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Riverside County, California

92877, 92878, 92879, 92880, 92881, 92882, 92883

"The Circle City"

Page Contents for Corona, California

Statistics & Facts


Weather & Climate

History & History-related items


Historical Events

Chamber of Commerce.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The California state capital is Sacramento.
The population of Corona is approximately 149,387 (2005), 152374 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 37,839 (2000), 44950 (2010).
The amount of land area in Corona is 73.756 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Corona is 35.1 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.05 sq kilometers.
The distance from Corona to Washington DC is 2391 miles.
The distance to the California state capital is 391 miles. (as the crow flies)
Corona is positioned 33.86 degrees north of the equator and 117.56 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Corona elevation is 678 feet above sea level.
Corona median income is $ 59,615 (2000).
The Corona median home price is $ 194,400 (2000).


In Western Riverside County near the Orange County border. Located about 50 miles east of Los Angeles and about 20 miles from Disneyland. Other nearby communities include El Cerrito, Home Gardens, Norco, Mira Loma, Pedley, Glen Avon, Chino Hills and Riverside.
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mild with no real extremes in weather. A few hot spells in the summer may go over 100, winter temperatures rarely drop below 40.
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History & History Related Items

Corona, also called "The Circle City," was founded in 1886 by Robert Taylor and members of the south Riverside Land and Water company. Mr. Taylor, along with an engineer, H. Clay Kellogg, decided to build the city around a central point. This central point is known as Grand Blvd.. They lined it with pepper trees and began developing what we know as Corona. Most early homes and businesses were located around this large circle. The businesses were located near the center at 6th and Main St., while the residences were more out towards the perimeter. Citrus groves were planted to the south. Industrial and fruit packing plants were built to the north near the railroad tracks.

The local paper was named the "Daily Independent.", There was a Corona Country Club on West Olive and a Woman's Improvement Club on South Main. Phones were established as early as 1899. By 1908, sewers and drains were a required item in town. An International speed race on Grand Blvd was begun in 1913, in observance of California Admission's Day on Sept. 9. More than a million people came to town to watch all the famous racecar drivers. The race was finally discontinued in 1916, mainly because its purpose of bringing more growth to the community didn't materialize. Growth finally did come to Corona. By 1954, there were more than 11,000 residents and many new industrial businesses. The largest employer was Exchange Lemon Products Co. The booming business helped to establish Corona in the citrus industry, and helped it gain its nickname "Lemon Capital of the World."

The 91 freeway came through Corona in 1962 and with it much new growth. The downtown area was revitalized and new buildings were added. As the years went by, many of the old citrus groves in south Corona gave way to tracts of new homes. When Corona turned 100 years old in 1986, the city had a population of 44,895. Corona continues to grow with a population of approximately 100,000 people. It has expanded in all directions outward from the city center. A large auto mall has been built off the 91 freeway and the McKinley Center to the east side of Corona has become a major business center. There are four high schools in Corona as well as many other elementary and intermediate schools. Corona is a great place to live and to raise a family.
For a history of Corona from the Library's Heritage Room, go to Corona History. This site has articles, pictures and a good history.

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The founding of Corona

1886 by Robert Taylor and members of the South Riverside Land and Water company

The incorporation of Corona


Corona City Government

City of Corona official Website
Corona Civic Center
400 South Vicentia Avenue
Corona, CA 92882
Phone: 951-736-2400

City of Corona Police Department
Phone: 736-2330 (administration) - dial 911 for emergencies!


See our page for Riverside County for more information and a link to the official Riverside County site.

Corona Historical Events

2000, September 29
Woodrow Wilson Elementary School Dedication Event
1750 Spyglass Drive
Corona, California
Sponsored by: The Forecast Group & TurnKey Schools of America
An historic dedication ceremony commemorated the completion of the first permanent developer-built public school in the state, Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in Corona, at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at the school site. This innovative school became a reality in record time - 13 months. Typically, elementary schools take 30-48 months to complete.
The school is part of the Corona-Norco Unified School District and is located at the corner of Riviera and Spyglass Drive in the Eagle Glen community of Corona. Wilson Elementary is the first public school designed and built under Senate Bill 50 (SB 50) and Proposition 1A, the $ 6.7 billion school bond measure. SB 50 changed the way in which schools could be financed and built, allowing developers in new communities to negotiate with school districts the option of building schools up front with their developer fees. This type of venture, like Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, is projected to save Californians millions of tax dollars and help eliminate school overcrowding. The dedication ceremony is being sponsored by The Forecast Group, developer of the Eagle Glen community and school, and TurnKey Schools of America, the company that designed and built Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in cooperation with the Corona-Norco Unified School District. The community was invited to the dedication ceremony. Student ambassadors of Wilson Elementary School welcomed guests. The new 44,820-square-foot, 9.1-acre facility is the first school in the history of the State of California to be designed and built by a developer rather than the school district. This inaugural enterprise is expected to set a new standard for the future of school construction.

Corona Chamber

Corona Chamber of Commerce official Website
904 E. 6th St.
Corona, CA 91719-1612
Phone: 951-737-3350

Corona Organizations

Corona Chamber of Commerce official Website
904 E. 6th St.
Corona, CA 91719-1612
Phone: 951-737-3350

Corona Libraries

Corona Public Library
650 S. Main Street (Main and 6th St.)
Corona, California
Phone: (951) 736-2382 FAX (951) 736-2499

Corona Schools

the Corona-Norco School District
2820 Clark St., Norco, CA 92860
(951) 736-5000

Santiago High School

Centennial High School

Corona High School

Citrus Hills Intermediate School

Auburndale Intermediate School

Corona Fundamental Intermediate School

Raney Intermediate School
El Cerrito Middle School Corona


Median Age:
1990 - 30.1 years
2000 - 29.9

Average Family Size: 3.64 (2000)

The population of Corona was:
1990 - 44,988
1998 - 111,000
2000 - 124,966
2005 - 149,387

The number of Households in Corona was:
1990 - 26,538
2000 - 37,839

The elevation at the municipal airport is 533 feet above sea level

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