Beaumont is a city in Riverside County, California, United States. The population is 28,250 as of January 1, 2007 . Beaumont was California's fastest growing city in 2006 as it grew 21.2% in that year 
|Riverside County and the state of California|
|- City||27.2 sq mi (70.4 km²)|
|- Land||27.2 sq mi (70.4 km²)|
|- Water||0 sq mi (0 km²)|
|- Density||418.5/sq mi (161.7/km²)|
Beaumont is located at GR1.(33.924093, -116.973734)
As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 11,384 people, 3,881 households, and 2,782 families residing in the city. Between 2000 and 2006, the population more than doubled to 23,304 . The 2000 population density was 161.8/km² (418.9/mi²). There were 4,258 housing units at an average density of 60.5/km² (156.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 68.09% White, 2.91% Black or African American, 2.33% Native American, 1.66% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 20.33% from other races, and 4.62% from two or more races. 36.21% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
Beaumont has a history of immigration, and descendants of each groups contribute to the city and the local farming industry. A mishmash of different cultural elements can be observed in downtown shops, restaurants, grocery stores, and the Highland Springs shopping center.
The city's population has many ethnic groups and ancestries: English, Irish, Scottish, German, Italian, Swiss, Polish, Greek, Mexican, Central American, Argentine, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Armenian, Arab, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino and Southeast Asian. 
There were 3,881 households, 42.6% of them with children under the age of 18; 47.3% were married couples living together, 17.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.3% were non-families. Single individuals made up 22.3% of all households, and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 persons and the average family size was 3.39.
In the city the population was spread out with 33.0% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 17.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.1 males. Beaumont is a renowned retirement haven, especially in recent years with new housing tracts and golf courses; many are active adult communities, like Sun Lakes Country Club, reserved for persons over the age of 55. (Note the country club actually is in Banning but most of the shopping and services for Sun Lakes are in Beaumont.)
The median income for a household in the city was $29,721, and the median income for a family was $37,403. Males had a median income of $30,829 versus $20,613 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,141. About 17.8% of families and 20.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.9% of those under age 18 and 10.3% of those age 65 or over.
During the early 1850s many surveying parties passed through the vicinity of present-day Beaumont in search of a pass that would connect the east to the Pacific Ocean. The San Gorgonio Pass was discovered in 1853 by a surveying expedition under Lieutenant R.S. Williamson, who was sent by the United States government. Its discovery enthralled many who now saw connecting to the ocean a feasible measure and led to plans for connecting a railway from the Missouri River to the Pacific. By the early 1860s the Union Pacific Railroad had laid tracks through the modern-day location of Beaumont. At the summit of the pass, a site was founded and named Edgar Station after a physician from one of the original expedition parties. Edgar Station served as a rest stop for railway travellers from the Mojave Desert on their way to the Los Angeles vicinity. Soon Edgar Station changed its name to San Gorgonio, named by a real estate development company, and it gradually attracted permanent residents.
The sleepy town of San Gorgonio became recognized as an incorporated California city on November 18, 1912 and adopted its current name of Beaumont (French for "beautiful mountain"). As of 1927 the town boasted a small population of 857 with five churches, a public library, a bank, a high school, two local newspapers, several lumber yards, commercial packing houses, and a dehydrating plant. The city was dubbed "the land of the big red apple" by local residents in its early years, being one of Riverside County's largest apple growers. Apple plantation in and around the town expanded a $200,000 industry by 1930. Beaumont saw a rise in visitors and residents as the little-known nearby city of Palm Springs to the east grew to become a highly popular resort spot in the 1930s and beyond; thus Beaumont followed suit and attempted to capitalize on the tourism by establishing guest ranches. According to an early 1930s/1940s postcard, the Highland Springs Guest Ranch of Beaumont offered its patrons horseback riding, tennis, archery, horseshoes, swimming, shuffle-board, ping pong, baseball, ballroom dancing, massage, basketball, as well as a place to spend the night.
During the Cold War, a Lockheed rocket test site was established just to the south, outside of the town, until it was sold in January of 2004. The site's use of toxic chemicals has contaminated the water of local streams, hurting efforts to establish a wildlife preserve of nearby scenic canyons. With the housing boom in the early decade, the urban sprawl reached the last remaining valleys of the Inland Empire. With Beaumont's close proximity to Los Angeles, various Southern California residents flocked to the San Gorgonio Pass region for its low housing cost, causing a 20% jump in the city's population, making it the fastest growing city in the State. This has concerned many local residents, who cite increasing student population in schools, rising demand on the water supply and increasing traffic in and out of the city on Interstate 10 in both directions. The 1995 movie "How to Make an American Quilt" filmed many of its driving scenes through Beaumont. Local wildlife in the surrounding vicinity include quails, coyotes, and foxes. Today the town is home to many antique store establishments dating back several decades, including the Nettie and Alice Museum of Hobbies and the modern-day Beaumont Antique Mall.There is also a new Wal-Mart Supercenter, a Lowe's Home Improvement Center, while coming soon(or already open) are: Applebee's, Panda Express, and a Barnes and Noble Bookstore.
The California Highway Patrol has a regional office on the Beaumont side of Highland Springs Avenue(its jurisdiction goes from Calimesa to the west to Desert Hot Springs to the east, as well as Hemet and San Jacinto to the south}. Beaumont has its own police force, but recently dissolved its fire department(as did neighboring Banning) and now contracts with Cal-Fire(California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection).