Irvine is Best-Run U.S. City: USA Today

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Irvine is the best run city in the country, according to USA Today.

Meanwhile, my hometown, San Bernardino, is ranked the worst-run city.

I think I'm more surprised by Irvine's placement on the list than Smog Berdoo's.

USA Today reports an area's economy, job market, crime level and welfare of the population figured into the rankings.

Here's why Irvine was numero uno:

1. Irvine, California

> Population: 230,000 (86th largest)
> Credit rating: not rated
> Violent crime per 100,000: 51 (the lowest)
> 2012 Unemployment rate: 5.7% (tied-10th lowest)

Irvine has a very well-educated population. Last year, 97% of Irvine adults had at least a high school diploma, and more than two-thirds had at least a bachelor's degree. The city is home of the University of California, Irvine, which is the top local employer. The heavy concentration of well-educated adults has also led to higher incomes. Irvine's median household income was around $96,000 last year, exceeding that of nearly every other large city. The typical Irvine home cost about $630,400 last year, more than any other large U.S. city except San Francisco. The city was also one of the safest in the nation, with only 51 violent crimes per 100,000 people.

Following Irvine (in order) are: Fremont, California; Plano, Texas; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Virginia Beach, Virginia.

San Bernardino managed to, uh, top(?) Detroit by having filed for bankruptcy in the face of a $46 million deficit. Also cited were: falling tax revenues; poor financial planning (including inaccurate reporting from city officials); a housing market in crisis; low median household incomes; a 16 percent unemployment rate last year (nearly double the national rate of 8.1 percent); and less than 11 percent of adults living there have a bachelor's degree or higher last year, the smallest percentage of any large U.S. city.

Next came Detroit, then Newark, New Jersey, then Miami and finally Stockton, California.

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Unit F
Unit F

yes, the great park, with all the good intentions wrapped into one big developers package, and absolutely nothing to honor Orange Counties First Nation People, the Acjachemen tribe. Oh yea, thats right...they are not even federally recognized....so why start now?

OCmama
OCmama

Woohoo! Go Irvine!

Gabriel Madrigal
Gabriel Madrigal

And the city with the most use of beige paint (and lack of soul)

Sharona Toranto
Sharona Toranto

Until the new majority and the school board wanting to put a high school next to toxic waste site and an expanding jail , please

Chris Roth
Chris Roth

It's even better when you can bicycle a mile to your irvine workplace!

Eric Ridenour
Eric Ridenour

They also save a lot of money on paint by painting the entire city tan.

Gabriel Torres
Gabriel Torres

The" great park" Will be what it was designed to be 200years from now when we are overpopulated and Irvine becomes a ghetto in the future

Joey Rodriguez
Joey Rodriguez

Irvine has some shitty drivers, that's something their best at

Sean Soto
Sean Soto

Did they include that they ship out their homeless to Santa Ana?

949girl
949girl topcommenter

Being someone that works for a company that does business with the city of Irvine, I have to say that I would disagree with having  "the best run city" prize.  There are employees in a certain department that we laugh about at how backward they are. 

Jose Hernandez
Jose Hernandez

They should raise their gas prices see how that makes them the best city to live in

Paul Rudman
Paul Rudman

At running businesses out of their city!!

Hans Rojas
Hans Rojas

They must of skipped over all the corruption in regards to the joke we refer to as the "Great Park"

USATODAY
USATODAY

Last time I read the USA Today, I was taking a poo poo at the Marriott Courtyard.

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

Who cares. That city is a portal to hell. And it should be carpet bombed.

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

Take that, OCW, for your evil, Irvine-hater ways!  :)

ltpar
ltpar topcommenter

Rocky, be careful your lack of intelligence is showing big time in your comment.  Grow up and get a life.  

ltpar
ltpar topcommenter

Hey Gabriel, Zillo reports that my house that I paid $140,000 for in 1978 is currently worth 1.2 million and I like beige.  My town (Irvine) also has more than adequate soul, which is evidenced by the best managed award.  How's your place doing, wherever you are?  

ltpar
ltpar topcommenter

Spoken like a true and die hard Agranista.  Sorry Sharona, your days in control are since past, so get used to it.  

ltpar
ltpar topcommenter

@rockyneidhardt Better to be pissed off than pissed on.  As I said, get a life.

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