Hemet History

Diamond Valleys

Hemet/San Jacinto, Ca.


Zip Codes

92543, 92544, 92545

Statistics & Facts

The population of Hemet is approximately 62,751 (2001), 78657 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 19,692 (1990), 30092 (2010).


The amount of land area in Hemet is 45.506 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Hemet is 25.97 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Hemet to Washington DC is 2359 miles. The distance to the California state capital is 419 miles. (as the crow flies)
Hemet is positioned 33.73 degrees north of the equator and 116.99 degrees west of the prime meridian.

Hemet elevation is 1,599 feet above sea level.
The Hemet median home price is $112,000.

Hemet miscellany.



Hemet location: In the San Jacinto Valley about 35 miles from Riverside

Climate & Weather

The weather in Hemet is moderate. There are an average 342 days of sunshine each year in this area. Summers are warm and winters are mild.
Hemet average annual rainfall is 12.5 inches per year
Hemet average temperature is 75 degrees F.

History & History Related Items

Hemet history:

The first inhabitants of the area were Cahuilla Indian tribe members. In the early 1800’s, Mission San Luis Rey used the land for cattle ranching and called it Rancho San Jacinto. When the mission system broke down, the land was awarded to Jose Antonio Estudillo in 1842. Hemet, itself, began in 1887 when W.F. Whittier and E.L. Mayberry formed the Lake Hemet Water Company and the Hemet Land Company. Hemet Dam was constructed in the San Jacinto Mountains and finished in 1895. Lake Hemet, formed by the dam, gave the valley a reliable water distribution system which helped future development. Hemet was finally incorporated on 20 January of 1910 and became a center for the area.

Here is a history page for Hemet, California

Hemet was once the largest producer of alfalfa and herbs in the United States.
The founding of Hemet: 1890


Hemet attractions:

The Ramona Pageant, An Early California Love Story, a California tradition since 1923, returns every year in the spring to the Ramona Bowl in the hills above Hemet, California. With a cast of more than 400 actors, singers, dancers and horsemen, the story is told of the timeless love story of Ramona and her Indian hero, Alessandro. All performances at the beautiful outdoor amphitheater begin at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are available from the Ramona Bowl Ticket Office or by mail, fax (951) 658-2695 or call our toll-free number (800) 645-4465. Group rates for tickets are avilable. There is a charge for parking. Tickets are also available at ticketmaster outlets. For more information, please call (951) 658-3111 or (800) 645-4465 or visit the website above.

Recreation in the area.

San Jacinto Peak
Mt San Jacinto from North.jpg

North face
Highest point
Elevation 10,834 ft (3,302 m)  NAVD 88[2]
Prominence 8,319 ft (2,536 m) ↓ San Gorgonio Pass[3]
Isolation 20.3 mi (32.7 km) → Bighorn Mountain
Coordinates 33°48′53″N 116°40′46″WCoordinates: 33°48′53″N 116°40′46″W[2]

While Hemet has long been a attraction for the annual “Snowbirds” from the frigid north, many families have also moved to the area because of the good weather year-round, the family-atmosphere in which to raise children and many local attractions and shopping close by.

Hemet Museum
A local history museum
P.O. Box 2521
Hemet, CA 92546
Phone: 951-929-4409
Hemet Museum, operated entirely by volunteers, presents a panorama of local history in the freight house of Hemet’s Historic Santa Fe Depot.


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