Introduction to Perris, California

Perris, California, in Riverside county, is 10 miles S of Moreno Valley, California (center to center) and 15 miles SE of Riverside, California. It's located in the Perris Valley and is included in the Riverside-San Bernardino metro area. The municipality offers a mild Mediterranean climate. The city includes a large Hispanic population. It's a prominent regional distribution center.

Perris History

Spanish and Mexican miners discovered gold in the nearby hills. The area was also mined for tin and coal. The city is named in tribute to Fred T. Perris, the former chief engineer of the California Southern Railroad. The town experienced significant growth due to the arrival of the railroad in 1886. However, after the railroad tracks were unusable due to storms, train service to San Diego was no longer offered on the rail line.

Perris incorporated in 1911. When water was brought to the area in the 1950's alfalfa, King potatoes and sugar beets became the primary crops. After Lake Perris was constructed in the early 1970s the area became a popular recreational location.

Perris Attractions

  • Orange Empire Railway Museum features a collection of trollies and is regarded as the largest operating museum of its type situated on the West Coast.
  • Perris Auto Speedway.
  • Rock Castle.
  • Perris Multicultural Festival.
  • Perris Valley Historical and Museum Association showcases collections of Luiseno Indian artifacts, historic farming equipment and clothing.
  • Santa Fe Depot features High Victorian architecture and is included in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Fred T. Perris Day.
  • Potato Festival.

Perris Activities

Perris is a popular location for amateur and professional skydivers. Perris Valley Skydiving is regarded as one of the largest skydiving centers located in North America. It's also known for hot air ballooning. Lake Perris provides opportunities for boating, fishing, camping, horseback riding and hiking and attracts a large crowd during the summer. Visitors and residents enjoy the activities in nearby Palm Springs. The scenic San Bernardino National Forest includes camping and picnic locations and offers scenic hiking trails.

Perris Higher Education

Riverside Community College and Mount San Jacinto College are nearby.


Total Population 72,547
Male Share of the Population 50.1%
Female Share of the Population 49.9%
Senior Citizens 5.1%
Employed Population 16+ 24,990
Age of the Population 27


% of people married 44.3%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 8.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $49,459
% Above Poverty Level 74.7%
% Below Poverty Level 25.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 37 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation 1.8%


People Living Alone 9.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,255
Median House Value $178,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 87.6%
US/American 0.1%
English 1%
Irish 2.5%

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

Perris Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles S of Moreno Valley, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 15 miles SE of Riverside, California
County Riverside
Standard Zip Codes 92570, 92571
P.O. Box Zip Codes 92572
Company Zip Codes 92599
Phone Area Codes 909
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.782
Longitude -117.227

Perris Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station SUN CITY
Distance 5.2 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
Distance 10.1 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
Station CORONA
Distance 19.8 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

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
Moreno Valley 200,788 $55,174
Riverside 316,335 $64,867
San Jacinto 45,977 $51,847

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

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Perris High Schools

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175 E. NUEVO RD.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,364 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24

515 E. 7TH ST.
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 590 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.1

A Non-traditional School
Serves 481 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.4

418 W. ELLIS
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 408 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.8

11 S. D ST.
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 298 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.2

A Charter School.
Serves 50 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25

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