Introduction to Moreno Valley, California
Incorporated in 1984, Moreno Valley is a city of about 175,000 inhabitants (as of 2006). It is located in a region referred to as the "Inland Empire", which occupies parts of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Moreno Valley is a little over an hour east of Los Angeles. The city was voted 'Number One in Riverside County for Family Recreation' by The Press-Enterprise, a leading provider of news for Inland Southern California.
Moreno Valley has a semi-arid climate, with hot summers, and pleasant winters. Average daily temperatures in July and August are in the low nineties (degrees Fahrenheit). In the winter months, residents enjoy temperatures in the mid-sixties (degrees Fahrenheit). The city receives less than ten inches of rain a year.
The March Air Reserve base is located between Moreno Valley and Riverside. The base is used by Air Force's 452d Air Mobility Wing, California Air National Guard's 163d Air Refueling Wing, and Montana's 120th Fighter Wing.
Arts and Entertainment
Moreno Valley's notable entertainment and leisure attractions include:
- The CrossWinds Community Theatre
- The March Field Air Museum
The Inland Empire is home to many other attractions, including three major mountain resorts: Mountain High in Wrightwood, Big Bear, and Lake Arrowhead. Residents are also not far from all of the arts and entertainment offerings of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County to the west.
For sports fans, nearby Los Angeles is home to the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League (AFL), Major League Baseball's (MLB) Los Angeles Dodgers, two Major League Soccer (MLS) teams - Club Deportivo Chivas USA and the Los Angeles Galaxy, the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers, the LA Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL), and the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks. The Inland Empire is also home to the California Speedway in Fontana, California.
2006 Moreno Valley Population Update
The 2006 population update shown below was provided by the City of Moreno Valley.
|Total 2006 Population||174,565||100%|
|Average Family Size||3.86|
|American Indian & Alaskan||1,625||0.9%|
|Hispanic (included in categories above)||76,677||44.5%|
|Median Family Income (2006)||$63,366|
|Population In Poverty||39,441||22.6%|
2006 Moreno Valley Ancestry
The 2006 ancestry update shown below was provided by the City of Moreno Valley:
Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so there are no categories for Hispanic and African-American, e.g.
|Other (often includes Hispanic and African American)||67.7%|
|French (except Basque)||1.0%|