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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population23,438
Male Share of the Population46.4%
Female Share of the Population53.6%
Senior Citizens9.3%
Employed Population 16+7,794
Age of the Population29

Families

% of people married37.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher11.7%
Median Earnings25+$30,028
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,930
Median Earnings With High School Degree$29,123

Wealth

Median Family Income$39,161
% Above Poverty Level63.3%
% Below Poverty Level36.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.4%
% Using Public Transportation1.5%

Housing

People Living Alone22%
Median Gross Rent$714
Median House Value$96,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)64.1%
German7.3%
Irish5.2%
French Except Basque2.3%
English2%
Italian2%
Swedish0.9%
Polish0.9%
Norwegian0.6%
Dutch0.6%
Arab0.6%
Danishn0.5%
African0.5%
Portuguese0.4%
West Indian0.4%
Iraqi0.4%
Jamaican0.3%
Scottish0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Hungarian0.2%
Greek0.2%
Belizean0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Russian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Finnish0.1%
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Barstow Almanac

CategoryValue
County San Bernardino County
Standard Zip Codes92311, 92310
P.O. Box Zip Codes92312
Phone Area Codes760
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude34.97
Approximate Longitude-116.99

Barstow Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationBARSTOW FIRE STATION
Distance1.1 miles
Jan Temp34 to 62 F
Apr Temp47 to 79 F
Jul Temp69 to 103 F
Oct Temp51 to 84 F
Annual Precip4.3 inches
StationVICTORVILLE PUMP PLANT
Distance29.8 miles
Jan Temp31 to 60 F
Apr Temp42 to 75 F
Jul Temp61 to 99 F
Oct Temp45 to 81 F
Annual Precip6.2 inches
StationEL MIRAGE
Distance41 miles
Jan Temp29 to 56 F
Apr Temp40 to 72 F
Jul Temp59 to 97 F
Oct Temp43 to 77 F
Annual Precip5.7 inches

Barstow Hospitals

Barstow Community Hospital
820 East Mountain View St
(760) 256-1761

Barstow Public Schools

Barstow High
430 S. First Ave.
ZIP: 92311
High
Total Enrollment 1380
Barstow Junior High
1000 Armory Rd.
ZIP: 92311
Middle
Total Enrollment 692
Barstow Stem Academy
310 Mountain View
ZIP: 92311
Middle
Total Enrollment 349
Busd School Of Opportunity
405 N. Second Ave.
ZIP: 92311
High
Total Enrollment 11
Cameron Elementary
801 Muriel Dr.
ZIP: 92311
Primary
Total Enrollment 662
Central High (continuation)
405 N. Second Ave.
ZIP: 92311
High
Total Enrollment 208
Crestline Elementary
2020 Monterey
ZIP: 92311
Primary
Total Enrollment 528
Henderson Elementary
400 S. Ave. E
ZIP: 92311
Primary
Total Enrollment 610
Montara Elementary
700 Montara Rd.
ZIP: 92311
Primary
Total Enrollment 588
Skyline North Elementary
36968 Camarillo Ave.
ZIP: 92311
Primary
Total Enrollment 419

Barstow Private Schools

Barstow Baptist Academy
511 Victor Ave
ZIP: 92311
Secondary
Total Enrollment 2
Barstow Christian School
800 Yucca Ave
ZIP: 92311
Elementary
Total Enrollment 82
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