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Overview

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 1920s.

Lake Elsinore History

During the 18th century the lake was utilized by Spanish ranchers and American trappers. Lake Elsinore became dry during the 1930s and was refilled during the early 1960s. Lake Elsinore was a popular location for numerous Hollywood celebrities during the first half of the 1900s. 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.

People

Total Population 58,003
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 6.8%
Employed Population 16+ 22,909
Age of the Population 30

Families

% of people married 51%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.3%
Median Earnings25+ $35,357
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,037
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,386

Wealth

Median Family Income $64,220
% Above Poverty Level 85.4%
% Below Poverty Level 14.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 44 minutes
% Working from Home 5.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.2%
% Using Public Transportation 1%

Housing

People Living Alone 13.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,254
Median House Value $230,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 62.9%
US/American 0.1%
English 5.7%
Irish 7.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station ELSINORE
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
Station RIVERSIDE CITRUS EXP STN
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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Canyon Lake 10,918 $85,121
Moreno Valley 200,788 $55,174
Murrieta 107,507 $80,291
Perris 72,547 $49,459
Rancho Santa Margarita 49,026 $122,673
Temecula 107,153 $87,287

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Lake Elsinore High Schools

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TEMESCAL CANYON HIGH
28755 EL TORO ROAD
909-245-4484
Serves 2,715 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.9

ORTEGA HIGH
520 CHANEY ST.
909-245-1382
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 238 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.6

GORDON KIEFER INDEPENDENT STUDY
565 CHANEY ST. SUITE H
909-245-6677
A Non-traditional School
Serves 112 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 28

TRI-VALLEY COMMUNITY DAY
565 CHANEY ST. SUITE F
909-245-6677
A Non-traditional School
Serves 109 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 27.3

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