Moreno Valley is a city in Riverside County, California and is a part of the San Bernardino-Riverside Metropolitan Area. It is a relatively young city that has seen rapid growth from the 1980s up to the year 2000. It is the second-largest city by population with a total of 193,400 people as of 2010 census. Moreno Valley is an area once made of three rural communities. Moreno Valley incorporated in 1984 and has now emerged as one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States.
The city’s total land area is 51.5 square miles of which 51.3 square miles is land, and 0.2 square miles of it is water. Moreno Valley’s border at the east is the San Gorgonio Pass and Coachella Valley. In the south are Lake Perris, Perris, and the San Jacinto Mountains. The border at the north is the San Bernardino Valley and the San Bernardino Mountains. Located to the west is Riverside.
One of the most notable geographical features of Moreno Valley is Box Spring Mountain. It is located at the northwest part of the city, providing a concrete landmark that towers over the city . It has a large M at the top of the mountain.