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Overview

Introduction to Temecula, California

Temecula is a city located in the southwestern part of Riverside County, California. Situated near the junction of Interstates I-15 and I-215, and also serviced by California State Highway 79, Temecula lies about 86 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 60 miles north of San Diego. It is bordered by its neighboring city of Murrieta on the northwest.

Temecula History

The name Temecula comes from an alternative spelling of the Luiseño word "Temecunga," roughly translated to mean, "Where the sun breaks through the mist." Early settlement in the area was boosted by the 1859 establishment of the first inland Southern California post office in Temecula, to which stagecoach deliveries were regular occurrences. Rail service arrived in the late 19th century, and by the turn of the century Temecula had gained prominence as a shipping point for grain and cattle. The community's growth continued through the 20th century, with dramatic changes taking place in the 1970s with the onset of large-scale subdivision and development of real estate. In 1989, Temecula became incorporated as a city. Temecula today is the site of one of California's oldest wineries, and the Temecula Valley serves as one of the state's relatively small but significant wine producing regions.

Arts and Entertainment in Temecula

Temecula's Old Town district contains a mix of old historic buildings, antique stores, shops and restaurants. The Temecula Valley Museum chronicles life in the Temecula Valley through different periods of time and different cultures. On display are handcrafted artifacts, cultural items, ranching and farming equipment, documents and photographs. Also part of the district is the Imagination Workshop Children's Museum. This award-winning site features interactive displays and hands-on inventions and gadgets. The 358-seat Old Town Temecula Community Theater is a state-of-the-art facility located in the heart of Old Town Temecula. The historic 1890 Mercantile Building houses the ticket office, a visual art gallery, and an intimate performance space. The Temecula Valley International Film and Music Festival is an annual September event which draws filmmakers and musicians from across the nation and around the globe. Nearby Winchester is the site of the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival, a July event which offers top-name entertainment, wine tasting, arts and crafts and a food court. Just south of Temecula is the Pechanga Resort and Casino complex, owned and operated by the Pechanga Tribe of Luiseño Indians. The resort, Temecula Valley's number one employer, includes a large casino, bingo hall, hotel, convention center, showroom, cabaret lounge and seven restaurants.

People

Total Population 107,153
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 9.5%
Employed Population 16+ 46,380
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 54%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 31%
Median Earnings25+ $42,697
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $28,292
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,876

Wealth

Median Family Income $87,287
% Above Poverty Level 93%
% Below Poverty Level 7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 34 minutes
% Working from Home 7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 14.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,557
Median House Value $335,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 45.6%
US/American 0.2%
English 8%
Irish 10.1%

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

Temecula Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 34 miles SE of Riverside, California
County Riverside
Standard Zip Codes 92590, 92591, 92592
P.O. Box Zip Codes 92589, 92593
Phone Area Codes 909
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.493
Longitude -117.147

Temecula 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 SUN CITY
Distance 15.6 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 ELSINORE
Distance 16.1 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 OCEANSIDE MARINA
Distance 24.1 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 64 F
Apr Temp 51 to 65 F
Jul Temp 63 to 72 F
Oct Temp 56 to 71 F
Annual Precip 11.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Temecula, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Rancho California (92593, 92589, 92590, 92591, 92592)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

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
Murrieta 107,507 $80,291
Perris 72,547 $49,459
Vista 97,564 $55,646

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

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Student/teacher ratio: 23.4

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27215 NICOLAS ROAD
909-695-4200
Serves 2,988 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.9

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31340 RANCHO VISTA ROAD
909-695-7320
A Non-traditional School
Serves 203 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.7

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31340 RANCHO VISTA ROAD
909-676-2661
A Non-traditional School
Serves 181 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 30.2

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