Located near Murrieta, Temecula is a California city in southwestern Riverside County. While not officially incorporated until 1989, it has, as of 2013, a population of just under 107,000. A member of what’s commonly known as California’s Inland Empire, the city is bordered by Murrieta, San Diego County and the Pechanga Indian Reservation.

A Look Back at the Early Days

Long before our city looked like it does today, the city was inhabited by members of the Temecula Native American tribe (commonly referred to as the Luisenos). The Pechanga Band of Luiseno believe that life began in the Temecula Valley. One popular interpretation of the name “Temecula” translates to “Where the sun breaks through the mist.”

A Period of Rapid Expansion

In the 1990s, the valley began to experience a surge in population and job opportunities. Folks from Orange County were attracted to the comparatively affordable housing. By 2005, the population had hit 90,000. Unfortunately, the Great Recession considerably slowed this period of rapid growth. Thanks to an improving national economy, however, the area has again begun to pick up steam.

Local Economy

Buoyed by its resort and tourism industries, this is an exceedingly wealthy community. Luxurious golf courses, beautiful wine country and a variety of festivals (including the Temecula Valley International Film Festival) offer locals and out-of-towners a uniquely pleasurable experience. Notable employers in town include Southwest Traders, the Temecula Valley Unified School District, Milgard Manufacturing, Abbot Laboratories, Norm Reeves Auto Group/DCH, Professional Hospital Supply, EMD Millipore, International Rectifier, Macy’s and Costco Wholesale.

Getting Educated

The Temecula Valley Unified School District is known for offering a first-rate education to its students. Temecula Valley High School, Great Oak High School and Chaparral High School have all received high marks from U.S. News & World Report. Private schools include Hillcrest Academy, Van Avery Prep and Saint Ives, among others.

Festivals & Sister Cities

Our city is home to numerous festivals, including Temecula Greek Fest, the Temecula Bluegrass Festival, the Temecula Street Painting Festival, the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival and the Temecula International Jazz Festival. Nakayama-Daisen (Japan) and Leidschendam-Voorburg (Netherlands) are our sister cities.

Contact Hales & Associates, A Professional Law Corporation

Hales & Associates, A Professional Law Corporation represents clients in Temecula and throughout Riverside County. If you or someone you love has recently suffered a personal injury, contact our personal injury attorney to schedule your free consultation.