initiatives. Irvine has been rated one of the top cities for start-up businesses and its strong, fast-growing economy helped place Orange County as one of the top ten fastest growing job markets.
Irvine is also used as a location for film projects. The city government grants free or low-cost filming permits and offers location information to prospective productions.
Among the top employers in the city are: University of California, Irvine; Irvine Unified School District; Edwards Lifesciences; Blizzard Entertainment; Broadcom; Glidewell Laboratories; Parker Hannifin; Nationstar; B. Braun; Western Digital.
The following companies are headquartered in Irvine: Allergan, Inc. • Alteryx • BAX Global • Blizzard Entertainment • Broadcom Corporation • CalAmp • CoreLogic • CorVel Corporation • Cylance • eMachines • Edwards Lifesciences • Epicor Software Corporation • Felt Bicycles • Ford Motor Company (West Coast Design Center) • Gateway, Inc. • Golden State Foods • HID • Ingram Micro • In-N-Out Burger • K2 Network • Kareo • Karma Automotive • Kelley Blue Book (subsidiary of Cox Automotive) • Kofax • LA Fitness • Lifted Research Group • Maruchan, Inc. (a division of Toyo Suisan) • Meade Instruments • Masimo • MindFire, Inc • NextGen Healthcare • Obsidian Entertainment • O'Neill, Inc. • Paragon Software Group • Pacific Premier Bank • Point of View, Inc. • Printronix • Quicksilver Software • Razer • Ready at Dawn • Red 5 Studios • Red Digital Cinema Camera Company • Rivian • Ruby's Diner • Skyworks Solutions • Spigen • St. John • Stüssy • Superformance, LLC • Taco Bell (a division of Yum! Brands, Inc.) • The Habit Burger Grill • Tillys • Trace3 • Ultimate Ears • Vizio • Western Digital • Western Mutual Insurance Group • Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo (WATG) • Xumo • Yogurtland.
The following international companies have their North American headquarters in Irvine: Asics • Atlus • BenQ Corporation • BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH • Dahua Technology • Fisher & Paykel Healthcare • Horiba • Kia Motors • KOG Games • Marukome • Mazda Motor Corporation • Nikken Sekkei • Samsung Electronics (IT and Printing Division) • Sega (American Division) • Shimano • Toshiba Corporation.
Irvine has a population of over 287,401 people. Irvine also forms part of the wider Los Angeles metropolitan area which has a population of over 13,310,447 people. Irvine is the #294 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 2.6959 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores per 100,000 city residents.
Irvine has four sister cities: Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan • Taoyuan District, Taoyuan City, Taiwan • Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico • Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea.