Irvine surpasses 250,000 population mark

Photo by moondoggie71 on Flickr

Photo by moondoggie71 on Flickr

Irvine surpassed the 250,000-population mark as developers continue to add housing stock to the fastest-growing city in Orange County.

The city grew by 7,708 residents last year – the largest increase in the state among cities with populations of 300,000 or fewer, said the state’s Department of Finance, which updates the state’s population numbers annually.

Irvine now has 250,384 residents – the third largest in the county.

Mayor Steven Choi said he’s “anticipated that all along.”

The state’s Department of Finance figures show that Irvine has added more than 11,000 housing units since 2010.

Deborah Diep, with Center for Demographic Research at Cal State Fullerton, said the housing growth helps provide context for the population growth, especially in Irvine.

“Irvine has great schools. It’s a desirable place to live,” she said.

When new homes are made available, “they get filled very quickly,” Diep added.

Choi listed the reasons why people are lured to Irvine: great schools, trimmed grass and no potholes.

Anaheim is the most populous city in the county, followed by Santa Ana.


This article was written by Alejandra Molina at

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