Ask locals what they think makes this California town the best place to live, and they are likely to say, “Victorville is a great place to raise kids!” With a steady economy and high scores in the categories of health and demographics, there’s no question — Victorville belongs on the list of 100 Best Places to Live.
Along with being family-oriented, you might recognize this California city from its role in some major blockbusters. It has served as the location for the filming of several famous movies including Lethal Weapon, From Dusk till Dawn and The Fast and the Furious. Those looking for a small town where big dreams come true will love living here.
Local Obsession: Route 66. The famous Highway once ran through this small town. Now they have a museum dedicated to it.
Climate Described in 6 Words Or Less: High and dry with mild seasons.
Top Industries and Employers: Victorville’s top industries are retail and trade, education and healthcare. The top employers are Southern California Logistics Airport, Victor Valley College and Desert Valley Hospital.
Local Dream Job: Ranger at Mojave Narrows Regional Park (AKA heaven on earth!)
Quintessential Meal: Authentic Mexican Grill is the way to go in this small town. Head to Pancho Villa’s Mexican Grill & Entertainment to experience incredible fajitas and the best mariachi band.
Favorite Weekend Activity: Exploring the eateries on Restaurant Row.
After-Work Meetup Spot: D’vine Wine Bar features a thoughtfully curated wine list, live music and tasty bites.
Best Brewery/Local Beer: Desert Barn Brewery is family-owned and offers a menu of uniquely named, handcrafted beers (try the Mojave Mud IPA).
Beloved Bookstore: RAMS Bookstore carries a variety of books and apparel.
Free Way to Have Fun: The city of Victorville hosts a wide array of free events throughout the year. The Fall Festival is held the first weekend of October and draws up to 30,000 people. This is a must-attend event.
Truly Hidden Gem: Easy to drive by without noticing it, the Santa Fe Trading Company is in the old town area. The shop has a large variety of unique items including jewelry and artwork made by local artisans. This gem truly highlights the area’s talent. Don’t forget to head out to the back patio where you’ll find a hidden oasis with fountains and lush greenery.
- Annette Benedetti