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Murrieta is a city in southwestern Riverside County, California, United States. The population of Murrieta was 103,466 at the 2010 census. Murrieta experienced a 133.7% population increase between 2000 and 2010, according to the most recent census, making Murrieta one of the fastest growing cities in the state. This population boom in 2010 surpassed the population of the historically larger and more commercial city of Temecula to the south for the first time since the incorporation of either city. Temecula and Murrieta together form the southwestern anchor of the Inland Empire region. The Murrieta-Temecula-Menifee Urban Area had a population of 441,546 at the 2010 Census. Largely residential in character, Murrieta is typically characterized as a commuter town, with many of its residents commuting to jobs in San Diego County, Orange County, Los Angeles County, Temecula, and Camp Pendleton.

Murrieta is bordered by Temecula to the south and the newly incorporated cities of Menifee and Wildomar to the north.

Public services


Murrieta is served by two major interstate freeways. I-215 runs through the eastern portion of the city, and I-15 runs through the western portion of the city. Historic U.S. Route 395 passes through the city and California State Route 79 defines much of the city's eastern border. The Riverside Transit Agency provides limited public transportation options with routes connecting in several areas of the city.[31] Proposals currently exist which may position the city to play host to the high-speed rail that voters approved in 2008 with Prop 1A.[32] This active HSR station is projected to handle 8,000 daily riders. The program-level HSR route alignment has placed this station between Murrieta and Temecula near the I-15 and I-215 freeway interchange.[33]

The neighboring unincorporated community of French Valley hosts the largest general aviation airport in southwest Riverside County.[34]

Public safety

Murrieta had an all-volunteer fire department for almost 39 years. In 1987 it became a fully-fledged municipal fire prevention district, the only one in southwestern Riverside County.

The Murrieta Fire Department also has been the primary paramedic service provider for the city since 2000.

The Murrieta Police Department was created in 1992, with the encouragement of Riverside County Sheriff Cois Byrd; it is the only municipal police department in Southwest Riverside County. As of 2011 the department had about 100 officers, headed by Chief of Police Mark Wright.


Murrieta is the safest city in Riverside County,[35] and in 2009 Murrieta was listed as the second safest city (over 100,000 in population) in the United States, behind Irvine, California.


Murrieta is served by two hospitals: Loma Linda Medical Center and Rancho Springs Medical Center.


The city of Murrieta is served by the Murrieta Valley Unified School District (MVUSD). The district contains eleven elementary (K-5) schools, three middle (6-8) schools, three comprehensive high (9-12) schools (Murrieta Valley High School, Vista Murrieta High School, Murrieta Mesa High School), one continuation school (Creekside High School), and one independent study school. Because of the explosive growth in the area, an additional elementary school, middle school, and high school have been proposed. Murrieta Mesa High School opened its doors in the 2009–2010 school year to its first classes of freshmen and sophomores.[36]

Calvary Chapel Bible College, built upon the old Murrieta Hot Springs resort, and its affiliated private comprehensive (K-12) school Calvary Chapel Murrieta also serve the Murrieta community. The Menifee campus of Mt. San Jacinto College is the nearest community college and the University of California, Riverside (UCR) is the nearest public university. The city is also the location of a University of Phoenix learning center, as well as an Azusa Pacific University satellite campus.[citation needed]


Laurel Cemetery (also known as Murrieta Cemetery) is located near the southwest city limits.[37][38] Notable interments at the cemetery include actor Douglas Fowley.[39]

Veterans Memorial

The Town Square, which is still under development and is home to the Murrieta Police Department, Murrieta Public Library, City Hall, and a senior center, is also home to a new memorial for military veterans. At a cost of $2 million, with the city providing $500,000 in start up fees, the memorial features an honor garden, memorial obelisk, and a World War II memorial wall.[40]



Murrieta has three golf courses within the city limits. Bear Creek Golf & Country Club is located within the gated residential community of Bear Creek. It is a private 18-hole course designed by Jack Nicklaus at which Presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford have played. The California Oaks Golf Course is located within The Colony, a gated senior residential community and is a public 18-hole course. SCGA Golf Course is an 18-hole golf course on the east side of the city.

Other diversions

Murrieta has a Mulligan Family Fun Center, with miniature golf, go kart racing, laser tag, and an arcade. A movie theater and additional go kart track, Pole Position, are additional entertainment options. As of 2012 Murrieta also gained a comedy club, Aces, as well as a trampoline park. In late 2013, a roller rink, EPIC Rollertainment, was opened. Annually, both Murrieta and neighboring Temecula share the Rod Run, a classic car event where classic car owners and enthusiasts can showcase and enjoy hundreds of classic cars. Murrieta has several sport parks.

Outside the city limits there are the Santa Rosa Plateau, the Temecula Valley Wine Country, and Lake Skinner. The Santa Rosa Plateau, an ecological reserve which is jointly owned by county and state governments, a private conservation group, and the local water district, is just outside the city to the west.[43] Visitors can observe endangered wildlife, both flora and fauna (including the threatened Engelmann oak). The Temecula Valley Wine Country is approximately 7.5 miles southeast of Murrieta, and includes approximately 40 wineries. Lake Skinner offers sailing, fishing, swimming, horseback riding, hiking, and developed campsites.

Murrieta skyline
Murrieta skyline
Motto: "The Future Of Southern California"[1]
Location in Riverside County and the state of California
Location in Riverside County and the state of California
City of Murrieta is located in USA
City of Murrieta
City of Murrieta
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 3334′10″N 11712′09″W / 33.56944N 117.20250W / 33.56944; -117.20250Coordinates: 3334′10″N 11712′09″W / 33.56944N 117.20250W / 33.56944; -117.20250
Country United States
State California
County Riverside
Incorporated July 1, 1991[2]
 • Type Council–manager[3]
 • City council[4] Mayor Harry Ramos
Randon Lane
Rick Gibbs
Jonathan Ingram
Alan Long
 • City manager Rick Dudley[3]
 • Total 33.613 sq mi (87.058 km2)
 • Land 33.577 sq mi (86.964 km2)
 • Water 0.036 sq mi (0.094 km2)  0.11%
Elevation[6] 1,175 ft (334 m)
Population (April 1, 2010)[7]
 • Total 103,466
 • Estimate (2014)[8] 108,368
 • Rank 4th in Riverside County
63rd in California
 • Density 3,100/sq mi (1,200/km2)
Time zone Pacific (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 92562–92564
Area code 951
FIPS code 06-50076
GNIS feature IDs 1667919, 2411199


Temecula is a city in southwestern Riverside County, California, with a population of 100,097 during the 2010 census[7] and an estimated 2013 population of 106,780.[8] It was incorporated on December 1, 1989. Temecula is bordered by the City of Murrieta to the north and the Pechanga Indian Reservation and San Diego County to the south. The City of Temecula forms the southwestern anchor of the Inland Empire region.

The city is a prominent tourist destination, with the Temecula Valley Wine Country, Old Town Temecula, the Temecula Valley Polo Club, the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival, the Temecula Valley International Film Festival, championship golf courses, and resort accommodations attracting a significant amount of tourists which appreciably contributes to the city's economic profile.[9][10] In addition to the tourism sector, the educational, healthcare, leisure, professional, finance, and retail sectors all contribute to the city's economy as well.[11]


Temecula Valley Unified School District

The Temecula Valley Unified School District (TVUSD) and its schools are consistently ranked as having the highest Academic Performance Indices within Riverside County.[45] Great Oak High School, Chaparral High, and Temecula Valley High have all received silver medals in the U.S. News Best High Schools rankings awarded by U.S. News & World Report.[46]

The district's general boundaries extend north to Baxter Road in French Valley, south to the Riverside/San Diego county line, east to Vail Lake, and west to the Temecula city limit. The district covers approximately 148 square miles (383 km2), with an enrollment of approximately 25,000 students (Grades K-12).

Private schools

  • Hillcrest Academy
  • Linfield Christian School
  • Rancho Christian School
  • Van Avery Prep
  • Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac School
  • Saint Ives
  • Saint Bernaby
  • Temecula Christian School

Charter schools


Parks and recreation

Temecula has 39 parks, 22 miles of trails[49] and 11 major community facilities.[50] In 2013, it was named a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community and it was named a Playful City USA.[51][52] Temecula's Pennypickle's Workshop was a winner of Nickelodeon's Parents' Picks Award for "Best Museum" and "Best Kids' Party Place".[53]

Temecula's sports parks include the Ronald Reagan Sports Park (formerly named Rancho California Sports Park)[54] and the Patricia H. Birdsall Sports Park.

Temecula offers various sport options as youth's extra-curricular activities such as football (both flag and Pop Warner), cheerleading, roller hockey, wrestling, basketball, baseball, soccer, and lacrosse. In 2010, the Temecula Mountain Lions Rugby Club was started. The club offers men's, women's, and youth teams. In their first season, the Temecula Mountain Lions Rugby Club's men's team won the SCRFU Open Division Championship.


Public services

Public safety

Temecula provides police service in cooperation with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department via a contract with the department fulfilled through its Southwest Sheriff's Station, located in the unincorporated community of French Valley, just immediately north of the city of Temecula, east of State Route 79 (Winchester Road). The station is adjacent to the Riverside County Superior Court's Southwest Regional Judicial District Courthouse and Southwest Detention Center, one of the five regional jails in Riverside County. The sheriff's station is currently commanded by Captain Andre O'Harra,[55] who also serves as Temecula's Chief of Police.

The city of Temecula contracts for fire and paramedic services with the Riverside County Fire Department through a cooperative agreement with CAL FIRE. Temecula currently has five fire stations with five paramedic engine companies, one truck company and two CAL FIRE wildland fire engines.[56]

American Medical Response provides paramedic ambulance transport to an emergency department.

Public libraries


The Temecula Cemetery[57] is operated by the Temecula Public Cemetery District.[58] Land for the cemetery was originally donated by Mercedes Pujol in 1884 from the estate of her husband, Domingo Pujol.[59]


Wine Country

Main article: Temecula Valley AVA

More than 40 years after Richard Break and Leon Borel first planted 56 varieties of wine-making grapes in five different locations for the newly formed Rancho California Development Corporation, the Temecula Valley has become recognized as a full-fledged appellation. In 1967 John Moramarco planted the first 1,000 acres of commercial winegrapes for Brookside Vineyards and Winery. Today, there are approximately 40 wineries and more than 3,500 acres (14 km2) of producing vineyards. The wine country is a few miles east of historic Old Town Temecula, with a variety of tasting rooms.[68] The annual Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival is held at nearby Lake Skinner. The festival offers live entertainment, hot air balloon rides, and wine tasting, with many of the area's local wineries represented.


Golfers can use one of the nine local golf courses including Pechanga's Journey, Redhawk, Temecula Creek Inn, Temeku Hills, CrossCreek, Pala Mesa (near Fallbrook) and the SCGA Member's Course (in nearby Murrieta).

Old Town Temecula

Old Town Temecula

Old Town Temecula is a collection of historic 1890s buildings, antique stores, hotels, museums, specialty food stores, restaurants, boutiques, gift and collectible stores, and antique dealers. Old Town is also home to such events as car shows, western days, and summer entertainment. On weekends, Old Town also hosts a growing nightlife.

Old Town is also home to the Temecula Museum which features exhibits about the local band of Native Americans and the local natural history and city development. Completed in late 2010, the new City Hall is also located in Old Town.

Pechanga Resort and Casino

In 2001, the Pechanga Band of Luiseo Indians built the $262 million Pechanga Resort and Casino complex. It is Temecula Valley's largest employer, with about 4100 people employed.


  • Temecula Bluegrass Festival[69]
  • Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival[70]
  • Temecula Valley International Film and Music Festival[71]
  • Temecula Valley International Jazz Festival[72]
  • Temecula Street Painting Festival[73]
  • Temecula Greek Fest[74]
City of Temecula
Temecula City Hall
Temecula City Hall
Motto: Old Traditions New Opportunities
Location of Riverside County within the State of California
Location of Riverside County within the State of California
City of Temecula is located in USA
City of Temecula
City of Temecula
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 3330′12″N 1177′25″W / 33.50333N 117.12361W / 33.50333; -117.12361Coordinates: 3330′12″N 1177′25″W / 33.50333N 117.12361W / 33.50333; -117.12361
Country United States
State California
County Riverside
Post office 1859
Incorporated December 1, 1989[1]
 • City council[3] Mayor Jeff Comerchero
Michael Naggar
Matt Rahn
Maryann Edwards
 • City manager Aaron Adams[2]
 • Total 30.167 sq mi (78.133 km2)
 • Land 30.151 sq mi (78.092 km2)
 • Water 0.016 sq mi (0.042 km2)  0.05%
Elevation[5] 1,017 ft (310 m)
Population (April 1, 2010)[6]
 • Total 100,097
 • Estimate (2013)[6] 106,780
 • Rank 5th in Riverside County
63rd in California
 • Density 3,300/sq mi (1,300/km2)
Time zone Pacific (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 92589–92593
Area code 951
FIPS code 06-78120
GNIS feature IDs 1652799, 2412044


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