Moreno Valley, California Population 2020

212,992

Moreno Valley is a city located in Riverside County, California. With a 2020 population of 212,992, it is the 20th largest city in California and the 108th largest city in the United States. Moreno Valley is currently growing at a rate of 0.93% annually and its population has increased by 10.15% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 193,365 in 2010. Spanning over 51 miles, Moreno Valley has a population density of 4,155 people per square mile.

The average household income in Moreno Valley is $76,018 with a poverty rate of 15.88%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,406 per month, and the median house value is $287,300. The median age in Moreno Valley is 30.6 years, 30 years for males, and 31.2 years for females. For every 100 females there are 93.8 males.

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 Valley was:

  • White: 36.11%
  • Other race: 35.47%
  • Black or African American: 18.22%
  • Asian: 6.36%
  • Two or more races: 2.98%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.44%
  • Native American: 0.41%
The current population of Moreno Valley, California is 212,992, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 209,050. The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 193,365.

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White74,04236.11%
Some Other Race72,72235.47%
Black or African American37,36518.22%
Asian13,0406.36%
Two or More Races6,1152.98%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander9100.44%
American Indian and Alaska Native8400.41%

Moreno Valley Population Pyramid 2020

Moreno Valley Median Age

30.6


Total

30


Male

31.2


Female

Moreno Valley Adults

There are 146,243 adults, (16,793 of whom are seniors) in Moreno Valley.

Moreno Valley Age Dependency

58.4

Age Dependency Ratio

13

Old Age Dependency Ratio

45.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Moreno Valley Sex Ratio

Female

105,819

51.61%

Male

99,215

48.39%

Moreno Valley Households and Families

Moreno Valley Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Moreno Valley Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married71.2%28.8%
All61%39%
Male55.3%44.7%
Non Family52.2%47.8%
Female42.3%57.7%

61.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All50,6204.0461
Married28,0604.5971.2
Female10,1174.4542.3
Non Family8,0921.4452.2
Male4,3514.3555.3

4.36

Average Family Size

4.04

Average Household Size

6.6%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Moreno Valley Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade13,80511.38%
9th to 12th Grade14,42811.89%
High School Graduate35,31429.10%
Some College27,93123.02%
Associates Degree10,3198.50%
Bachelors Degree12,97510.69%
Graduate Degree6,5875.43%

Moreno Valley Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic63,11040,0174,905
Other Race38,72424,2762,487
White23,69721,6325,650
Black22,91421,4475,121
Asian9,5838,0643,381
Multiple Races2,6192,244565
Native American48637866
Islander47547169

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 99.16%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 35.28%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$33,518$38,042$28,906
Less Than High School$25,750$32,349$18,088
High School Grad$30,557$36,112$24,432
Some College$36,047$41,499$31,832
Bachelors Degree$49,046$50,452$46,972
Graduate Degree$64,741$71,240$61,628

$33,518

Average Earnings

$38,042

Average Male

$28,906

Average Female

Moreno Valley Language

Moreno Valley Language by Age

Moreno Valley Language

49.82% of Moreno Valley residents speak only English, while 50.18% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 43.64% of the population.

Moreno Valley Poverty

Moreno Valley Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic118,06720,77417.60%
Other72,12613,81519.15%
Black37,2346,11916.43%
White31,5013,23310.26%
Asian13,0161,63712.58%
Multiple6,09282113.48%
Islander89413615.21%
Native8229611.68%

15.88%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.65%

Male Poverty Rate

17.04%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Moreno Valley

The race most likely to be in poverty in Moreno Valley is Other, with 19.15% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Moreno Valley is White, with 10.26% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.37%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.04%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.98%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School20.89%
High School11.75%
Some College9.24%
Bachelors or Greater8.81%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed28.32%
Male Unemployed27.69%
Female Employed8.98%
Male Employed7.85%

Moreno Valley Income

Moreno Valley Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$63,572$76,018
Families$65,256$77,843
Married Families$75,856$88,643
Non Families$40,831$53,223

Moreno Valley Marital Status

Moreno Valley Marital Status

Marriage Rates

44.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

47.0%

Male Marriage Rate

42.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Moreno Valley Married by Age and Sex

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

Moreno Valley Veterans

7,845

Number of Veterans

6,970

Male Veterans

875

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam2,726
Second Gulf War1,940
First Gulf War1,712
Korea409
World War II126
Name Veterans % of Total
White4,0937.46%
Black2,2468.25%
Hispanic1,9592.47%
Other8161.68%
Asian3973.69%
2 or More2326.88%
Indian467.88%
Hawaiian152.38%

$Moreno Valley Veterans by Education

6.93%

Veteran Poverty Rate

26.15%

Veteran Disability Rate

Moreno Valley Employment Status

63.7%

Labor Force Participation

57.1%

Employment Rate

10.1%

Unemployment Rate

Moreno Valley Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

62.50%

Born in California

75.46%

Native Born

24.54%

Foreign Born

12.53%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

75.46% of Moreno Valley residents were born in the United States, with 62.50% having been born in California. 12.53% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020212,9921,9710.93%
2019211,0211,9710.94%
2018209,0502,3371.13%
2017206,7131,9710.96%
2016204,7421,7840.88%
2015202,9581,0840.54%
2014201,8741,6500.82%
2013200,2242,0061.01%
2012198,2181,6410.83%
2011196,5772,3361.20%
2010194,24151,8603.15%
2000142,38123,6021.83%
1990118,77990,65915.50%
198028,1200.00%