Irvine became development in 1965 after the University of California asked the Irvine Company to donate 1000 acres for a new campus. A master planned city for 50,000 residents was drawn up consisting of residential and recreational areas, commercial centers and greenbelts, and an industrial complex. In 1970, the city was incorporated and the villages of Turtle Rock, University Park, Westpark, El Camino Real, & Walnut were completed. Shortly after, residents of the new city voted to incorporate a larger area into the city, which now makes up nearly 47 square miles and a population of 200,000.
Irvine has been announced one of the top safest cities in the United States according to multiple publications and boasting some of the top schools in California according to U.S. News.