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Things You Should Know Before Moving to Corona, CA

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No it's not just one of the most popular beers, Corona is a place that is filled with Southern California life all over the 38 square mile town in Riverside County.

From excellent education, bountiful businesses and notable neighborhoods, why wouldn't you want to move to the municipality?

If you have ever thought about relocating to the region, browse through this guide and see why so many locals love to call the community home.

Corona Climate

A warm Mediterranean climate keeps residents comfortable all year through. With January as the coldest month, average high of 68 and low of 42, and the August as the warmest month, high of 93 and low of 61, residents are never too cold as they look at the scenic snow-capped mountains overlooking the city.

Like all Southern California communities, most precipitation takes place during the winter and early spring seasons, with an annual rainfall of 12-inches. With rarely ever any snow and little frost in December, January and February, residents are not burdened by whiteouts.

Corona Neighborhoods

North, Central and South Corona make up the municipality with each district distinct in its own right. North Corona, made up of middle to upper-middle class families, is a location of lovely homes and low crime. South Corona is a little more subtle, with many restored homes lining the streets of Grand Avenue.

South Corona is by far the most superior neighborhood with foothill mansions showing off affluence in the area. Downtown Corona, home to business and retail, brings the community together in the city center where so many gather to work and shop.

Registering Your Car

Once you move to the state, you have 10 days to maintain a license from the California Division of Motor Vehicles. You are considered a state resident if you register to vote, pay school tuition or file property taxes. To get a license, you must provide proof of name, address and birth date, as well as a Security Card. If you do not have a out of state license to turn in, you will have to take a knowledge, road and vision test.

The cost of a state license it $39. Registering your car and receiving California plates is easy and must be done within 20 days of relocating to the region. Proof of insurance is needed for vehicle registration that costs $46 dollars.

Corona Schools

The Corona-Norco Unified School District serves area youth from kindergarten to senior year. The system's 31 elementary schools, eight intermediate and five high schools make up the district that also has a middle-college high school and three alternative schools. Serving 53,000 students in Corona, Eastvale and Norco, the system touts top-of-the-line education as does private centers such as Crossroads Christian School and St. Edwards Catholic School.

As for post-secondary schooling, young adults often attend the closest campuses of UC Riverside College and California Baptist University, both 11 miles away. Only 20 to 30 miles from town, Cal State Fullerton College and Vanguard University respectively serve students who seek both a secular and religious-based education.

Corona Employment

Education is the lead employer in the region with Corona-Norco Unified School District employing almost 5,000 staff members. Corona Regional Medical Center is right behind as the second largest employer in the area with almost 1,200 workers. Corona is home to several leading companies in aeronautics and food processing and staffs more than 1,000 employees in the pharmaceutical industry at Watson.

The many diverse manufacturers help keep the unemployment rate low at 7.7 percent. Lastly, the busy shopping districts of Crossings at South Corona, the Shops at Dos Lagos and Corona Hills Marketplace and Plaza keep hundreds of locals working both part-time and full-time. According to a CNN Money report, the city had a 22.32 percent job growth between 2000-2010. The Corona Chamber of Commerce can be credited for some of that growth as it is always offering education and incentives to local merchants in the area that help keep their business strong.

Living Costs in the City

The cost of living is low compared to other California communities at 8.1 percent less than the state average; however compared to the national average, the Corona cost of living is 20.6 percent higher. Yet the median family income of $80,851 seemingly averages out the high price of livelihood with most families in town making more money than average American households. The median home price comes in at $280,000 and the average one-bedroom apartment costs around $900 a month and up depending on location and luxury. Utility costs also vary depending on family size and usage, obviously costing less for a couple compared to family of five.

Corona Moving Resources

Moving and storage companies are ready and willing to help you with your move to Corona, whether you’re moving from out of state or from another county in California. Make sure you get estimates from multiple moving services before you commit to hiring any (at least three estimates). Check back to our guides for tips on how to choose your moving service wisely with important questions to ask, differentiating between types of estimates, and mistakes to avoid. Visit the following pages at Movers.com to get quotes for the following services:

Corona Transportation

Situated on State Route 91 amid Orange County and Inland Empire, Corona is also served by State Route 71 and Interstate 15. Grand Boulevard circles the city center, making it convenient for motorists to get around downtown. For those who do not drive, the 91 Line commuter rail out of Los Angeles runs to Riverside. There are two Metrolink stations in town, one off of North Main Street and one in West Corona.
The city also offers transportation services through the Corona Cruiser fixed route service and Dial-A-Ride. As for landing strips, the Corona Municipal Airport is conveniently close and the LA/Ontario International Airport is less than 30 miles away.

Culture & Contemporary Life

With many parks and annual events, locals frequently gather together for a sports game or picnic and a festival or parade. Some popular parks in town to enjoy beautiful year-round climate, although sometimes a little hot in the summer, are Auburnda, Butterfield, Ridgeline and Sheridan. A few annual events that locals look forward to each season are the Antiques and Collectables Faire, Corona Farmer's Market and Relay For Life.

Dining and dancing are always popular downtown with restaurants and clubs to choose from if you are in the mood for fine food and moving your feet. However, if residents are more interested in a more educational night out, they frequent the museums and art galleries in town. The Corona Art Association has a gallery off of Corona Mall and holds classes and workshops so residents can experience their own inner creativity.

Corona Relocation Tips

  • With so much to do before, during and after your relocation there are common moving mistakes that can be made by anyone. Make a list prioritizing your tasks, with the first one being to find a local moving company here.


  • If you decide not to use a full-service mover and will be packing your own belongings and letting a company load and transport your items, make sure you consider the environment when doing so by using eco-friendly packing materials.


  • After you arrive and unpack, jump in your car and get to know the area as you pick up things you should buy when moving into a new home. Not only will you treat your new house, local merchants will love the business that ideally supports the economic development in your new community.

Staff Writer  Posted by Staff Writer on June 19, 2013

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