Introduction to Montclair, California

Montclair, California, in San Bernardino county, is 2 miles NW of Ontario, California (center to center) and 18 miles NW of Riverside, California. It's situated in Pomona Valley and is included in the Inland Empire Region in the Greater Los Angeles Area. The majority of the population is Hispanic. The city has a high poverty rate and has a reputation for trouble and excessive drug use.

Montclair History

The Serrano Indians were the earliest inhabitants. In 1897 the Township of Marquette was established in the area now called Montclair. In 1900 a tract of land known as Monte Vista was established. During the first half of the 20th century the area was filled with citrus orchards. Monte Vista had substantial growth after World War II ended and was incorporated as a city in 1956. The city was renamed Montclair in response to the Post Office denying the city a local office due to a name conflict with a community situated in Northern California.

Montclair and nearby Attractions

The Montclair Plaza is a popular shopping destination. The Reeder Ranch and its family home offers visitors and school children an insight into the areas citrus heritage. For those who enjoy museums the Air Museum Planes of Fame, Ontario Museum of History & Art, NHRA Motorsports Museum and the American Museum of Ceramic Arts are nearby.

Montclair Activities

Raging Waters, Scandia Amusement Park and the Glen Ivy Hot Springs or close by. The popular Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm are a short drive away. Lake Elsinore and Lake Arrowhead are popular for outdoor activities and are close by. Cucamonga - Gusti Regional Park and Frank G. Bonelli Regional County Park are notable regional destinations.

The San Bernardino National Forest is popular with outdoor enthusiasts. Los Angeles, Universal Studios and the Temecula Valley Wine country are only an hour away. Palm Springs, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and Six Flags Magic Mountain are approximately an hour and a half from Montclair.

Montclair Transportation

Air travel is provided at the nearby Ontario International Airport.

Montclair Higher Education

Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, University of La Verne, Pomona College, Claremont McKenna College and Chaffey Community College are located in the area.


Total Population 37,685
Male Share of the Population 49.7%
Female Share of the Population 50.3%
Senior Citizens 10.4%
Employed Population 16+ 15,907
Age of the Population 33


% of people married 43.4%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.5%
Median Earnings25+ $29,712
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,067
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,440


Median Family Income $51,184
% Above Poverty Level 81%
% Below Poverty Level 19%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 1.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.1%
% Using Public Transportation 3%


People Living Alone 18.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,097
Median House Value $254,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 72.1%
US/American 0.1%
English 2.5%
Irish 2.9%

Montclair Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles NW of Ontario, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 18 miles NW of Riverside, California
County San Bernardino
Standard Zip Codes 91763
Phone Area Codes 909
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.077
Longitude -117.688

Montclair Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 4.5 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 68 F
Apr Temp 47 to 74 F
Jul Temp 59 to 89 F
Oct Temp 53 to 80 F
Annual Precip 16.9 inches
Distance 9.9 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 68 F
Apr Temp 49 to 76 F
Jul Temp 62 to 95 F
Oct Temp 56 to 83 F
Annual Precip 14.7 inches
Station CORONA
Distance 15.6 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
Chino 80,810 $78,328
Claremont 35,569 $108,739
La Verne 31,592 $95,045
Ontario 166,892 $56,017
Pomona 151,142 $50,475
Upland 75,089 $68,353

Montclair Hospitals

(909) 625-5411
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 24.2

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