Grand Terrace, California

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City of Grand Terrace
City
Grand Terrace's city limits sign at its southern border, as seen from I-215
Grand Terrace's city limits sign at its southern border, as seen from I-215
Location in San Bernardino County and the state of California
Location in San Bernardino County and the state of California
Coordinates: 34°1′52″N 117°19′0″W / 34.03111°N 117.31667°W / 34.03111; -117.31667Coordinates: 34°1′52″N 117°19′0″W / 34.03111°N 117.31667°W / 34.03111; -117.31667
Country  United States
State  California
County San Bernardino
Incorporated November 30, 1978[1]
Government
 • City Manager Kenneth J. Henderson
Area[2]
 • Total 3.502 sq mi (9.070 km2)
 • Land 3.502 sq mi (9.070 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation 1,063 ft (324 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 12,040
 • Density 3,400/sq mi (1,300/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 92313
Area code(s) 909
FIPS code 06-30658
GNIS feature ID 1660692

Grand Terrace is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. The population was 12,040 at the 2010 census, up from 11,626 at the 2000 census. Grand Terrace is located between the CDP of Highgrove in the county of Riverside and the city of Colton along the I-215 and Aqua Mansa Industrial corridors. The city is situated between two mountain ridges, Blue Mountain to the east, and La Loma Hills to the west.

History[edit]

The city was incorporated in 1978. In the early 1900s it was known as East Riverside, then [3] South Colton and later as the community of Grand Terrace. Settlers date back to the 1800s [4] including the Spanish California and Mexican California period, then came Mormon settlers in the 1850s in the San Bernardino Valley [5] and Seventh-day Adventists in 1905, whose medical university campus is located in nearby Loma Linda;[6] and finally, the Southern California suburbia and sunbelt growth periods in the late half of the 20th century.

Overview[edit]

This 3.6-square-mile (9.3 km2) community has an average elevation of 1,065 feet (325 m). Its motto, inscribed on the city flag, is "The Blue Mountain City" (its official slogan is "A city set upon a mountain cannot be hidden"), and refers to the Blue Lupine flower that used to grow on Blue Mountain in the spring.

According to the city's web site, the 2000 census revealed that Grand Terrace has the highest median income in the Inland Empire region at $61,068. According to an article in The Press-Enterprise dated May 31, 2002, "Its clean streets, quiet neighborhoods and no violent crime are big draws for its middle-income population."

Geography[edit]

Grand Terrace is located at 34°1′52″N 117°19′0″W / 34.03111°N 117.31667°W / 34.03111; -117.31667 (34.031019, -117.316683).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.5 square miles (9.1 km2), all land.

Demographics[edit]

2010[edit]

The 2010 United States Census[8] reported that Grand Terrace had a population of 12,040. The population density was 3,438.0 per square mile (1,327.4/km²). The racial makeup of Grand Terrace was 7,912 (65.7%) White (46.4% Non-Hispanic White),[9] 673 (5.6%) African American, 120 (1.0%) Native American, 778 (6.5%) Asian, 32 (0.3%) Pacific Islander, 1,898 (15.8%) from other races, and 627 (5.2%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4,708 persons (39.1%).

The Census reported that 11,927 people (99.1% of the population) lived in households, 50 (0.4%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 63 (0.5%) were institutionalized.

There were 4,403 households, of which 1,548 (35.2%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 2,214 (50.3%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 599 (13.6%) had a female householder with no husband present, 254 (5.8%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 285 (6.5%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 26 (0.6%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 1,026 households (23.3%) were made up of individuals and 395 (9.0%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71. There were 3,067 families (69.7% of all households); the average family size was 3.20.

2,781 people (23.1% of the population) were under the age of 18, 1,244 people (10.3%) aged 18 to 24, 3,320 people (27.6%) aged 25 to 44, 3,195 people (26.5%) aged 45 to 64, and 1,500 people (12.5%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36.1 years. For every 100 females there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.

There were 4,649 housing units at an average density of 1,327.5 per square mile (512.6/km²), of which 2,790 (63.4%) were owner-occupied, and 1,613 (36.6%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.7%; the rental vacancy rate was 7.0%. 7,848 people (65.2% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 4,079 people (33.9%) lived in rental housing units.

According to the 2010 United States Census, Grand Terrace had a median household income of $64,073, with 6.5% of the population living below the federal poverty line.[9]

2000[edit]

At the 2000 census,[10] there were 11,626 people, 4,221 households and 3,051 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,352.3 per square mile (1,293.6/km²). There were 4,458 housing units at an average density of 1,285.4 per square mile (496.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 73.8% White, 4.6% African American, 0.7% Native American, 5.6% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 9.8% from other races, and 5.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 25.4% of the population.

There were 4,221 households of which 35.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.7% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.7 and the average family size was 3.6.

26.3% of the population were under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 31.2% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 10.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 89.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.6 males.

The median household income was $53,649 and the median family income was $61,068. Males had a median income of $41,417 compared with $30,491 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,787. About 4.5% of families and 7.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.6% of those under age 18 and 4.5% of those age 65 or over.

Politics[edit]

In the state legislature Grand Terrace is located in the 32nd Senate District, represented by Democrat Norma J. Torres, and in the 47th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Cheryl Brown. Federally, Grand Terrace is located in California's 31st congressional district, which is represented by Republican Gary Miller.

Currently the city government consists of Mayor Walt Stanckiewitz, Mayor Pro Tem Bernardo Sandoval, Council Member Darcy McNaboe, Council Member Jackie Mitchell, and Council Member Sylvia Robles. The City Manager is Kenneth J. Henderson.

Rankings[edit]

Grand Terrace was named one of the "Top 100 Cities to Live In" by Money magazine in 2007.

Public safety[edit]

The City of Grand Terrace contracts with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. Grand Terrace is known for having one of the lowest crime rates in the area, while the San Bernardino County Fire Department has a fire station on City Center Court.

Education in Grand Terrace[edit]

The Colton Joint Unified School District serves the students of Grand Terrace with Grand Terrace Elementary School, Terrace View Elementary School, Terrace Hills Middle School, and Grand Terrace High School that was opened in fall 2012.

Grand Terrace Elementary School has achieved the title of California Distinguished School

In addition, within the city is a non-public school for special-education students which is administered by UHS Schools.

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