Temecula (/tÉËmÉkjÊlÉ/) is a city in southwestern Riverside County, California, with a population of 100,097 according to the 2010 United States Census. It was incorporated on December 1, 1989. Temecula is bordered by Murrieta to the north and the Pechanga Indian Reservation to the south. Temecula and Murrieta form the southwestern anchor of the Inland Empire region.
Temecula is nearly equidistant to San Diego, Los Angeles, and Orange County, California, and is served by Interstate 15 (Temecula Valley Freeway) and California State Route 79 (Winchester Road to the northeast and Temecula Parkway to the southeast). This proximity to three of southern California's main economic centers has earned the city the reputation with some as a commuter town.