San Bernardino

Population: 214,581Median home value: $176,800 57 Ranks better than 11% of areas
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A+ San Bernardino Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D San Bernardino Cost of Living Cost of living is 22% lower than California
San Bernardino
1077% more expensive than the US average
California
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
San Bernardino cost of living
F San Bernardino Crime Total crime is 75% higher than California
Total crime
5,15988% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2088% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-15%Year over year crime is down
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F San Bernardino Employment Household income is 40% lower than California
Median household income
$38,45630% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$14,92250% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
8%71% higher than the US average
San Bernardino employment
D San Bernardino Housing Home value is 57% lower than California
Median home value
$176,8004% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$947equal to the US average
Home ownership
47%27% lower than the US average
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F San Bernardino Schools HS graduation rate is 20% lower than California
High school grad. rates
64%23% lower than the US average
School test scores
20%58% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:130% higher than the US average
San Bernardino K-12 schools or San Bernardino colleges

Living in San Bernardino, CA

San Bernardino is a big city located in the state of California. The city has a population of 214,581 residents. With a population density of 3,488 people per square mile, San Bernardino is well above the nation's average density level. More than a quarter of the residents of San Bernardino identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 45% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. The median age of all San Bernardino residents is 29, which is well below the national average. This is a good indication that this city could be ideal for young singles.

If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very discouraging task. However, it could also be a fulfilling experience if you are willing to get to know the area before actually living in San Bernardino, California. The best areas in San Bernardino and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, crime, cost of living, weather, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the California and national averages.

Using data and statistics San Bernardino has received a livability score of 57/100. This score is ranked in the 11th percentile when compared to all other cities. This is a lower than the US average livability score as San Bernardino does not rank well for most categories. There are seven total categories that create the livability score. San Bernardino ranks well for amenities (A+) and weather (A+). Regrettably for San Bernardino, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: crime (F), cost of living (D), education (F), employment (F) and housing (D).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy San Bernardino on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Here are some of the more popular things to do in San Bernardino: San Bernardino National Forest, Original McDonald's Site and Museum, and Santa Ana River Trail.

Assuming that San Bernardino meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in San Bernardino. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in San Bernardino are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in San Bernardino come in at $176,800, which is 56.8% lower than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In San Bernardino, the home price to income ratio is 4.6, which is 28.1% lower than the California average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in San Bernardino will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In San Bernardino, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 9%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 13.4%.

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Compare San Bernardino, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around San Bernardino, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Sycamore Canyon Park, Riverside8311.9244
Hawarden Hills, Riverside7813.12,610
Victoria, Riverside7412.19,762
Nena, San Bernardino733.42,759
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Rancho West, San Bernardino713.410,024
Canyon Crest, Riverside7011.716,329
University, Riverside699.218,761
Hudson, San Bernardino694.22,974

Best Cities Near San Bernardino, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Newport Beach, CA8349.986,813
Laguna Woods, CA8342.616,347
Irvine, CA8240.6246,992
Aliso Viejo, CA8244.450,219
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA8237.449,038
Yorba Linda, CA8033.667,362
North Tustin, CA8037.426,208
Las Flores, CA78415,671

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Stinky dirty sad

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I went to take a family member ther .it stank like cat piss .it was dirty .and mostly black employee s.very getto. Sad California has become socailist.more and more.sad
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Dangerous, Cheap, Frustruating

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I moved to San Bernardino for 3 years when my wife was finishing college, because of our tight budget we had to stay in this city and I can say i have experienced more living in San Bernardino than 23 years living in the suburbs and college towns. This experience has been one of the most difficult experiences in my life. For those who have to or want to move to San Bernardino let me give you the facts about what you need to know. The Bad: The main problem with this city is the large amount of crime, the apathetic police, aggressive homeless, shopping, and the character/manners of the a large majority of residents. There is so many homicides, robberies, and in between with how small the police force of around 200 officers that the chance of being arrested is so low because there are too many criminals in one place committing crimes all throughout the day and a huge amount of petty crimes of shoplifting like i had never seen before in my life. The same and some new shop lifters just keep coming in every week and we can't do anything to h ave them arrested or keep track of all of their faces, most went unreported since the police are always to busy to help and even after a coworker of mine was assaulted by a customer the police never showed up when called. The police sometimes show up but its hours after an event occurs. The natives to San Bernardino, and those who grew up in a similar environment are apathetic to most of it, what i saw in this city would be intolerable anywhere else in America and would be crushed immediately. I learned that i can never be apathetic to what happens in this city, that you have to have grown up in a war zone like this to accept it. The last main issue with this city is the homeless unlike other cities in America are very aggressive, and are hard to differ from someone who might pull a gun on you because of how similar they look. You will be at the drive thru, the grocery store parking lot, the park, anywhere in this city they will be and are encamped at the public parks around the city. It's one thing to politely ask for help or money but when you demanding for change and popping out of the shadows in the parking lot at night it needs to stop. When it comes to shopping there is very little which is centered around a swap meets, fast food, and discount stores. For those who enjoy dinning for more than $10 there is very little in the city since the majority of the city prefer cheap eats and left the midrange-upsale restaurants to close, this does not mean there is not good food if you know where to look. The Good:The only great thing in San Bernardino is, some of the great family owned restaurants in the town such as Rosia Maria's, Don Roman, Surfer Joes, Guang Lin American and Asian Fusion Cafe, Tempe House Spicy Food, Phil's Charbroiled Burgers, and Jose's Mexican Food. There are livable portions of San Bernardino which do have its difficulties but are much safer parts such as everything west of Waterman and North of Parkdale has the least amount of crime of the whole city and prices jump to around $1,100 in rent and up to $450,000 for the cost of a home. The other section of San Bernardino which is very affordable with home prices around $140,000 - $160,000 and has a lower crime rate (than most of the city but not as low as the upper northern part) is north of Baseline and west of the 215 on the west corner of San Bernardino, the very last section of town i would recommend if you had to live in this city is south of the 10 which borders Loma Linda, its almost a secluded part of town next to a lot of chain restrains found on hospitality lane which is a pretty safe part of town.
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PEOPLE CRYIING OUT

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AS I HAVE HONESTLY WRITTEN BEFORE HERE I FEEL IT JUST AS IMPORTANT TO WRITE AGAIN. THIS TIME TO MAKE INTENTIONAL AND PROPER NOTE THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THIS TOWN CITY AS RESIDENTS ARE CRYING OUT. CRYING OUT FOR HELP AND RELIEF FROM THE PEOPLE WHO RUN THIS TOWN. RELIEF FROM THEIR UNFAIR AND UNJUST PRACTICES IN CORRUPTION WHILE LAYING DOWN ORDER THROUGH OPPRESSIVE UNCONSTITUTIONAL TECHNIQUES IN VIOLATION OF THEIR VERY RIGHTS AS CITIZENS AND RESIDENTS OF THIS COUNTRY. THE PEOPLE NEED A REAL CITY COUNCIL AND MAYOR AS WELL AS ALL SUPPORT STAFF AND INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR WELL BEING BY INSTITUTING PROGRAMS FOR THEIR BENEFIT AND PROMOTING A PROPER ECONOMY. ALL THE PEOPLE THAT RUN THIS TOWN ARE AND WERE CONCERNED ABOUT BEFORE WHILE FILING AND TRYING TO COMPLETE THE BANKRUPTCY PROCESS WAS THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES. HERE THEY KNOW AND WAIT FOR THE FEDERAL ASSISTANCE TO BEGIN AGAIN SO THAT THEY, AND MANY OF THE SAME PEOPLE WITHIN THE COUNCIL ITSELF, CAN BEGIN THEIR CORRUPT AND CROOKED PRACTICES AGAIN. THE PEOPLE AND RESIDENTS OF SAN BERNARDINO ARE CRYING OUT FOR SOME SORT OF FEDERAL RELIEF AND ASSISTANCE FROM THE SAME PEOPLE WHO HAVE SELF INSTALLED THEMSELVES AS SUPREME RULERS HERE IN SAN BERNARDINO. THE PEOPLE ARE CRYING OUT AND ASKING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO BOOT THEM FROM THEIR PERCHES AND OVERSEE A PROPER AND RIGHTEOUS ELECTION OF PEOPLE WHO WILL REALLY AND TRULY MAKE THIS CITY ALL IT CAN BE. THE PEOPLE NEED REAL LEADERS HERE THAT CARE ABOUT THE HOMELESS AND EVERYBODY ELSE NOT LIKE THE INDIVIDUALS NOW WHO DRIVE DOWN THE STREET COMMENTING ON AND RIDICULING MAKING FUN OF THE VERY PEOPLE THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE LOOKING OUT FOR AND MANAGING THEIR WELFARE PROMOTING THEM NOT REDUCING THEIR LIVES TO THE ASHES THEY HAVE CREATED. I PRAY OUR NEW PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP WILL PERSONALLY OVERSEE THIS TRANSITION FROM THE SAME STALE UNRIGHTEOUS PEOPLE WHO COULDN'T CARE LESS ABOUT THE WELFARE OF THE RESIDENTS ANY MORE THAN THEIR DECEASED AND DYING PLANTS OUT BACK IN THE REAR OF THEIR HOUSES MOST OF THEM PERCHED UPON THE HILLTOPS IN UPPER CLASS NEIGHBORHOODS OVERLOOKING THE HORRORS THEY HAVE CREATED.
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CORRUPT AND UNFAIR

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EVERYBODY SEEMS TO WRITE ABOUT AND PUT OPINION TO SAN BERNARDINO, CA. BUT THEY ALWAYS FORGET TO COMMENT ON THOSE THAT ACTUALLY RUN THIS HORRIBLE TOWN. SINCE THE YEAR 2000 THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL WERE LYING TO THE PEOPLE ABOUT THE BUDGET AND OUTWARDLY HAVE ADMITTED IT WHILE MISAPPROPRIATING FUNDS HAVING BEING CITED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. ALL THE WHILE AS THEY ALWAYS HAVE DONE VIOLATING PEOPLE'S RIGHTS, JAILING THEM, AND UNFAIRLY PROSECUTING THEM WITH INCREASED AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL BAILS. THIS CITY IS FAIRLY KNOWN FOR ITS CORRUPTION ALL THROUGHOUT THE RANKS FROM THE MAYOR ON DOWN AND ITS ONGOING AND INTENTIONAL OPPRESSING OF ITS PEOPLE AND RESIDENTS. MANY WONDER WHY THE CONDITIONS ARE SO BAD. THERE IS A VERY SIMPLE ANSWER TO IT. IT IS BECAUSE OF THE PEOPLE WHO RUN THE TOWN WHO ARE MORE CONCERNED WITH POCKETING AND STEALING, OPPRESSING THE PEOPLE HARSHLY THAN PROMOTING THEM TO ACCOMPLISHMENT. THIS HORRIBLE CITY IS A VERY DIRECT CONSEQUENCE OF THE NAMES OF PEOPLE WHO RUN IT INTO THE GROUND EVERY DAY EVEN NOW AFTER BANKRUPTCY APRIL, 2017. IF THEY ASK THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR FUNDING THEY SHOULD BE TURNED DOWN AS THE SAME THE PEOPLE WHO CLAIMED SUITS TO THE CITY WERE CONSTANTLY SENT BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN COUNTY AND CITY BEING TOLD THIS IS NOT OUR JURISDICTION. IF ANY MONEY AT ALL IS TO BE GRANTED IT SHOULD BE DONE THROUGH AN INDEPENDENT FEDERALLY CREATED ENTITY THAT WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR PROPER MANAGEMENT. BECAUSE THESE HORRIBLE LYING CROOKED INDIVIDUALS WHO RUN THIS TOWN WILL REPEAT THEIR INIQUITIES OVER AND OVER AGAIN. THE WHOLE CITY COUNCIL THAT REMAINS THE SAME AS OF A DECADE AGO OR MORE SHOULD BE FIRED AS WELL AS THE NEW MORMON MAYOR INSTALLED WITH NEWLY ELECTED PEOPLE OVERSEEN BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
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Abject poverty abounds

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I teach a CNA class in San Bernardino at the borderline of Colton. I did however have a brief stay in SB back in 2007 during the recession. I stayed with a friend who was a home owner and will always be grateful for her help. However my children and I were exposed to abject poverty at its worse. Prostitution, drug addiction, and homeless people abound. This city is the forgotten city. No one should even entertain the idea of purchasing a home here. You get what you pay for. I live in Claremont.
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San Bernardino - A Hip, But Unsafe City

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When I worked in California, San Bernardino was a fun place to visit for trendy nightclubs with my co-workers. Overall, it does have fun shopping areas and a unique, "hip" culture. However, I would not recommend living in the city itself or raising a family there since San Bernardino has long battled high crime rates.

To speak a little bit more about the crime, San Bernardino is a major drug trafficking city. It is a major exporter of pot, cocaine, and other "hard" drugs. I have heard that many of the police officers don't even live in San Bernardino. If the police are staying away, the people that are supposed to protect the city of San Bernardino, then I think that speaks for itself.

The city does have some great Universities, and to its credit, is located near Orange County, a very wealthy county of California. The American Sports University and California State University, San Bernardino, are located within the city which brings some positive energy into the city. As far as diversity goes, the city is dominated by Latinos and Mexicans. It is a rather low-income city, which is strange considering its proximity to Orange County. Overall, I would recommend San Bernardino for its Latino culture and nightlife, but would advise to stay away for living purposes. As the saying goes, San Bernardino is a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there!
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Source: The San Bernardino, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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