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Overview

Introduction to Hemet, California

The California city of Hemet is located in Riverside County's San Jacinto Valley, about 45 miles west of Palm Springs. Situated at the junction of California State Highways 74 and 79, Hemet is easily accessible to Interstates I-10 and I-215. Nearby communities include San Jacinto (to the north), Winchester (to the west) and Mountain Center (to the east).

Hemet History

Founded in 1887 on land first inhabited by members of the Cahuilla Indian tribe, Hemet was incorporated as a city in 1910. At that time, the city's population was under 1,000 but growth ensued as Hemet evolved into a prime trading center for the valley's agricultural produce. The city's character underwent a significant change in the early 1960s with the onset of large-scale residential development, largely in the form of retirement communities and mobile home parks. Hemet today retains its status as a retirement community, but is also becoming home to a growing number of younger working-class families owing to its rural character and proximity to major employment centers.

Events and Attractions in Hemet

Since 1923, one of the area's premiere events has been the annual Ramona Pageant. Based on the novel ("Ramona") by Helen Hunt Jackson, the pageant brings together the people of Hemet and San Jacinto who stage America's longest running outdoor drama each spring at the Ramona Bowl Amphitheatre. The Amphitheatre is also the venue of many theatrical events including the Shakespeare Festival, the Courtyard Dinner Theatre Summer series and the Ramona Bowl Repertory Theatre fall musical. Museums in Hemet include the Hemet Museum, which features agricultural displays, Native American artifacts, railroading relics and other artifacts showcasing the area's colorful history. The KidZone Museum is an interactive children's museum housing over 20 interactive learning exhibits.

People

Total Population 82,118
Male Share of the Population 46.9%
Female Share of the Population 53.1%
Senior Citizens 22%
Employed Population 16+ 23,750
Age of the Population 39

Families

% of people married 42.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11.1%
Median Earnings25+ $26,114
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,201
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,847

Wealth

Median Family Income $40,885
% Above Poverty Level 74%
% Below Poverty Level 26%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 33 minutes
% Working from Home 5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation 1.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 30.9%
Median Gross Rent $948
Median House Value $124,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 54.4%
US/American 0%
English 8.2%
Irish 8.3%

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

Hemet Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 28 miles SE of Riverside, California
County Riverside
Standard Zip Codes 92543, 92544, 92545
P.O. Box Zip Codes 92546
Phone Area Codes 909
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.747
Longitude -116.971

Hemet 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 SAN JACINTO R S
Distance 2.5 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 66 F
Apr Temp 46 to 77 F
Jul Temp 62 to 98 F
Oct Temp 51 to 84 F
Annual Precip 12.5 inches
Station SUN CITY
Distance 12.4 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 66 F
Apr Temp 44 to 77 F
Jul Temp 59 to 98 F
Oct Temp 49 to 84 F
Annual Precip 11.4 inches
Station BEAUMONT 1 E
Distance 12.9 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 64 F
Apr Temp 44 to 74 F
Jul Temp 59 to 96 F
Oct Temp 50 to 82 F
Annual Precip 19.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Banning 30,515 $47,191
Beaumont 40,899 $71,496
Calimesa 8,269 $66,936
Canyon Lake 10,918 $85,121
Perris 72,547 $49,459
San Jacinto 45,977 $51,847

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

Hemet Public Libraries

Library
Hemet Public Library
510 E. FLORIDA AVE.
Hemet, California
(909) 765-2440
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Hemet Hospitals

HEMET VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
1117 EAST DEVONSHIRE
(951) 652-2811
Emergency Service: Yes

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Hemet High Schools

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WEST VALLEY HIGH
3401 MUSTANG WAY
909-765-1600
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,675 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25

HEMET SENIOR HIGH
41701 STETSON AVE.
909-765-5150
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,410 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.5

JACKSON (HELEN HUNT) ALTERNATIVE HIGH
26866 SAN JACINTO ST.
909-765-5193
A Non-traditional School
Serves 375 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 30.5

ALESSANDRO HIGH (CONT.)
26866 SAN JACINTO ST.
909-765-5183
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 221 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.3

HEMET ED. LEARNING CTR. (COMMUNITY DAY)
136 N. RAMONA ST.
909-765-5187
A Non-traditional School
A Magnet School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 65 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.7

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