Jurupa Valley, California
Official seal of Jurupa Valley, California
"Jurupa"[citation needed]
Location of Jurupa Valley in Riverside County, California.
Location of Jurupa Valley in Riverside County, California.
Jurupa Valley is located in southern California
Jurupa Valley
Jurupa Valley
Location in the United States
Jurupa Valley is located in California
Jurupa Valley
Jurupa Valley
Jurupa Valley (California)
Jurupa Valley is located in the United States
Jurupa Valley
Jurupa Valley
Jurupa Valley (the United States)
Coordinates: 34°00′N 117°29′W / 34.000°N 117.483°W / 34.000; -117.483
Country United States
State California
Incorporated (city)July 1, 2011[1]
 • TypeCouncil–manager
 • MayorChris Barajas
 • Mayor Pro TemGuillermo Silva
 • City Council
Council members
 • City ManagerRod Butler
 • Assistant City ManagerMichael Flad
 • City43.68 sq mi (113.13 km2)
 • Land42.94 sq mi (111.22 km2)
 • Water0.74 sq mi (1.91 km2)
 • City105,053
 • Rank6th in Riverside County
69th in California
304th in the United States
 • Density2,446.51/sq mi (944.60/km2)
 • Metro
Time zoneUTC−8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
91752, 92509
Area code951
FIPS code06-37692
GNIS feature ID2702867

Jurupa Valley (Serrano: Hurumpa) is a city in the northwest corner of Riverside County, California, United States. It was the location of one of the earliest non-native settlements in the county, Rancho Jurupa. The Rancho was initially an outpost of the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, then a Mexican land grant in 1838. The name is derived from a Native American village that existed in the area prior to the arrival of Europeans.

On March 8, 2011, voters approved a ballot measure, Measure A, to incorporate and form the city of Jurupa Valley. The effective date of incorporation was July 1, 2011.[4] Residents of the area had previously voted on incorporation in 1992, but rejected that measure, along with a competing ballot measure that would have incorporated Mira Loma.[4]

The city of Jurupa Valley covers approximately 43.5 square miles (113 km2), and had a population of 105,053 as of the 2020 census. It is bordered by the cities of Eastvale, Norco, and Riverside in Riverside County and the cities of Ontario, Fontana, Rialto, Bloomington and Colton in neighboring San Bernardino County.


The area was first inhabited by the Gabrielino Tribe and the Serrano Tribe.[5]

Jurupa Valley traces its history to Rancho Jurupa, a Mexican-era rancho granted to Don Juan Bandini, a noted Californio entrepreneur, in 1838.


See also: List of Riverside County, California, placename etymologies: Jurupa Valley

Although there was no geographic feature or town officially named Jurupa Valley prior to the establishment of the city in 2011, the term Jurupa Valley is known to have been used as early as 1887 when referring to lands along the northeast side of the Santa Ana River opposite the city of Riverside.[6] The name Jurupa was derived from the 1838 Mexican land grant Rancho Jurupa, which the Jurupa Valley area had been part of. The Rancho in turn derived its name from a previous Jurupa rancho operated by the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, until the mission was disbanded through the Mexican secularization act of 1833.[7] The first rancho was named for the Native American village Jurupa that existed in the area prior to the arrival of Mexican colonizers.[8] Both Serrano and Gabrieleño peoples lived in the area. The Gabrieleño referred to the village as Jurungna or Hurungna.[9]

The exact meaning of the word Jurupa is disputed. The 1890 book, An Illustrated History of Southern California, states that the word Jurupa was a greeting, meaning ″peace and friendship″, used by the Native Americans when the first Catholic priest visited the area.[10] In 1902 Father Juan Caballeria, in his History of San Bernardino Valley; From the Padres to the Pioneer, states that the word was derived from Jurumpa, meaning watering place.[7] Later linguistic studies concluded that the name likely refers to Juru, the Artemisia californica (California sagebrush), common in the area.[11]


On June 2, 1992, under measures E, F, and G, the first effort to form a city was voted down by the electorate. Measure E, whether or not to incorporate Jurupa and Mira Loma, lost 76% to 24%. Measure F, whether to vote city council members by district or at large, if incorporation passed, was 69% district, and 31% at large. Measure G, the selection of a city name, had the following results; Jurupa 40%, Rancho Jurupa 23%, West Riverside 21%, and Camino Real 16%.[12] At the time Jurupa was described as including the neighborhoods of Rubidoux, Pedley and Glen Avon.[13]

On March 8, 2011, a second proposal for incorporation was put before the voters. This time the measure passed with 54% voting yes, 46% voting no, and with an effective date of July 1, 2011. At the time the new city was estimated to have a population of 88,000, and included the communities of Mira Loma, Glen Avon, Sky Country, Indian Hills, Pedley, Rubidoux, Belltown, Jurupa, Jurupa Hills, and Sunnyslope.[14]

The city immediately faced the possibility of disincorporation when the State of California passed Senate Bill 89, which shifted millions of dollars of vehicle license fees away from cities.[15] The new city struggled for several years, and in 2014 notified the Riverside County Local Agency Formation Commission that it might be necessary to disincorporate. In September 2015, Senate Bill 25 was passed by the California Assembly and Senate to restore funding to cities, but was vetoed by then Governor Jerry Brown.[16] Later in the month Senate Bill 107 was signed by the governor. It remediated many of the outstanding debts of Jurupa Valley, as well as three other recently incorporated cities in Riverside County.[17]

Historic events


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[19][3]
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According to the United States Census Bureau, as of 2020, the population was 105,053 with 71.4% of the population of Jurupa Valley being Hispanic or Latino, 20.6% of the population being White non-Hispanic, 3.2% of the population being Black or African American, 3.6% of the population being Asian, and 3.6% of the population is of two races or more.[20]

2020 census

Jurupa Valley, California – Racial and Ethnic Composition
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos may be of any race.
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2020[21] % 2020
White alone (NH) 19,187 18.26%
Black or African American alone (NH) 3,529 3.36%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 240 0.23%
Asian alone (NH) 5,281 5.03%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 237 0.23%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 534 0.51%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 1,998 1.90%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 74,407 70.49%
Total 105,053 100.00%

Government and Politics

Local government

Jurupa Valley is governed by a city council, whose members represent specific districts of the city. The city council is led by the mayor, who is elected by and among the councillors. The mayor serves a one-year term, while councilmembers serve for four years.

Jurupa Valley lies within District Two of Riverside County, represented by Supervisor Karen Spiegel.[22] Eastern Jurupa Valley will become part of District One in January 2025 due to redistricting.

City parks are served and maintained by the Jurupa Area Recreation and Parks District. Water and Sanitation is provided by the Jurupa Community Services District and Rubidoux Community Services District.

State and federal representation

In the California State Legislature, Jurupa Valley is located in the 31st Senate District, represented by Democrat Richard Roth, and in the 58th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Sabrina Cervantes.

In the House of Representatives, Jurupa Valley lies entirely within the 39th Congressional District, represented by Democrat Mark Takano.

California is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Laphonza Butler and Alex Padilla.


As of February 10, 2023, there are 51,709 registered voters in Jurupa Valley. Of these, 23,505 (45.5%) are registered Democrats, 13,254 (25.6%) are registered Republicans, 11,330 (21.9%) are independent, and 3,350 (6.5%) are registered with other parties.[23]


Jurupa Valley is home to the Jurupa Unified School District. The district operates seventeen elementary schools, four middle schools, two continuation schools, and three high schools, including:[24]

Jurupa Unified School District, 2011
Jurupa Valley as seen from the Jurupa Hills, 2015


Public transportation in Jurupa Valley is provided by Riverside Transit Agency.[25] Also, Jurupa Valley/Pedley station (formerly Pedley Station) is served by Metrolink. Jurupa Valley is home to Flabob Airport, a small public-use airport. However, commercial flights are served by the nearby Ontario International Airport.

The major freeways in Jurupa Valley are Interstate 15, which serves as the city's western border, and California State Route 60, which runs along the northern side of the city.

Jurupa Valley/Pedley Station, 2017

Culture, sports & recreation

Notable sites include:


Jurupa Valley is located north and west of the Santa Ana River across from Riverside, California, south of the Riverside–San Bernardino county line, and east of Interstate 15. It includes the nine distinct neighborhoods, or communities, of Belltown, Crestmore Heights, Glen Avon, Indian Hills, Jurupa Hills, Pedley, Rubidoux, Sunnyslope, and Mira Loma.[26]


Climate data for Jurupa Valley, California
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 91
Mean daily maximum °F (°C) 67
Mean daily minimum °F (°C) 42
Record low °F (°C) 24
Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.45
Average precipitation days 6.6 7.2 5.3 3.5 1.4 0.3 0.8 1.0 1.3 2.5 4.4 6.4 40.7
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