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Overview

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 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.

Demographics

People

Total Population21,483
Male Share of the Population48%
Female Share of the Population52%
Senior Citizens19.3%
Employed Population 16+7,833
Age of the Population42

Families

% of people married46.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher15.8%
Median Earnings25+$33,694
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$13,027
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,500

Wealth

Median Family Income$62,577
% Above Poverty Level78.8%
% Below Poverty Level21.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time25 minutes
% Working from Home4.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.7%
% Using Public Transportation0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone33.7%
Median Gross Rent$984
Median House Value$160,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)38.8%
German14.4%
Irish12.5%
English10.2%
Italian4.9%
French Except Basque3%
Scottish2.4%
Polish1.6%
Norwegian1.3%
Austrian1.3%
Swedish1.2%
Russian1.2%
African0.9%
Swiss0.9%
Dutch0.8%
Greek0.6%
Portuguese0.5%
Welsh0.5%
Canadian0.4%
Arab0.4%
Syrian0.4%
Danishn0.4%
Romanian0.3%
Czech0.3%
Serbian0.3%
Albanian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
US/American0.1%
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Yucca Valley Almanac

CategoryValue
County San Bernardino County
Standard Zip Codes92284, 92285
P.O. Box Zip Codes92286
Phone Area Codes760
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude34.15
Approximate Longitude-116.41

Yucca Valley Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationPALM SPRINGS
Distance20 miles
Jan Temp44 to 70 F
Apr Temp56 to 88 F
Jul Temp76 to 108 F
Oct Temp61 to 91 F
Annual Precip5.2 inches
StationBIG BEAR LAKE
Distance27.5 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
StationIDYLLWILD FIRE DEPT
Distance29.5 miles
Jan Temp27 to 54 F
Apr Temp32 to 62 F
Jul Temp51 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 70 F
Annual Precip27.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cathedral City53,733$50,959
Desert Hot Springs28,298$36,540
Palm Springs47,140$62,239
Twentynine Palms25,995$42,088

Yucca Valley Public Schools

Yucca Mesa Elementary
3380 Avalon Ave.
ZIP: 92277
Primary
Total Enrollment 440
Black Rock Alternative/continuation
59273 Sunnyslope
ZIP: 92284
High
Total Enrollment 121
La Contenta Middle
7050 La Contenta Rd.
ZIP: 92284
Middle
Total Enrollment 752
Onaga Elementary
58001 Onaga
ZIP: 92284
Primary
Total Enrollment 679
Yucca Valley Elementary
7601 Hopi Trail
ZIP: 92284
Primary
Total Enrollment 605
Yucca Valley High
7600 Sage Ave.
ZIP: 92284
High
Total Enrollment 1354

Yucca Valley Private Schools

Calvary Baptist Church School
57175 Crestview Dr
ZIP: 92284
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 26
Grace Christian School
6300 Ruth Dr
ZIP: 92284
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 19
Joshua Springs Christian School
57373 Joshua Ln
ZIP: 92284
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 237
Our Lady Of The Desert
55765 Mountain View Trl
ZIP: 92284
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 62
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