Officials in Menifee said Thursday that the city is poised for increased growth, building on the decadelong population surge that netted a 32% gain in local residents.
Mayor Bill Zimmerman said the fact that Menifee grew by 25,008 residents between 2010 and 2020, according to U.S. Census data, is a “major accomplishment” that reflects the desirability of the area.
“Individuals choosing Menifee as a place to call home is a testament to the investments and policies we have made and continue to undertake to position Menifee as a safe, thriving and premier place to live,” Zimmerman said.
The City Council is currently examining 2020 Census figures to iron out how to redraw voting districts’ boundaries before the June 2022 primary election. A forum to solicit residents’ opinions on the process is scheduled during the council’s regular meeting on Nov. 3.
Officials said tentatively revised district maps should be available to the public for consideration by the beginning of next year. More information is available at www.cityofmenifee.us/redistricting.
The California Department of Finance used census data to rank Menifee No. 3 for growth in Riverside County in 2020. During that same one-year period, Menifee attained sixth place statewide for population increases among municipalities with 30,000 or more people.
“In Menifee, we pride ourselves on creating the best quality of life for our residents,” City Manager Armando Villa said. “As our community experiences continued growth, we are keeping pace by aggressively investing in roads, traffic signals, safety, parks and other amenities for our residents. These efforts are not overlooked, as individuals and businesses are clamoring to be a part of our big little city.”
He projected a 10% growth rate over the next two years.
According to Villa, Menifee is well-situated to handle the influx thanks to multiple housing tracts approved by the county Board of Supervisors prior to the city incorporating in 2008.
“Residential development feeds commercial and industrial growth, which supports higher wages and better amenities such as restaurants,” according to a city statement.