How Safe Is Irvine for Travel?

Irvine, United States
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Irvine is a city in Orange County, California is known for its very high rates of safety.

The city is slowly becoming a business center of Orange County, and home to many national and international companies.

Irvine is clean, safe, well maintained, and about a 1.5-hour drive from Los Angeles to the north and San Diego to the south, making it relatively easy to travel to either city for work or leisure.

The streets and main arteries of Irvine are laid out in a symmetrical grid and the majority of them have trees and well-kept greenbelts.

There is an abundant number of parks and two size man-made lakes that serve as recreation centers for both residents and visitors.

Warnings & Dangers in Irvine

Overall Risk


Irvine is considered America's safest city by FBI studies, so, by all means, relax and enjoy your stay - there's no reason to worry here.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Transportation is very safe and reliable in Irvine. Still, take few precautionary measures when in public transportation.

Pickpockets Risk


There is no reason to fear pickpockets. There is almost no risk of petty theft, and following a few basic precaution rules should take care of this issue.

Natural Disasters Risk


Some natural disasters occasionally hit Irvine. For instance, landslides, also known as mudslides or debris flow, occur frequently in Orange County.

Mugging Risk


Although some areas are considered a bit riskier than others, Irvine is very safe when it comes to mugging or kidnapping, especially for tourists.

Terrorism Risk


Excluding isolated mass shootings, the US hasn't been the target of any terrorist attacks recently, but the attacks shouldn't be ruled out. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Scams Risk


There is no risk of getting scammed in Irvine, but still be careful when receiving change, check it twice, negotiate everything in advance and be wary of people offering you unwanted help, directions, etc.

Women Travelers Risk


Irvine is, naturally, very safe for female solo travelers. Following basic precaution measures should completely minimize the chances of anything going wrong.

So... How Safe Is Irvine Really?

Irvine is a very, very safe city located in Orange County, where you can relax and not think about petty crime.

Violent crime is also almost non-existent since if it does happen, it is usually linked to particular neighborhoods and is rarely in the form of a random attack.

Many claims that this is the single safest city in all of America since its robbery, assault, and car rates are among the lowest in the continent.

In 2014, Irvine was, for the 11th time recorded as the city with the fewest violent crimes per capita of any U.S. city with more than 100,000 residents.

What differentiates Irvine from other cities is that even the smallest pockets and neighborhoods of the city are very safe at any time of the day.

There isn’t a history of criminality and a local traditional crime syndicate does not exist.

The population is conservative and law-abiding and the police are nice, polite and tend to respond promptly.

There are no objectively bad neighborhoods in Irvine.

That being said, however, there are certainly newer and more opulent areas in the city.

The oldest developed parts of the city are around University High School and Irvine High School.

How Does Irvine Compare?

CitySafety Index
Washington DC56
New York City67
Buenos Aires (Argentina)60
Vancouver (Canada)82
Cordoba (Argentina)61

Useful Information

  • Visas - The US is famous for its harsh policy for acquiring a tourist, let alone a resident visa. The US embassies usually ask for interviews before granting tourist visas, and tourists usually have to pay up to 160 USD to get a visa. If you are not sure about your visa status, contact your local US embassy for further information.
  • Currency - The United States dollar is the official currency in Irvine. Credit and debit cards are accepted nearly everywhere, and ATMs are widely available. The prices vary but you can plan on spending about 100 dollars per day.
  • Weather - Irvine has a local steppe climate characterized by short, warm, arid, and clear summers and long and cool winters. During the year, there is little rainfall in Irvine.
  • Airports - John Wayne/Orange County Airport is the busiest airport near Irvine. It is located immediately outside of Irvine and serves domestic flights from all over the country, and occasionally flights to Canada and Mexico.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Irvine, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Irvine Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 14° C
Feb 15° C
Mar 15° C
Apr 17° C
May 18° C
Jun 21° C
Jul 23° C
Aug 24° C
Sep 23° C
Oct 20° C
Nov 16° C
Dec 13° C
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1 Review on Irvine

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    Bono Biggins says:

    Try Cumbernauld instead

    As the Proclaimers would say “Irvine no more” Felt very unsafe due to the down and outs going through the trash bins. I also observed prostitution by leather wearing moustachioed biker types ( and they were women if you can still say that)

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