The City of Menifee is located in southwestern Riverside County approximately 30 miles southeast of the City of Riverside, California. The city encompasses approximately 50 square miles with an overall population of 91,902.
Interstate 215 is the main corridor running north and south through the center of Menifee, with the main commercial areas located primarily along Newport, Bradley, and McCall Roads off of I-215.
The City of Menifee includes the communities of Sun City, Quail Valley and portions of Romoland. The city is generally bordered on the north and west by Corona, Perris, Lake Elsinore and Canyon Lake. To the south by the cities of Murrieta, Wildomar and Temecula.
Elementary and middle school education in the City of Menifee are provided by the Menifee Union School District and the Romoland School District. High school education is provided by the Perris Union High School District. The City of Menifee is also home to Mt. San Jacinto College. The Menifee campus serves the Temecula, Murrieta, and Menifee area.
Menifee gets about 12 inches of rain on average per year (US average 38).Menifee doesn’t typically get snow, there is an average of 272 sunny days per year (US average is 205).
Summer High: the July high is around 98 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 37
Rain: averages 12 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 0 inches of snow a year
Fun history facts:
In the 1940’s many of the Menifee roads that you see today were given a “family name.” These names could be traced back to an early settler of Menifee who had owned a property in a specific location. The list of roads has a unique history and is a part of Menifee’s culture today.
The area was originally inhabited by Luiseno and Pechanga Indian tribes, and in the 1700’s the area fell under the rule of the Spanish empire. The area was eventually annexed into the United States from Mexico in 1850 under California’s statehood.
Farming activity beginning in the mid-1800’s was concentrated int he Menifee area. Mining activity began in the early 1880’s with the discovery of a significant quartz lode by minor Luther Menifee Wilson. Menifee derived its name from that mining operation.
Early development of the City of Menifee began with Sun City in the early 1960’s as the concept of an active retirement community that was envisioned by Del Webb, a major building contractor from Phoenix, Arizona. Sun City is centrally located within the City of Menifee with a mix of residential and commercial activity.
The Menifee area began to grow further in 1989 with the master-planned community of Menifee Lakes and continues to be one of the fastest growing communities in California. Quail Valley is a semi-rural residential community in the northwestern section of the city, and Romoland is a residential and commercial community located in the northeastern section of the city.
On June3, 2008 the residents of the communities encompassing the City of Menifee voted to incorporate Menifee into Riverside County’s 26th city. The new City of Menifee was officially established October 1, 2008.