Eastvale, once a rural area, was predominantly dairy farms and agricultural until the early 1990s. At that time, the area started to suburbanize to accommodate the influx of people coming from neighboring Orange and Los Angeles Counties seeking affordable housing.
As of the updated census of 2005, there were 42,599 people, 12,152 households, and 10,724 families residing in the community. The population density was 2053.6/km² (5,310.5/mi²). There were 12,152 housing units at an average density of 656.6/km² (1,698.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the community is 61.24% White (36.24% non-Hispanic white), 3.31% Black or African American, 0.67% Native American, 18.91% Asian American, 0.71% Pacific Islander, 0.88% from other races, and 3.99% from two or more races. 35.29% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 12,152 households out of which 50.12% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.4% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.0% were non-families. 4.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.46 and the average family size was 3.52.
In the community the population was spread out with 35.1% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 8.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 103.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.6 males.
The median income for a household in the community was $61,583, and the median income for a family was $77,980. Males had a median income of $49,662 versus $40,102 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,681. About 2.4% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.2% of those under age 18 and 0.5% of those age 65 or over.
Eastvale, situated in California's 44th congressional district, is represented in the United States House of Representatives by Ken Calvert. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein represent California in the United States Senate.
Eastvale, along with most of the northwestern tip of Riverside County, is under the jurisdiction of the Second District of Riverside County, with the current county supervisor being John Tavaglione.
Eastvale is one of three unincorporated areas of riverside county that has strong community support for city incorporation—Eastvale, Wildomar, and Menifee Valley (Menifee, Sun City and Quail Valley). The passage of AB 1602, a state bill that adds funds from vehicle license fees, has made it easier for unincorporated areas to attain cityhood. The new law has also stirred up renewed interest in incorporation efforts for Mira Loma and Jurupa Valley (Mira Loma, Pedley, Glen Avon, Sunnyslope, and Rubidoux). Either of the later incorporation efforts would also most likely involve annexing some land in Eastvale, mainly the heavily commercialized Interstate 15 corridor, for the sales tax revenue. If this occurs, Eastvale would never have the funds required to incorporate as an individual city.
Whether or not Eastvale will eventually incorporate as a city is yet to be seen. In any event, the Riverside County Integrated Project (RCIP), an inclusive three-part county urban plan, has a specific plan attributed to the Eastvale area. This area plan sets up Eastvale zoning ordinance, policy areas for unique features found in Eastvale, specific plans (master-planned communities) in Eastvale, design guidelines, circulation (transportation) policies for Eastvale, specific hazards to the region, and conservation policies—which includes the protection of open space, wetlands, and biodiversity.
A committee of concerned Eastvale residents, the Eastvale Community Committee (ECC), was formed in so that issues facing the growing community would be addressed. Formed in 2002, the ECC holds public meetings with county representatives, utility operators, law enforcement agencies, local school representatives, and local business owners. A group of volunteer residents publishes a summary of the meetings and other articles in the quarterly Eastvale Edition which is mailed to most residents and is also available online.
A separate project, Eastvale Events, encourages community involvement by developing and coordinating community events. Eastvale Picnic in the Park, Eastvale Holiday Showcase, and Eastvale Fall Festival are a few of the sponsored events.
An online group for Eastvale residents was created at the social networking website Yahoo! Groups, where residents can take part in community discussions. Similarly named, the EastvaleResidents.com community news site offers residents Eastvale related news, local traffic and local weather updated daily, as well as the largest community forum for Eastvale.
Mira Loma Valley Little League, a subsidiary of the non-profit organization Little League Baseball, offers baseball and softball programs to boys and girls in Eastvale.
Located on the Eastvale/Norco border, the area is home to one of the continent’s largest permanent-site Renaissance Faires, the Koroneburg European Old World Festival.
Eastvale is a part of the Corona-Norco Unified School District. Eastvale is home to one high school, Roosevelt High, along with one intermediate school, River Heights Intermediate, and four elementary schools, Barton Elementary, Eastvale Elementary, Harada Elementary, and Rosa Parks Elementary. Two new elementary schools and one new intermediate school are in the planning, design, acquisition, or construction phases. Due to unexpected growth in Eastvale, a fourth new elementary school is in pre-planning stages.