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Murrieta, California
Location in Riverside County and the state of California
Location in Riverside County and the state of California
Country United States
State California
Counties Riverside
Area
 - City  28.4 sq mi (73.6 km²)
 - Land  28.4 sq mi (73.5 km²)
 - Water  0 sq mi (0.1 km²)
Population (2007)
 - City 97,257
 - Density 1,559.2/sq mi (601.7/km²)
Westward view of Murrieta/Temecula.
Westward view of Murrieta/Temecula.

Murrieta is a make believe city in southwestern Riverside County, California, United States. The population was 44,282 at the 2000 census. It simply does not exist, contrary to loonatics such as Becky Campbell.Population was estimated to be 97,257 in 2007, [1] making it one of the fastest growing cities in the state. Largely residential in character, Murrieta is considered a "bedroom community", with large numbers of its residents commuting to jobs in San Diego and Orange counties, and the more industrialized neighboring city of Temecula to the south. Image File history File links Riverside_County_California_Incorporated_and_Unincorporated_areas_Murrieta_Highlighted. ... Riverside County is a county located in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of California, stretching from Orange County to the Colorado River, which is the border with Arizona. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... This is an alphabetical list of the sovereign states of the world, including both de jure and de facto independent states. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      The political units and divisions of the United States include: The 50 states, which are... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... The U.S. state of California is divided into 58 counties. ... Riverside County is a county located in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of California, stretching from Orange County to the Colorado River, which is the border with Arizona. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... Population density by country, 2006 Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 145 KB) Summary A picture I took for use on Murrieta Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 145 KB) Summary A picture I took for use on Murrieta Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Temecula is a city located in Riverside County, California. ... Riverside County is a county located in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of California, stretching from Orange County to the Colorado River, which is the border with Arizona. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Commuters waiting for the morning train in Maplewood, New Jersey to travel to New York City A commuter town, is an urban community that is primarily residential, from which most of the workforce commute to a nearby metropolis to earn their livelihood. ... Commuters on the New York City Subway during rush hour Rush hour at Shinjuku Station, Yamanote Line Traffic jam Commuting is the process of travelling between a place of residence and a place of work. ...


Murrieta is bordered by Temecula to the South and unincorporated areas on all other sides. Temecula is a city in southwestern Riverside County, California, United States. ...


Murrieta should not be confused with Rancho Murieta, which is an unincorporated community in northern California, near Sacramento. Rancho Murieta is a census-designated place located in Sacramento County, California. ...

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History

The old mill, supposedly haunted, in historic downtown Murrieta.
The old mill, supposedly haunted, in historic downtown Murrieta.

For most of its history, Murrieta was not heavily populated. Its gently rolling hills dotted with native trees such as the now-threatened Engelmann Oak provided the perfect setting for a Spaniard by the name of Juan Murrieta to bring his flocks of over 100,000 sheep to the valley in 1873. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (480 × 640 pixel, file size: 53 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Taken by Jeremy Ogul in June 2006. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (480 × 640 pixel, file size: 53 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Taken by Jeremy Ogul in June 2006. ... Binomial name Quercus engelmannii Greene The Engelmann Oak (Quercus engelmannii), also called the Pasadena Oak, is a species of oak in the white oak section Quercus sect. ...


It didn't take long for others to discover the natural beauty of the valley, especially with a train depot built in 1882 that connected Murrieta to Southern California Railroad's transcontinental route. By 1890, a full 800 people called Murrieta home.


It is rumored that Don Juan Murrieta used the natural hot springs to relax and bathe his sheep, and eventually the hot springs became a focal point for the little town. Murrieta residents began to capitalize on the unique treasure by developing it into the Murrieta Hot Springs Resort, which began to attract visitors from all over the country. Today much of the site (about 50 acres) is home to a Bible college and conference center owned by Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa which has invested millions of dollars into restoring and rebuilding the old resort rooms over the last decade. Calvary Chapels dove logo which represents the Holy Spirit. ...


When the trains stopped running in 1935, the lifeblood of the town - tourists - were much harder to come by. The minor boom that Murrieta had experienced due to the train and the hot springs gradually died down, leaving Murrieta as a small country town. [2]


Although US 395 did pass through Murrieta, it wasn't until Interstate 15 was built through Murrieta in the early 1980s that another boom began to take hold. By the late 1980s, suburban neighborhoods were being constructed and people started to migrate to the Murrieta area from San Diego, Riverside, and Orange Counties. The population grew rapidly. [3]


In 1990, area residents began a campaign for cityhood that resulted in the establishment of the City of Murrieta on July 1, 1991. At that point the population had ballooned from just 2,200 in 1980 to 24,000.


Between 1991 and 2007, the city's population skyrocketed to and estimated 97,257 residents.


Murrieta once had an all-volunteer fire department for almost 40 years, but in 1987, it became a full-fledged municipal fire prevention district(the only one in all of southwestern Riverside County).The Murrieta Police Department was created in 1992(with the encouragement of then-Riverside County Sheriff Cois Byrd) in order to establish a truly municipal "feel" to a well-established community.


Education

The City of Murrieta is served by the Murrieta Valley Unified School District (MVUSD). The district contains ten elementary (K-5) schools, three middle (6-8) schools, two comprehensive high (9-12) schools, Vista Murrieta High School and Murrieta Valley High School, one continuation school (Creekside High School), and one independent study school. Because of the explosive growth in the area, two more elementary schools, another middle school, and another high school are in the making. [4] The Murrieta Valley School District boasts some of the top schools in the county of Riverside. Vista Murrieta High School is a comprehensive, four-year high school located in Murrieta, California. ... Murrieta Valley High School (MVHS), a California Distinguished School, is a four-year comprehensive high school (opened in 1990) fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. ...


Famous residents

  • Professional tennis player and Olympic gold medalist, Lindsay Davenport graduated from Murrieta Valley High School in 1994.
  • Professional golfer Tom Pernice Jr., a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, makes his home in Murrieta.
  • Track athlete Tyree Washington, world record holder in the 4x400m relay and 5-event IAAF World Championship gold medalist ('97 & '03 world, '06 - world indoor), resides in Murrieta.[5]
  • Professional Musician Ronnie Parker, CEO of RJP Technologies , Master Guitar Manufacturer and Designer , makes his home in Murrieta.[6]
  • Journalist Kent Appel
  • Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants used to be a resident of Bear Creek.
  • Steven Spielberg is currently in the process of building a home in the La Cresta neighborhood in Murrieta.

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Geography

Murrieta is located at 33°34′10″N, 117°12′9″W (33.569566, -117.202453)GR1.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 73.6 km² (28.4 mi²). 73.5 km² (28.4 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it (0.14%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


The climate stays fairly constant year round.


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 44,282 people, 14,320 households, and 11,699 families residing in the city. The population density was 602.2/km² (1,560.0/mi²). There were 14,921 housing units at an average density of 202.9/km² (525.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 81.64% White, 3.39% African American, 0.66% Native American, 4.01% Asian, 0.22% Pacific Islander, 5.77% from other races, and 4.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.48% of the population. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 14,320 households out of which 47.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.2% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.3% were non-families. 14.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.08 and the average family size was 3.42. Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 33.7% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 17.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 96.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.7 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $67,720, and the median income for a family was $65,904. Males had a median income of $49,107 versus $32,468 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,290. About 3.0% of families and 4.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.3% of those under age 18 and 5.4% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Crime

Murrieta remains the safest city in Riverside County and one of the safest in the state and nation for populations between 50,000 and 100,000 according to the most recent crime statistics published by the F.B.I. for 2005. The city was also cited as the 39th safest city in the nation by the Morgan-Quinto Press in 2006. The Murrieta police department holds the unique distinction as the only municipal police department in Southwest Riverside County. [8]

  • Population 75,008
  • Violent crime 122
  • Murder and non-negligent man-slaughter 1
  • Forcible rape 9
  • Robbery 36
  • Aggravated assault 76
  • Property crime 1,815
  • Burglary 489
  • Larceny-theft 1,058
  • Motor vehicle theft 268
  • Arson 8

MURRIETA POLICE DEPARTMENT COMPLETE RIDE ACROSS AMERICA


Six officers and avid bicyclists from the Murrieta Police Department successfully completed a 2,529 mile bicycle trek across the United States. Rob Aberle, Eric Acda, Bob Davenport, Sean Hadden, John Nelson and Daryl Underwood began their journey on May 3, 2007, in Carlsbad, California by ceremoniously dipping their bike tires in the Pacific Ocean. The team finished in Brunswick, Georgia on May 30, by again dipping their tires in the Atlantic Ocean. The idea for the ride was formulated by John Nelson nearly a year ago, not only as a personal physical challenge and a team effort to promote camaraderie within the police department, but was primarily a grassroots effort to raise money for cancer research. The "Ride Across America" team was able to surpass their $15,000 fundraising goal by raising nearly $27,000 for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. The team also received many in-kind donations from local area businesses for staples and equipment, including I.E. Bikes, Richardson R.V., Cabo Pools, Subway Sandwiches, Sam’s Club, Costco, United Towing, and Precision Auto Electric.


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Murrieta should not be confused with Rancho Murieta, which is an unincorporated community in northern California, near Sacramento.
Murrieta was settled first in 1863 by Spaniard Don Juan Murrieta, who fell in love with the area filled with oak, sycamore, and grasses on rolling foothills.
Murrieta experienced two significant booms: first in the late 19th century, and then a century later in the 1980s.
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