San Bernardino, CA


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San Bernardino, CA

The City of San Bernardino situated in the Riverside-San Bernardino metropolitan area. At times it is known as the Inland Empire. It is the county seat of San Bernardino County, California USA.

The 2010 census estimated that the city’s population was close to 209,924. The city is the 100th largest city in the United States and 17th biggest city in the state of California.

The city is the home to various diplomatic missions. The governments of Mexico and Guatemala have all established their embassies here.

Brief History

The City occupies most of the San Bernardino Valley. The indigenous tribespeople initially referred the area to as ‘The Valley of the Cupped Hand of God.’

The earliest known inhabitants of San Bernardino were the Serrano Indians which is Spanish for ‘people of the mountains.’ They mostly spent their winters in the valley since 1000 B.C.

Their shelters were small brush covered structures. The Spanish visited the area when approximately 1500 Serranos were in the area. They had villages whereby they lived in 10-30 structures that the Spanish named Rancherias.

The city of San Bernardino one of the oldest communities in the state of California, in its present-day location, was not broadly settled until 1851 after California became a state.

In 1860 a gold rush began in the mountains nearby with the discovery of gold by William F. Holcomb in Holcomb Valley early 1860. This led to the area opening up further.

The city subsequently opened up with the opening of a military base and many more areas.

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San Bernardino features a hot-summer Mediterranean climate (Csa in the Koeppen climate classification) with mild winters and hot, dry summers. Relative to other areas in Southern California, winters are colder, with frost and with chilly to cold morning temperatures common.


The composition of San Bernardino was 95,734 (45.6%) White, (19.0% Non-Hispanic White), 31,582 (15.0%) African American, 2,822 (1.3%) Native American, 8,454 (4.0%) Asian, 839 (0.4%) Pacific Islander, 59,827 (28.5%) from other races, and 10,666 (5.1%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 125,994 persons (60.0%).


The government, service industries, and retail are the primary stakeholders of the economy in San Bernardino. The top employers in the area include the California State University, Caltrans District 8, city’s government, hospitals, schools and many more industries.

The city is ideally located near the Cajon and San Gorgonio passes. This is an intermodal logistics hub that is the main center.

The city hosts the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway’s intermodal freight transport yard. In addition to this, it has the Yellow Freight Systems’ cross-docking trucking center which is also essential to the town. The Pacific Motor Trucking is also an important area.

Large warehouses for Kohl’s, Mattel, Pep Boys, and Stater Bros. have been developed near the San Bernardino International Airport to deal with the various cargo that comes in and out of the city.

Over the last few years, the city’s riverfront district along Hospitality Lane has been the attraction of the regional economic development. Apart from the historic downtown area of the city, it hosts a full complement of office buildings, large box retailers, restaurants, and hotels which are located on the Santa Ana River.

In 1994, the Norton Air Force Base was shut down, and this had a significant impact on the city’s economic state. It led to the loss of 10,000 civilian and military jobs. The economy was sent into a downturn. However, this has been offset by the recent development of the intermodal shipping industry. has established a brand new 950,000 square foot fulfillment warehouse on the southern side of the airport. It opened in the fall of 2012 and has since employed close to 1,000 workers. This makes it one of the city’s largest employers.

City’s Attractions

California State University, San Bernardino is located in the northwestern part of the city. The university also hosts the Coussoulis Arena.

Other attractions in San Bernardino include ASU Fox Theatre, the McDonald’s Museum, which is located on the original site of the world’s first McDonald’s, California Theatre, the San Bernardino Mountains, and San Manuel Amphitheater, the largest outdoor amphitheater in the United States.

San Bernardino is home to the historic Arrowhead Springs Hotel and Spa. It is located in the Arrowhead Springs neighborhood. The area consists of 1,916 acres (7.75 km2) directly beneath the Arrowhead geological monument that presides over the San Bernardino Valley. The resort contains hot springs, in addition to mineral baths and steam caves located deep underground.

In addition, the city is home to the Inland Empire 66ers baseball team. They play their home games at San Manuel Stadium in downtown San Bernardino.


The area is accessible by roads, railways and the San Bernardino International Airport which is physically located within the city.

Did You Know?

In August 2012, San Bernardino became the largest city to choose to file for protection under Chapter 9 of the U.S. Bankruptcy code. However, this has since been superseded by Detroit’s filing in July 2013.