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Irvine, CA (Population: 199,755)

Irvine is a city in Orange County with a population of 199,755 (2006). Irvine is one of the largest planned communities in the nation, encompassing more than 55 square miles. The city is home to a number of corporations, particularly technology-based, as well as several collegiate institutions, including the University of California, Irvine. Some of Irvine’s important businesses and corporations include BAX Global, Edwards Lifesciences, Blizzard Entertainment, Hurley International, Ambiguous Clothing, O’Neil Clothing, and Mazda North American Operations. These companies and many others contribute to Irvine’s thriving economy.

The original plan of the city consisted of it being divided into 24 villages, all of which have distinct architectural themes ranging from Spanish/Tuscan to California Modern. Some elements of these themes, however, have been diluted by later development. Six-lane streets separate the villages, all of which include similar shopping centers, housing, religious centers, and schools.

Points of interest in Irvine include the Amy Rand Institute, the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (Orange County Campus), Boomers! family fun center, Heritage Park, the Irvine Fine Arts Center, the Irvine Ranch Land Reserve, the Irvine Spectrum Center, the Islamic Center of Irvine, Mason Park, Old Town Irvine, Strawberry Farms Golf Club, The Market Place, and Wild Rivers waterpark. Irvine is also the future home of the Orange County Great Park.