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Overview

Introduction to Big Bear Lake, California

Big Bear Lake, California, in San Bernardino county, is 20 miles NE of Redlands, California and 34 miles NE of Riverside, California

Big Bear Lake History

The city of Big Bear Lake was originally inhabited by the Serrano Native Americans. The city is named because grizzly bears populated the area until the latter half of the 19th century. The area witnessed a huge development during the Southern California Gold Rush between 1861 and 1912. The city was officially incorporated on November 28, 1980.

Big Bear Lake and nearby Attractions

  • Magic Mountain Recreation Area
  • San Bernardino National Forest
  • Yucaipa Regional Park
  • Kimberly Crest House and Gardens
  • Historical Glass Museum
  • Asistencia

Things To Do In Big Bear Lake

The Kimberly Crest House and Gardens is a French chateau style home built in 1897. The Big Bear Lake provides opportunities for fishing in the summer months and snowboarding and skiing during the winter. Besides, the area celebrates the Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest every year.

Big Bear Lake Transportation

San Bernardino International Airport is nearby.

Big Bear Lake Higher Education

The University of Redlands, Crafton Hills College and San Bernardino Valley College are the nearest colleges and universities.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,149
Male Share of the Population48.1%
Female Share of the Population51.9%
Senior Citizens21.4%
Employed Population 16+1,995
Age of the Population45

Families

% of people married50.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher25.5%
Median Earnings25+$32,014
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,472
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,278

Wealth

Median Family Income$53,611
% Above Poverty Level81.5%
% Below Poverty Level18.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home7.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work6.7%
% Using Public Transportation0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone32.7%
Median Gross Rent$925
Median House Value$384,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)31.2%
German19.5%
Irish16.7%
English14.8%
Italian4.8%
Dutch3.7%
Scottish3.1%
French Except Basque3.1%
Norwegian2.7%
Polish2.3%
Swedish1.6%
Arab1.3%
Portuguese1.2%
Russian1.1%
Syrian1.1%
Canadian1%
Romanian1%
Danishn0.6%
Welsh0.6%
Ukrainian0.6%
Hungarian0.4%
Serbian0.3%
Greek0.3%
Belgian0.3%
Finnish0.3%
Turkish0.2%
US/American0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Czech0.1%
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Big Bear Lake Almanac

CategoryValue
County San Bernardino County
Standard Zip Codes92315
Phone Area Codes909
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude34.23
Approximate Longitude-116.86

Big Bear Lake Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationBIG BEAR LAKE
Distance1.6 miles
Jan Temp21 to 47 F
Apr Temp28 to 58 F
Jul Temp47 to 81 F
Oct Temp32 to 64 F
Annual Precip21.1 inches
StationSAN BERNARDINO F S 226
Distance20.9 miles
Jan Temp42 to 67 F
Apr Temp49 to 77 F
Jul Temp63 to 96 F
Oct Temp54 to 83 F
Annual Precip16.4 inches
StationVICTORVILLE PUMP PLANT
Distance29.9 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Banning30,643$45,876
Beaumont42,191$73,448
Calimesa8,379$67,770
Highland54,490$59,263
Redlands70,442$81,579
Yucaipa52,886$68,987

Big Bear Lake Hospitals

Bear Valley Community Hospital
(Government - District/authority)
41870 Garstin Drive

Big Bear Lake Public Schools

Big Bear Elementary
409040 Pennsylvania
ZIP: 92315
Primary
Total Enrollment 295
Big Bear Middle
41275 Big Bear Blvd.
ZIP: 92315
Middle
Total Enrollment 371
North Shore Elementary
765 N. Stanfield Cutoff
ZIP: 92315
Primary
Total Enrollment 489

Big Bear Lake Private Schools

Singing Pines Outdoor Education Center
657 Modoc
ZIP: 92315
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
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