Norco, city (1990 pop. 23,302), Riverside co., SE Calif., a suburb of Los Angeles; inc. 1964. Diversified agriculture is being displaced by rapid urban development. Lubricating oils are manufactured. State prisons for men and women are nearby.
Norco is a city in Riverside County, California, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 24,157. The city's name is an abbreviation of "North Corona."


Norco is located at (33.927124, -117.561326).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.3 square miles (37.1 km²) of which 14.1 square miles (36.5 km²) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²), or 1.81%, is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 24,157 people, 6,136 households, and 4,945 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,714.8 people per square mile (662.0/km²). There were 6,277 housing units at an average density of 445.6/sq mi (172.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 82.44% White, 6.13% African American, 0.75% Native American, 1.16% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 6.37% from other races, and 3.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 22.78% of the population.

There were 6,136 households out of which 37.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.7% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.4% were non-families. 13.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.15 and the average family size was 3.43.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 37.7% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 6.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 128.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 137.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $62,652, and the median income for a family was $66,204. Males had a median income of $41,599 versus $30,652 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,710. About 3.3% of families and 5.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.9% of those under age 18 and 2.2% of those age 65 or over.


In the state legislature Norco is located in the 37th Senate District, represented by Republican Jim Battin, and in the 71st Assembly District, represented by Republican Todd Spitzer. Federally, Norco is located in California's 44th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +6 and is represented by Republican Ken Calvert.

Major employers

According to the City of Norco, the major area employers are Corona-Norco Unified School District with 5,215 employees, California Rehabilitation Center with 1,146 employees, and Naval Surface Warfare Center with 1,010 employees.

Horse community

Being a horse community that it is, there are few sidewalks in the city of Norco, instead there are horse trails. There are many associations that are a part of the city, some are: The Norco Horsemen's Association and The Norco Junior Horsemen's Association. Politics in Norco also are dominated by concerns about horses and animal-keeping vs. suburbanization, a battle that has played out over development in the Norco Hills. In that area, which borders eastern Corona and Riverside, an influx of Orange County commuters are buying homes for $500,000 and up that have few provisions for animal-keeping—an affront to longtime residents who believe their town's character is in jeopardy. The original spirit of the town's incorporation was to promote "City living in a rural atmosphere".

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