Pros and Cons of Living In Moreno Valley

One of the most asked questions I get is how is it to live in Moreno Valley? Is there crime? Are there nice areas to live in? is there anything to do there?

Today we’re gonna talk about things that I consider pros and some things I could do without or cons here in Moreno Valley. If you are ready, let’s take a look at some important information and find out….

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Number 1, the one thing I love about Moreno Valley is the food

The one thing I love about Moreno Valley is the food… as you can see I don’t like to skip a meal… and you can get anything from Indian food, Mexican food, Sushi, BBQ, Italian food and tacos, did I mention tacos? Oh I wish there was a Brazilian restaurant near by…

But, there are plenty of options for dining with many different restaurants pretty much everywhere in the city.

Number 2 is that there are a great number of parks

There are a great number of parks in Moreno Valley, perfect places to take the kids for some playing time, to practice some sports or just enjoy the day…

Number 3 there are different established neighborhoods

There are different established neighborhoods in which you have different lifestyles.

Sunnymead Ranch is located north of the city or what the locals call it north of the freeway, in here you have access to a lake, pool and spa, gym, clubhouse and they have several activities during the year;

Right next of Sunnymead Ranch is Hidden Springs, this community offers some rolling hills and tree lined streets, and some homes with great views of the valley, also is located on the foothills of Box Springs Mountain or the M mountain that offers a great hike and other activities;

Moreno Valley Ranch is another community that offers access to their lake, pool, spa, basketball and tennis courts, etc;

Rancho Belago is located to the west side of town and offers newer homes and the Golf course located in this area as well.

Just like these 4 neighborhoods mentioned, there are some other areas that you may want to inquire if you are interested in living in Moreno Valley.

Number 4 Moreno Valley is located in the middle of all the activities

Moreno Valley is located in the middle of all the activities, and most of the metro areas are located within a 2 hour drie.  For instance if you want to spend the day at the beach, you can be there in less than 2 hours driving, you want to go to the mountains, Big Bear is about and 1 and 30 minutes driving for some fun in wither to do some skiing or even in  summer time for a quick weekend getaway.

Do you want to spend the day in Palm Springs or do some shopping there? You just get on your car and drive east and you will be there in less than an hour.

If you feel like going for a baseball game, basketball, football and or soccer when they have their respective seasons you can be there in about 1-2 hours, no matter which team you are going for.

Number 5 Downtown Riverside is within a 10 minute driving

If you are ready for a night out, some dinning, or to enjoy the festival of lights in winter time just a short drive and you are there.

Number 6 The Box Springs or the M mountain hiking trail

The Box Springs or the M mountain hiking trail… If you enjoy hiking I will recommend to hike the Box Springs Mountain or the M mountain. The hike is about 5 mile round trip and you can get there on the trails located behind the mountain or to the side with a more steep inclination. Once you get there I will recommend to spend some time enjoying the awesome views of the city. There is another hiking mountain by Perris Lake on the Terri Peak this is about a 4 mile round hike and is a moderate hike.

Other thinks I like of Moreno Valley, is that you can visit the Moreno Valley Mall, spend the day or camp at Perris Lake, you can also visit the Perris speed way, or the Moreno Valley Museum or the VA memorial, or visit the Orange rail museum, and if you are brave enough you can go to Perris and do some indoor or outdoor skydiving.

Now, that’s what I love here in Moreno Valley and there are plenty more  opportunities here, places to go and things to do.

Now the other side are the cons and here are some things I can do without.

The first thing I don’t like it is the traffic

The traffic, specially the 60 and 215 freeway junction, it seems like no matter which hour of the day you travel nowadays there is a big congestion and this continues almost to the 91 freeway intersection.

I’ve really learned how to avoid a lot of the traffic by taking some streets like Alessandro Blvd, Van Buren Blvd. or other site streets when you are bound to Riverside or there are different times of the day that you take the freeways on your way to Orange or LA area.

Number two is yes there is crime in Moreno Valley

The is crime in Moreno Valley, but just like in any other cities we need to compare the crime rate of Moreno Valley with Riverside/San Bernardino/Ontario metro areas and the state of California to get a big picture. So before we compare the crime rate let’s specify the types of crimes we are comparing in here:

The first one is Violent crime, violent crime is composed of any of these 4 offenses: Murder and non negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

The other type of crime is Property crime this one includes offences of burglary, larceny theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

As you can see in the graphic, Moreno Valley shows in orange , Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario areas in dark blue and The state of

there is crime in Moreno Valley, but just like in any other cities we need to compare the crime rate of Moreno Valley with Riverside/San Bernardino/Ontario metro areas and the state of California to get a big picture. So before we compare the crime rate let’s specify the types of crimes we are comparing in here:

The first one is Violent crime, violent crime is composed of any of these 4 offenses: Murder and non negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

The other type of crime is Property crime this one includes offences of burglary, larceny theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

As you can see in the graphic, Moreno Valley shows in orange , Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario areas in dark blue and The state of

California in light blue.

For property crime Riverside – San Bernardino metro and the state of California the crime index is almost the same with 37 and 37.1 index, and Moreno Valley the property crime is higher by 7.4 points or 44.5 index rate.

As for the violent crime Moreno Valley is well below the crime index compared to the metro areas and the state of California.

I know that the news play a big role in all of this and not only in our city, but anywhere there is crime, that’s where they are, and those are the first news you see everywhere.

For property crime Riverside – San Bernardino metro and the state of California the crime index is almost the same with 37 and 37.1 index, and Moreno Valley the property crime is higher by 7.4 points or 44.5 index rate.

As for the violent crime Moreno Valley is well below the crime index compared to the metro areas and the state of California.

I know that the news play a big role in all of this and not only in our city, but anywhere there is crime, that’s where they are, and those are the first news you see everywhere.

Number 3 cons is our local Weather

Our local Weather, since we are in a transition area close to the desert areas our weather in the summer time ranges from 90-100 degrees on average and on winter the average temperatures are 60-75 degrees. Some people may consider these as extreme specially on summer and others will consider a great weather for outdoor activities that can last most of the year.

My Number 4 con is the limited job opportunities

In my opinion is the limited job opportunities in Moreno Valley, aside from the medical field, the food industry and now the many, many warehouses in the area, there are limited well paid jobs opportunities in Moreno Valley. As you can see here in the graphic only 20% of the population earns between 40 and 60K per year. But as you can see about 40% of the population earns from 75 to 150K per year.  It should be important to know where these people work.

Also in this graphic you can see that the income per capita is less than 20K, and per household is almost 60K, which means there must be 3 people working in the family to come up with these types of income.

Number 5 con is the commuting time

The commuting time, in this graphic it shows that the one way commute is like 35 minutes… well tell that to the people that commutes to Orange county and LA areas I think they will disagree on the time. But the important statistic is that over 77% of people drive along, by themselves in their own car.

A little over 15 % carpool and only less that 2% take the mass transit which to me this type of transportation should be used on a much bigger scale but that’s the way it is.

And do you know that metrolink has stations in Perris, no not that Paris but Perris CA, Moreno Valley, Riverside, etc. and it can take you to LA, or Orange County? and you can even do some work on the train, relax or catch up with your reading or your sleep.

Number 6 con is housing and the lack of inventory

At the time of this video the average price for a home in Moreno Valley is $340,000 according to the Inland Valleys Association of Realtors monthly report. The bad news is that you need to have an income of about $70,000 with minimum expenses in order to qualify for a home like this.

The better news is that these prices are by far lower prices for a home that if you were to purchase in Riverside with median price of ($409,000), Fontana with ($400,000) or Rancho Cucamonga’s median price of ($519,000).

The other better news is that there are new homes being built in several areas of town, however they starting prices are well over the median home price for this are.

These are some of my pros and cons for Moreno Valley, and I know I’m going to get all different kinds of comments, but that’s cool everybody has their opinion and it’s a valid one.

I’ll be watching and trying to reply to many comments as I possibly can.

So if you have your own list of pros and cons I’d love to see your comments down below.

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