Lake Elsinore is a city in Riverside County, California, United States. As of 2007, the population was estimated to be 47,634 according to California Department of Finance. It is the home of the Lake Elsinore Storm baseball club of the California League who play at the Lake Elsinore Diamond.
|Lake Elsinore, California|
|Country||United States of America|
|Incorporated||April 9, 1888|
|- Mayor||Robert Magee|
|- City||38.8 sq mi (100.5 km²)|
|Elevation||1,306 ft (398.1 m)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC8)|
|- Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC7)|
|Website: City of Lake Elsinore|
As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 28,928 people, 8,817 households, and 6,877 families residing in the city. More recent, 2006 estimates place the population at 38,045. The population density was 330.4/km² (855.7/mi²). There were 9,505 housing units at an average density of 108.6/km² (281.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 65.61% White, 5.19% African American, 1.29% Native American, 2.05% Asian, 0.30% Pacific Islander, 20.33% from other races, and 5.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 38.05% of the population.
There were 8,817 households out of which 49.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.5% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.0% were non-families. 16.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.27 and the average family size was 3.66.
In the city the population was spread out with 36.0% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 16.0% from 45 to 64, and 6.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 99.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $41,884, and the median income for a family was $47,563. Males had a median income of $41,692 versus $26,555 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,413. About 14.7% of families and 17.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.2% of those under age 18 and 12.1% of those age 65 or over.
Native Americans have long lived in the area. Lake Elsinore was incorporated as a city in 1888 (even before Riverside County's creation in 1893) but was inhabited well before then. In the 18th century when the lake was natural it provided a spot for Spanish ranchers and American trappers to replenish their supplies. It was named Elsinore after the Danish city in Shakespeare's "Hamlet", which is now its sister city.
The lake went dry in the 1930s. In the early 1960s it was refilled, and in 1980 it flooded the surrounding homes and businesses. Since then there has been a multi-million dollar project put into place to maintain the water supply at a consistent level allowing for homes to be built close to the lake. Unfortunately there are no provisions to allow the water to spill out via a river, so the overflow must be diverted into the Temescal Canyon Wash. In 2007 there was an airation system added to help with the lake's ecosystem.
Lake Elsinore was a popular destination in the first half of the 1900s for celebrities to escape the urban Hollywood scene. Many of their homes still stand on the hills surrounding the lake, including Aimee's Castle (Aimee Semple McPherson), a uniquely shaped house perched on a hill above the water.
Despite its relatively small African-American population, it has the distinction of electing the first black mayor in the state of California. Tom Yarborough was elected in 1966, three years before Douglas Dollarhide became the mayor of Compton.
Rapid population growth altered the appearance and image of Lake Elsinore from a small lakeside town of 3,800 people in 1976 to a bedroom community of upper middle-class professionals. The city and its sphere of influence now has over 65,000 residents as of 2006 and formerly open hillsides have been converted into housing tracts.
The Elsinore Grand Prix is a dirt bike motorcycle race that takes place in and around the Lake Elsinore area, starting and finishing in downtown Lake Elsinore. The annual race is usually held in mid-November. The popularity of the event hit its apex in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s drawing the likes of motorcycle greats such as Malcolm Smith and Steve McQueen to name a few. The race has always been set as an “open” format, meaning that anyone can ride, usually only about 200 or so take this event seriously, whereas the rest use it as an opportunity to have fun. In the mid-1970’s the Elsinore Grand Prix hit a snag, none of the big riders were participating and the event was drawing the wrong crowd, mostly violent motorcycle gangs. The Grand Prix was canceled indefinitely soon afterwards. In 1996 several dirt bike motorcycle riders, with a hint of nostalgia, decided to lobby the City of Lake Elsinore to revive the Grand Prix. Promising that the violent motorcycle gang crowd drawn to the Grand Prix in the 1970’s had gone and that dirt bike motorcycle riding was more of a family event, the city allowed the event to resume on a provisional basis.
Like many other large geographical cities, Lake Elsinore is divided into several smaller communities, such as: Downtown, Canyon Hills, North Lake Elsinore (Northshore), Tuscany Hills, Rosetta Canyon (Ramsgate), NorthPeak, Countryclub Heights, Alberhill (Ranch), Eastlake (Summerly), La Laguna Estates and its general area also includes portions of Wildomar, Cleveland Ridge, Lakeland Village, Sedco Hills, Canyon Lake, Horsethief Canyon and the Temescal Valley. It can take as much as 20 minutes to drive from one side of the city limits to another.
Lake Elsinore Diamond served as a site for the semi-pro football team, the Riverside-Elsinore Dolphins of the Western States Football League in 1996-98. The stadium now hosts the Banning-Elsinore Eagles of the California Football Association, a minor American football league. It may host the Murrieta Bandits, a professional soccer team in 2007, despite the team's office is based in Murrieta.
On a 1992 Sightings segment, a local citizen group of ten members from Lake Elsinore claimed to share or knew each other in past lives in 1863 Clarksburg, West Virginia. The paranormal television series claimed the small group experienced a rare phenomena called mass reincarnation. The story was covered on a hard-cover novel From Clarksburg to Lake Elsinore: A Profile on Reincarnation published in 1988, but since was out-of-print. 
Lake Elsinore Marketplace opened in 2006 provided much needed retail commercial center for the city residents. Some of the stores recently added to the Marketplace are, Lowes, Costco, Staples, Bed Bath Beyond, and Petsmart to name a few.
One of the first outlet shopping malls in California was established in northwestern Lake Elsinore in the late 1990s on Collier Road at Nichols Road, just off Interstate 15;the mall now has its own automobile dealership(actually a satellite location for Murrieta Valley Kia).
The City's Visitors Bureau has also been making efforts to expand tourism in the area, however a lack of lodging, particularly in Brand Name Lodging prevents the city from doing so on a wide scale. Prior to 2006 there were no Brand Name Hotels, and even today only one exists in the city limits, The Quality Inn, although steps are being taken to attract such brand name hotels(Both Best Western and Holiday Inn have announced they are building new hotels in the city). 
The Riverside County Sheriff's Department serves the entire Lake Elsinore Valley (including the nearby suburbs of Wildomar, Lakeland Village and Sedco Hills) from its regional station in downtown Lake Elsinore (the city once had its own police department, but it was disbanded in 1979 for budgetary reasons).
The City of Lake Elsinore contracts for fire protection and emergency medical services(EMS) with the Riverside County Fire Department through a cooperative agreement with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection(Cal Fire). The City of Lake Elsinore currently has 3 paramedic engines operating out of it's 3 stations and a 4th station currently under construction in Rosetta Canyon. The fire department also maintains a volunteer company which covers a squad out of Station 10. The volunteers also cover the second roll engines when available.
Fire station 10 is located downtown next to the post office which also has 2 Cal Fire engines for supplemental protection. Fire station 85 is located at McVicker Park and fire station 94 is located on the east side of the city off of Railroad Canyon Road. The Rosetta Canyon station is scheduled to open in 2008 with a paramedic engine and a ladder truck company sometime in 2009.
Lake Elsinore is located at GR1(33.681381, -117.345328).