|Riverside County and the state of California|
|- City||15.6 sq mi (40.3 km²)|
|- Land||15.6 sq mi (40.3 km²)|
|- Water||0 sq mi (0 km²)|
|- Density||457.6/sq mi (177.1/km²)|
Calimesa is located at GR1.(33.988116, -117.042918)
As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 7,139 people, 2,982 households, and 2,006 families residing in the city. The population density was 176.9/km² (458.3/mi²). There were 3,248 housing units at an average density of 80.5/km² (208.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.13% White, 0.59% Black or African American, 0.66% Native American, 1.06% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 5.39% from other races, and 3.07% from two or more races. 14.12% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 2,982 households out of which 24.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.3% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.7% were non-families. 28.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.87.
In the city the population was spread out with 21.8% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 23.0% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 26.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 88.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $37,849, and the median income for a family was $43,220. Males had a median income of $41,533 versus $27,232 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,242. About 8.4% of families and 12.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.2% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those age 65 or over.
Public education for most Calimesa children is provided by the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District, with the remaining southernmost area now served by the neighboring Beaumont Unified School District.
There is a junior high school(Mesa Verde Middle School, the City's very first public school campus) that was built almost two years ago at the west end of Calimesa, but protests by residents in the area over where the students(and parents) and staff members will access the school was a sore point amongst the Yucaipa-Calimesa school board, who sued the City of Calimesa to ensure access one way or another for the students and staff.Mesa Verde Middle School will eventually be upgraded to a high school, thereby relieving Yucaipa High School of the pressure of having to educate Calimesa's students as well.
However, not all of Calimesa is in the jurisdiction of the YCJUSD.The southernmost area of the city has recently been discovered to actually be in the Beaumont Unified School District jurisdiction, especially in the newer housing tracts being built south of the Calimesa Country Club and west of Interstate 10.
Calimesa is served by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department via the Cabazon regional station, while Cal-Fire(California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention) provides fire and paramedic services.
The biggest controversy to hit Calimesa in its history was almost two years ago, when City Councilman Jonathan Winningham was arrested for--and later convicted of-- possession of child pornography;despite the case heading to trial at that time, he repeatedly refused calls from the residents-and eventually, the rest of the City Council itself-to resign, but as the felony trial came to a close(coinciding with the November 2006 municipal election), he finally decided not to run for re-election.