Learn About Moreno Valley, CA

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Fast Facts!

  • Population is 204, 198 (up 71.9% since the year 2000)
  • Married population is 47.9%
  • Unemployment rate is 7.1%
  • Median Age is 29.3
  • Median home price is $274, 200
  • Average commute time is 32 minutes (national average is only 26)
  • Per student spending is $8, 280 (national average is $12, 383)
  • Cost of living is 18% higher than the national average
  • Average 1-bedroom apartment costs $1093 per month
  • Days of sunshine per year are 272

The History of Moreno Valley, California

This wonderful California city is located in Riverside County, an important part of the San Bernardino-Riverside Metro Area. As a single entity, Moreno Valley is quite young – it is a “millennial”, actually. Moreno Valley became a city on December 3, 1984. Before that date, the territory belonged to three different cities: Moreno, Sunnymead, and Edgemont.
Obviously, Moreno Valley takes its name from the city of Moreno, named after Franke E. Brown. See, Moreno is the Spanish word for Brown, and Frank E. Brown was a prominent citizen and co-founder of Redlands. He owned the water company that first brought water from Bear Valley to this area in the 1800s. In his day, much of the land was dedicated to growing produce instead of being occupied by lots of families.

One thing many residents today may not know is that the vote to incorporate Moreno Valley failed four other times; even as recently as 1982. Which is amazing because clearly it needed to become a city fast. The population of the area went from 48, 000 to 100, 000 between 1984 and 1990.

The March Air Field (dedicated to the military pilot who died during aviation training) was formerly known as The Alessandro Aviation Field; it got that name from its location on the Alessandro Plain. Not only was the air base important to the war effort in World War 2, it was important to the local economy and helped fuel further population growth.
The Moreno Valley Mall, much beloved by Valley teens, especially, used to be a race car track! As a matter of fact, the ‘Riverside International Raceway’, in operation from 1957 to 1989 hosted its share of NASCAR championship races.

Birthplace of Top Athletes

Not only has Moreno Valley had natural qualities that attracted people to it, it produced several notable citizens who went on to make their mark on the whole country. Such notable Moreno Valley natives include: UC Riverside’s head coach Troy Percival who is a Moreno Valley High School graduate, and Canyon Springs High School alum Kawhi Leonard is currently making a name for himself as the new leader of the San Antonio Spurs to name a few.

The Economic Outlook of the City

Moreno Valley’s economy is expected to see a good rate of growth in the coming years. Job Growth is currently at 3.4% and the future job growth expected over the next decade is at 39.7%, which is better than what is expected for the nation as a whole! The Median household income is at $54, 229. Manufacturing is expected to decrease in importance as local services like Moreno Valley garage door repair will rise.

The city government reports that the top employers are:

  • 9, 000 March Air Reserve base
  • 3, 752 Moreno Valley Unified School District
  • 2, 215 Riverside County Regional Medical Center
  • 1, 669 Moreno Valley Mall
  • 1, 183 City of Moreno Valley
  • 1, 038 Riverside Community College
  • 734 Val Verde Unified School District
  • 650 Walgreens
  • 600 Ross Stores
  • 465 Wal-Mart