Moreno Valley, California Population 2021

221,387
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Moreno Valley is a city located in Riverside County California. With a 2020 population of 221,387, it is the 17th largest city in California and the 101st largest city in the United States . Moreno Valley is currently growing at a rate of 1.92% annually and its population has increased by 14.49% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 193,365 in 2010. Moreno Valley reached it's highest population of in . Spanning over 51 miles, Moreno Valley has a population density of 4,319 people per square mile.

The average household income in Moreno Valley is $78,656 with a poverty rate of 14.47%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,494 per month, and the median house value is $312,000. The median age in Moreno Valley is 30.9 years, 30.1 years for males, and 31.9 years for females.

Moreno Valley is located in Riverside County, California about 16 miles south of San Bernardino. The city is part of the San Bernardino-Riverside Metro Area, also known as the Inland Empire, which has a metro population estimated at 4.2 million. Moreno Valley is one of the ten largest cities in the Inland Empire which usually refers to all of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Moreno Valley also belongs to the Greater Los Angeles area which is the second-largest metropolitan area in the United States with an estimated population of 18.8 million.

Diversity and Population Statistics

Moreno Valley has a diverse ethnic and racial makeup. Since the 1990s, African-Americans, Asians, and Latinos have replaced the White non-Hispanic majority. The city is home to many immigrants from Southeast Asia, Central America, the Middle East, the Balkans, the Caribbean, and the Philippines. The city is home to a community of Samoans who settled largely in Sunnymead. Between 2006 and 2007, the black population of Moreno Valley increased by 13% as many African-American families left Los Angeles County for a lower cost of living and greater opportunities. During the same time, Latinos became the majority.

Population Growth

When Moreno Valley became a city in 1984, it had a population of 49,700, up from just 18,800 in 1970. Rapid growth led to a population of more than 118,000 within just six years. By 1990, Moreno Valley was the second largest city in Riverside County. Throughout the 1990s, Moreno Valley was one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.

While Moreno Valley is no longer growing as rapidly as it did in the 1980s and 1990s, it continues to see sizable growth due to the rising cost of living in Orange and Los Angeles Counties. In 2018, Riverside County ranked as the top county in California for population growth with a county-wide population growth of more than 27,000 people.

As a city, Moreno Valley’s history is fairly short. The region was settled in the 1880s by farmers who depended on water from Frank Brown’s Bear Valley Land and Water Company which pumped water from nearby Bear Valley. The first townsite in Moreno Valley was located near today’s Van Buren Boulevard -- a road then called the Road to Temecula which later became part of the I-215 highway. The directors and officers of the company named the town Moreno in honor of Frank Brown as “moreno” is Spanish for “brown.” By the 1890s, the area was called Moreno Valley.

The whole valley was practically deserted by the 1900s after a severe drought and increased water demands from agriculture decreased the water supply. In 1900, the area was called the “City on Wheels” as steam-powered tractors hauled about 100 homes every year down to Riverside. Moreno Valley was revived in 1918 when the U.S. Air Force built March Field outside of Riverside to train fighter pilots. March Field eventually became a full Air Force base and its presence allowed Moreno and nearby unincorporated communities to grow.

Moreno Valley grew rapidly during the 1980s when the City of Moreno Valley was incorporated and absorbed the towns of Edgemont, Sunnymead, and Moreno.

Moreno Valley Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Moreno Valleywas:

  • Other race: 37.40%
  • White: 35.47%
  • Black or African American: 17.50%
  • Asian: 6.06%
  • Two or more races: 2.88%
  • Native American: 0.39%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.30%
The current population of Moreno Valley, California is 221,387 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 213,055.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 193,365.

Moreno Valley, California Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Some Other Race77,52237.40%
White73,52935.47%
Black or African American36,27917.50%
Asian12,5596.06%
Two or More Races5,9762.88%
American Indian and Alaska Native8030.39%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander6210.30%
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Moreno Valley Population by Race

Moreno Valley Population Pyramid $2021

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Moreno Valley Median Age

30.9


Total

30.1


Male

31.9


Female

Moreno Valley Adults

There are 148,981 adults, (17,733 of whom are seniors) in Moreno Valley.

Moreno Valley Age Dependency

57.9

Age Dependency Ratio

13.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

44.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Moreno Valley Sex Ratio

Female

107,075

51.65%

Male

100,214

48.35%

Moreno Valley Population by Age

Moreno Valley Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Moreno Valley Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Female44.1%55.9%
Non Family52.7%47.3%
Male57.1%42.9%
All61.7%38.3%
Married71.4%28.6%

61.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Moreno Valley Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All50,8864.0661.7
Married28,2704.671.4
Female10,3894.4844.1
Non Family8,1701.5252.7
Male4,0574.3457.1

4.38

Average Family Size

4.06

Average Household Size

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Moreno Valley Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade14,25911.51%
9th to 12th Grade14,91412.04%
High School Graduate35,82128.92%
Some College28,50423.01%
Associates Degree10,1958.23%
Bachelors Degree13,34910.78%
Graduate Degree6,8295.51%
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Moreno Valley Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Moreno Valley Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic66,09441,8144,995
Other Race41,81125,5712,486
White23,83721,8215,845
Black22,30820,7475,329
Asian9,2838,0323,448
2+ Races2,7832,450602
Native American53341575
Islander33933468

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 98.53%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 37.14%.

Moreno Valley Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$34,564$39,179$30,183
Less Than 9th Grade$26,595$33,930$19,349
High School Graduate$31,076$37,260$25,089
Some College$36,651$43,168$32,037
Bachelors Degree$49,121$50,551$47,917
Graduate Degree$69,283$71,610$64,842

$34,564

Average Earnings

$39,179

Average Male

$30,183

Average Female

Moreno Valley Earnings by Educational Attainment

Moreno Valley Language by Age

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Moreno Valley Language

49.65% of Moreno Valley residents speak only English, while 50.35% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 44.14% of the population.

Moreno Valley Language

Moreno Valley Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic121,10418,99115.68%
Other77,10412,95716.80%
Black36,0835,36514.87%
White32,2773,1799.85%
Asian12,5381,64913.15%
Multiple5,95885514.35%
Islander6109916.23%
Native787293.68%

14.47%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.46%

Male Poverty Rate

15.41%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Moreno Valley

The race most likely to be in poverty in Moreno Valley is Other, with 16.80% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Moreno Valley is Native, with 3.68% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.99%. Among those working part-time, it was 15.72%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.85%.

Moreno Valley Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade17.86%
High School10.65%
Some College9.08%
Bachelors or Greater8.69%

Moreno Valley Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed28.90%
Male Unemployed27.13%
Female Employed8.32%
Male Employed6.87%

Moreno Valley Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Moreno Valley Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$66,134$78,656
Families$67,403$80,015
Married Families$78,894$90,855
Non Families$43,938$56,394
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Income by Household Type

Moreno Valley Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

44.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

47.2%

Male Marriage Rate

42.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Moreno Valley Married by Age and Sex

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Moreno Valley Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Moreno Valley Marital Status by Race

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Moreno Valley Marital Status

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7,818

Number of Veterans

6,992

Male Veterans

826

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam2,558
Second Gulf War2,240
First Gulf War1,679
Korea337
World War II88

Moreno Valley Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 542,016
65 to 741,948
55 to 641,864
18 to 341,090
75+900

Moreno Valley Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White4,0847.44%
Black2,1758.24%
Hispanic2,1562.61%
Other Race8361.59%
Asian4163.99%
2+ Races2406.96%
Native American548.49%
Islander132.95%

Moreno Valley Veterans by Race

Moreno Valley Veterans by Education

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6.19%

Veteran Poverty Rate

24.91%

Veteran Disability Rate

Moreno Valley Veterans by Education

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63.7%

Labor Force Participation

58.3%

Employment Rate

8.4%

Unemployment Rate

Moreno Valley Employment by Age

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Moreno Valley Employment by Race

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Moreno Valley Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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62.83%

Born in Moreno Valley

75.02%

Native Born

24.98%

Foreign Born

12.58%

Non Citizen

12.40%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

75.02% of Moreno Valley residents were born in the United States, with 62.83% having been born in California. 12.58% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Moreno Valley Place of Birth

Note: 2020 and 2021 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021221,3874,1661.92%
2020217,2214,1661.96%
2019213,0554,1661.99%
2018208,8892,1481.04%
2017206,7412,0300.99%
2016204,7111,7920.88%
2015202,9191,0880.54%
2014201,8311,6360.82%
2013200,1951,9811.00%
2012198,2141,6240.83%
2011196,5902,3501.21%
2010194,24051,8593.15%
2000142,38123,6021.83%
1990118,77990,65915.50%
198028,1200.00%

Moreno Valley Population by Year