Corona is a city located in Riverside County, California. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 124,966; a 2002 special census put the fast-growing city's population at 138,326. The city of Norco lies to the northeast, Chino Hills to the west, and the Cleveland National Forest to the southwest; unincorporated areas of Riverside County line all of its other borders. It is served by the Corona and Riverside freeways.
Prior to the 1980s, Corona was a largely agricultural community, dominated by citrus orchards and dairy farms. Sky-high real estate prices in Los Angeles and Orange counties made the area's cheap land desirable to developers and industrialists, and by the late 1990s it was considered a major suburb of Los Angeles. In recent years, it has begun to shift from being a working-class bedroom community for Orange County and the larger cities of the Inland Empire to being a full-fledged city in its own right, with industrial parks opening near Norco and luxury housing developments rising in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. The construction of the Chino Valley Freeway nearby has also linked it to the San Gabriel Valley, with the result that the once largely white and Latino city has experienced an influx of Asian-American residents who commute to Asian-oriented businesses west of the San Gabriel River.
One of Corona's major employers is the Fender Musical Instrument Corporation's main factory, which produces the US-made models in the company's storied line, and also contains Fender's guitar and amplification custom shops.
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City of CoronaMap, weather, jobs and city resources.
Corona Chamber of CommerceNon-profit corporation serving the business community.
Corona Police DepartmentCrime statistics, police directory, and related information.
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