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Overview

Introduction to Big Bear Lake, California

Big Bear Lake, California, in San Bernardino county, is 20 miles NE of Redlands, California and 34 miles NE of Riverside, California

Big Bear Lake History

The city of Big Bear Lake was originally inhabited by the Serrano Native Americans. The city is named because grizzly bears populated the area until the latter half of the 19th century. The area witnessed a huge development during the Southern California Gold Rush between 1861 and 1912. The city was officially incorporated on November 28, 1980.

Big Bear Lake and nearby Attractions

  • Magic Mountain Recreation Area
  • San Bernardino National Forest
  • Yucaipa Regional Park
  • Kimberly Crest House and Gardens
  • Historical Glass Museum
  • Asistencia

Things To Do In Big Bear Lake

The Kimberly Crest House and Gardens is a French chateau style home built in 1897. The Big Bear Lake provides opportunities for fishing in the summer months and snowboarding and skiing during the winter. Besides, the area celebrates the Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest every year.

Big Bear Lake Transportation

San Bernardino International Airport is nearby.

Big Bear Lake Higher Education

The University of Redlands, Crafton Hills College and San Bernardino Valley College are the nearest colleges and universities.

People

Total Population 5,145
Male Share of the Population 45.9%
Female Share of the Population 54.1%
Senior Citizens 21.8%
Employed Population 16+ 1,945
Age of the Population 47

Families

% of people married 50.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $50,516
% Above Poverty Level 81.2%
% Below Poverty Level 18.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 7.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 36.4%
Median Gross Rent $902
Median House Value $368,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 32.4%
US/American 0.2%
English 13.3%
Irish 14.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Big Bear Lake Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 20 miles NE of Redlands, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 34 miles NE of Riverside, California
County San Bernardino
Standard Zip Codes 92315
Phone Area Codes 909
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.243
Longitude -116.91

Big Bear Lake Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station BIG BEAR LAKE
Distance 1.6 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 47 F
Apr Temp 28 to 58 F
Jul Temp 47 to 81 F
Oct Temp 32 to 64 F
Annual Precip 21.1 inches
Station SAN BERNARDINO F S 226
Distance 20.9 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 67 F
Apr Temp 49 to 77 F
Jul Temp 63 to 96 F
Oct Temp 54 to 83 F
Annual Precip 16.4 inches
Station VICTORVILLE PUMP PLANT
Distance 29.9 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 60 F
Apr Temp 42 to 75 F
Jul Temp 61 to 99 F
Oct Temp 45 to 81 F
Annual Precip 6.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Big Bear Lake, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Big Bear (92315)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Banning 30,515 $47,191
Beaumont 40,899 $71,496
Calimesa 8,269 $66,936
Highland 54,314 $57,385
Redlands 70,186 $83,333
Yucaipa 52,739 $68,121

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Big Bear Lake Hospitals

BEAR VALLEY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
41870 GARSTIN DR
(909) 866-6501
Emergency Service: Yes

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Big Bear Lake High Schools

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BIG BEAR HIGH
351 MAPLE LANE
909-585-6892
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 945 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.1

CHARTER SCHOOL OF BIG BEAR VALLEY
40827 STONE RD
A Charter School.
Serves 155 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.8

CHAUTAUQUA HIGH (CONT.)
525 MAPLE LANE
909-585-2521
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 119 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.8

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