Corona is a city located in Riverside County California. Corona has a 2023 population of 164,179. Corona is currently growing at a rate of 1.38% annually and its population has increased by 4.19% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 157,570 in 2020.
The average household income in Corona is $115,377 with a poverty rate of 9.05%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Corona is 35.3 years, 33.9 years for males, and 36.3 years for females.
Corona is located in Riverside County, California about 48 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 95 miles northwest of San Diego. Corona is part of the Inland Empire, a large metropolitan area and region with a population of 4.6 million. Corona is the 3rd largest city in Riverside County after Riverside and Moreno Valley.
Corona is one of several Hispanic-majority cities in Southern California. It has a foreign-born population of about 26%. The city has a population density of 4,225 people per square mile (1,631/square kilometer).
Riverside County leads California in terms of population growth, adding 37,000 people between 2016 and 2017. This was also the third largest population growth of any county in the U.S. Of course, this growth isn't very remarkable when you consider the substantial size of Riverside County and other major counties in Southern California as the growth rate worked out to just 1.5%. Most of the population growth is attributed to more people moving to Riverside County communities like Corona and this trend is expected to continue over the next decade.
Corona was founded during Southern California's citrus boom in 1886 as South Riverside. At the time, the town was called the Lemon Capital of the World and it was established by the South Riverside Land and Water Company which was originally a citrus growers' organization. At the time, South Riverside was located in San Bernardino County.
In 1893, South Riverside became part of Riverside County and it was renamed Corona just three years later due to its distinctive circular Grand Boulevard enclosed by the typical grid roads. For decades, Corona was popular among Hollywood celebrities thanks to its comparative privacy and upscale homes.
Corona has since become known as the Gateway to the Inland Empire. It largely abandoned its agricultural economy in the 1980s as rising prices in Orange and Los Angeles counties made the city more attractive. Within 10 years, Corona was a large suburb of Los Angeles.
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Corona was:
Two or more races
Black or African American
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
Average Family Size
Average Household Size
Rate of Home Ownership
Less Than 9th Grade
9th to 12th Grade
High School Graduate
High School Graduation Rate
The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 84.6%.
The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 43.73%.
Other Indo-European Languages
Asian and Pacific Island Languages
56.29% of Corona residents speak only English, while 43.71% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 32.18% of the population.
Overall Poverty Rate
Male Poverty Rate
Female Poverty Rate
The race most likely to be in poverty in Corona is Native, with 22.03% below the poverty level.
The race least likely to be in poverty in Corona is Black, with 4.54% below the poverty level.
The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.82%. Among those working part-time, it was 9.04%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 16.38%.
Overall Marriage Rate
Male Marriage Rate
Female Marriage Rate
The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.
Second Gulf War
First Gulf War
World War II
Less Than 9th Grade
High School Graduate
Bachelors or Greater
Veteran Poverty Rate
Veteran Disability Rate
Labor Force Participation
Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.
Born in Corona
76.84% of Corona residents were born in the United States, with 63.81% having been born in California. 10.29% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.