San Bernardino County, California
|San Bernardino County, California|
|County of San Bernardino|
|Country||United States of America|
|Metropolitan area||Inland Empire|
|Named for||City of San Bernardino|
|County seat||San Bernardino|
|Largest city||San Bernardino|
|• Total||20,105 sq mi (52,070 km2)|
|• Land||20,052 sq mi (51,930 km2)|
|• Water||53 sq mi (140 km2)|
|Population (2010 Census)||2,035,210|
|• Density||85/sq mi (33/km2)|
|Time zone||Pacific Standard Time (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7)|
San Bernardino County, officially the County of San Bernardino, is a county located in the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the population was 2,035,210, up from 1,709,434 in the 2000 census. With an area of 20,105 square miles, San Bernardino County is the largest county in the United States by area. It is larger than each of the nine smallest states, larger than the four smallest states combined, and larger than 71 different sovereign nations. The Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area in Alaska is larger than San Bernadino County, but it is part of Alaska's unorganized borough and thus not a county.
Located in southeast California, the thinly populated deserts and mountains of this vast county stretch from where the bulk of the county population resides in two Census County Divisions, some 1,422,745 people as of the 2010 Census, covering the 450 square miles (1,166 km2) south of the San Bernardino Mountains in San Bernardino Valley, to the Nevada border and the Colorado River.
- 1 History
- 2 Economy
- 3 Geography
- 4 Crime
- 5 Demographics
- 6 Transportation infrastructure
- 7 Education
- 8 Government
- 9 Elections
- 10 Politics
- 11 Public safety
- 12 Environmental quality
- 13 Places of interest
- 14 Notable people
- 15 See also
- 16 Notes
- 17 References
- 18 External links
Spanish Missionaries from Mission San Gabriel Arcángel established a church at the village of Politania in 1810. Father Francisco Dumetz named the church after San Bernardino on May 20, 1810, feast day of St. Bernardino of Siena. The Franciscans also gave the name San Bernardino to the snowcapped peak in Southern California, in honor of the saint and it is from him that the county derives its name. In 1819, they established the San Bernardino de Sena Estancia, a mission farm in what is now Redlands.
Following Mexican independence from Spain in 1821, Mexican citizens were granted land grants to establish ranchos in the area of the county. Rancho Jurupa in 1838, Rancho Cucamonga and El Rincon in 1839, Rancho Santa Ana del Chino in 1841, Rancho San Bernardino in 1842 and Rancho Muscupiabe in 1844.
Following the purchase of Rancho San Bernardino, and the establishment of the town of San Bernardino in 1851 by Mormon colonists, San Bernardino County was formed in 1853 from parts of Los Angeles County. Some of the southern parts of the county's territory were given to Riverside County in 1893.
|Name of Employer||Location||Number of Employees|
|County of Riverside||Riverside||18291|
|Stater Bros. Markets||San Bernardino||18000|
|Arrowhead Regional Medical Center||Colton||18000|
|County of San Bernardino||San Bernardino||17395|
|National Training Center||Fort Irwin||13805|
|U.S. Marine Corps Air||Twentynine Palms||12486|
|March Air Reserve Base||Moreno Valley||8750|
|San Bernardino City Unified School District||San Bernardino||8574|
|Ontario International Airport||Ontario||7510|
|University of California||Riverside||6657|
|University of California||Riverside||6294|
|Riverside Unified School District||Riverside||5099|
|Pechanga Resort & Casino||Temecula||4800|
|Loma Linda University Medical Center||Loma Linda||4676|
|Guidant Corp (now Abbot Labs)||Temecula||4500|
|San Bernardino City Unified School District||San Bernardino||4055|
|Fontana Unified School District||Fontana||3953|
|Loma Linda University||Loma Linda||3906|
|Riverside Community College||Riverside||3753|
|Kaiser Permanente Medical Center||Riverside||3200|
|Chino Valley Unified School District||Chino||3200|
|City of Riverside||Riverside||3261|
|San Manuel Band of Mission Indians||Highland||3261|
|California State University||San Bernardino||3012|
|Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa||Cabazon||3000|
|Southern California Edison||Rosemead||2804|
|Temecula Unified School District||Temecula||2667|
|Cal Poly Pomona||Pomona||2640|
|California Institution for Men||Chino||2327|
|Hemet Unified School District||Hemet||2270|
|Pomona Unified School District||Pomona||2267|
|Colton Joint Unified School District||Colton||2257|
|Jerry L. Pettis Veterans Hospital||Loma Linda||2100|
|Eisenhower Medical Center||Rancho Mirage||2053|
|Riverside County Office of Education||Riverside||2000|
|Hemet Valley Medical Center||Hemet||2000|
|Patton State Hospital||Highland||2000|
|Alvord Unified School District||Riverside||2000|
|Hesperia Unified School District||Hesperia||1946|
|San Antonio Community Hospital||Upland||1900|
|Fleewood Enterprises Inc.||Riverside||1875|
|Marine Corps Logistics Base||Barstow||1868|
|Redlands Unified School District||Redlands||1824|
|City of San Bernardino||San Bernardino||1760|
|Riverside Community Hospital||Riverside||1600|
|Environmental System Research Institute (ESRI)||Redlands||1600|
|Lake Elsinore Unified School District||Lake Elsinore||1577|
|Jurupa Unified School District||Riverside||1548|
|City of San Bernardino||San Bernardino||1500|
|Riverside Community College||Riverside||1436|
|United States Postal Service||Redlands||1400|
|Saint Bernardine Medical Center||San Bernardino||1400|
|Apple Valley Unified School District||Apple Valley||1390|
|Chaffey Community College District||Rancho Cucamonga||1385|
|North American Medical Management||Ontario||1304|
|Redlands Community Hospital||Redlands||1300|
|Community Hospital of San Bernardino||San Bernardino||1200|
|State of California Rehabilitation Center||Norco||1169|
|Fantasy Springs Resort Casino||Indio||1100|
|Etiwanda School District||Etiwanda||1094|
|City of Ontario||Ontario||1075|
|Corona Regional Medical Center||Corona||1011|
|Agua Caliente Casino||Rancho Mirage||1000|
|California Steel Industries Inc.||Fontana||956|
|Naval Surface Warfare Center||Corona||926|
San Bernardino County is part of the Inland Empire area of Southern California, which also includes Riverside County. At just over 20,000 square miles (52,000 km2), San Bernardino County is slightly larger than the states of New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island combined. It is the largest county in the United States (Alaska has boroughs). It is the only county in California bordered by both Nevada and Arizona, and is one of only two counties in California bordering more than one U.S. state (the other being Modoc County, bordering Nevada and Oregon in the northeast corner of the state).
The bulk of the population, roughly 1.6 million, live in the roughly 480 square miles south of the San Bernardino Mountains adjacent to Riverside and in the San Bernardino Valley. Over 300,000 others live just north of the San Bernardino Mountains, agglomerating around Victorville covering roughly 280 square miles in Victor Valley, adjacent to Los Angeles County. Roughly another 100,000 people live scattered across the rest of the sprawling county.
The Mojave National Preserve covers some of the eastern desert, especially between Interstate 15 and Interstate 40. The desert portion also includes the cities of Needles next to the Colorado River and Barstow at the junction in Interstate 15 and Interstate 40. Trona is at the northwestern part of the county west of Death Valley. This national park, mostly within Inyo County, also has a small portion of land within the San Bernardino County. The largest metropolitan area in the Mojave Desert part of the county is Victor Valley, with the incorporated localities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Hesperia, and Victorville. Further south, a portion of Joshua Tree National Park overlaps the county near Twentynine Palms. Additional places near and west of Twentynine palms include Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and Morongo Valley.
The San Bernardino Valley is at the eastern end of the San Gabriel Valley. The San Bernardino Valley includes the cities of Ontario, Chino, Chino Hills, Upland, Fontana, Rialto, Colton, Grand Terrace, Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino, Loma Linda, Highland, Redlands, and Yucaipa.
|San Bernardino County
|Big Bear Lake||1981||5,019||$43,983|
National protected areas
- Angeles National Forest (part)
- Death Valley National Park (part)
- Havasu National Wildlife Refuge (part)
- Joshua Tree National Park (part)
- Mojave National Preserve
- San Bernardino National Forest (part)
There are at least 35 official wilderness areas in the county that are part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. This is the largest number of any county in the United States (although not the largest in total area). The majority are managed by the Bureau of Land Management, but some are integral components of the above listed national protected areas. Most of these wilderness areas lie entirely within the county, but a few are shared with neighboring counties (and two of these are shared with the neighboring states of Arizona and Nevada).
Except as noted, these wilderness areas are managed solely by the Bureau of Land Management and lie entirely within San Bernardino County:
- Bigelow Cholla Garden Wilderness
- Bighorn Mountain Wilderness (partly in San Bernardino National Forest)
- Black Mountain Wilderness
- Bristol Mountains Wilderness
- Cadiz Dunes Wilderness
- Chemehuevi Mountains Wilderness
- Cleghorn Lakes Wilderness
- Clipper Mountain Wilderness
- Cucamonga Wilderness (entirely in San Bernardino National Forest and in Angeles National Forest)
- Dead Mountains Wilderness
- Death Valley Wilderness (entirely in Death Valley National Park / partly in Inyo County, CA; Nye County, NV; and Esmeralda County, NV)
- Golden Valley Wilderness
- Grass Valley Wilderness
- Havasu Wilderness (entirely in Havasu National Wildlife Refuge / partly in Mohave County, AZ)
- Hollow Hills Wilderness
- Joshua Tree Wilderness (entirely in Joshua Tree National Park / partly in Riverside County, CA)
- Kelso Dunes Wilderness
- Kingston Range Wilderness
- Mesquite Wilderness
- Mojave Wilderness (entirely in Mohave National Preserve)
- Newberry Mountains Wilderness
- North Mesquite Mountains Wilderness
- Old Woman Mountains Wilderness
- Pahrump Valley Wilderness (partly in Inyo County, CA)
- Piute Mountains Wilderness
- Rodman Mountains Wilderness
- Saddle Peak Hills Wilderness (partly in Inyo County, CA)
- San Gorgonio Wilderness (partly in San Bernardino National Forest / partly in Riverside County, CA)
- Sheep Mountain Wilderness (entirely in Angeles National Forest and San Bernardino National Forest / partly in Los Angeles County, CA)
- Sheephole Valley Wilderness
- Stateline Wilderness
- Stepladder Mountains Wilderness
- Trilobite Wilderness
- Turtle Mountains Wilderness
- Whipple Mountains Wilderness
The following table includes the number of incidents reported and the rate per 1,000 persons for each type of offense.
|Population and crime rates|
|Motor vehicle theft||9,730||4.81|
Cities by population and crime rates
|Cities by population and crime rates|
|City||Population||Violent crimes||Violent crime rate
per 1,000 persons
|Property crimes||Property crime rate
per 1,000 persons
|Big Bear Lake||5,141||42||8.17||313||60.88|
|Population, race, and income|
|Black or African American||176,209||8.7%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||20,762||1.0%|
|Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander||5,984||0.3%|
|Some other race||364,236||18.0%|
|Two or more races||89,042||4.4%|
|Hispanic or Latino (of any race)||984,022||48.6%|
|Per capita income||$21,932|
|Median household income||$55,853|
|Median family income||$61,525|
Places by population, race, and income
|Places by population and race|
|Asian||Black or African
|Hispanic or Latino
(of any race)
|Big Bear City||CDP||11,504||82.3%||13.7%||1.1%||1.3%||1.6%||23.7%|
|Big Bear Lake||City||5,109||74.9%||20.9%||0.0%||1.8%||2.3%||24.0%|
|Mountain View Acres||CDP||3,376||68.5%||18.2%||1.9%||11.1%||0.4%||58.4%|
|San Antonio Heights||CDP||3,914||74.0%||18.0%||7.1%||0.1%||0.8%||21.5%|
|Spring Valley Lake||CDP||8,080||91.3%||5.4%||1.9%||1.0%||0.3%||21.1%|
|Places by population and income|
|Place||Type||Population||Per capita income||Median household income||Median family income|
|Big Bear City||CDP||11,504||$21,008||$41,509||$54,881|
|Big Bear Lake||City||5,109||$22,207||$31,541||$36,750|
|Mountain View Acres||CDP||3,376||$17,573||$54,427||$58,125|
|San Antonio Heights||CDP||3,914||$46,524||$97,960||$102,692|
|Spring Valley Lake||CDP||8,080||$24,390||$54,344||$67,877|
The 2010 United States Census reported that San Bernardino County had a population of 2,035,210. The racial makeup of San Bernardino County was 1,153,161 (56.7%) White, 181,862 (8.9%) African American, 22,689 (1.1%) Native American, 128,603 (6.3%) Asian, 6,870 (0.3%) Pacific Islander, 439,661 (21.6%) from other races, and 102,364 (5.0%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1,001,145 persons (49.2%).
|Population reported at 2010 United States Census|
(of any race)
|San Bernardino County||2,035,210||1,153,161||181,862||22,689||128,603||6,870||439,661||102,364||1,001,145|
cities and towns
(of any race)
|Big Bear Lake||5,019||4,204||22||48||78||10||491||166||1,076|
(of any race)
|Big Bear City||12,304||10,252||83||202||103||31||1,089||544||2,323|
|Mountain View Acres||3,130||1,748||215||48||98||17||861||143||1,647|
|San Antonio Heights||3,371||2,765||67||24||284||15||115||101||612|
|Spring Valley Lake||8,220||6,450||403||55||381||23||481||427||1,528|
(of any race)
|All others not CDPs (combined)||115,368||69,810||5,951||1,738||2,997||366||29,149||5,357||61,233|
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,709,434 people, 528,594 households, and 404,374 families residing in the county. The population density was 85 people per square mile (33/km²). There were 601,369 housing units at an average density of 30 per square mile (12/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 58.9% White, 9.1% African American, 1.2% Native American, 4.7% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 20.8% from other races, and 5.0% from two or more races. 39.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 8.3% were of German, 5.5% English and 5.1% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000. 66.1% spoke English, 27.7% Spanish and 1.1% Tagalog as their first language.
There were 528,594 households, out of which 43.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.8% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.5% were non-families. 18.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.6% had someone 65 years of age or older living alone. The average household size was 3.2 people, and the average family size was 3.6 people.
The number of homeless in San Bernardino County grew from 5,270 in 2002 to 7,331 in 2007, a 39% increase.
In the county the population was spread out—with 32.3% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 18.7% from 45 to 64, and 8.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 99.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.2 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $42,066, and the median income for a family was $46,574. Males had a median income of $37,025 versus $27,993 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,856. About 12.6% of families and 15.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.6% of those under age 18 and 8.4% of those age 65 or over.
- Barstow Area Transit serves Barstow and the surrounding county area.
- Morongo Basin Transit Authority provides bus service in Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree and Twentynine Palms (including the Marine base). Limited service is also provided to Palm Springs.
- Mountain Area Regional Transit Authority (MARTA) covers the Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear regions. Limited service is also provided to Downtown San Bernardino.
- Needles Area Transit serves Needles and the surrounding county area.
- Omnitrans provides transit service in the urbanized portion of San Bernardino County, serving the City of San Bernardino, as well as the area between Montclair and Yucaipa.
- Victor Valley Transit Authority operates buses in Victorville, Hesperia, Adelanto, Apple Valley and the surrounding county area.
- Foothill Transit connects the Inland Empire area to the San Gabriel Valley and downtown Los Angeles.
- OCTA connects Chino to Irvine and Brea.
- RTA connects Montclair to Riverside County.
- San Bernardino County is also served by Greyhound buses and Amtrak trains. Metrolink commuter trains connect the urbanized portion of the county with Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside Counties.
- Commercial passenger flights are available at L.A./Ontario International Airport.
- San Bernardino International Airport is being remodeled and is expected to serve the region as an international airport. The airport will have access through interstate I-215 and I-10 through Mill Street. Terminal construction recently finished, and commercial flights are planned, awaiting carriers to select SBD as a destination city.
- Southern California Logistics Airport (Victorville) is a major cargo and general aviation airport.
- The County of San Bernardino owns six general aviation airports: Apple Valley Airport, Baker Airport, Barstow-Daggett Airport, Chino Airport, Needles Airport, and Twentynine Palms Airport.
- Other general aviation airports in the county include: Big Bear City Airport, Cable Airport (Upland), Hesperia Airport (not listed in NPIAS), and Redlands Municipal Airport
Colleges and universities
- Barstow Community College
- Brandman University, Ontario Campus
- California State University, San Bernardino
- Chaffey College
- Crafton Hills College
- Loma Linda University
- National University, Ontario Campus
- National University, San Bernardino Campus
- Palo Verde Community College-Needles Campus
- Pioneer University[dead link], Oro Grande
- San Bernardino Valley College
- University of La Verne
- University of Redlands
- Victor Valley College
San Bernardino County is home to the San Bernardino County Library system, which consists of 34 branches within the county and branches in College of the Desert, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, and Victorville. Branch libraries offer services such as free internet access, live 24/7 reference services, vital records, LITE (Literacy, Information, Technology, and Education) Centers for children, and literacy programs.
City-sponsored public libraries also exist in San Bernardino County, including A. K. Smiley Public Library in Redlands, California, which was built in 1898. Other public libraries in the County include: San Bernardino City Public Library, Rancho Cucamonga Public Library, Upland Public Library, Colton City Library, and the Ontario City Library.
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The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has 5 members elected from their districts.
Voter registration statistics
|Population and registered voters|
|Registered voters[note 4]||869,637||43.0%|
|Peace and Freedom||3,204||0.4%|
|No party preference||177,460||20.4%|
Cities by population and voter registration
|Cities by population and voter registration|
|Democratic||Republican||D–R spread||Other||No party preference|
|Big Bear Lake||5,109||56.7%||23.9%||51.6%||-27.7%||10.8%||17.9%|
|2012||45.1% 262,358||52.3% 305,109||2.3% 12,376|
|2008||45.8% 277,408||52.1% 315,720||2.2% 13,206|
|2004||55.3% 289,306||43.6% 227,789||1.1% 5,682|
|2000||48.8% 221,757||47.2% 214,749||4.0% 18,387|
|1996||43.6% 180,135||44.4% 183,372||12.1% 49,848|
|1992||37.2% 176,563||38.7% 183,634||24.0% 113,873|
|1988||60.0% 235,167||38.6% 151,118||1.5% 5,723|
|1984||64.8% 222,071||34.0% 116,454||1.2% 4,180|
|1980||59.7% 172,957||31.7% 91,790||8.7% 25,065|
|1976||49.5% 113,265||47.9% 109,636||2.6% 5,984|
|1972||59.7% 144,689||35.5% 85,986||4.8% 11,581|
|1968||50.1% 111,974||40.0% 89,418||9.9% 22,224|
|1964||42.8% 92,145||57.1% 123,012||0.1% 243|
|1960||52.0% 99,481||47.5% 90,888||0.5% 944|
|1956||56.9% 86,263||42.8% 64,946||0.3% 443|
|1952||57.3% 77,718||41.8% 56,663||0.9% 1,153|
|1948||48.6% 46,570||47.7% 45,691||3.8% 3,577|
|1944||46.5% 34,084||52.6% 38,530||0.9% 646|
|1940||44.3% 30,511||54.5% 37,520||1.2% 847|
|1936||39.0% 22,219||59.5% 33,955||1.5% 842|
|1932||44.6% 22,094||50.2% 24,889||5.2% 2,565|
|1928||74.7% 29,229||24.1% 9,436||1.1% 447|
|1924||56.9% 15,974||9.4% 2,634||33.7% 9,453|
|1920||62.8% 12,518||28.2% 5,620||9.0% 1,783|
San Bernardino County is a county, in which candidates from both major political parties have won in recent elections. The Democratic Party carried the county in 2008, with Barack Obama winning a majority of its votes, and in 1992 and 1996, when Bill Clinton won pluralities. Republican George W. Bush took the county in 2000 by a plurality and in 2004 by a majority. The county is split between heavily Latino, middle-class, and Democratic areas and more wealthy conservative areas. The heavily Latino cities of Ontario and San Bernardino went for John Kerry in 2004, but with a relatively low voter turnout. In 2006, San Bernardino's population exceeded 201,000, and in 2004, only 42,520 votes were cast in the city; in 2006, strongly Republican Rancho Cucamonga had over 145,000 residents, of whom 53,054 voted.
In the House of Representatives, all of California's 43rd congressional district and parts of the 25th, 26th, 41st, and 42nd districts are in the county. Except for the 43rd, which is held by Democrat Joe Baca, every district is held by Republicans: Buck McKeon, David Dreier, Jerry Lewis, and Gary Miller respectively.
In the State Assembly, tiny parts of the 32nd and 34th districts, parts of the 36th, 59th, 60th, 61st, 63rd, and 65th districts, and all of the 62nd district are in the county. Except for the 61st and 62nd districts, which are represented by Democrats Norma Torres and Wilmer Carter respectively, every district is represented by a Republican: Shannon Grove (AD-32), Minority Leader Connie Conway (AD-34), Steve Knight (AD-36), Tim Donnelly (AD-59), Curt Hagman (AD-60), Mike Morrell (AD-63), and Paul Cook (AD-65).
In the State Senate, parts of the 17th, 18th, 29th, 31st, and 32nd districts are in the county, and are held by Republicans Sharon Runner, Jean Fuller, Bob Huff, and Minority Leader Bob Dutton, and Democrat Gloria Negrete McLeod respectively.
According to the California Secretary of State, as of May, 2009, there were 806,589 registered voters in San Bernardino County. Of those, 324,857 (40.28%) were registered Democrats, 306,203 (37.96%) were registered Republicans, with the remainder belonging to minor political parties or declining to state.
On Nov. 4, 2008 San Bernardino County voted 67% for Proposition 8, which amended the California Constitution to ban same-sex marriages.
The county's primary law enforcement agency is the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. The department provides law enforcement services in the unincorporated areas of the county and in 14 contract cities, operates the county jail system, provides marshal services in the county superior courts, and has numerous other divisions to serve the residents of the county.
Sergeant Phil Brown of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said the gangs are growing more violent in the farthest reaches of the county, including the High Desert. Racial tensions among Chicano gangs and African-American gangs have increased dramatically in the Inland Empire, affecting even the most rural areas. "It's getting out in more remote areas," Brown said. "They go gang against gang. There's more gang violence to the general public and it's becoming more random..."
The county operates the San Bernardino County Consolidated Fire District (commonly known as the San Bernardino County Fire Department). The department provides "all-risk" fire, rescue, and emergency medical services to all unincorporated areas in the county except for several areas served by independent fire protection districts, and several cities that chose to contract with the department.
California Attorney General Jerry Brown sued the county in April 2007 under the state's environmental quality act for failing to account for the impact of global warming in the county's 25-year growth plan, approved in March. The Center for Biological Diversity, the Sierra Club and the Audubon Society also sued in a separate case. According to Brendan Cummings, a senior attorney for the plaintiffs: "San Bernardino has never seen a project it didn't like. They rubber-stamp development. It's very much of a frontier mentality." The plaintiffs want the county to rewrite its growth plan's environmental impact statement to include methods to measure greenhouse gases and take steps to reduce them.
According to county spokesman David Wert, only 15% of the county is actually controlled by the county; the rest is cities and federal and state land. However, the county says it will make sure employment centers and housing are near transportation corridors to reduce traffic and do more to promote compact development and mass transit. The county budgeted $325,000 to fight the lawsuit.
The state and the county reached a settlement in August 2007. The county agreed to amend its general plan to include a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan, including an emissions inventory and reduction targets.
Places of interest
- The Mojave National Preserve
- Calico Ghost Town — northeast of Barstow via Interstate 15
- Zzyzx — a small desert settlement that used to be a health spa and is now the Desert Studies Center
- Joshua Tree National Park
- San Bernardino National Forest — home to Big Bear Lake outdoor activities
- Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex
- Snow Summit and Bear Mountain (Ski Area) are home to Southern California's premier winter ski resorts. Mountain High, although technically located in Los Angeles County, is also an alternative to Snow Summit and Bear Mountain because of its proximity to San Bernardino County.
Including current residents, as well as former residents who have made their mark in history:
- Jon Foreman—singer-song writer, and member of the band, Switchfoot.
- Earl W. Bascom—inventor, rodeo champion, California Rodeo Hall of Fame inductee, actor, artist/sculptor, "Father of Modern-day Rodeo"—lived in Ontario and the Victor Valley.
- Glen Bell—founder of Taco Bell
- Susan Easton Black—author
- Frank Bogert—rodeo announcer, mayor of Palm Springs 1958–1966, raised in Wrightwood.
- Ron Carter—author
- Ronnie Lott—Hall of Fame football player—grew up in Rialto.
- Landon Donovan—professional soccer player for the U.S. National Team and the Major League Soccer Los Angeles Galaxy.
- James Earp—one of the "Fighting Earps" of Dodge City, and Tombstone fame—is buried in Mountain View Cemetery, San Bernardino.
- Morgan Earp—US Marshal and one of the "Fighting Earps" of Dodge City, and Tombstone fame—was killed in Tombstone, Arizona, and buried in Hermosa Gardens Cemetery, Colton, California.
- Nicholas Porter Earp—justice of the peace—coroner, constable, judge, preacher, saloon owner, gambler, father of the "Fighting Earps."
- Virgil Earp—U.S Marshal and one of the "Fighting Earps" of Dodge City, and Tombstone fame—lived in Colton, California.
- Wyatt Earp—one of the "Fighting Earps" of Dodge City, and Tombstone fame—lived in San Timoteo Canyon, Colton and Vidal. The town of Earp, California is named in his honor, as he owned a gold mine in the nearby Whipple Mountains.
- Tennessee Ernie Ford—radio announcer, country and gospel music singer, and television host—lived in Victorville, Oro Grande and San Bernardino.
- Cuba Gooding, Jr.—Academy Award–winning actor—lived in Apple Valley.
- Gene Hackman—Actor and Academy Award winner—was born in San Bernardino.
- Jefferson Hunt—U.S. Army (Mormon Battalion) officer, western pioneer, state legislator, "Father of San Bernardino County", Brigadier General of California Militia.
- Will James—artist, illustrator, author—lived in Apple Valley.
- Eric Koston—professional skateboarder—was born in Bangkok, Thailand but grew up in San Bernardino, California
- Eddie Lawson—four-time world champion Grand Prix motorcycle racer.
- John Walker Lindh—the so-called "American Taliban" fighter now incarcerated in ADX Florence.
- Amasa Lyman—first mayor of San Bernardino City, Mormon Apostle.
- Biddy Mason—former slave, a nurse and midwife who became the wealthiest woman in California at the time, and helped found the AME Church. She lived in San Bernardino, coming there with the Mormon colonists.
- Dick and Mac McDonald—food pioneering brothers of what became McDonald's Corporation
- Melina Perez—professional wrestler
- Jim Pike—singer with The Lettermen, Reunion
- Tim Powers—fantasy author
- Roy Rogers and Dale Evans—western singers and actors, rodeo producers—lived in Apple Valley.
- Spike—fictional canine resident of the Needles area
- Randy Rhoads—guitarist with Ozzy Osbourne's Blizzard of Oz, is buried in Mountain View Cemetery
- Bobby Sherman—actor
- Charles C. Rich—one of the founders of San Bernardino, Mormon Apostle
- Cleon Skousen—FBI agent, Chief of Police, lawyer, author, world lecturer—lived in San Bernardino.
- Joseph F. Smith—religious leader, became the sixth President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)—lived and worked in Mormon Springs (now Crestline) in the 1850s.
- John Charles Thomas—baritone opera singer on Broadway—lived in Apple Valley.
- Three Bars—stud thoroughbred horse, Hall of Fame foundation sire of American Quarter Horse—lived in Apple Valley.
- Darren Collison—basketball player for the Indiana Pacers who grew up in Rancho Cucamonga, attended Etiwanda High School and received a scholarship to play at UCLA.
- New Boyz—rap duo, lived in Victorville
- Jeff Conine—former professional baseball player for the Florida Marlins.
- Camper Van Beethoven—music group founded in Redlands
- Dino Ebel—former professional baseball player and current third base coach for the Anaheim Angels—is from Barstow.
- Cracker—music group whose founder David Lowery is from Redlands.
- Billy Bob Thornton—movie star who lived in Rialto when he first came to California.
- Josh Whitesell—first baseman for the Arizona Diamondbacks
- Derek Parra—two-time gold medalist in speed skating at the 2002 Winter Olympics
- James Fallows—national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly—from Redlands.
- Sean Marshall—former basketball player at Boston College, current professional in Turkey
- John Singleton—movie director (Boyz n the Hood)—attended Eisenhower High School.
- Jeff Pendergraph—former basketball player at Arizona State University and Etiwanda High School—now with the Indiana Pacers
- Nick Barnett—linebacker for the Buffalo Bills football team, formerly of Fontana's A.B. Miller High School.
- T.J. Houshmandzadeh—pro football player from Barstow.
- Brian Billick—former head coach of the Baltimore Ravens.
- Joan Baez—folk singer—attended Redlands High School.
- Mark Teahen, pro baseball player for the Toronto Blue Jays, from Redlands.
- Tommy Hanson—pro baseball player for the Atlanta Braves—from Redlands.
- Lacey Schwimmer—professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars—from Redlands.
- The Tornadoes—surf rock band of the 1960s whose song "Bustin' Surfboards" was on the Pulp Fiction movie soundtrack.
- Corey Benjamin—professional basketball player for Chicago Bulls from 1999 until 2001—Fontana High School alumnus, 1998 California Mr. Basketball.
- George Lewis (journalist) - former NBC News reporter
- Glenn Braggs - outfielder on 1990 World Series winning Cincinnati Reds
- List of California counties
- List of museums in the Inland Empire (California)
- List of school districts in San Bernardino County, California
- National Register of Historic Places listings in San Bernardino County, California
- Only larceny-theft cases involving property over $400 in value are reported as property crimes.
- Other = Some other race + Two or more races
- Native American = Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander + American Indian or Alaska Native
- Percentage of registered voters with respect to total population. Percentages of party members with respect to registered voters follow.
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