The 10 Safest Neighborhoods In Irvine For 2020


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Irvine are the safest places to live.

Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the safest neighborhoods to live in Irvine.
Safest Neighborhoods In Irvine
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We analyzed every possible crime metric to determine which neighborhoods in Irvine are the safest.

Every year, more than 30 million Americans move. Sometimes, its for a job, other times its to escape the big city. But no matter where you move, you want a neighborhood thats family friendly, clean, and most importantly, safe.

Weve analyzed the FBI crime reports data on violent and property crimes for every single neighborhood in Irvine. Then, we calculated your chances of being the victim of a crime in each one.

In which Irvine neighborhoods can you leave your doors unlocked at night? Heres the list. For a more detailed breakdown for each neighborhood, keep reading.

So, which neighborhood is the safest in Irvine in 2020? That would be Turtle Ridge. Thats according to the most recent FBI crime data, which takes into account everything from thefts and robberies to assaults and murders.

If you want to dig down deeper into each neighborhood’s statistics, as well as our methodology, take a look below. Some of these neighborhoods are the best places to live in Irvine.

If you dont see a neighborhood youre looking for in our top ten, scroll down to the bottom, where we have all Irvine neighborhoods listed in order from safest to most dangerous. Read on to see how we determined the places around Irvine that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Irvine.

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How We Determined The Safest Irvine Hoods In 2020

You can ask people which neighborhoods are the safest, or you can just look at the unbiased raw data. So, instead of relying on speculation and opinion, we analyzed the hard numbers from the FBIs most recent crime report (published in September of 2019) for every neighborhood in Irvine.

To be more specific, we analyzed the FBIs Uniform Crime Report. We then ran an analysis to calculate each neighborhoods property and violent crimes based on the demographics of the area and reported crime. We used two key criteria:

  • Total Crimes Per Capita
  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 21 in each category, where 1 was the safest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a safe neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest safest neighborhood index the ‘Safest City Neighborhood In Irvine.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Turtle Ridge.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the safest places Irvine. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from safest to most expensive.

The 10 Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Irvine For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 3,764
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 33
Property Crime Per 100k: 432
More on Turtle Ridge: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Turtle Ridge comes in at 33 and the property crime per capita is 432 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 864
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 24
Property Crime Per 100k: 527
More on Shady Canyon: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Shady Canyon comes in at 24 and the property crime per capita is 527 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 14,912
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 28
Property Crime Per 100k: 525
More on Uc Irvine: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Uc Irvine comes in at 28 and the property crime per capita is 525 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 8,436
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 45
Property Crime Per 100k: 683
More on University Park: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in University Park comes in at 45 and the property crime per capita is 683 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 11,939
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 46
Property Crime Per 100k: 705
More on Oak Creek: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Oak Creek comes in at 46 and the property crime per capita is 705 for 2020.

Turtle Rock Irvine, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 10,223
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 49
Property Crime Per 100k: 780
More on Turtle Rock: Homes For Sale | Data

Turtle Rock is a neighborhood in the south part of Irvine, Orange County, California near Concordia University, Irvine and the University of California, Irvine. It is bounded to the north by University Drive and Mason Regional Park, to the east by the Strawberry Farms Golf Club and Ridgeline Drive, to the south by Shady Canyon Drive, and to the west by Culver Drive. Turtle Rock is one of the five ‘villages’ originally forming Irvine; its 1967 founding is commemorated by a sculpture of a turtle in Turtle Rock Community Park, at the corner of Turtle Rock and Sunnyhill Drives. A two-lane internal loop road, Turtle Rock Drive, encircles the village and carries traffic between housing developments and the city’s main streets.

The violent crime per 100K people in Turtle Rock comes in at 49 and the property crime per capita is 780 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 4,857
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 34
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,034
More on Northwood Point: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Northwood Point comes in at 34 and the property crime per capita is 1,034 for 2020.

Woodbridge Irvine, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 25,315
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 64
Property Crime Per 100k: 741
More on Woodbridge: Homes For Sale | Data

Woodbridge is a large suburban housing development, begun in 1975 by The Irvine Company, in the central region of Irvine, California. It covers roughly four square miles and has two large artificial lakes at its center. It contains five elementary schools, two middle schools, and Woodbridge High School. The Interstate 405 forms its southern boundary. Most of the developments were completed by the mid-1990s. In 2013 development began on the first new housing tract in 15 years, consisting of 48 new homes called The Branches.

The violent crime per 100K people in Woodbridge comes in at 64 and the property crime per capita is 741 for 2020.

Northwood Irvine, CA

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 24,509
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 49
Property Crime Per 100k: 946
More on Northwood: Homes For Sale | Data

Northwood is a community encompassing the northern portions of the city of Irvine, in Orange County, California. It covers the area enclosed by the Santa Ana Freeway, Culver Drive, Portola Parkway and Jeffrey Road.

The violent crime per 100K people in Northwood comes in at 49 and the property crime per capita is 946 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 16,122
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 52
Property Crime Per 100k: 861
More on El Camino Real: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in El Camino Real comes in at 52 and the property crime per capita is 861 for 2020.

Summing Up The Safest Places In Irvine

Looking at the data, you can tell that Turtle Ridge is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most California residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you’re informed ahead of time.

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Detailed List Of The Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Irvine For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Crime Per 100K
1 Turtle Ridge 465
2 Shady Canyon 551
3 Uc Irvine 553
4 University Park 728
5 Oak Creek 751
6 Turtle Rock 829
7 Northwood Point 1,068
8 Woodbridge 805
9 Northwood 995
10 El Camino Real 913
11 West Park 1,158
12 University Town Center 1,084
13 Lower Peters Canyon 1,322
14 Rancho San Joaquin 1,332
15 Walnut Village 1,401
16 Research Park 1,904
17 San Joaquin Marsh 2,795
18 Spectrum 2,131
19 Irvine Health And Science Complex 6,926
20 Quail Hill 10,089
21 Business District 11,606

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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