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Overview

Introduction to Yucca Valley, California

Yucca Valley, California, in San Bernardino county, is 40 miles NE of Hemet, California and 56 miles E of Riverside, California. The town is considered part of the Riverside-San Bernardino metropolitan area. 

Yucca Valley History

The Morongo Basin, about half of which is occupied by the city of Yucca Valley, was inhabited by Shosone-speaking Chemuevi and Serrano Indians. A smallpox epidemic decimated them in the 1880s. At that time, the area was being prospected by Mexicans, Americans and Chinese people. Chuck Warren leased grazing land and, after hand digging a well, he opened the region to ranching in the year 1881. After World War II, the area was connected by highways. These improvements attracted tourists and the movie industry to the area. The city of Yucca Valley was incorporated on November 27, 1991.

Yucca Valley and Nearby Attractions

  • High Desert Nature Museum.
  • Desert Christ Park.
  • HI-Desert Nature Museum.
  • Machris Park.
  • Joshua Tree National Park.
  • Desert Christ Park.

Things To Do In Yucca Valley

Yucca Valley has many lovely parks that offer various options for recreation like tennis courts, volleyball courts and a picnic area. The museums in the city are great places, where one can enjoy watching exhibits of desert plants, animals and minerals. There are restaurants that cater to a wide range of tastes ranging from American and Mexican to Greek, Chinese and even Italian delicacies.

Yucca Valley Transportation

Air transportation in the area is provided by Palm Springs International.

Yucca Valley Higher Education

The college that serves the city is College of the Desert.

People

Total Population 21,258
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 18.4%
Employed Population 16+ 7,393
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 43.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $51,364
% Above Poverty Level 79%
% Below Poverty Level 21%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 8.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 33.9%
Median Gross Rent $911
Median House Value $131,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 40.3%
US/American 0%
English 10.9%
Irish 11.9%

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

Yucca Valley Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 40 miles NE of Hemet, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 56 miles E of Riverside, California
County San Bernardino
Standard Zip Codes 92284, 92285
P.O. Box Zip Codes 92286
Phone Area Codes 760
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.114
Longitude -116.431

Yucca Valley 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 PALM SPRINGS
Distance 20 miles
Jan Temp 44 to 70 F
Apr Temp 56 to 88 F
Jul Temp 76 to 108 F
Oct Temp 61 to 91 F
Annual Precip 5.2 inches
Station BIG BEAR LAKE
Distance 27.5 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 IDYLLWILD FIRE DEPT
Distance 29.5 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 54 F
Apr Temp 32 to 62 F
Jul Temp 51 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 70 F
Annual Precip 27.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Yucca Valley, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Johnson Valley (92285)

Landers (92285)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cathedral City 53,020 $44,483
Desert Hot Springs 27,912 $34,276
Palm Springs 46,305 $55,671
Twentynine Palms 25,769 $43,821

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

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Yucca Valley High Schools

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Serves 105 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

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