Norco, California

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Norco, California

Introduction to Norco, California

Norco, California is 4 miles N of Corona, California (center to center) and 8 miles W of Riverside, California. It is in Riverside County. The city is part of the Riverside - San Bernardino metro area. The population of Norco is 24,157.

Norco History

The city of Norco was originally a part of a large Mexican land grant that was given to Vicenta Sepulveda. The name 'Norco' originates from either its North Corona location or the North Corona Land Company. It was given its current name by the city's founder, though earlier names like 'Citrus Belt' and 'Orchard Heights' are known to have existed. The land area was used basically for farming, but gradually underground mineral springs were discovered, which led to the opening of a posh club called the Norconian Club Resort; this turned out to be a favorite haunt of movie stars. The city has an animal oriented community and is, to date, one of the few California cities where horses are used as alternate modes of transportation. The city of Norco was incorporated in the year 1964.

Norco and nearby Attractions

  • Norco Branch Riverside City and County Public Library
  • Norco Animal Shelter
  • Nellie Weaver Hall
  • Norconian Lake
  • Church of the Hill
  • Kips Korner Park

Things To Do In Norco

The city of Norco has a few historical buildings like the County Library and Weaver Hall. These are ideal places to learn about the varied history of this city. The city also has an animal shelter and a rehabilitation center that are worth visiting. One of the more popular tourist destinations is the petting zoo called 'Critters To Go'. Additionally, the magnificent Norconian Lake offers a stunning view of the region. One can also visit the quaint churches lining the streets of this beautiful city. The Clark Field, Kips Korner Park, Ingalls Park and the River Trails Park offer excellent entertainment opportunities that can be enjoyed by both adults and children.

Norco Transportation

Ontario International Airport is the local airport.

Norco Higher Education

Chaffey Community College is nearby.

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High Points

Norco strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in California):

Category Trophy
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Norco Racial Diversity
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 19% Norco Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Norco, California

Comparing Norco 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
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Racial Diversity 10 6
Well-Paid Single Men 8 7
Age of the Population 5 7
Senior Citizens 1 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 2
Female Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 10 8
Portion of People Married 9 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 8 7
People Above Poverty 8 9
People in Middle Class or Better 7 8
College Educated Adults 2 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 8
Public Transportation Use 6 3
Walking and Biking to Work 5 2
Short Commute Times 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 7 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 5
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 4
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 1
Affordability of Rents 2 4
People Living Alone 1 2


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

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Norco Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles N of Corona, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 8 miles W of Riverside, California
County Riverside
Standard Zip Codes 92860
Phone Area Codes 909
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.931
Longitude -117.547

Norco Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station CORONA
Distance 3.3 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 11.6 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
Distance 17.9 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 69 F
Apr Temp 51 to 73 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 56 to 80 F
Annual Precip 11.2 inches
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Norco Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 24,157 100%
Male 13,582 56.2%
Female 10,575 43.8%
Under 18 5,413 22.4%
18+ 18,744 77.6%
65+ 1,604 6.6%
Median Age 36.3
Average Family Size 3.43
White 19,915 82.4%
African-American 1,481 6.1%
Asian 280 1.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 182 0.8%
Other 1,538 6.4%
Mixed Race 728 3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 5,504 22.8%

Estimated Norco Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 26,960
Growth 2,803
Growth % 11.6%

Norco 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) 28.6%
German 15.9%
English 9.4%
Irish 8.8%
US/American 8.3%
Italian 5.3%
French (except Basque) 2.8%
Dutch 2.8%
Polish 2.7%
Norwegian 2.3%
Scottish 1.8%
Swedish 1.2%
Scotch-Irish 1.2%
Portuguese 1.2%
European 1.2%
French Canadian 1.1%
Danish 1%
Welsh 0.5%
Greek 0.5%
Czech 0.4%
Russian 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
British 0.3%
Finnish 0.2%
Iraqi 0.2%
Northern European 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Norco 24,157 $66,204
Chino 67,168 $59,638
Chino Hills 66,787 $81,794
Corona 124,966 $63,505
Ontario 158,007 $44,031
Riverside 255,166 $47,254
Upland 68,393 $57,471

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Student/teacher ratio: 23.3

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Student/teacher ratio: 39.5

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Student/teacher ratio: 6.8

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