irvine, california, situated in the heart of orange county, offers many advantages for recreational and cultural activities. one of the nation’s largest planned urban communities, irvine encompasses more than 65 square miles and exhibits a family-oriented environment. irvine finds its individuality in the 223,000 community-minded citizens that comprise its highly educated and diverse population. for the past nine consecutive years, irvine has been named the “safest big city in america,” passing a warm welcoming to new members of the community. the thousands of u.s. and foreign businesses found in irvine provide abundant career opportunities that also contribute to the strength of the community atmosphere.