Murrieta is a city in southwestern Riverside County, California, United States. The population of Murrieta was 103,466 at the 2010 census. Murrieta experienced a 133.7% population increase between 2000 and 2010, according to the most recent census, making Murrieta one of the fastest growing cities in the state. This population boom in 2010 surpassed the population of the historically larger and more commercial city of Temecula to the south for the first time since the incorporation of either city. Temecula and Murrieta together form the southwestern anchor of the Inland Empire region. The Murrieta-Temecula-Menifee Urban Area had a population of 441,546 at the 2010 Census. Largely residential in character, Murrieta is typically characterized as a commuter town, with many of its residents commuting to jobs in San Diego County, Orange County, Los Angeles County, Temecula, and Camp Pendleton.
Located about an hour north of San Diego, Temecula is the home of more than 30 wineries, which offer tasting rooms and private tours. Seasonal festivals and vibrant nightlife will keep the fun alive at any time year, or any time of day. Gambling lovers won't want to miss the Pechanga Resort and Casino. If shopping is your thing, take a look at some of the area's exquisite boutiques, or stock up on local olive oils at the Temecula Olive Oil Company.
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