Moving to San Bernardino, CA

San Bernardino is a city in Southern California, 60 miles east of Los Angeles. It is the seat of San Bernardino County government and occupies 59 square miles of the Riverside-San Bernardino metropolitan area. The most recent population estimate (2015) pegs the city’s population at 216,108.

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San Bernardino History

The recorded history of San Bernardino begins with Spanish missionaries who came to the region in the late 1700s and early 1800s to convert the indigenous tribes.  It is believed that Father Francisco Dumetz, a Franciscan priest, christened the area on the feast of San Bernardino.

San Bernardino Weather

San Bernardino is known for pleasant, comfortable climate, with lots of sunshine, little precipitation, and low relative humidity. Summer gets quite warm, with average high temperatures during July in the mid-90s. The average lows in January are well above freezing; snow and ice are nothing more than rumors. 

San Bernardino Transportation

San Bernardino serves travelers and commuters with a well-developed transportation grid of roads, railways, and airlines. The average commute takes 27 minutes. Highways include three interstate routes (I -15, I-215, I-10) and three state roads (210, 259, and 66). MetroLink and Amtrak operate passenger rail service; primary air hubs are San Bernardino International Airport (SBD), Ontario California International (ONT), and Riverside Municipal Airport (KRAL). 

Cost of Living in San Bernardino

In California, San Bernardino is one of the more affordable places to live, just slightly more expensive than the average for U.S. cities. The biggest reason: housing costs are about 10 percent below national averages (This may owe to the fact that the crime rate is considered extremely high compared to rates for California and for the U.S.). How far will your dollar go in San Bernardino? Use the resources below to find out.

San Bernardino Schools

The San Bernardino City Unified School District maintains an extensive system of schools for K through 12 education as well as pre-school, adult, and alternative programs. The Diocese of San Bernardino operates Catholic schools throughout the county, including Aquinas High School in the city. Higher education is plentiful—86 colleges are located within 50 miles, two of them in San Bernardino: California State University and The Art Institute of California Inland Empire. 

San Bernardino Hospitals

You’ll find three hospitals in San Bernardino and no fewer than 30 hospitals within 30 miles of the city.  The Community Hospital of San Bernardino is a 343-bed facility located within the city. Regionally, the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles is recognized as a leader; it is ranked nationally in 15 adult specialties and 10 pediatric specialties.  

San Bernardino Real Estate

If you are looking to live in San Bernardino, you will find property values and rents considerably below those in most California locales. The median value of owner-occupied housing units is $159.8K (2010 to 2014) and selected monthly owner costs with a mortgage are $1,373. The median gross rent is $937.  

San Bernardino Hotels

As with most cities, you’ll find hotels along the interstates and a range of choices with varying amenities. For economy, the Orange Show Inn is a popular choice. It offers no-frills rooms and free breakfast and free Wi-Fi. There are several three-star choices ranging in price from about $100 to $150, including the upscale Hilton Garden Inn, a modern suburban lodge close to the airport and within walking distance of the San Bernardino Public Golf Course.  

San Bernardino Restaurants

If your inner carnivore needs red meat, dive into the Cowboy Bone-In Ribeye at The Castaway (they also have a Sunday Champagne Brunch worthy of your best appetite). Tony’s Mexican Food delivers on a promise of humble yet delicious fare, consistently earning high praise from diners. If you’re craving Italian, you’ll like Alfredo’s Pizza & Pasta, a family favorite for nearly 40 years. Be sure to sample their homemade bread.  

Things to Do in San Bernardino

Put a trip to the San Bernardino National Forest at the top of your to-do list. It’s an outdoor recreation paradise as well as an enchanting day trip for simply motoring through the mountains. A major point of interest: Deep Creek Hot Springs along the Pacific Crest Trail. San Bernardino is also home to the original McDonald’s restaurant, immortalized with a museum that shows a wonderful collection of promotional memorabilia. Located in the restored 1918 Santa Fe Depot, the San Bernardino History and Railway Museum offers a worthwhile family outing with free admission and tours.