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Rialto, California

Coordinates: 34°6′41″N 117°22′57″W / 34.11139°N 117.38250°W / 34.11139; -117.38250
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Rialto, California
Flag of Rialto, California
Official seal of Rialto, California
Bridge to Progress
Location of Rialto in San Bernardino County, California
Location of Rialto in San Bernardino County, California
Rialto is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 34°6′41″N 117°22′57″W / 34.11139°N 117.38250°W / 34.11139; -117.38250
CountryUnited States
CountySan Bernardino
IncorporatedNovember 17, 1911[1]
 • City council[4]Mayor Deborah Robertson
Joe Baca, Sr.
Ed Scott
Rafael Trujillo
Andy Carrizales
 • City clerkBarbara A. McGee[2]
 • City treasurerEdward J. Carrillo[3]
 • City ManagerRod Foster
 • Total24.09 sq mi (62.41 km2)
 • Land24.09 sq mi (62.41 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)  0.06%
Elevation1,257 ft (383 m)
 • Total104,026
 • Rank71st in California
308th in the United States
 • Density4,300/sq mi (1,700/km2)
Time zoneUTC−8 (Pacific Standard Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
Area code909[9]
FIPS code06-60466
GNIS feature IDs1661306, 2410931

Rialto is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States, 56 miles east of Los Angeles, near the Cajon Pass, Interstate 15, Interstate 10, State Route 210 and Metrolink routes.

Its population was 104,026 as of the 2020 Census, up from 99,171 at the 2010 Census.[7][10] Its population and economic activity have grown rapidly in recent years due to the building of major distribution centers in the region.

The U.S. Army Rialto Ammunition Storage point was used during World War II to support operations in the Pacific theater.

Rialto is home to major regional distribution centers: Staples Inc., which serves stores across the entire West Coast of the United States, Amazon, Under Armour, Medline Industries, Niagara Bottling, Monster Energy and Target in the northern region of the city, in the Las Colinas community. One of the United States' largest fireworks companies, Pyro Spectaculars, is also headquartered in Rialto.


The 1907 First Christian Church, now the Rialto Historical Society
Pacific Electric depot, now a restaurant

Ancient artifacts discovered by archaeologists suggest that what is now the city of Rialto was settled prior to 1500.[11] Such artifacts, now found at the Rialto Historical Society, indicate that the Serrano Indians lived in the Rialto area between 1500 and 1800 AD.[12]

An adobe building from the early 19th century, which has been used for many purposes over the years, is the oldest building still standing in Rialto and stands restored near Bud Bender Park, formerly known as "Lilac Park" on Second Street and Riverside Avenue.[13]

In 1842, the Lugo family was granted the Rancho San Bernardino—a holding of 37,700 acres—which encompassed Rialto.[14] In 1851, the Mountain Family[15] purchased part of the Lugo family's Rancho San Bernardino,[14] and claimed several other portions of the ranch which later became known as Rialto. This claim was later amended by the United States Government, permitting them a smaller fraction of the initial purchase.[16]

In 1887 a railroad connector line was built between San Bernardino and Pasadena by the Santa Fe Railroad.[11] Along the line, townsites were located every 2,600 yards (2,400 m) [mile and a half] and by the fall of that year over 25 new towns were being built. This same year the Semitropic Land and Water Company was formed to organize the purchase and selling of real estate, water, and water rights and privileges.[11] A Methodist colony developed which was named after the Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy, considered a central meeting place for Venetians.[17]

In the fall of 1888, the first school was built and Brooke School District was formed.[18] Records show that up until 1920, the Brooke School District was in continuous operation, except for a very short time in 1888. The prominent Rialto Trapp family bought the first school house in 1921, remodeled the building, and members of the family resided in it until it was destroyed by fire. The Rialto School District (today Rialto Unified School District), was formed in 1891. The staff consisted of two teachers and a principal with separate play areas for the boys and girls.[19]

In 1901 a cemetery was established in the township. It is administered by the City Treasurer.[20]

The Chamber of Commerce was established in 1907.[11] The Chamber incorporated in the spring of 1911.[11] By 1911 the population had grown to 1,500 with 40 businesses and a local newspaper. The election results on October 31 of the same year were 135 votes for the incorporation of the city and 72 against.[11]

Foothill Boulevard was repaired in 1913 and became U.S. Route 66, a section of the U.S. highway system.[11] In 1914 Los Angeles' Pacific Electric Railway completed its San Bernardino Line through the City of Rialto, with a junction at Riverside Avenue for the Riverside Line. Today the Tracks above First Street are a part of the Union Pacific and the Pacific Electric depot on Riverside Avenue is Cuca's Restaurant.[13]

A fire in the 1920s swept through and destroyed many of the buildings in the downtown area.[11]

The U.S. Army Rialto Ammunition Storage point which was used during World War II to support operations in the Pacific theater.[21] The 160-acre site (65 ha) was operated between 1941-1945 and the land later sold to defense contractors and private corporations.[21] The site is a Superfund Site that was scheduled to begin remediation in 2020.[22]

In the late 1990s, the city's drinking water was contaminated by perchlorate leaking from a 160-acre (65 ha) site owned by a defense contractors and fireworks manufacturer that handles perchlorate salts and hazardous materials.[23][22] The city launched lawsuits against 42 parties.[24] The United States Environmental Protection Agency designed a groundwater pump and treatment system to remove and clean contaminated water, and negotiated settlements to several lawsuits.[22][25] Cleanup costs reached $100 million in 2014, and a pumping station was estimated to begin treating contaminated water between 2020 and 2021.[22][26]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 22.4 square miles (58 km2). 22.4 square miles (58 km2) of it is land and 0.06% is water.


Rialto experiences a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and relatively mild winters.[27]


The largest ancestries in Rialto are German, Irish, English, Italian and African.[28]

Most are Rialto’s immigrants are from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, the Philippines, Nicaragua, Egypt, Cuba, Colombia, Honduras and Nigeria.[29]

Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[30]


As of the census[31] of 2000, there were 91,873 people, 24,659 households, and 20,516 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,622.0/km2 (4,200.7/mi2). There were 26,045 housing units at an average density of 459.8/km2 (1,190.9/mi2). The racial makeup of the city was 39.37% White, 22.27% African American, 1.05% Native American, 2.47% Asian, 0.43% Pacific Islander, 29.20% from other races, and 5.21% from two or more races. 51.21% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 24,659 households, out of which 52.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.6% were married couples living together, 18.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.8% were non-families. 13.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.69 and the average family size was 4.01.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 37.7% under the age of 18, 10.4% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 16.4% from 45 to 64, and 6.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $41,254, and the median income for a family was $42,638. Males had a median income of $34,110 versus $26,640 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,375. 17.4% of the population and 13.8% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 21.7% of those under the age of 18 and 9.7% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.


The 2010 United States Census[10] reported that Rialto had a population of 99,171. The population density was 4,434.1 inhabitants per square mile (1,712.0/km2). The racial makeup of Rialto was 43,592 (44.0%) White (12.6% Non-Hispanic White),[32] 16,236 (16.4%) African American, 1,062 (1.1%) Native American, 2,258 (2.3%) Asian, 361 (0.4%) Pacific Islander, 30,993 (31.3%) from other races, and 4,669 (4.7%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 67,038 persons (67.6%).

The Census reported that 98,724 people (99.5% of the population) lived in households, 254 (0.3%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 193 (0.2%) were institutionalized.

There were 25,202 households, out of which 14,384 (57.1%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 13,811 (54.8%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 5,175 (20.5%) had a female householder with no husband present, 2,191 (8.7%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 1,780 (7.1%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 150 (0.6%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 3,141 households (12.5%) were made up of individuals, and 1,283 (5.1%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.92. There were 21,177 families (84.0% of all households); the average family size was 4.20.

The population was spread out, with 32,604 people (32.9%) under the age of 18, 12,204 people (12.3%) aged 18 to 24, 26,802 people (27.0%) aged 25 to 44, 20,655 people (20.8%) aged 45 to 64, and 6,906 people (7.0%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28.3 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.1 males.

There were 27,203 housing units at an average density of 1,216.3 per square mile (469.6/km2), of which 16,294 (64.7%) were owner-occupied, and 8,908 (35.3%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 3.1%; the rental vacancy rate was 9.7%. 64,148 people (64.7% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 34,576 people (34.9%) lived in rental housing units.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Rialto had a median household income of $49,428, with 19.2% of the population living below the federal poverty line.[32]


Rialto's crime rate was slightly above the national average every year from 1999 to 2007. From 2008 to 2016, the crime rate in Rialto was below the national average.[33] In 2006, Rialto fielded 0.89 police officers per 1,000 residents, less than one-third the national average.[33] Rialto was the first city in the United States to require that all police officers wear body cameras.[34]


State and federal representation[edit]

In the California State Legislature, Rialto is in the 20th Senate District, represented by Democrat Caroline Menjivar, and in the 47th Assembly District, represented by Republican Greg Wallis.[35]

In the United States House of Representatives, Rialto is split between California's 31st congressional district, represented by Democrat Grace Napolitano, and California's 35th congressional district, represented by Democrat Norma Torres.[36]


Deborah Robertson, First African-American mayor of Rialto

The current mayor is Deborah Robertson, first elected in 2012 and the city's first African-American mayor;[37] the city manager is Rod Foster.[38]

2005 recall election[edit]

On September 13, 2005, the Rialto city council voted to dissolve the Rialto Police Department and replace it with a contract with the San Bernardino County sheriff's department. Soon after the vote, a San Bernardino County court issued an injunction on the change because the vote was done in secret.[39] As a result, two city council members, Ed Scott and Winfred Lee Hansen, were up for recall.[40] In March 2006, city leaders decided to keep the police department.[41]


The majority of Rialto is in the Rialto Unified School District. Some portions are in Fontana Unified School District (the western portion), Colton Joint Unified School District (southern portion), and San Bernardino City Unified School District (a few parcels in the north).[42]

It has a Christian School called Bloomington Christian School for junior high and high school. It also has preschool through 8th grade hosted by Calvary Chapel Rialto. Rialto is also home to a private Catholic school (preschool through 8th grade). St. Catherine of Siena Parish School is located on Sycamore Avenue.

Rialto is also served by the San Bernardino Community College District. San Bernardino Valley College is the closest SBCCD campus to the city.[43]


Rialto Network is a public, educational, and government access (PEG) cable television station based in Rialto. The station was created in 1991 as KRTO (KRialTO) and in 2012 the station was renamed Rialto Network. Rialto Network is located in the Civic Center and the station is cablecast daily on Spectrum Cable cable system on Channels 3, and on AT&T U-verse PEG cable TV channel 99. It is also webcast.[44]


Rialto station


The City of Rialto is situated between Interstate 10 and State Route 210. According to statistics approximately 55% of the working class in the city of Rialto commute more than 10 miles (16 km) to get to work and almost 13% travel to and from Los Angeles and San Bernardino. Average commute times from Rialto are between 33.6 and 37.6 minutes.[45]

Rialto is served by the Metrolink commuter rail system on the San Bernardino Line at Rialto station. The San Bernardino Line takes approximately one hour and twenty minutes to commute each way to Los Angeles[46] and ten minutes to San Bernardino.[47] The same trip by car via the 10 or 210 freeways takes between 45 minutes and 2 hours, depending on traffic.

Notable people[edit]

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