Located in the state of California and a city in Riverside County, Menifee forms part of the Los Angeles Combined Statistical Area. Situated at the center of Southern California, Menifee is bordered on the north by Temecula. The incorporated city of Menifee includes the Sun City, Quail Valley, Romoland, and Paloma Valley. The area where the city stands today was inhabited generally by the Luiseño people, specifically the Pechanga Band. Then the area fell under the Spanish rule that was then ceded by Mexico to the United States. Farming became the primary economic activity of the city, and mining began in the early 1880s with the discovery of the quartz lode. Menifee later grew a master-planned community, however, the lack of resources, such as high-density retail and industry-oriented jobs, drove many of its residents to drive to cities such as Temecula or Murrieta.
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