Hemet : California

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What it's Like to Retire in Hemet

Hemet is a town in southern California that is east of Riverside in the San Jacinto Valley. The population is over 78,000 . The city is known for being the home of "The Ramona Pageant", California's official outdoor play. Started in 1923, the play is one of the longest running outdoor plays in the United States. Photos courtesy of Wikipedia: the Hemet Station by Takwish and Library by John Stroud.

 

Where to Retire in Hemet and Home Prices

There is at least one large active adult community in Hemet (see link at top right). Home prices are surprisingly low for California. The median home value was $221,7000 in mid-2016, according to Zillow.com. 

 

What is special about Hemet

The Ramona Project, a very large outdoor play, is a big part of the city. It takes place in the Ramona Bowl, where there is also an annual Shakespeare Festival. Hemet has a very large (52,000 sq.ft.) and new public library. The Valley Wide Community sports park, part of the eastern recreation area of Diamond Valley Lake, hosts 8 baseball fields, 8 lighted baseball fields, 8 soccer fields, 4 basketball courts, 6 tennis courts, 7 volley ball courts, 2 pickle ball courts, fitness trails, 3 play areas, 4 restrooms, and 3 picnic areas. The park is also adjacent to an aquatic center.

 

What is not special about Hemet

Crime rate is higher than the national average.

 

Who will like retirement in Hemet

Retirees who would like a community with lots of outdoor activity as there are many parks, a lake, recreational activities, and an outdoor amphitheatre.

 

Local economy is driven by

Retail, health, educational services, and government.

 

Climate and Physical Environment

Hemet is in southern California's San Jacinto Valley, 67 miles from San Diego. The average July temp is in the low 80s and the average Jan temp about 50.

 

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The City of Hemet has two museums, and an outdoor amphitheater where the outdoor play, Ramona, is held every year.  There are plans to revitalize the downtown with shopping and restaurants. The new public library is very impressive. Mt. San Jacinto Community College is 5 miles away.

 

Crime

The crime rate is a bit above average.

 

Medical facilities

There are medical facilities in several nearby towns including Banning.

 

Transportation

Hemet offers public transportation by RTA; air service provided by Hemet -Ryan municipal airport; Palm Springs International Airport is the closest large airport.

 

Valuable Links

Wikipedia page on Hemet

San Jacinto information

 

What people are saying about Hemet

Hemet good for retirees
I was looking at Hemet and saw it might be good for families. Are there a lot of good retirement communities here?
Posted by admin on October 30, 2016

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Facts about HEMET
  • State: CA
  • Environment: Rural,College Town,Desert,Equestrian,Farming or Agricultural,
  • City Population: 50,001-100,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $200,001-$300,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Cost of Living Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Culture Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: kathyofhemet

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