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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    C-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
San Bernardino is a city in California with a population of 215,252. San Bernardino is in San Bernardino County. Living in San Bernardino offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In San Bernardino there are a lot of parks. Many families live in San Bernardino and residents tend to lean liberal.
About San Bernardino...
Population
215,252

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$202,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$987
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    53%
  • Own
    47%
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San Bernardino Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    799
    282.7
  • Murder
    15.6
    6.1
  • Rape
    72.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    403.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    983.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,836.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    1,048.1
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    17%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    13%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    9%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    3%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    8%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    32%
    13%

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I'm a college student here, and the entertainment and nightlife are lacking. There's plenty of grocery stores and restaurants in the area with all types of food, Mexican, Asian, and fast food being the most common. Close proximity to Redlands, Rancho Cucamonga, and Riverside, where you can go for entertainment and shopping. Two hours from Los Angeles by train or car, which is great for times when you want to experience city life. City is not especially vegan-friendly, but you can survive if you know the stores and resturants that have vegan options (Stater Bros. has lots of vegan products, for example, and many Mexican resturants can be easily veganized).
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It's very hot here except in the winter. The public transportation system could be better, but it's made great improvements over the past several years, and I expect it to get better over the next several years. A lot of people here are concerned about crime, but it's not so bad in the northern area near Cal State University. This same university has a lot of good accreditations, and it's also very affordable compared to other 4-year universities. The rent in San Bernardino is decent by California standards. I gave it low scores for night life and job opportunities because most people commute to nearby cities for these things.
San Bernardino is a highly diverse city. There are people from all walks of life with interesting background stories. The different cultures lead to great cultural experiences like festivals and cultural food, but the biggest issue is safety. The nightlife is mostly limited to local bars, but the safety issue is apparent. There is a lot of crime and poverty which makes the city dangerous for families to live in. The public schools are also an issue when it comes to the safety of the children. This is mostly due to the fights among the students. Besides that, the schools do have good educational programs that could be highly beneficial to the students. Another downside is that the city is a food desert. Fast food and convenience stores are abundant while fresh food markets are rare.