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Murrieta is located at 33°34'10" North, 117°12'9" West (33.569566, -117.202453).
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 44,282 people, 14,320 households, and 11,699 families residing in the city. The population density is 602.2/km² (1,560.0/mi²). There are 14,921 housing units at an average density of 202.9/km² (525.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 81.64% White, 3.39% African American, 0.66% Native American, 4.01% Asian, 0.22% Pacific Islander, 5.77% from other races, and 4.32% from two or more races. 17.48% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 14,320 households out of which 47.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.2% are married couples living together, 8.1% have a female householder with no husband present, and 18.3% are non-families. 14.5% of all households are made up of individuals and 6.7% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 3.08 and the average family size is 3.42.
In the city the population is spread out with 33.7% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 17.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 96.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 92.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $60,911, and the median income for a family is $65,904. Males have a median income of $49,107 versus $32,468 for females. The per capita income for the city is $23,290. 4.3% of the population and 3.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 4.3% of those under the age of 18 and 5.4% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
Population was estimated to be 77,661 by the California Department of Finance in 2004.
Murrieta was colonized first in 1863 by the Spanish explorer Don Juan Murrieta . Don Juan fell in love with the valley surrounded by rolling foothills on all sides. He took up sheep ranching, establishing the first settlement in the valley.
Murrieta experienced two significant booms: first in the late 19th century, and then a century later in the 1980s. The first boom was started when a railroad line was built through the town; by 1890 there were approximately 800 people living in Murrieta. In 1935, the trains stopped using the route through Murrieta, and the town would remain small until 1987, the beginning of a period of explosive growth. On 1 July, 1991 Murrieta became a city, having 29,000 people.
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