Best Places to Live

San Bernardino, CA

Population: 219
LIV
SCORE
505
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San Bernardino’s history has shaped its cultural diversity today, with Native Americans, Mexican settlers, Spanish missionaries and Mormon migration all playing roles. An ideal base camp for weekend warriors, mountains, skiing, deserts and beaches are all within a one-hour radius of San Bernardino. The city earned major props in the housing category as the city is among California’s most affordable.

Local Obsession: Minor League Baseball's Inland Empire 66ers, who play at San Manuel Stadium.

Climate Described in 6 Words Or Less: 90-degree summer days, cool winters

Top Industries and Employers: Retail trade and healthcare are the top industries. Some large employers include Community Hospital of San Bernardino, BNSF Railways and California State University.

Local Dream Job: Curator at the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum, which is well known for its ancient Egyptian relics.

Quintessential Meal: San Bernardino has an abundance of chain restaurants. Break the chain, though, and head to Alice's Restaurant for one of its famous brunches. 

Favorite Weekend Activity: Daytripping to Big Bear Lake to ski in the winter or enjoying water sports like paddleboarding and kayaking in the summer.

After-Work Meetup Spot: Unwind in Blair Park, with a walk along the fitness trail.

Best Brewery/Local Beer: Brew Rebellion, which doesn’t just brew great beers but also hosts fun events like comedy shows and a “prom re-do.”

Free Way to Have Fun: Head to Kelso Dunes, hike up to the top and listen to the shifting sand “sing.” When you slide down the dunes, the sand shifts and you can hear a rumbling noise.

Truly Hidden Gem: Deep Creek Hot Springs, natural hot springs hidden in the northern Mojave desert.

- Brittany Anas

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"My favorite thing about living in San Bernardino is how close everything is. Everything from the beach to the mountains to lakes and big cities and even Disneyland are within an hour drive."

Christa Swenson
Resident

San Bernardino, CA Ranking Data

Civic
8
Demographics
65
Economy
53
Education
44
Health
58
Housing
69
Infrastructure
59