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|City of Menifee|
|Incorporated||October 4, 2008|
|• Total||46.607 sq mi (120.711 km2)|
|• Land||46.466 sq mi (120.345 km2)|
|• Water||0.141 sq mi (0.365 km2) 0.30%|
|Elevation||1,424 ft (434 m)|
| • Estimate
|• Density||1,663.248/sq mi (642.187/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−8 (Pacific)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−7 (PDT)|
|GNIS feature IDs||252936, 2497157|
Menifee, California is a city in southwestern Riverside County, California, United States and part of the Los Angeles Combined Statistical Area. Located nearly 8 miles (13 km) north of Murrieta, the city is roughly 50 square miles (100 km2) in size and has an elevation of 1,424 Feet. It also had a population of about 89,004 as of 2016. The incorporated City of Menifee includes the communities of Menifee, Sun City, Quail Valley, Paloma Valley and portions of Romoland.
The area was originally inhabited by the Luiseño people, specifically the Pechanga band. In the 18th century, the area fell under Spanish rule and was ceded by Mexico to the United States in 1850 as a result of the Mexican-American War.
Farming, which began in the mid-19th century, was concentrated in the Menifee area. Mining began in the early 1880s with the discovery of a significant quartz lode by miner Luther Menifee Wilson, from which Menifee derived its name.
Early development of the Menifee area began with Sun City in the early 1960s as the concept of an active retirement community envisioned by Del Webb, a building contractor from Phoenix, Arizona. Webb also developed Sun City, Arizona under the same concept. Sun City is a centrally located neighborhood within Menifee with a mix of residential and commercial activity.
The Menifee area later grew during the late 1980s and into the early 1990s as a master-planned community. However, lack of resources such as industry-oriented occupations and high-density retail and commercial businesses has made many residents drive longer distances or to nearby cities such as Temecula or Murrieta, to shop, dine, and work. However, there has been substantial growth in Menifee with new home construction in close proximity to large parks, lakes, and fine amenities have attracted many residents from all area's of Southern California such as the Inland Empire, San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles to live.
On June 3, 2008, the residents of the communities encompassing the Menifee area voted to incorporate together to form Riverside County's 26th city. The new City of Menifee was officially established on October 1, 2008.
The city of Menifee is bordered on the north, west, and south by the cities of Perris, Canyon Lake, Lake Elsinore, Murrieta and on the southwest by the newly incorporated City of Wildomar. To the east and northeast, the city borders unincorporated county territory. The city center of Menifee lies at the intersection of Newport Road and the Escondido Freeway (Interstate 215).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city covers an area of 46.6 square miles (120.7 km²), 99.70% of it land, and 0.30% of it water.
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Menifee has mild winters and hot, dry summers.
- On average, the warmest month is August.
- The highest recorded temperature was 117 °F (47 °C) on June 20th, 2016.
- On average, the coldest month is December.
- The lowest recorded temperature was 18 °F (−8 °C) on Jan 1st,1976.
- The maximum average precipitation occurs in February.
Menifee has a Mediterranean climate or Dry-Summer Subtropical (Köppen climate classification Csa). Menifee enjoys plenty of sunshine throughout the year, with an average of 263 sunshine days and only 35 days with measurable precipitation annually of 12.51" inches of rainfall.
The period of April through October is hot and dry with average high temperatures of 83 to 101 °F (28 to 38 °C) and lows of 42 to 66 °F (6 to 19 °C), though in the summer, temperatures can easily reach above 105. The period of November through March is somewhat rainy, as shown in the adjacent table. At times, during the Winter, large dust storms start to form due to the large mass of humidity, and low, and flat land that is there.
The 2010 United States Census reported that Menifee had a population of 77,519. The population density was 1,663.3 people per square mile (642.2/km²). The racial makeup of Menifee was 55,444 (71.5%) White (54.2% Non-Hispanic White), 3,858 (5.0%) African American, 655 (0.8%) Native American, 3,788 (4.9%) Asian, 295 (0.4%) Pacific Islander, 9,642 (12.4%) from other races, and 3,837 (4.9%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 25,551 persons (33.0%).
The 2010 Census reported that 77,331 people (99.8% of the population) lived in households, 81 (0.1%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 107 (0.1%) were institutionalized.
There were 27,461 households, out of which 9,729 (35.4%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 15,405 (56.1%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 2,743 (10.0%) had a female householder with no husband present, 1,324 (4.8%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 1,348 (4.9%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 184 (0.7%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 6,591 households (24.0%) were made up of individuals and 4,153 (15.1%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82. There were 19,472 families (70.9% of all households); the average family size was 3.35.
The population was spread out with 20,067 people (25.9%) under the age of 18, 6,460 people (8.3%) aged 18 to 24, 18,771 people (24.2%) aged 25 to 44, 17,571 people (22.7%) aged 45 to 64, and 14,650 people (18.9%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.1 years. For every 100 females there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.9 males.
There were 30,269 housing units at an average density of 649.5 per square mile (250.8/km²), of which 21,104 (76.9%) were owner-occupied, and 6,357 (23.1%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 4.1%; the rental vacancy rate was 6.8%. 58,330 people (75.2% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 19,001 people (24.5%) lived in rental housing units.
On May 1, 2013 the Department of Finance reported the population of Menifee to be 82,292.
During 2009–2013, Menifee had a median household income of $54,903, with 10.3% of the population living below the federal poverty line.
The primary routes in Menifee are the Escondido Freeway (Interstate 215) and Newport Road/Dominegoni Parkway. Scott Road and McCall Boulevard are also primary east-west travel streets with Murrieta, Bradley, Haun, Antelope, and Menifee Roads being the main north-south thoroughfares. Construction along I-215 to add another travel lane through Menifee is currently underway. The expansion of Newport Road from the City's western border with Canyon Lake was to I-215 was completed in early 2011. The Goetz Road bridge, under construction since 2010, has since opened to traffic. Menifee has bus routes and Dial-A-Ride stops throughout the City to enhance mobility. Menifee is located approximately one hour east of Orange County, 90 minutes southeast of Los Angeles and about 70 minutes north of San Diego.
RTA provides bus service to local residents.
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