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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population82,748
Male Share of the Population47.4%
Female Share of the Population52.6%
Senior Citizens21.6%
Employed Population 16+23,614
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married43.8%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher11.2%
Median Earnings25+$26,960
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,745
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,911

Wealth

Median Family Income$42,857
% Above Poverty Level75.6%
% Below Poverty Level24.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time33 minutes
% Working from Home4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work3%
% Using Public Transportation1.2%

Housing

People Living Alone30.1%
Median Gross Rent$979
Median House Value$139,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)54.4%
German12.5%
Irish8.2%
English7.9%
Italian3.2%
French Except Basque2.3%
Scottish2%
Dutch1%
Portuguese1%
Norwegian1%
Swedish0.9%
Polish0.8%
African0.7%
Canadian0.6%
Danishn0.5%
Russian0.4%
Welsh0.3%
Arab0.3%
Ukrainian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Greek0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Palestinian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
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Hemet Almanac

CategoryValue
County Riverside County
Standard Zip Codes92543, 92544, 92545
P.O. Box Zip Codes92546
Phone Area Codes909,951
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude33.66
Approximate Longitude-116.98

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)

StationSAN JACINTO R S
Distance2.5 miles
Jan Temp38 to 66 F
Apr Temp46 to 77 F
Jul Temp62 to 98 F
Oct Temp51 to 84 F
Annual Precip12.5 inches
StationSUN CITY
Distance12.4 miles
Jan Temp36 to 66 F
Apr Temp44 to 77 F
Jul Temp59 to 98 F
Oct Temp49 to 84 F
Annual Precip11.4 inches
StationBEAUMONT 1 E
Distance12.9 miles
Jan Temp40 to 64 F
Apr Temp44 to 74 F
Jul Temp59 to 96 F
Oct Temp50 to 82 F
Annual Precip19.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Banning30,643$45,876
Beaumont42,191$73,448
Calimesa8,379$67,770
Canyon Lake10,985$88,166
Perris73,718$51,499
San Jacinto46,375$53,076

Hemet Public Libraries

Hemet Public Library
300 E. LATHAM AVE
Hemet, California
(951) 765-2440

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Hemet Hospitals

Hemet Valley Medical Center
(Government - District/authority)
1117 East Devonshire
Hemet Valley Health Care Center
(Government - District/authority)
371 Weston Place

Hemet Public Schools

Acacia Middle
1200 E. Acacia Ave.
ZIP: 92543
Middle
Total Enrollment 694
Alessandro High
831 E. Devonshire Ave.
ZIP: 92543
High
Total Enrollment 480
Diamond Valley Middle
291 W. Chambers St.
ZIP: 92543
Middle
Total Enrollment 1113
Jacob Wiens Elementary
935 E. Campus Way
ZIP: 92543
Primary
Total Enrollment 813
Mcsweeny Elementary
451 W. Chambers Ave.
ZIP: 92543
Primary
Total Enrollment 732
Western Center Academy
2345 Searl Pkwy.
ZIP: 92543
Other
Total Enrollment 471
Whittier Elementary
400 W. Whittier Ave.
ZIP: 92543
Primary
Total Enrollment 1068
Bautista Creek Elementary
441 Lake St.
ZIP: 92544
Primary
Total Enrollment 896
College Prep High
26400 Dartmouth St.
ZIP: 92544
High
Total Enrollment 126
Dartmouth Middle
41535 Mayberry Ave.
ZIP: 92544
Middle
Total Enrollment 1007
Family Tree Learning Center
26400 Dartmouth St.
ZIP: 92544
Primary
Total Enrollment 101
Helen Hunt Jackson Alternative High
26400 Dartmouth Ave
ZIP: 92544
High
Total Enrollment 275
Hemet High
41701 Stetson Ave.
ZIP: 92544
High
Total Enrollment 2334
Little Lake Elementary
26091 S. Meridian St.
ZIP: 92544
Primary
Total Enrollment 869
Ramona Elementary
41051 Whittier Ave.
ZIP: 92544
Primary
Total Enrollment 745
Valle Vista Elementary
43900 Mayberry Ave.
ZIP: 92544
Primary
Total Enrollment 697
Cawston Elementary
4000 W. Menlo Ave.
ZIP: 92545
Primary
Total Enrollment 811
Fruitvale Elementary
2800 W. Fruitvale Ave.
ZIP: 92545
Primary
Total Enrollment 910
Harmony Elementary
1500 S. Cawston St.
ZIP: 92545
Primary
Total Enrollment 842
Rancho Viejo Middle
985 N. Cawston Ave.
ZIP: 92545
Middle
Total Enrollment 1200
Tahquitz High
4425 Titan Trail
ZIP: 92545
High
Total Enrollment 1582
West Valley High
3401 Mustang Way
ZIP: 92545
High
Total Enrollment 1691

Hemet Private Schools

Bridges Child Development Center
500 N State St
ZIP: 92543
Elementary
Total Enrollment 3
Crosspoint Academy
825 S Gilbert St
ZIP: 92543
Elementary
Total Enrollment 29
Desert Valley Hope Academy
145 N Tahquitz Ave
ZIP: 92543
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 36
Humc Welcome School
530 S Buena Vista St
ZIP: 92543
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 29
Baptist Christian School
26089 Girard St
ZIP: 92544
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 260
Community Christian School
41762 Stetson Ave
ZIP: 92544
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 149
Hemet Adventist Christian School
26312 Hemet St
ZIP: 92544
Elementary
Total Enrollment 35
St John S Lutheran School
26410 Columbia St
ZIP: 92544
Elementary
Total Enrollment 141
Trinity Lutheran Church Early Childhood Dev Ctr
191 S Columbia
ZIP: 92544
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
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