Lake Elsinore, California

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Lake Elsinore, California

Introduction to Lake Elsinore, California

Lake Elsinore, California, in Riverside county, is 15 miles NW of Temecula, California (center to center) and 20 miles S of Riverside, California. It's surrounded by the beautiful Ortega Mountains. The city is popular with residents due to the variety of recreational activities available at the beautiful Lake Elsinore, the year-round mild climate and being close to Orange County and Los Angeles. The bedroom community includes a large number of upper middle-class professionals. The restored downtown features vintage street lamps and attractive window canopies and has the charm of the 1920's.

Lake Elsinore History

During the 18th century the lake was utilized by Spanish ranchers and American trappers. Lake Elsinore became dry during the 1930's and was refilled during the early 1960's. Lake Elsinore was a popular location for numerous Hollywood celebrities during the first half of the 1900's. In 1980 an extensive rain caused the lake to flood which destroyed nearby houses and businesses. After the major flood occurred, an expensive system was created to keep the water level at a consistent level which allowed houses to be constructed near the lake.

Lake Elsinore Attractions

  • Lake Elsinore Diamond hosts a variety of special events and concerts.
  • Historic downtown antique district is a notable destination.
  • Lake Elsinore Outlet Stores location is well known and includes a vast number of popular stores.
  • Lake Elsinore features a resort/casino.
  • Extreme sports events are popular at Lake Elsinore.

Lake Elsinore Activities

Lake Elsinore is popular most of the year for boating, wind surfing, swimming, fishing, water skiing and activities on the beach. The lake offers beautiful campgrounds. It's a short drive to the scenic Cleveland National Forest. The Elsinore Valley is popular with skydiving enthusiasts due to the well known thermal winds. Excellent opportunities for hiking, bicycle riding and bird watching are available. The Trabuco Canyon Trail and the Chiquito Trail are popular with outdoor enthusiasts.

Castle Amusement Park, Pharaohs Lost Kingdom, Scandia Amusement Park and Boomers Family Fun Center are nearby. There are numerous golf courses in the area including Cherry Hills Golf Course, North Golf Course and Colony Country Club. Crystal Cove, Chino Hills, Palomar Mountain and Don Tiburcio Tapia state parks are situated in the area and are popular for a variety of outdoor activities.

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Comparative Profile of Lake Elsinore, California

Comparing Lake Elsinore to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in California (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Male Share of the Population 9 8
Racial Diversity 8 7
Female Share of the Population 2 4
Senior Citizens 2 2
Well-Paid Single Men 2 3
Age of the Population 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 10 8
Portion of People Married 8 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 5 5
People in Middle Class or Better 3 5
People Above Poverty 3 4
College Educated Adults 1 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 9 7
Walking and Biking to Work 5 3
Public Transportation Use 5 5
Short Commute Times 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 7 6
Affordability of Rents 6 7
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 4
People Living Alone 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 4 5
Low Property Crime 4 3

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Lake Elsinore Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 15 miles NW of Temecula, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 20 miles S of Riverside, California
County Riverside
Standard Zip Codes 92530, 92532
P.O. Box Zip Codes 92531
Phone Area Codes 909
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.668
Longitude -117.326

Lake Elsinore Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 0.4 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 66 F
Apr Temp 46 to 77 F
Jul Temp 61 to 98 F
Oct Temp 51 to 84 F
Annual Precip 12 inches
Station CORONA
Distance 19.7 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 68 F
Apr Temp 48 to 77 F
Jul Temp 60 to 92 F
Oct Temp 52 to 83 F
Annual Precip 12 inches
Distance 20.7 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 66 F
Apr Temp 48 to 76 F
Jul Temp 61 to 94 F
Oct Temp 53 to 83 F
Annual Precip 10.6 inches
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Lake Elsinore Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 28,928 100%
Male 14,431 49.9%
Female 14,497 50.1%
Under 18 10,419 36%
18+ 18,509 64%
65+ 1,933 6.7%
Median Age 28.7
Average Family Size 3.66
White 18,981 65.6%
African-American 1,501 5.2%
Asian 592 2%
American Indian & Alaskan 374 1.3%
Other 5,880 20.3%
Mixed Race 1,513 5.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 11,007 38%

Estimated Lake Elsinore Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 39,258
Growth 10,330
Growth % 35.7%

Lake Elsinore Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 53.5%
German 8.8%
US/American 6.8%
English 6.8%
Irish 6%
Italian 3.7%
Norwegian 1.5%
French (except Basque) 1.3%
Scotch-Irish 1.2%
European 1.2%
Polish 1.1%
Swedish 1.1%
Dutch 1.1%
Scottish 1%
French Canadian 0.7%
Danish 0.5%
Scandinavian 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
Portuguese 0.3%
Greek 0.2%
African 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac 0.2%
British 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Lake Elsinore 28,928 $47,563
Canyon Lake 9,952 $72,317
Moreno Valley 142,381 $48,965
Murrieta 44,282 $65,904
Perris 36,189 $36,063
Rancho Santa Margarita 47,214 $88,216
Temecula 57,716 $62,270

Starbucks in Lake Elsinore

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32281 Mission Trail
30901 Riverside Dr
Grape & Railroad Canyon Road
31800 Grape Street
Vons - Lake Elsinore
31564 Grape St

Wal-mart in Lake Elsinore

(As of 2006)
31700 Grape Street
(951) 245-5990
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Lake Elsinore High Schools (2004)

(Sorted by Number of Students)

Serves 2,715 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.9

A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 238 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.6

A Non-traditional School
Serves 112 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 28

A Non-traditional School
Serves 109 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 27.3

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2. Los Banos, California 90.3   15.7% 9.3% 9.9% 42 $45,304 9.4% 41.4% 25,869 12.1% 53.2 0.6% 10.2
3. North Lauderdale, Florida 89.6   19.5% 6.9% 13.5% 30 $41,990 8% 50% 32,264 13.7% 29.6 0.9% 10.1
4. Hesperia, California 88.4   16.5% 11% 8% 38 $43,004 7.9% 25.7% 62,582 14.1% 29.1 0.4% 2.7
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