San Bernardino CountyCommunity Indicators Report

Created in 2010 to support the development of a countywide vision, the San Bernardino Community Indicators Report provides the community with an annual assessment of how the county is faring across a range of indicators.

Economy

In December 2018, the County launched the Vision2Succeed initiative. This initiative encourages residents and businesses to get involved in learning experiences and programs that help propel career growth and lifelong learning. Vision2Succeed included the commissioning of the Labor Market Intelligence and Analytics Report, the first of a planned collection of Workforce Roadmap Studies. This report integrates predictive analytics and applies real-time intelligence through business engagement and enhanced labor market data. As a result, it provides an improved tool to predict and guide future skills development and highlights emerging skills demand within the county.

Highlights

7%
Healthcare Employment
12%
ONT Passenger Traffic
55,500
Tourism Jobs in the County
5th
Job Growth Rank out of 200 Metro Areas

Education

The San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools is a leader in a statewide, education-based partnership that includes the California Association for Bilingual Education, Los Angeles-based Families in Schools, and the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence. The goal of the partnership is to develop stronger family and community engagement in schools as a research-based strategy to accelerate student success. The partners were awarded a $13.2 million System of Support grant to build engagement capacity in school districts across the state. In the first year of the five-year grant, six pilot districts across the state are participating, including Ontario-Montclair School District in San Bernardino County. Participating districts will form Professional Learning Networks to disseminate the work statewide in subsequent years.

Highlights

40%
3rd Graders Meeting Literacy Standards
33%
Fifth Graders Meeting Math Standards
83%
High School Graduation Rate
27%
10-Year Growth in STEM Degrees

Income

In the past 10 years, the County’s Welfare to Work program has provided more than 113,000 aid recipients with job-readiness and vocational training, and work experience placements, moving tens of thousands of county residents into the ranks of income earners. Rachel is one of them. With the loss of her employment in 2012, Rachel sought assistance from the County’s Transitional Assistance Department (TAD). Introduced to the Welfare to Work program, Rachel volunteered to participate in the Subsidized Work Experience Program. She was offered a paid on-the-job training position with the County Department of Behavioral Health (DBH).

Highlights

$63,857
Median Household Annual Income (2018)
28%
Cost of Living Compared to the National Average
11.7%
Families Living in Poverty
46%
Five-year Change in Residents with Low Food Security

Housing

September 2019 marked the dedication of Loma Linda Veterans Village, the county’s first affordable housing community for homeless and low-income veterans and their families. The 87-unit development located near the Loma Linda VA Hospital, is the latest chapter in the countywide effort to house all homeless veterans. The campaign began in 2015, when there were 401 homeless veterans in the county. In 2018, the 1,000th veteran was housed under the initiative. Loma Linda Veterans Village received the Southern California Association of Nonprofits 2019 Homes Within Reach award for excellence in affordable permanent supportive housing. The project is a partnership between the County of San Bernardino, Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino, City of Loma Linda, Meta Housing, and Housing Partners I.

Highlights

$1,068
Average Monthly Rent for a One-Bedroom
67%
Households Able to Afford Entry-Level Home
$20.45
Hourly Wage Needed to Afford a One-Bedroom Rental
29,775
Number of Students Living Doubled or Tripled up

Wellness

In 2014, a group of local physicians and philanthropists announced plans to establish a new medical school in San Bernardino County. Their goal: to help overcome the Inland Empire’s challenge of having one of the lowest availabilities of physicians, dentists, and other health care workers per capita in the state. The medical school, called the California University of Science and Medicine (CUSM), purchased nearly 30 acres of land for a state-of-the-art university adjacent to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC). ARMC is the primary teaching hospital for the new medical school. The University welcomed its first class of students in 2018, offering a unique curriculum that introduces medical students to clinical medicine from their first day.

Highlights

8.7%
Percentage of Uninsured Residents
21%
10-Year Trend in Child Deaths
41%
Students Who are Overweight or Obese
68%
Overweight Adults

Safety

During the past 10 years, numerous programs and services have been added to the San Bernardino County Probation Department. A sampling of the new programs and divisions include: CASE Program to help youth affected by juvenile prostitution and trafficking. Law Enforcement Officer program, which places a probation officer in most of the county’s sheriff’s substations and police departments. The program allows for participation and collaboration for community specific events/operations. Creation of the Division of Pretrial Services, Vocation Training, and Adult Diversion, a system that evaluates defendants and monitors those released from custody prior to the resolution of their cases.

Highlights

24%
5-Year Violent Crime Rate
639
Number of Known Gangs
42%
5-Year Juvenile Arrest Rate
26%
Homicide Filings that were Gang-Related

Transportation

In 2004, with voter approval, San Bernardino County embarked on an ambitious and virtually unprecedented program to tackle traffic congestion by improving 38 crucial interchanges, where some of the most significant congestion in the county occurs. In 2017, the transformation at the I-10 and Pepper Avenue interchange was completed. This represents the 8th interchange improved in eight years – essentially one a year – with the program on target to complete 12 more projects by 2023. Besides its sheer scale, what makes the program even more unique is the partnership of cities that have fronted funds to expedite interchange projects, as well as contributions from the private sector.

Highlights

10%
Percentage of Commuters that carpool
10%
1-year change in traffic collision victims
44%
1-year growth in alternative fueled cars
5.4%
Percentage of residents that work from home

Environment

Where does all the trash that people throw out go? The trash collector hauls it away and many people don’t give it a second thought. It ends up in landfills, taking up space and creating gases and liquids that can cause pollution. The San Bernardino County Public Works Department/Solid Waste Management Division works hard to reduce waste through recycling. Selected loads of waste are sorted and materials are pulled out for further processing to be reused or recycled. This program has significantly helped the County reach its state-mandated waste diversion goals. In fact, during 2018, the Solid Waste Management Division diverted 60% of waste from landfills – 145,160 tons. And since 2006, they have diverted over 1.13 million tons of materials – equivalent in volume to two Empire State Buildings full of waste.

Highlights

#1
Residential Solar Rank in California
19%
10-Year Participation in Hazardous Waste Collection
#2
Commercial and Industrial Solar Rank in California
419
Stormwater Pollution Reports in 2018