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The namesake town of Orange County’s most important founding family, Irvine is one of the country’s most successful master planned communities. Incorporated in 1971, the city originally developed as an annex to the University of California, Irvine, which was established in the 1960’s. UCI is currently one of the highest ranked universities in the country, and as such, has attracted an interesting mix of industry and residents to its environs. Irvine’s public school system, one of the most accomplished in the United States, attracts people from around the world in search of an idyllic suburban environment and education system. Adjacent to Newport Beach and central to the county, Irvine’s location is considered ideal. The town is a carefully planned series of communities, parks, open space, schools, shopping and business districts, all complemented by the thought given to their arrangement and use. Consistently ranked as one of the safest cities in the country as well, Irvine residents enjoy a sense of community and security often hard to find in other places.