Perris is a midsized city in western Riverside County. It is primarily surrounded by unincorporated territories and natural preserves, though it does border Moreno Valley in the north and some smaller communities—Nuevo, Homeland, and Sun City—in the east and south. Perris lies east of the Santa Ana Mountains and southwest of the Perris Reservoir and Lake Perris State Recreation Area; proximity to these open, green spaces is a defining characteristic for Perris. Obviously, living there is markedly different from living in Southern California's more heavily urbanized areas like San Diego
and Los Angeles
Residents can access Temecula wine country and Riverside proper with relative ease, perhaps for a day trip, but any attempt at regular commuting to Orange, Los Angeles, or San Diego Counties is ill advised. Full-time telecommuters and those who have jobs in the Perris area can enjoy the lack of density and easy access to nature without worrying about the long-range driving. Primary arteries: the 215 and 74 freeways.