3 Communities in Corona

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Overview 

Corona is a Southern California inland city on the border of the Santa Ana Mountains. Its pleasant winters, ample hiking, and large shopping centers make it an attractive destination for active adults. Residents enjoy its suburban neighborhood charm as well as its proximity to all of the amenities of Los Angeles.

Climate & Geography 

Located in the Inland Empire, Corona is an eastern suburb of Los Angeles. Like the rest of Southern California, it has a mediterranean climate mild winters and hot summers. Most of the rainfall happens during winter and early spring. Winter temperatures can reach freezing, but snow is rare and typically only seen at the foothills. Residents can expect 275 days of sunshine.

The city is designed in a fairly simple grid. Grand Boulevard is a circle around the downtown, central business district, while 6th Street and Main Street bisect the circle at 90 degrees. Corona then has multiple distinct neighborhoods that branch from this main grid.

Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment 

Though Corona doesn’t have main downtown shopping districts, residents do have two major shopping centers. The Crossings at Corona has major name-brands, and The Shops at Dos Lagos has more high-end boutiques and restaurants. 

Golfers can choose between the Eagle Glen Golf Club and the Green River Golf Club. Those interested in hiking have several options, including the Skyline Drive Trail, Fresno Canyon Trail, Santiago Peak, and Chino Hills State Park.

Cost of Living & Taxes 

Corona’s cost of living is above the national average because homes are much more expensive. Residents can expect to pay twice the amount for a house. Transportation is also far above the U.S., but typical for California. Utilities and groceries are on par with the rest of the country, whereas as health care costs are far below average.

California does not tax Social Security, but it does fully tax pensions, IRAs, 401(k)s, and other forms of retirement income. California has one of the highest base sales tax rates, but Corona’s combined rate of 7.75 percent is on the low end for the state. Property taxes are relatively low as well.

Health Care

The Riverside metro area generally scores within the top 70 communities in Gallup’s Well-Being Index. California most recently ranked in the top 19 states.

The Corona Regional Medical Center is the only hospital in Corona and is rated by U.S. News as high performing. Within 10 miles are two other high performing hospitals: Kaiser Permanente Riverside Medical Center and Parkview Community Hospital.