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City of Corona

  •   State: 
    Riverside County
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    33°52′N 117°34′W
      Area total: 
    39.96 sq mi
      Area land: 
    39.94 sq mi (103.45 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.02 sq mi (0.05 km²)
    679 ft (207 m)
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA
    Pacific Standard Time (PST) UTC-8:00; Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) UTC-7:00
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    Corona, Riverside County, California, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    3,934.20 residents per square mile of area (1,519.02/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
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Corona (Spanish for "Crown") is a city in Riverside County, California, United States. At the 2020 census, the city had a population of 157,136, up from 152,374 at the 2010 census. Downtown Corona is approximately 48 miles (77 kilometers) southeast of Downtown Los Angeles and 95 miles (153 km) north-northwest of San Diego. The city derived its name (and its nickname, "The Circle City") from the unique layout of its streets, with a standard grid enclosed by the circular Grand Boulevard, 2.75 miles (4.43 km) in circumference. It is one of the most residential cities in the Inland Empire, but also has a large industrial portion on the northern half, being the headquarters of companies such as Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, Monster Beverage Corporation, and supercar manufacturer Saleen. Prior to the 1980s, Corona was largely an agricultural community, dominated by citrus ranches and dairy farms. The town of Corona was once the "Lemon Capital of the World". A museum there presents the lemon's former role in the local economy. In the 20th century, Corona has become a popular destination for celebrities, with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz playing golf at the Cresta Verde Golf Course in the northeastern section of the city. Corona is located at the upper end of the Santa Ana River Canyon, a significant pass through theSanta Ana Mountains. It was founded at the height of the Southern California citrus boom in 1886.


Corona is the primary city name, but also Eastvale are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is City of Corona. Corona is Spanish for crown or wreath. Originally called South Riverside, citizens wanted to distinguish their city from the larger city of Riverside to the north. The name Corona was chosen to play upon a unique feature of the city, the one-mile diameter drive that circled the center of the town. A number of different names were considered when it came time to incorporate the city but Corona was the most popular. The city was incorporated on July 1, 1961. The first mayor of Corona was elected on July 2, 1961, and the first city hall was opened on July 3, 1962. The last mayor of Riverside was elected in 1974, on July 25, 1978, and was re-elected on July 31, 2008. The current mayor is Ana Navarrette, who took office on January 1, 2010, and has served as mayor since January 2013. The City of Corona is located in the San Diego County, California, United States. It is the largest city in the Riverside County area, with a population of more than 100,000 people. It was incorporated as a city in 1961 and became the city of Corona on July 21, 1991. The town's name is derived from the Spanish word for wreath, Corona, which means crown, or crown of a wreath or crown. It also means "crown of the wreath" or "crest of the crown" in Spanish. The word "corona" means crown or crown, and is used to refer to the city's unique one- mile diameter drive.


Corona was founded at the height of the Southern California citrus boom in 1886. The city derived its name (and its nickname, "The Circle City") from the unique layout of its streets, with a standard grid enclosed by the circular Grand Boulevard, 2.75 miles (4.43 km) in circumference. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz spent time at their ranch, located in north Corona, and played golf often at the Cresta Verde Golf Course in the northeastern section of the city. Corona has been known as the "Gateway to the Inland Empire" since the 1980s. Due to traffic caused by Corona's considerable growth, toll lanes have been built along the 91 freeway, with future toll lane expansions under construction and in the planning stages along Interstate 15. In 2002, the city government considered an autonomous government from Riverside County because the city and some residents were dissatisfied with how services were handled by other areas in the county. A proposed 10-mile (16 km) automobile and rail tunnel under Santiago Peak to connect Interstate 5 and SR 55 in Corona with Interstate 5 in Orange County to reduce commuter traffic on the crowded 91 has shelved indefinitely, this concept has also been shelved. The town of Corona was once the "Lemon Capital of the World". A museum there presents the lemon's former role in the local economy. In the 20th century, Corona was popular among celebrities drawn to its upscale areas and relative privacy compared to Los Angeles. High real estate prices in Los Angeles and Orange counties made the area's land desirable to developers and industrialists, and by the late 1990s Corona was considered a major suburb of LA.

Geography and climate

Corona experiences a warm Mediterranean climate (Köppen climate classification: CSa) and has mild to cool winters and hot summers. Most of the rainfall (as in all of Southern California) occurs during winter and early spring. Snowfall within city limits is rare. Snow flurries will occasionally fall, usually once every other year, but it very rarely snows to the point where it accumulates. The nearby Santa Ana Mountains receive a dusting of snow a few times each winter. During the hottest months, daytime temperatures in Corona can exceed 100 °F (38 °C) In early summer, Corona receives common overcast weather known as "May Gray" and "June Gloom" Summer thunderstorms are sporadic and usually happen between July and September from the North American Monsoons, bringing increased humidity and scattered thunderstorms. Autumn features warm days and sharply cooler evenings, but can be windy due to the Santa Ana winds, blowing in two or three times a year from October to December. The city has a total area of 38.9 square miles (101 km²), of which 38.8 sq miles (100 km²) of it is land and 0.1sq miles (0.26 km²") of it, or 0.27%, is water. It is located in western Riverside County, east of Orange County, and east of San Diego. It has a population of 2,827, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.


Businesses with global, national or major regional headquarters in Corona include:TCL, a Chinese technology company.Monster Beverage, a worldwide manufacturer of soft drinks, including Hansen's beverages and the Monster Energy drink line. Fender, world-famous manufacturer of electric guitars, amplifiers, and musical equipment. Zumiez, youth and action sports clothing and accessory retailer. LuLaRoe, controversial and legally embattled multi-level marketing distributor of women's apparel. Sterno, manufacturers of portable cooking fuel. Top employers in the city are: TCL, Saleen, Troy Lee Designs, Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV, and Sterno. The city's 2020 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report says the top employers in Corona are: TCL, Tractor Supply Company, Fender and Lu LaRoe. The top job creator in Corona is the city's police chief, who has been in his job for more than 30 years. The police chief has been fired three times in the last five years, the most recent in 2008. The chief was also fired in 2007 for a DUI offense. The mayor has been re-elected to a second term in office, the third time in his career, and the fourth time in the mayor's job was in his second term. The current mayor is a former mayor of the city, who was elected in 2000 and served two terms in the 1990s, the second in his third term, the fourth in his fourth term, and a fifth in his fifth term.


The 2010 United States Census reported that Corona had a population of 152,374. The racial makeup of Corona was 90,925 (59.7%) White (40.1% Non-Hispanic White), 8,934 (5.9%) African American, 1,153 (0.8%) Native American, 16,205 (10.6%) Asian, 552 (0.4) Pacific Islander, 28,003 (18.4%) from other races, and 7,759 (5.1%) from two or more races. 33.7% of Corona's population are Mexican-American. Middle Eastern/North African (MENA) people made up 2.5% of the population. There were 47,174 housing units at an average density of 1,211.8 per square mile (467.9/km²), of which 30,210 (67.2%) were owner-occupied, and 14,740 (32.8) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.3%; the rental vacancy ratewas 5.3%. 103,17067.7 people lived in owner- occupied housing units and 48,693 people in rental housing units in 2009-2013. Corona has a median household income of $77,123, with 10.8% of residents living below the federal poverty line. The city has a population density of 3,914.0 inhabitants per squaremile (1,511.2/ km²).


Corona is located in California's 42nd congressional district, represented by Republican Ken Calvert. California is represented by Democrats Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla in the U.S. Senate. In the California State Legislature, Corona is in the 31st Senate District and the 60th Assembly District. In Riverside County Board of Supervisors, Corona is in the Second District, represented by Karen Spiegel. The city is located on the banks of the San Jacinto River, which flows into the San Joaquin River and the San Diego River. The river is known as the "Corona River" and was once a popular destination for the city's residents. It is now considered one of the most scenic rivers in the state, along with the San Francisco Bay and the Santa Catalina River. It has been the site of several major construction projects, including the construction of a new freeway and a new airport in the late 1990s and early 2000s.


Corona is served by the Corona (SR 71), Interstate 15 (I-15), and Riverside (SR 91) freeways. The city is linked with the 91 Line and Inland EmpireOrange County Line of the Metrolink commuter rail system. There are five high schools in Corona: Corona, Centennial, Lee V. Pollard, Orange Grove, Santiago. Private schools include St. Edward Catholic School and Crossroads Christian School. The World Mosquito Control Association (WMCA) is located in Corona. Southern California Gas Company provides natural gas services. The Corona Sunnyslope Cemetery is a for-profit cemetery established in 1892. Notable burials include USC Trojans athletic director Jess Hill. The City of Corona operates its own transportation system called the Corona Cruiser. It consists of two circular routes around the city. It also includes the following bus lines: RTA route 1 from West Corona to UC Riverside, RTA. route 3 from Corona Regional Medical Center to Swan Lake in nearby Eastvale, R.TA route 214 from Downtown Corona to The Village shopping center in Orange, and the. OCTA bus route from Anaheim to South Corona Walmart (Ontario Avenue) The city of Corona is a part of the Corona-Norco Unified School District and the Alvord Unified school District. It is in the City of Chino, CA, but has a "Corona" mailing address, but a "Chino" address is used instead.


Downtown District is the oldest area of the city by far. The area north of Grand Boulevard Circle centered around N Main St, named North Main Street District, underwent drastic rebranding, redevelopment, and repair beginning in 2017. Historic South Main Street Palms District is a long stretch of varying species of palms that were planted and integrated into the landscaping plan for South Corona in the early 20th century. Metro at Main is a large mixed-use development featuring apartments atop retail with additional retail along the property. It is a commuter community due to its close proximity to Metrolink's Corona - North Main Station, and both SR 91 and I-15 freeways. It includes all of the houses and businesses along S Main St between Olive St and Chase Dr. It also includes portions of the neighborhoods of Civic Center and Circle City along with the entirety of GBHD. The Eastside, Westside, and Center City neighborhoods are all part of the Downtown District. The Westside is a mix of the Eastside and the Westside neighborhoods. The Center City neighborhood is the largest in the city, and is home to much of the business and residential activity in the downtown area. The Downtown District is also one of the oldest areas of Corona, along with Grand Boulevard Historic District (GBHD) It is located in the heart of downtown Corona, and includes the entire downtown area of Center City, Civic Center, Circle City, and the surrounding neighborhoods of East Side, West Side, and West Side.

Arts and culture

The Arts Alive Council is a non-profit organization created with the purpose to "foster, promote, and increase the public knowledge and appreciation of the arts and cultural activities in the greater Corona Area" Members include the Corona Symphony Orchestra, Circle City Chorale, Christian Arts and Theater, and Corona Dance Academy. Off Broadway Corona Theater (OBCTheater) produces two to three theatrical productions each year that are presented at the Corona Civic Center Auditorium. They produce two toThree theatrical productions per year. They are a non-profit organization that is based in Corona, California. They produce two to three theatrical performances each year. Their productions are presented at the Corona Civic Center Auditorium. Their performed in the spring and summer of 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. They also produce a number of musicals and other musicals that are performed at the Civic Center. The organization is based in Corona, California and has members from all over the country. The council's purpose is to promote the arts in the Corona area. It also promotes the arts and cultural activities in the greater Cortland area. The group's members include the Corona Symphony Orchestra, Circle City Chorale and Christian Arts and Theater. The Council also produces a number of musicals that are performed at the Civic Center every year.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Corona, Riverside County, California = 1. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 50. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 10. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Corona = 5.7 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 157,136 individuals with a median age of 30.5 age the population grows by 17.67% in Corona, Riverside County, California population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 3,934.20 residents per square mile of area (1,519.02/km²). There are average 3.36 people per household in the 43,675 households with an average household income of $80,545 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 11.20% of the available work force and has dropped -6.49% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 15.82%. The number of physicians in Corona per 100,000 population = 109.8.


The annual rainfall in Corona = 11.5 inches and the annual snowfall = 0.1 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 34. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 275. 92 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 40.2 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 18, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Corona, Riverside County, California which are owned by the occupant = 66.15%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 18 years with median home cost = $282,250 and home appreciation of -15.99%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $9.19 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,722 per student. There are 22.3 students for each teacher in the school, 8018 students for each Librarian and 983 students for each Counselor. 9.08% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 16.05% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 6.54% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Corona's population in Riverside County, California of 1,434 residents in 1900 has increased 109,58-fold to 157,136 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 50.45% female residents and 49.55% male residents live in Corona, Riverside County, California.

    As of 2020 in Corona, Riverside County, California are married and the remaining 36.79% are single population.

  • 39.1 minutes is the average time that residents in Corona require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    76.53% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 16.46% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 1.20% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 3.38% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Corona, Riverside County, California, 66.15% are owner-occupied homes, another 29.50% are rented apartments, and the remaining 4.35% are vacant.

  • The 42.02% of the population in Corona, Riverside County, California who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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