Extending Interstate 15 through the valley was the impetus for building what was at that time extremely affordable housing. s When Murrieta officially became a city on July 1, 1991, it was already home to more than 24,000 residents. Compare that to the 2,200 estimated to have been living here in 1980. By 2005, more than 85,000 people had moved to the community, making it one of the five largest in Riverside County.
The natural scenic beauty of the area and what is still by California standards reasonably priced housing continues to attract significant numbers of residents and businesses who are finding Murrieta a great place to grow.
History: In the 1850s Murrieta was an overnight stop for the Butterfield Overland Stage line. By 1900 Murrieta was part of Riverside County, and became a popular attraction with its Murrieta Hot Springs and a hotel that was built.
Dry farming of grains was became one of the top commercial enterprises for several decades. In the 1980s Murrieta performed an inventory of buildings that could fall under a set of guidelines to be considered historic of historic significance, and determined that well over 40 met the criteria.
Through the decades a concerted effort has been made to preserve the buildings, history and all that earns the city the moniker, "Country Living at its Best".