Introduction to Murrieta, California

Murrieta, California, in Riverside county, is 5 miles NW of Temecula, California (center to center) and 29 miles S of Riverside, California. The city is in the Riverside - San Bernardino area. 

Murrieta History

Murrieta started becoming popular when Juan Murrieta from Spain brought a flock of more than 100,000 sheep to this area. A railway station was built in 1882. It connected Murrieta with Southern California. The city started booming but decline followed in 1935 when trains stopped running. The city started growing again in the early 1980s when Interstate 15 was built through it. The city was incorporated in 1991.

Murrieta and nearby Attractions

  • Cal Oaks Sports Park
  • Los Alamos Hills Sports Park
  • Antigua Park

Things To Do In Murrieta

The city has 50 parks which offer facilities for activities ranging for picnics to various sports, including an equestrian park and miles of trails. A number of events are held in the city itself throughout the year, and is also a short drive from Southern California's wine country. San Diego County's beaches are just 35 minutes way.

Murrieta Transportation

Transportation for Murrieta is handled by Ontario International Airport, San Diego International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.

Murrieta Higher Education

The need for higher education is taken care of by the Mount San Jacinto College, and there is also a CSU San Marcos extension several minutes away in Temecula. Murrieta also has campuses for Azusa Pacific University and University of Phoenix.


Total Population 107,507
Male Share of the Population 47.7%
Female Share of the Population 52.3%
Senior Citizens 11%
Employed Population 16+ 44,510
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 53.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29%
Median Earnings25+ $42,296
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,506
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,829


Median Family Income $80,291
% Above Poverty Level 91.6%
% Below Poverty Level 8.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 35 minutes
% Working from Home 6.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 17.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,589
Median House Value $310,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 48%
US/American 0.2%
English 9.8%
Irish 10.4%

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

Murrieta Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles NW of Temecula, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 29 miles S of Riverside, California
County Riverside
Standard Zip Codes 92562, 92563
P.O. Box Zip Codes 92564
Phone Area Codes 951
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.553
Longitude -117.213

Murrieta Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 10.4 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
Distance 19.3 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 69 F
Apr Temp 48 to 71 F
Jul Temp 60 to 81 F
Oct Temp 53 to 78 F
Annual Precip 13.2 inches
Distance 29.1 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 68 F
Apr Temp 49 to 76 F
Jul Temp 63 to 94 F
Oct Temp 54 to 83 F
Annual Precip 10.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Canyon Lake 10,918 $85,121
Hemet 82,118 $40,885
Lake Elsinore 58,003 $64,220
Perris 72,547 $49,459
San Jacinto 45,977 $51,847
Temecula 107,153 $87,287

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

Murrieta Public Libraries

Murrieta Public Library
Murrieta, California
(909) 304-2665

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Murrieta Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(951) 696-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 23.7

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Student/teacher ratio: 22.5

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Serves 71 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.7

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