Updated at 2024-02-21
In the mid-19th century, James Irvine bought roughly 100,000 acres of land in Southern California, which would be the foundation for what is now the city of Irvine. Later, his son established the Irvine Company and expanded its operations in agriculture and ranching, bringing prosperity to the area. In the 1960s, the Irvine Company sold 1,000 acres of land to the University of California for the construction of a new campus for a single US dollar, and nearby farmland was also developed into urban areas. In 1971, Irvine City was officially incorporated into Orange County. The city emblem naturally uses the letter "i" for Irvine as its focal image.
Alliance Date: February 2, 2001
Area: 170 square kilometers
Population: Approx. 314,000 people
Main Industries/Features: Irvine is located in Orange County, California. Its primary industries are technology and semiconductor manufacturing. Irvine also has a booming higher education industry.