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6 Reasons to Move to San Bernardino, CA

Moving to San Bernardino

1. Geography

San Bernardino, located in the "Inland Empire" (the Riverside-San Bernardino metropolitan area) has an elevation of 1,049 feet above sea level, and a total area of 59.6 square miles, of which 59.2 square miles is land and 0.4 square miles (0.74%,) is water.

The city, which serves as the county seat of San Bernardino County, lies 60 miles east of Los Angeles, 120 miles northeast of metropolitan San Diego, and 55 miles northwest of Palm Springs.

Part of the natural geographical features of this area include: San Bernardino Mountains, the San Bernardino National Forest, Perris Hill, Kendall Hill, and Little Mountain.

Both, San Bernardino Downtown and a large area of the city, are situated on top of the Bunker Hill Groundwater Basin, which consists of the alluvial materials that underlie the San Bernardino Valley.

Santa Ana River rises in the San Bernardino Mountains and runs through the communities of San Bernardino and Riverside. Numerous streams of water such as City Creek, Lytle Creek, San Timoteo Creek, Twin Creek, and Warm Creek feed the Santa Ana River.

Large geographical dividers for the city include: Interstate 215 (the major east-west divider) and State Route 210 (the major north-south divider).

1.a Climate 

San Bernardino experiences a hot-summer Mediterranean climate; winters are mild but much colder than other areas in Southern California. During this time, snow flurries occur occasionally in the community, and heavy snow falls at times in the city's northernmost neighborhood of Arrowhead Springs.

The July high is around 96 degrees while the January low is 42.

In 1971, the highest recorded summer temperature was 117 °F.

The Santa Ana winds, that channels through nearby Cajon Pass during the fall, are particularly warm and dry in this area.

The city gets an average of 16 inches of rain, hail or light snow showers per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is usually 41.

You will enjoy at least 280 sunny days per year, if you are moving to San Bernardino, California. 

2. Economy

Large employment sectors in San Bernardino include: Government, retail, and service industries.

In the past, Government was the largest and the fastest-growing employment segment, followed by retail and education. 

The city became an intermodal logistics hub, due to its proximity to the Cajon and San Gorgonio passes, as well as the nearby junctions of the I-10, I-215, and SR-210 freeways.

Today, the regional economic development is situated around the Santa Ana River which is home to hotels, restaurants, office buildings and big-box retails.

Top employers in the city are:

California State University, San Bernardino, Caltrans District, City of San Bernardino, Community Hospital of San Bernardino, San Bernardino City Unified School District, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Stater Bros. Markets, St. Bernardine Medical Center, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Omnitrans, San Bernardino County Public Works, and San Bernardino Valley College.

3. Education

The San Bernardino Unified School District operates the majority of schools in the city. SBUSD has elementary, intermediate, and high schools that have been named California Distinguished Schools.

Rim of the World, Redlands and Rialto Unified School Districts also serve the community.

San Bernardino has a large number of private schools from kindergarten to high school, and it is home to multiple colleges and universities, including: San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC), California State University, San Bernardino, National University, San Bernardino, ITT Technical Institute, The Art Institute of California - Inland Empire, Argosy University-Inland Empire, Everest College, American Sports University, Inland Empire Job Corps Center, UEI College and Summit College.

3.a Library

The San Bernardino Public Library operates a network of 32 branch libraries in the county. The Library Administration is located at 77 east Rialto Ave. in San Bernardino.

The Public Library offers Wi-Fi connection at most of its branches, as well as computers, ebooks, online databases, digital collections for kids and teens, Spanish and other foreign language collections, access to digital magazines for free, literacy collections, large print books, microforms, travel guides and maps, a variety of courses and events at all branches, and much more.

4. Government

San Bernardino's charter provides for a councilor-manager form of government, and it consists of seven members who are elected directly by the residents. The City Council adopts city-wide priorities and policies which the City Manager is expected to implement. The Council approves the budget, acts as a board of appeals and adopts ordinances and resolutions in order to achieve efficient governmental operations.

The City Council also appoints the City Attorney, and the City Clerk, as well as the members of the City's advisory boards, commissions and committees.

Moving to San Bernardino CA

5. Infrastructure

5.a Transportation

The City of San Bernardino is not only a major transportation link between the east and the west coasts, but also the link to national markets, Mexico, and the Pacific Rim. All this is possible due to the transportation facilities in the community and nearby locations, including: rail, freeway, International Airports and the Port of Los Angeles located within an hour’s drive.

Commuting from San Bernardino to major centers of employment, such as downtown Los Angeles and Orange County, is easier and faster aboard the Metrolink commuter rail service, which is available at the Santa Fe train station. A new light rail program is in development to extend service through San Bernardino to the city of Redlands.

Currently, a new Transit Center offers connections to transcontinental buses, and facilitate access to more than ten cities in two counties.

Omnitrans and MARTA provide bus service to residents of the San Bernardino area.

Omnitrans offers a shuttle service for the disabled and elderly, while MARTA provides a connection between downtown and the mountain communities.

Major highways serving the City of San Bernardino include: State Route 206, State Route 66, State Route 18, and State Route 259, which is the freeway connector between State Route 210 and I-215.

5.b Utilities

  • Electricity Southern California Edison (800) 655-4555
  • Gas Southern California Gas (800) 427-2200
  • Refuse Burrtec Waste Industries (909) 804-4222
  • Water  City of San Bernardino Water Department (909) 384-5141
  • East Valley Water District (909) 889-9501

Cable TV, Telephone, Internet:                         

AT&T (800) 288-2020

Charter Communications (866) 499-8080

Time Warner Cable (888) 892-2253

Frontier Communications (844) 387-8989

6. Points of Interest

San Bernardino has a wide variety of recreational and entertainment attractions, including public and private golf courses, beautiful mountains, beaches, deserts, resorts, shopping centers, and world-class cultural and sporting events. The city offers a wide variety of activities for residents and visitors of all ages.

There are 44 parks, several community centers, 31 playground areas and more than 3 miles of walking track for recreational activities within the city.

Perris Hill Park is the largest facility and it features: the Roosevelt Bowl, Fiscalini Field, multiple tennis courts, hiking trails, a Y.M.C.A., a senior center, a shooting range and a pool.

The Glen Helen Regional Park, operated by the County of San Bernardino, is located in the northernmost part of the city and it features: dual water slides, zero depth water play park, two lakes for fishing, a swim complex with pool, sandy area, large group shelter picnic areas for up to 300 persons - ideal for a variety of events.

The Blair Park has several hiking trails on Shandin Hills (known as Little Mountain), as well as a skate park.

Arts and theatre programs and facilities include:

  • California Theatre of the Performing Arts.
  • CSUSB Theatre Department.
  • Junior University Musical Theatre.
  • Sinfonia Mexicana.
  • Sturges Center for the Fine Arts.
  • Symphony Orchestra.
  • Theatrical Arts International.

Sports venues:

The city is home to the Inland Empire 66ers baseball club of the California League. The headquarters of the Little League Western Region Headquarters are located in the community as well. Each year, the city hosts the much anticipated regional playoffs.

The San Bernardino Soccer Complex is one of the few premier soccer facilities in Southern California.

Every Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., takes place the San Bernardino Downtown Farmshare which operates all year round at Court Street Square.

Don't forget to visit the San Bernardino Farmers Fair and Market when you move to the city. It is open on Mondays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Perris Hill Park.

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