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Overview

Introduction to Colton, California

Colton, California, in San Bernardino county, is 2 miles SW of San Bernardino, California (center to center) and 9 miles NE of Riverside, California. The city is in the Riverside - San Bernardino area.

Colton History

The city's history dates back to the 1770s when the explorations from Mexico brought Europeans to this area. Prior to this, Colton was inhabited by the Gua-chama, Seranno and San Gorgonio Native Americans. Agua Mansa, or "Gentle Waters," is the southwest section of Colton where the New Mexico Pioneers settled in 1842. Colton Crossing is one of the busiest railroad crossings of the United States. It is the junction of the main transcontinental trunk lines of Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe. It was built around 1875, the same year as the official foundation of Colton. The city was incorporated in 1887.

Colton and nearby Attractions

  • Colton Area Museum
  • Colton Recreation Lake
  • Montecito Memorial Park
  • Plaza las Flores Shopping Center
  • Living Springs Fellowship Church
  • Colton Plunge Park

Things To Do In Colton

Colton is an ideal location for visitors to make trips to the deserts, mountains or beaches of California. The city boasts of a rich history which is reflected in the historic homes, the beautifully restored Andrew Carnegie Library Building, the museum, the city hall and the numerous churches. There are a number of amusement parks that offer recreational facilities for both kids and their parents. Visitors can also take a walk through the city's memorial parks that tell the story of forgotten times.

Colton Transportation

Air transportation is available from San Bernardino International Airport.

Colton Higher Education

MTI College-Colton is the local college.

People

Total Population 53,566
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 7.2%
Employed Population 16+ 21,039
Age of the Population 29

Families

% of people married 43.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.7%
Median Earnings25+ $28,488
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,830
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,354

Wealth

Median Family Income $44,653
% Above Poverty Level 77.9%
% Below Poverty Level 22.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation 1.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 18.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,004
Median House Value $167,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 80.6%
US/American 0.1%
English 2.7%
Irish 2.6%

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

Colton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles SW of San Bernardino, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 9 miles NE of Riverside, California
County San Bernardino
Standard Zip Codes 92313, 92324
Phone Area Codes 760
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.073
Longitude -117.312

Colton 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 SAN BERNARDINO F S 226
Distance 5.5 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 RIVERSIDE CITRUS EXP STN
Distance 7.7 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 66 F
Apr Temp 48 to 76 F
Jul Temp 61 to 94 F
Oct Temp 53 to 83 F
Annual Precip 10.6 inches
Station CORONA
Distance 18.9 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 68 F
Apr Temp 48 to 77 F
Jul Temp 60 to 92 F
Oct Temp 52 to 83 F
Annual Precip 12 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Fontana 203,677 $67,065
Grand Terrace 12,331 $77,004
Highland 54,314 $57,385
Loma Linda 23,751 $67,111
Rialto 102,018 $52,779
San Bernardino 214,112 $39,039

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

Colton Public Libraries

Library
Colton Public Library
656 N. NINTH ST.
Colton, California
(909) 370-5083

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Colton Hospitals

ARROWHEAD REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Local)
400 NORTH PEPPER AVENUE
(909) 580-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Colton High Schools

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COLTON HIGH
777 W. VALLEY BLVD.
909-580-5005
Serves 3,292 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.7

WASHINGTON HIGH (ALTER.)
900 E. C ST.
909-876-4196
A Non-traditional School
Serves 430 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.6

EAST VALLEY COMMUNITY DAY
1060 EAST COOLEY DR.
909-433-4622
A Non-traditional School
Serves 385 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

SLOVER MOUNTAIN HIGH (CONT.)
325 HERMOSA AVE.
909-876-4171
A Non-traditional School
Serves 211 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.1

LAS BANDERAS ACADEMY
254 EAST E STREET
760-631-3409
A Charter School.
Serves 174 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.8

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