San Bernardino is located in San Bernardino County and is part of the Riverside-San Bernardino metropolitan area, often referred to as the "Inland Empire". San Bernardino is the county seat and is located approximately 55 miles east of Los Angeles. The city is the 17th largest in California and the 99th largest in the United States, with a population of just under 210,000. San Bernardino covers 81 square miles of land and occupies a large portion of the San Bernardino Valley.
San Bernardino was founded in 1810 and is one of the oldest communities in California. In 1857 the city was officially incorporated and became known as a trading hub. In the early 1980s the city won the All-American City Award, but has since fallen into general decline from which it is just now beginning to recover. It is currently the poorest city in California for a municipality of its size and the second poorest in the country, just after Detroit, Michigan.
Homes for Sale in San Bernardino
The Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino provides affordable housing to residents of the county. They have several programs in place including the Homeownership Assistance Program, funding for new construction, acquisition and rehabilitation of affordable housing, and green housing initiatives.
In addition, the Neighborhood Housing Services of the Inland Empire provides access to homeownership opportunities to first time home buyers and gives assistance to residents in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties to maintain their homes and property values.
San Bernardino Neighborhoods and Districts
Many distinct neighborhoods exist within the city of San Bernardino, but they are not commonly named. Some names are derived from areas that existed before annexation while others were created for housing developments. The neighborhoods in San Bernardino include:
North Loma Linda
Mountain View Acres
Rialto Bench or "The Bench"
In addition to these neighborhoods, there are three unincorporated communities that are considered part of the city. These areas are typically affluent and include:
University Heights (Kendall Farm) and University Hills
San Bernardino is also divided into many districts. These include:
Hospitality Lane (business district)
Downtown (includes shopping and government buildings)
University District (area around California State University)
Cajon Pass (light-industrial area)
San Bernardino International Gateway (includes the San Bernardino International Airport and the Alliance California Logistics campus)
Burlington Northern Santa Fe (rail hub)
Historic District (area around 1918 Santa Fe Depot)
San Bernardino Employment Opportunities
Of the employment opportunities available in San Bernardino, the following companies represent the top in terms of numbers of employees:
There are many cultural activities in San Bernardino including museums, festivals, entertainment venues, sports facilities and tourist attractions. Here is a look at some of what San Bernardino has to offer:
The major freeways and highways that serve San Bernardino are I-10, I-215, SR 18, SR 66, SR 210, SR 259, and SR 330.
Passenger train service is supplied by Amtrak's Southwest Chief which runs from Los Angeles to Chicago. The train stops once a day at the San Bernardino station. Metrolink also services the area. Lines include the Inland Empire-Orange County Line and the San Bernardino Line.
Omnitrans Bus Service is the public transit agency that services San Bernardino. Plans are underway for a new rapid transit service called sbX that will commence in 2012 with ridership slated to begin in 2014. Greyhound provides intercity bus travel. Dial-a-Ride bus service to Big Bear Valley, Running Springs, Lake Arrowhead, Crestline and Off the Mountain is provided by the Mountain Area Regional Transit Authority (MARTA).
San Bernardino International Airport is located within the city but provides limited passenger service, although plans are underway for a new Passenger Terminal Facility. The nearest airport that provides passenger flights is LA/Ontario International Airport, located 22 miles from San Bernardino. Residents can also fly from John Wayne Airport, located 54 miles from San Bernardino, or Palm Springs International Airport, located 58 miles from San Bernardino.
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