The view from Quail Hill Loop Trail overlooks Irvine Spectrum District.

Survey: Irvine quality of life is ‘unprecedented’

by TOM BERG

The city and its Master Plan received high marks with residents in a scientific public opinion poll conducted Aug. 27-Sept. 3.

Nearly 90% of residents rate their quality of life as “excellent” or “good,” versus just 1% who are unsatisfied.

“Irvine’s tremendous quality of life numbers are about as good as it gets,” says Paul Maslin, partner at Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates, a national research firm that conducted the poll on behalf of the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce. “The positive numbers are almost unprecedented in our decades of polling in cities across America.”

City government also receives high marks, with nearly two-thirds approving of City Hall.

Importantly, most residents also believe that the city is “on the right track,” and even more believe that their neighborhood is on the right track.

When it comes to the Master Plan, almost everyone approves.

Nearly 90% viewed the Master Plan as “very positive” or “somewhat positive” when provided a brief overview of the city’s guiding document.

“No other American city has been guided by a master plan that’s created this remarkable balance of homes, jobs, open space and great schools,” says Chamber CEO Bryan Starr. “It’s why we enjoy such a high quality of life and attract the best companies from around the world.”