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  •   State: 
    Riverside County
      County FIPS: 
    33°34′10″N 117°12′09″W
      Area total: 
    33.65 sq mi (87.15 km²)
      Area land: 
    33.61 sq mi (87.06 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.04 sq mi (0.09 km²)
    1,175 ft (334 m)
    Incorporated July 1, 1991
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA
    Pacific Standard Time (PST) UTC-8:00; Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) UTC-7:00
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    Murrieta, Riverside County, California, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    3,301.07 residents per square mile of area (1,274.55/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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Murrieta is a city in southwestern Riverside County, California, United States. It is named for Juan Murrieta, a Californio ranchero who founded the town. The city experienced a 133.7% population increase between 2000 and 2010, making it one of the fastest-growing cities in the state during that period. In July 2014, the city garnered national attention following days of citizen protests of detained immigrants. The protests were in response to a temporary relocation and detention facility the federal government had planned to establish in the city. The population of the city was 110,949 as of the 2020 census. It has a Mediterranean climate or dry-summer climate (Köppen: Csa), with an average of sunshine days and 35 days with measurable precipitation annually. The area is bordered by the city of Temecula to the south, the cities of Menifee and Wildomar to the north, and the unincorporated community of French Valley to the east. Murrietas is located in the center of the Los Angeles-San Diego mega-region. The U.S. Census Bureau says the city has a total area of 33.6 sq mi (87.1 km²), of which 99.89% of it is land and 0.11% is covered by water. Murrrieta gets on average of 31 days of some type of precipitation a year, with a temperature gradient over 1.7 °C (0.7km/km) between the coast and inland areas.


In 1873, Domingo Pujol, Francisco Sanjurjo, and Juan and Ezequiel Murrieta purchased the Rancho Pauba and Rancho Temecula Mexican land grants. In 1882, the California Southern Railroad was built through the valley. In 1990, residents began a campaign for city status which resulted in the incorporation of the city on July 1, 1991. Between 1991 and 2007, the city's population further increased to an estimated 97,257 residents, making it the largest city in southwestern Riverside County at that time. In July 2014, Murrietta garnered national attention following days of citizen protests of detained immigrants. The city is now home to a Bible college and conference center, which has invested millions of dollars into restoring and rebuilding the old resort rooms. It is also home to the Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, a Christian church with a mission to serve the needs of the homeless and those in need of shelter. The town has a population of 24,000, a major increase from 2,200 in 1980, when Interstate 15 was built. It was founded in 1873 as a rancho with 52,000 acres (210 km²) in the area. By 1890, some 800 people lived in the valley, and by 1935, the population had grown to about 20,000. In the early 1980s, suburban neighborhoods were being constructed, and people began moving to the MurriETA area from cities and towns in San Diego and Orange Counties.


Murrieta has a Mediterranean climate or dry-summer subtropical (Köppen climate classification Csa) April through November is warm to hot and dry with average high temperatures of 7791 °F (2533 °C) The period of November through March is somewhat rainy. Murrieta averages 15 inches (380 millimetres) of precipitation annually, which mainly occurs during the winter and spring (November through April) with generally light rain showers, but sometimes heavy rainfall and thunderstorms. Snowfall is rare in the city basin, but nearby mountains slopes typically receive snowfall each winter. The city has a total area of 33.6 sq mi (87.1 km²), of which 99.89% of it is land and 0.11% is covered by water. The area has an average of 263 sunshine days and 35 days with measurable precipitation annually. The temperature can vary as much as 18°F (10°C) between inland areas and the coast, with a temperature gradient over 1 °F per mile (0.3 °C/km) from the coast inland. The town has a population of 2,856. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the city's population to be 2,732. The population of the city is 2,932. It is located in the Rio Grande Valley, which is one of the most mountainous regions in the United States. The state of New Mexico has the highest percentage of people living in urban areas, with 1.9% of the population living in cities.


The 2010 U.S. Census reported that Murrieta had a population of 103,466. The racial makeup of the city was 72,137 (69.7%) White (55.7% non-Hispanic White), 5,601 (5.4%) African American, 741 (0.7) Native American, 9,556 (9.2%) Asian, 391 (0,4%) Pacific Islander, 8,695 (8.4) from other races, and 6,345 (6.1%) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 26,792 persons (25.9%). The census reported 103,037 people (99.6% of the population) lived in households, 291 people (0.3%) lived in noninstitutionalized group quarters, and 138 people (0.,1%) were institutionalized. The average household size was 3.15. The median income for a family was $90,930. The city's population was 44,282 as of the census of 2000, with 14,921 people, 14,320 households, and 11,699 families resided in the city. The population was distributed as 31,471 people under the age of 18, 9.891 people (9,891) aged 18 to 24, 28,144 people (27.2) aged 25 to 44, 23,555 people (22.8%) aged 45 to 64, and 10,405 people (10.1) who were 65 years of age or older.


According to the city's 2021 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top non-military employers in the city are: Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, McDonald's and Starbucks. The city's economy is based on a combination of manufacturing, construction and service industries. The economy is also heavily dependent on tourism and other non-traditional sources of revenue. The top employers are: McDonald's, Pepsico, Starbucks, and McDonald's. The most popular non- military employers are Starbucks, McDonald’s, and Starbucks’ sister company, Apple. The largest employers are Apple, Apple Watch, and Apple Computer. The best-paid workers are those who earn more than $100,000 per year. The highest-paid are those earning more than 50,000 dollars per year, according to the report. The lowest-paid employees are those making less than $50,000 a year, and the lowest-paying are those working for less than 25,000 workers. The U.S. military is the largest employer, followed by state and local governments. The biggest employers are state and county government, state and city government, and private industry. The worst-paid employers are non-profit organizations and non-governmental organizations, such as the Chamber of Commerce, the Salvation Army and the Kiwanis Club. The number of people living in poverty is at an all-time high. The unemployment rate is at a record-high of 7.7 percent. The average household income is $2,000.

Parks and recreation

Bear Creek Golf and Country Club was designed by Jack Nicklaus, and Presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford have played there. The Golf Club at Rancho California wasdesigned by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and was built in the early 1950s. The golf course is located on the banks of the San Joaquin River, which flows into the San Diego River. The San Diego Zoo is located in San Diego, California, and was founded in the late 1800s. It is the largest zoo in the U.S., with more than 2,000,000 visitors a year. The zoo is also home to the San Francisco Giants baseball team, which won the World Series in 1966. The Golden Gate Bridge, which opened in 1968, is located near San Diego. It was designed and built by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who was also the architect of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team in the 1960s and 1970s.


In the United States House of Representatives, Murrieta is in California's 42nd congressional district. In the California State Legislature, the town is in the 28th Senate District and 67th Assembly District. In Riverside County Board of Supervisors, Murrie is in Third District, represented by Chuck Washington. The town is located on the banks of the San Joaquin River, which flows into the San Diego River. The river is one of the most scenic in the state, and is known as the "River City" for its scenic views. The city is also known as "The River City" because of the river's scenic views, which can be seen from the city's downtown area.


The city of Murrieta is home to eleven elementary (K-5) and four middle (6-8) schools. There are three comprehensive high (9-12) schools and one continuation school. Calvary Chapel Bible College operated from 1994 until 2022. The city is also home to a University of Phoenix learning center and an Azusa Pacific University satellite campus. Mt. San Jacinto College is the nearest community college. The University of California, Riverside (UCR) is the closest public university to the city's downtown area, with locations in Temecula and Menifee. There had been a senior high school in the Calvaries system, but it closed in 2019. There is also a private comprehensive school at CalvARY Chapel Murrietas, which also serves the Murriete community. The school district is part of the San Diego Unified School District, which is based in San Diego, California. The district also has a continuation high school, which serves the community of Mesa, California, and an independent high school that serves the communities of Temeculula and San Diego. The schools are all in the same school district, which was formed in the 1970s. The Murriets have a population of about 3,000. The town has a history of being the site of several major earthquakes. The last one occurred in the early 1990s. It is located on the banks of the Santa Catalina River, which runs through the center of the city.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Murrieta, Riverside County, California = 1. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 50. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 10. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Murrieta = 5.7 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 110,949 individuals with a median age of 31.6 age the population grows by 71.37% in Murrieta, Riverside County, California population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 3,301.07 residents per square mile of area (1,274.55/km²). There are average 3.19 people per household in the 23,727 households with an average household income of $80,155 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 10.10% of the available work force and has dropped -6.49% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 16.92%. The number of physicians in Murrieta per 100,000 population = 109.8.


The annual rainfall in Murrieta = 11.1 inches and the annual snowfall = 0 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 31. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 275. 97 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 36.3 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 18, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Murrieta, Riverside County, California which are owned by the occupant = 76.83%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 11 years with median home cost = $226,710 and home appreciation of -17.25%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $9.19 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,338 per student. There are 23.8 students for each teacher in the school, 7082 students for each Librarian and 924 students for each Counselor. 8.78% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 15.34% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 6.92% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Murrieta's population in Riverside County, California of 42,639 residents in 1900 has increased 2,6-fold to 110,949 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 50.72% female residents and 49.28% male residents live in Murrieta, Riverside County, California.

    As of 2020 in Murrieta, Riverside County, California are married and the remaining 30.84% are single population.

  • 36.9 minutes is the average time that residents in Murrieta require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    78.35% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 13.60% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.20% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 5.83% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Murrieta, Riverside County, California, 76.83% are owner-occupied homes, another 18.86% are rented apartments, and the remaining 4.32% are vacant.

  • The 42.02% of the population in Murrieta, Riverside County, California who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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