Hemet, California

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Hemet is a city in the San Jacinto Valley in Riverside County, California, United States. It covers a total area of 27.1 square miles (70 km2), about half of the valley, which it shares with the neighboring city of San Jacinto. In 2009 the city's population was estimated to be 74,361 according to the California Department of Finance.[1] Hemet was founded in 1887, predating the formation of Riverside County, and was incorporated on January 20, 1910.[2] The formation of Lake Hemet helped the city grow and prosper, and stimulated agriculture in the area. The city is known for being the home of "The Ramona Pageant", California's official outdoor play. Started in 1923, the play is one of the longest running outdoor plays in the United States. Hemet has been named a Tree City USA for 20 years by the Arbor Day Foundation for its dedication to the local forest.[3] The city is home to the Hemet Valley Medical Center, a 320-bed general hospital.[4]


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