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Historically, the Gabrieleno peoples inhabited the area of Southern California, which would become Irvine for 2,000 years prior to European colonization. In 1769, Spain’s Gaspar de Portola became the first European to visit the area. Portola claimed the area for the King of Spain, who owned it until Mexican independence in 1821. The Mexican government provided grants for Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana, Rancho San Joaquin, and Rancho Lomas de Santiago. During the 1860s, American James Irvine slowly bought up all these areas and founded Irvine Ranch. This, of course, is where the city’s name originates. Irvine, California was officially incorporated on December 28th, 1971.
Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the US Census Bureau, Irvine, California has a total population of 258,386 people. This makes it the sixteenth most populous city in the state of California and the 85th most populous city in the country. Irvine, California is the 3rd most populous city in Orange County. According to a 2015 estimate, Orange County has an estimated population of 3,169,776 people. Orange County is part of the Greater Los Angeles Area. The Greater Los Angeles Area, according to a 2014 estimate, has a population of 18,550,288 people, which makes it the second largest metropolitan area in the country, following the New York metropolitan area. The Greater Los Angeles Area is one of the largest urban agglomerations in the world.
Irvine, California serves as a hub for the technology industry. In fact, numerous technology and semiconductor corporations are headquartered in the Irvine area.
The third largest employer in the Irvine area is Blizzard Entertainment, a software company responsible for video games such as Warcraft, Starcraft, Diablo, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and Overwatch. Blizzard is responsible for 2,620 jobs in the area.
Other notable companies with headquarters based in Irvine include Allergan, Inc., ATEN Technology, Inc., BAX Global, eMachines, Epicor Software Corporation, Gateway, Inc., In-N-Out Burger, Kofa, LA Fitness, Meade Instruments, Obsidian Entertainment, Ready at Dawn, Red 5 Studios, Taco Bell, Vizio, Western Digital, Western Mutual Insurance, and Zymo Research.
The largest employer in the Irvine, California area, however, is the University of California, Irvine, which is responsible for a whopping 15,750 jobs. UC Irvine is a public research university, which was established in 1965. It is part of the University of California system. UC Irvine is considered a Public Ivy school and is designated as having very high research activity in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As of 2015, UC Irvine had a $504.3 million endowment with 31,551 students enrolled in total.
UC Irvine’s Anteaters participate in NCAA Division I Athletics. The Anteaters are members of the Big West Conference and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. They compete in 18 men’s and women’s sports. In fact, UC Irvine’s Anteaters have “won 28 national championships in nine different teams sports.” 64 athletes from UC Irvine have won individual national championships, while 53 Anteaters have been Olympians.
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