IRVINE, CA-Orange County median home prices have made an impressive jump over the past year, industry sources report. In addition, the county boasts one of the highest-rated public school districts in Irvine Unified School District, reports ZipRealty Inc., which may be linked to the increase.

ZipRealty reports that average home prices increased 22% year-over-year to $531,500 as of mid-August, and the school district scored 9.2 on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest. “Home values and school scores are always going to be linked,” says ZipRealty’s president and CEO Lanny Baker. “In order to give our users the most complete picture of a home’s value, we provide a school score, which is calculated based on test-score data as well as student/teacher ratios, for every home listing on”

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