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Woodcrest, California


Woodcrest, California

census-designated place
Location in Riverside County and the state of California
Location in Riverside County and the state of California
Coordinates: [1]
Country  United States
State  California
County Riverside
 • Total 11.410 sq mi (29.552 km2)
 • Land 11.410 sq mi (29.552 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation[1] 1,535 ft (468 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 14,347
 • Density 1,300/sq mi (490/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 92504 and 92508
Area code(s) 951
FIPS code 06-86244
GNIS feature ID 1652815

Woodcrest is a census-designated place (CDP) in Riverside County, California, United States. The population was 14,347 at the 2010 census, up from 8,342 at the 2000 United States Census. The adjacent city of Riverside lists Woodcrest as an area for potential annexation.[3]


  • History 1
    • Etymology 1.1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
    • 2010 3.1
    • 2000 3.2
  • Government 4
  • References 5
    • Bibliography 5.1
    • Citations and Notes 5.2


The Woodcrest area was initially populated by dry land grain farmers in the late 19th century.[4] In 1894 the population had grown enough for the Riverside County Board of Supervisors to establish a school in the area, and on February 6 of that year they authorized the Oak Glen School District.

In 1905 the first subdivision, the Oak Glen Tract, was created. The House Heights tract was formed in April, 1924, and in May the Fertile Acres tract was created near the current Washington Street and Van Buren intersection. In February, 1926, the first of five subdivisions with the name Woodcrest Acres was formed, and Woodcrest was the name subsequently given to the post office that was established later that year.[4] Although the post office was closed in 1936, the Woodcrest name continued to be used to refer to the area from then on.

Water in the Woodcrest area became more affordable after the voters of Riverside, Corona, Elsinore and surrounding unincorporated areas approved the formation of the Western Municipal Water District in 1955. Landowners began diversifying agriculture in the area. Although citrus groves within Riverside city limits were on the decline, groves in the Woodcrest area began to expand.[5]

Beginning in the 1980s population pressures and the availability of cheaper land resulted in the decline of agriculture in the Woodcrest area. Today most orange groves in Woodcrest have given way to development. The citrus industry that was the foundation of Riverside and surrounding communities has nearly disappeared.


"Wood" was the name, or part of the name, of several prominent property owners in the area, and the word was combined with "crest" because the original Woodcrest Acres tract was at the crest of the hills in the area.[4] Susan Wood owned property around the current Wood Road, and is the person for whom the road was named in 1916. John C. Woodard owned 160 acres (0.65 km2) off of current day Washington Street. For many years one of the main routes from Riverside out to Woodcrest was referred to as Woodard Grade, or sometimes Woodward Grade, but the name was later lost when the county realigned the route with current day Washington Street.[6] Additionally, two real estate promoters in the area were named Marie and Charles Wood.[4]


Woodcrest is located at (33.883366, -117.363825).[7] Certain locations of Woodcrest reach higher than 2,000 feet (610 m) above sea level.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 11.4 square miles (30 km2), all of it land.

Woodcrest is also an equestrian community with many of its residences owning ranches and horses. However many new housing developments are being built in Woodcrest due to the increasing population of Riverside.



The 2010 United States Census[8] reported that Woodcrest had a population of 14,347. The population density was 1,257.4 people per square mile (485.5/km²). The racial makeup of Woodcrest was 10,418 (72.6%) White, 716 (5.0%) African American, 69 (0.5%) Native American, 715 (5.0%) Asian, 41 (0.3%) Pacific Islander, 1,716 (12.0%) from other races, and 672 (4.7%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4,113 persons (28.7%).

The Census reported that 14,149 people (98.6% of the population) lived in households, 106 (0.7%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 92 (0.6%) were institutionalized.

There were 4,382 households, out of which 1,741 (39.7%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 2,935 (67.0%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 468 (10.7%) had a female householder with no husband present, 256 (5.8%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 209 (4.8%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 25 (0.6%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 507 households (11.6%) were made up of individuals and 215 (4.9%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.23. There were 3,659 families (83.5% of all households); the average family size was 3.45.

The population was spread out with 3,445 people (24.0%) under the age of 18, 1,502 people (10.5%) aged 18 to 24, 3,191 people (22.2%) aged 25 to 44, 4,449 people (31.0%) aged 45 to 64, and 1,760 people (12.3%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.9 years. For every 100 females there were 99.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.0 males.

There were 4,622 housing units at an average density of 405.1 per square mile (156.4/km²), of which 3,896 (88.9%) were owner-occupied, and 486 (11.1%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.1%; the rental vacancy rate was 3.7%. 12,481 people (87.0% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 1,668 people (11.6%) lived in rental housing units.


As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 8,342 people, 2,550 households, and 2,198 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 823.9 people per square mile (318.0/km²). There were 2,624 housing units at an average density of 259.2 per square mile (100.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 81.0% White, 4.6% African American, 1.2% Native American, 3.5% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 5.8% from other races, and 3.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 16.7% of the population.

There were 2,550 households out of which 38.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.2% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 13.8% were non-families. 9.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.2 and the average family size was 3.4.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 28.2% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 29.5% from 45 to 64, and 9.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 98.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.9 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $80,269, and the median income for a family was $83,125. Males had a median income of $66,473 versus $43,607 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $27,901. About 6.2% of families and 8.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.1% of those under age 18 and 1.7% of those age 65 or over.


In the California State Legislature, Woodcrest is in the 28th Senate District, represented by Republican Jeff Stone, and in the 67th Assembly District, represented by Republican Melissa Melendez.[10]

In the United States House of Representatives, Woodcrest is in California's 42nd congressional district, represented by Republican Ken Calvert.[11]



  • Gunther, Jane Davies. Riverside County, California, Place Names; Their Origines and Their Stories, Rubidoux Printing Co, Riverside, CA, 1984. LOC Catalog: 84-72920.
  • Patterson, Tom. A Colony For California, Second Edition, The Museum Press of the Riverside Museum Associates, Riverside, California, 1996. LOC catalog: 96-70106. ISBN 0-935661-24-7.

Citations and Notes

  1. ^ a b "Woodcrest".  
  2. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer File - Places - California".  
  3. ^ "City of Riverside: City Annexations". Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  4. ^ a b c d Gunther, pages 580-582.
  5. ^ Patterson, page 462-463.
  6. ^ The Press-Enterprise, November 9, 1961.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  8. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Woodcrest CDP". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  10. ^ "Statewide Database". UC Regents. Retrieved December 8, 2014. 
  11. ^ "California's 42nd Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. 
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