County ProfileProfile

PLACE

GEOGRAPHY

20,105

Size in square miles of San Bernardino County, the largest county in the contiguous United States

24

Incorporated cities in San Bernardino County

81%

Land area outside the control of San Bernardino County or city governments

93%

County’s land area within the Desert Region

LAND USE

82%

Land area that is vacant

13%

Land area used for military purposes

2.5 million

Acres of recreational land

5%

Land area dedicated to housing, industrial, utilities, agriculture, transportation, and parks

3 out of 4

Residents living within one mile of a local park or within five miles of a regional, state or national park

8,684

Acres of County regional parks

6 acres

Parkland per 1,000 residents

PEOPLE

POPULATION

2,192,203

Population (2019)

28%

Projected growth between 2020 and 2045

POPULATION DENSITY

106

Persons per square mile (countywide)

3,094

Persons per square mile (Valley Region only)

AGE

In terms of absolute growth, all age groups in San Bernardino County are projected to increase at varying rates between 2020 and 2045, from 8% growth among young children ages 0-5 to 92% growth among seniors ages 65 and older. For context, the statewide population of children ages 0-5 is expected to increase by only 1% over this period, while the statewide senior population is projected to increase 83%.

In terms of relative growth, the proportion of the San Bernardino County population made up of residents ages 65 and older is projected to grow from 13% of the population in 2020 to 19% by 2045. Adults ages 25-44 are projected to remain steady at 27% of the overall population. The size of all other age groups is projected to shrink in varying degrees relative to the total population.

Projected Change in Age Group Proportions Relative to the Total San Bernardino County Population

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RACE AND ETHNICITY

At 51% of the total San Bernardino County population, Latino residents, who may be of any race, are the largest race and ethnic group in the county. Latino residents are projected to increase to 55% of the total population by 2045. White and Asian/Pacific Islander residents are projected to decrease as a proportion of the overall population, while residents identifying as Black/African American and Two or More Races are projected to increase slightly. The Native American population is projected to remain the same.

Projected Change in Race/Ethnic Group Proportions Relative to the Total San Bernardino County Population

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SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS

21%

Born outside of the U.S.

44%

Speak a language other than English at home

3.3

Average household size

41%

Households with children under 18

33%

Families with children under 18 led by a single parent

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

58%

Voter turnout among population eligible to vote (2018)

62%

Voting by mail (2018)

Turnout Among Registered Voters for Presidential and Mid-Term Election Years

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EDUCATION

21%

Residents over age 25 with a bachelor’s degree (2018)

83%

High school graduation rate (2017/18)

ECONOMY

EMPLOYMENT

970,700

Number in the labor force (September 2019)

938,600

Number employed (September 2019)

32,100

Number unemployed (September 2019)

3.3%

Unemployment rate (September 2019)

INCOME

21%

Child poverty rate (2018)

15%

Overall poverty rate (2018)

$63,857

Median household income (2018)

HOUSING

$315,000

Median single-family existing home price (September 2019)

67%

Buyers who can afford an entry-level home (priced at 85% of median) (2019 Q3)