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Just 113 violent crimes were reported in Irvine, California in 2013, a city with more than 235,000 residents. As a result, its violent crime rate was just 48 per 100,000 people, the lowest among large America’s cities.

This is the 10th straight year in which Irvine had the nation’s lowest violent crime rate among large cities. Its property crime rate was also very low:  ninth lowest in the nation. The city’s low crime rates are very much due to its high-earning and well-educated population. In 2013, the median household income in Irvine was $87,830, and more than 61 per cent of adults had at least a bachelor’s degree, both among the highest numbers in the nation.
Violent crimes per 100,000: 48
Population: 235,830
2013 murders: 2 (44th lowest)
Poverty rate: 12.1% (53rd lowest)
Pct. of adults with high school degree: 95.3% (7th highest)

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