Introduction to Barstow, California

Barstow, California, in San Bernardino County, is 29 miles N of Apple Valley, California (center to center) and 68 miles N of Riverside, California. The city is considered part of the Riverside - San Bernardino metropolitan area. 

Barstow History

Barstow is a former frontier town, which is an outfitting region for voyages into Death Valley. At one point, it served as a desert junction for overland wagon trains. Settlement in Barstow began in the late 1840s. Railroads were constructed to transport ore and workers in the mines of Calico and Daggett. The Southern Pacific Railroad first came to the area in 1883. A portion of the line was transferred to the Santa Fe Railroad in 1884.

The owner of the Santa Fe railroad was William Barstow Strong, after whom the city was named. Prior to it, the area was known as Grapevine, Waterman Junction and Camp Sugarloaf. After the three major highways, including I-15 and I-40, came into the Barstow area, it became a major hub of tourist trade and the economy. Today, Barstow is one of the fast-developing cities in Southern California.

Barstow and nearby Attractions

  • Calico Ghost Town
  • The Mother Road Museum
  • Mojave River Valley Museum
  • Western America Railroad Museum
  • Calico Early Man Archeological Site
  • Rainbow Basin National Natural Landmark

Things To Do In Barstow

There are many historic and archeological sites in the city that are worth visiting. The Barstow station mini mall on the main street is dotted with various shops, restaurants, cafes and fast food centers. It is a great place for the city people to hang out during their leisure time.

Barstow Transportation

San Bernardino International is the nearest major airport that serves the city.

Barstow Higher Education

Barstow is served by Barstow-Daggett.


Total Population 23,281
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 10.6%
Employed Population 16+ 7,927
Age of the Population 30


% of people married 41%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11.5%
Median Earnings25+ $32,079
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,513
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,313


Median Family Income $45,679
% Above Poverty Level 66.3%
% Below Poverty Level 33.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.4%
% Using Public Transportation 1.4%


People Living Alone 25.2%
Median Gross Rent $715
Median House Value $92,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 67.7%
US/American 0%
English 3.2%
Irish 6.4%

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

Barstow Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 29 miles N of Apple Valley, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 68 miles N of Riverside, California
County San Bernardino
Standard Zip Codes 92310, 92311
P.O. Box Zip Codes 92312
Phone Area Codes 760
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.898
Longitude -117.021

Barstow Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.1 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 62 F
Apr Temp 47 to 79 F
Jul Temp 69 to 103 F
Oct Temp 51 to 84 F
Annual Precip 4.3 inches
Distance 29.8 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
Distance 41 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 56 F
Apr Temp 40 to 72 F
Jul Temp 59 to 97 F
Oct Temp 43 to 77 F
Annual Precip 5.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Fort Irwin (92310)

Hodge (92311)

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

Barstow Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(760) 256-1761
Emergency Service: Yes

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Barstow High Schools

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430 S. FIRST ST.
Serves 1,703 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25

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Serves 281 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.1

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