Murrieta is a picturesque city located in the near coastal Riverside County of Southern California. Murrieta is predominantly a residential community, which means that the majority of its residents commute to other nearby cities for work on a daily basis. The current population estimate of the city is 115,000 residents.
There is not much-documented history of Murrieta during the pre-colonial era and the spell of Spanish rule that followed. The real story behind the city’s development started in 1873 when a group of four associates including Juan and Ezequiel Murrieta purchased two Mexican ranches in the current location of Murrieta and Temecula cities. Ezequiel was drawn to the land because of its scenic beauty which reminded him of Spain-his native home. He intended to use the land for grazing his great flock of sheep. However, his dream never materialized because he moved back to Spain almost immediately after acquiring the land and left it under the care of his brother Juan.
Despite its almost perfect start as a residential and tourist center, Murrieta experienced a setback when the trains stopped running through the area in 1935. Tourists stopped coming to the Murrieta Hot Springs Resort, and the development slowly died out.
Murrieta remained a small stagnant country town for over 40 year’s event after the US Route 395 was built to pass through the area. However, the construction of Interstate 15, which passes through the heart of the city, brought new life and the old spirit of development into the town. By 1990s, the town was fast developing into a suburban community, and people started moving in from cities and towns in the nearby counties. The people pushed for their town to be incorporated as a city in 1990 and the incorporation was effected the following year. During its incorporation, Murrieta had a population of around 25,000 residents. Murrieta was declared as one of the fastest-growing metropolises in California after the 2010 census revealed that the city had experienced a 133.7% growth in population in the period between 2002 and 2010.