Best Places to Live in Riverside County, CA

Evan Bedard

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I was Born and raised here in beautiful southern California (mostly Riverside County), so I felt I would post what I believe are the best places to live in the county. As some of you are not aware, Riverside county is one of the nation's most populated counties and is one of the largest metropolitan areas in SoCal. The county stretches from Orange County, down to San Diego County, and all the way to the Colorado river marking the Arizona state border.

Along with its neighboring county (San Bernardino) the two have formed the "Inland Empire." Riverside County is one of the fastest growing regions in the state as Californians search for a lower cost of living and affordable housing compared to surrounding counties.

Here are a few statistics of Riverside County as of 2011:

Population: 2,171,384 residents as of 2011, with a resident growth of about 40% since 2000.
Median home price: $242,000
Total cost of living compared to US average: About 15% higher than the national average
Unemployment rate: 14% as of 2011, almost five percent higher than the national average of 9.1%

Here are some of the cities that I believe are the best to reside in Riverside County. This is just my personal opinion and please add your favorite cities and or links below to help other people who may be looking to live there.:

Temecula

Temecula has got to be the number one place to reside in Riverside County. This is a beautiful city where residents will experience a joyful ocean breeze each evening while watching the sun set over the hills. Not to mention they have some of the nicest and well-built public and non-public schools in the county. I lived in Temecula for almost two years and there is not one thing I can say bad about the place. The people are extremely friendly, the scenery is out of this world with wineries lining the neighborhood streets, and the crime rate.... Well there is virtually none.

Median household income each year $81,245
Job increase from 2000-2010 74.44%
Average property price $255,000
Personal crime reports (per 1,000) 1
Property crime reports (per 1,000) 20
High temp in July F 97.8
Low temp in Jan F 36.1

City of Temecula

Norco

Norco gets it's name from being the Northern part of Corona, CA. I stayed in Corona for eight years during my childhood and was only maybe ten minutes away from Norco (aka Horse Town). Norco is more of a country-type city as you will see many people riding horses on what typically would be a cement sidewalk.. But nope not in Norco, the sidewalks are mainly dirt and/or wood chips and are fenced off so the locals can ride their horses into town. However, Norco does have beautiful suburbs as well that contain big beautiful homes that are not so country-like.

Median household income each year $85,515
Job increase from 2000-2010 31.51%
Average property price $326,726
Personal crime reports (per 1,000) 2
Property crime reports (per 1,000) 25
High temp in July F 92.0
Low temp in Jan F 41.5

Norco Website - Homepage

Corona

Corona is my home town and is a gorgeous place to live in Riverside County. Unlike many other cities in Riverside with unmowed lawns and dirt everywhere, Corona is full of beautiful green hills and well-maintained properties (for the most part). But like all other cities Corona does have some areas which may seem a little ghetto to some people. However, the schools are great and the job commute is perfect being located by two major freeways (the 91 and 15) which lead to surrounding counties such as San Bernardino, Orange County and San Diego.

Median household income each year $80,851
Job increase from 2000-2010 22.32%
Average property price $280,000
Personal crime reports (per 1,000) 1
Property crime reports (per 1,000) 25
High temp in July F 92.0
Low temp in Jan F 41.5

City Of Corona - Home

Murrieta

Murrieta is another beautiful city here that perfectly describes Southern California. It is located just between Temecula and Lake Elsinore and is only about thirty minutes from Corona. This was a very rural part of southern Cali as it officially become a city July 1, 1991. But since then the city has flourished, and by 2005, there were 85,000 registered residents in the city, compared to only 24,000 in 1991. The jobs in the area have expanded more than 92% from 2000-2010.

Median family income(per year) $84,789
Job growth %(2000-2009)* 92.08%
Median home price $225,000
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 15
High temp in July F 98.4
Low temp in Jan F 39.7

City of Murrieta - Homepage
 

liboton21

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Hi Evan,

I must have seen you somewhere in the Inland Empire. My favorite on the list is Temecula not only crime rate is low but they have the best wineries and pro family city. It was rated the 2nd safest city in the country with Murrieta the 4th.

TEMECULA: City named second safest in America | Breaking News | PE.com - Press-Enterprise

The downside is a lot of foreclosure in those cities but the emergence of hospitals in Murrieta and Temecula with possible completion next year it might bring equity and jobs to local residents.
 

Freedom4four

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Oh oh! I live in Redlands, Ca (good old San Bernardino County) but am a sales rep who covers all of San Bernardio, Riverside and North Orange Counties. I know this region like the back of my hand, and must say my list vairies quite a bit from yours.

Temecula is awesome, so we agree there. But I have come to love Menifee, just a little north, even more. Cheaper housing and that great big new shopping center. Plus nice golf courses and sweet little man made lakes.

Norco!? Really? Let's just put it this way, when I was a little kid we used to sing a song every time we drove threw Norco on the 15. It went like this "Norco Norco, there's no place like it! Norco Norco, it totally smells like _____!" ...and it still does.

Not a huge fan of Corona either. Yes, there are some nice neighborhoods but down town seems a lot ghetto to a lot of people.

My Favs - Palm Springs, La Quinta, Temecula and Menifee

Honerable Mentions - Beaumont, Murrieta, Canyon Crest

My Least Favs - Moreno Valley, Lake Elsinore and Riverside itself
 

Evan Bedard

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Hey freedom4,

I can't say I disagree with you on anything you mentioned about these cities.. I lived in Corona for years and had excellent experiences there the whole time working and going to school. It does have a lot of great neighborhoods and is much nicer than it's neighboring city (Riverside). But yes, if you head downtown towards Sixth/Main Street you will definitely notice a change in the environment, it can be pretty ghetto at times I have to admit that..

As far as Norco goes I can't lie it does start to smell because of all the cow factories surrounding the neighborhoods.. But besides that, it is a very family-friendly city and I love the country-like feel to it;-)

This list is not complete, I will be adding other cities I love in the area and Palm Springs is most definitely one of them:)
 

Evan Bedard

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Hi Evan,

I must have seen you somewhere in the Inland Empire. My favorite on the list is Temecula not only crime rate is low but they have the best wineries and pro family city. It was rated the 2nd safest city in the country with Murrieta the 4th.

TEMECULA: City named second safest in America | Breaking News | PE.com - Press-Enterprise

The downside is a lot of foreclosure in those cities but the emergence of hospitals in Murrieta and Temecula with possible completion next year it might bring equity and jobs to local residents.
Hey Liboton,

Yeah we probably have came across one another within the last few years I was residing in Temecula from the beginning of 09 to mod 2011, and have been bouncing around the Inland Empire for the last ten years lol. Those are two very good facts you pointed out about Temecula and Murrieta I was not aware of.. But I have to say Temecula seems to be the safest and most family-friendly city I have ever lived in:) The people are great, the scenery is gorgeous, and it's overall just one great town to live:)
 

acesfull

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Hi Evan

How far is the nearest poker room from Temecula? I am so tired of the big city, AC, NY, NJ life style, besides the NAPA Valley Wines are very expensive here on the East Coast an I am a slave to Cakebread cabernet LOL.

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cali92262

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Temecula is a beautiful place, and if I remember correctly, there is a casino there, Pechanga (?). There are also a couple of casinos a few miles from there. I live in Palm Springs and we have several casinos here as well. I also think there are some wine vineyards in the Temecula area. So come on out for a visit!


Hi Evan

How far is the nearest poker room from Temecula? I am so tired of the big city, AC, NY, NJ life style, besides the NAPA Valley Wines are very expensive here on the East Coast an I am a slave to Cakebread cabernet LOL.

Best regards

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acesfull

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Hi
According to the Temecula web page. The average income is 93k and average home values is 326k.

I need to find a nice rich lady to afford Temecula.. LOL Just kidding..

How are property taxes, say on an average priced 326K home?

Back in 2003 when I purchased my current home 326k my taxes were $5400.00
The same home is valued at about 255k an property tax close to $9k $8900.00 to be exact. Also it was a two golf coarse community now down to 1... The whole South jersey, Pa area is becoming a financially depressed area with taxes and crime on the rise.

Anyway sorry for venting about taxes and crime.. I'm going to put on some old Beach Boy Vinyl records " California Girls" LOL Then finish my Napa Valley Cakebread Cabernet then off to dream of rich ladies and sunny skies... LOL

Great Dreams and Best regards to all.

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TomEason

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Hi Aces

One of the good things about CA property taxes is that the amount is easy to approximate because the ad valorem tax is based on our infamous Proposition 13.

And, any new tax requires a 2/3rds vote to pass. Municipalities have skirted that statute by adding charges they call "fees" instead of taxes. So the final tax bill might vary, but one can be safe in estimating it at no more than 1.2 percent of the property's purchase price.

The tax cannot increase by more than 2% a year, but it can decrease along with the decrease of property values, as has been the case for the past five years or so.

So come on out to CA and enjoy!
 

acesfull

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Hi All

Tom, thank you for the reply. Going down memory lane a bit for me, about 13 years ago a friend was hired in a Casino called Lucky CHances in a small town called Colma, I went to visit before heading to LA for a poker tournament, The town of Colma if memory serves me correct was known as the city of cementery's not much going on in Colma at that time but I recall some fun times in Frisco and San Jose area. LOL

See you on The Wheel Tom.

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acesfull

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Hi
So have they knocked down all the head stones an put up fancy Mc Cementary mansions yet?

Probably a fun town during Halloween..

Best regards

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