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Overview

Introduction to Highland, California

Highland, California, in San Bernardino county, is 4 miles E of San Bernardino, California (center to center) and 16 miles NE of Riverside, California. It's flanked by the San Bernardino and San Gabriel Mountains. The city was named after the close by tableland and is surrounded by a large urban area. Some of the city's schools have been named "California Distinguished Schools."

Highlands History

The Spaniards explored the area in 1772. Settlements were established in 1856. Henry Rabel constructed bath houses and a small hotel to attract customers who were fond of the area's medicinal springs. A significant increase in tourism occurred with the construction of Harlem Springs in 1877. In 1885 the Serrano Indians were relocated by the government to the San Manuel Reservation.

From 1883 to 1888 the North Fork Water Ditch provided irrigation water which allowed growers to establish a large number of orange groves. The population grew significantly and the orange and lemon packing facilities were thriving due to the arrival of the Santa Fe Railroad in 1881. The Highland Lumber Company took advantage of the trees located in the nearby mountains. Highland was incorporated in 1987.

Highland Area Attractions

The San Bernardino County Museum, Edwards Mansion, Redlands Historic House and the Kimberly Crest House & Gardens are some of the notable attractions in the area. Highland features an enjoyable old-town area. The Citrus Harvest Festival is a popular event. The San Manuel Amphitheater features a variety of entertainment. Residents have opportunities to listen to the music of the Inland Empire Symphony.

Highland Activities

The nearby San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountains provide opportunities for skiing and a variety of outdoor activities. Lake Gregory Regional Park, Arrowhead, Silverwood and Big Bear lakes are nearby and popular for recreational activities. The well known tourist destination, Palm Springs is about 45 minutes away. Highland features an extensive trail system.

The Castle Amusement Park and the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino are nearby. The San Bernardino County Fair is a popular event. Golf enthusiasts enjoy the nearby courses including San Bernardino Golf Club, Palm Meadows Golf Club, Arrowhead Country Club and the Shandon Hills Golf Club.

Highland Higher Education

The city is served by the nearby University of Redlands, University of California at Riverside, Loma Linda University, California State University San Bernardino and San Bernardino Community College.

Highland Transportation

The city is served by the Riverside Municipal Airport and the San Bernardino International Airport.

People

Total Population 54,314
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 8.1%
Employed Population 16+ 21,387
Age of the Population 31

Families

% of people married 47.1%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.2%
Median Earnings25+ $33,358
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,106
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,623

Wealth

Median Family Income $57,385
% Above Poverty Level 79.3%
% Below Poverty Level 20.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 15.4%
Median Gross Rent $953
Median House Value $250,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 69%
US/American 0%
English 3.8%
Irish 5.6%

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

Highland Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles E of San Bernardino, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 16 miles NE of Riverside, California
County San Bernardino
Standard Zip Codes 92346
Phone Area Codes 909
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.128
Longitude -117.207

Highland 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 SAN BERNARDINO F S 226
Distance 2.4 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 67 F
Apr Temp 49 to 77 F
Jul Temp 63 to 96 F
Oct Temp 54 to 83 F
Annual Precip 16.4 inches
Station LAKE ARROWHEAD
Distance 8.5 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 45 F
Apr Temp 35 to 60 F
Jul Temp 55 to 81 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 41.6 inches
Station RIVERSIDE CITRUS EXP STN
Distance 13.8 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 66 F
Apr Temp 48 to 76 F
Jul Temp 61 to 94 F
Oct Temp 53 to 83 F
Annual Precip 10.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Colton 53,566 $44,653
Grand Terrace 12,331 $77,004
Loma Linda 23,751 $67,111
Redlands 70,186 $83,333
Rialto 102,018 $52,779
San Bernardino 214,112 $39,039

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

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SAN ANDREAS HIGH (CONT.)
3232 E. PACIFIC ST.
909-388-6521
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 314 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 157

ALTERNATIVE LEARNING CENTER
3232 EAST PACIFIC ST.
909-388-6221
A Non-traditional School
Serves 107 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.9

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