Yucca Valley, California

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Yucca Valley, California

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 has a population of 16,865.

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.

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High Points

Yucca Valley strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in California):

Category Trophy
Affordability of Rents
(vs. State)
Top 16% Yucca Valley Affordability of Rents
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 17% Yucca Valley Affordability of Property Taxes

Comparative Profile of Yucca Valley, California

Comparing Yucca Valley to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in California (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 10 10
Age of the Population 9 9
Racial Diversity 7 2
Female Share of the Population 7 9
Male Share of the Population 4 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 3
Well-Paid Single Men 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 4 3
Average Household Size 4 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 3 4
People in Middle Class or Better 3 3
Median Family Income 2 2
People Above Poverty 2 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 8 6
Walking and Biking to Work 7 3
Public Transportation Use 6 3
Short Commute Times 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 9
Housing Recently Built 8 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 7 9
People Living Alone 7 9
Affordability of Rents 6 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 6 7
Low Violent Crime 5 8

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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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
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
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Yucca Valley Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 16,865 100%
Male 8,021 47.6%
Female 8,844 52.4%
Under 18 4,235 25.1%
18+ 12,630 74.9%
65+ 3,849 22.8%
Median Age 41.6
Average Family Size 2.94
White 14,716 87.3%
African-American 379 2.2%
Asian 218 1.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 227 1.3%
Other 772 4.6%
Mixed Race 502 3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,922 11.4%

Estimated Yucca Valley Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 19,696
Growth 2,831
Growth % 16.8%

Yucca Valley Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.3%
German 14.7%
English 12.1%
US/American 10.6%
Irish 8.4%
Italian 5.3%
French (except Basque) 4.2%
Norwegian 3.6%
Swedish 2.4%
Scotch-Irish 2.3%
Scottish 1.8%
European 1.6%
Polish 1.4%
Dutch 0.9%
Danish 0.9%
French Canadian 0.7%
Hungarian 0.7%
Welsh 0.6%
Russian 0.6%
Czech 0.4%
Canadian 0.4%
British 0.4%
Armenian 0.3%
African 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Serbian 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Palestinian 0.2%
Greek 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Celtic 0.2%
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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 Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Yucca Valley 16,865 $36,650
Cathedral City 42,647 $42,461
Desert Hot Springs 16,582 $29,126
Palm Springs 42,807 $45,318
Twentynine Palms 14,764 $32,251

Starbucks in Yucca Valley

(As of 2005)
Highway 62 & Warren Vista
57744 29 Palms Highway

Wal-mart in Yucca Valley

(As of 2006)
57980 29 Palms Hwy
(760) 365-7750
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Yucca Valley High Schools (2004)

A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 105 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

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