All the Southwest Riverside County cities saw increases, but the city with the big lake leads the pack.
Released this summer were the July 1, 2012 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 American Community Survey. According to the data, there were 55,288 people living in Lake Elsinore as compared to 51,821 in reported in the 2010 census. The 6.7 percent increase is higher than growth percentages experienced in Temecula, Murrieta, Menifee, Wildomar or Canyon Lake.
According to the data Murrieta, Wildomar and Canyon Lake were at the bottom of the spectrum, with a 2.8 increase for the latter, and 3.2 percent increases each for the two larger cities. Murrieta went from a population of 103,466 to 106,810; Wildomar from 32,176 to 33,192; and Canyon Lake from 10,561 to 10,861.
Temecula and Menifee both increased by 5.1 percent, with Temecula growing from 100,097 to 105,208 and Menifee jumping from 77,519 to 81,474.
Lake Elsinore officials have been touting Lake Elsinore's growth, which includes outpacing neighboring cities in housing starts. Click here to watch what Lake Elsinore Mayor Bob Magee had to say about growth during his recent State of the City Address.