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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  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 214,581. 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
214,581

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$176,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$947
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    53%
  • Own
    47%
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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
    283
  • Murder
    16
    6
  • Rape
    73
    41
  • Robbery
    404
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    983
    500
  • Theft
    1,837
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    1,048
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$38,456
National
$55,322
Children
25%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    3%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    8%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    32%
    13%

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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.
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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.
San Bernardino is a very nice city. It does not have the best reputation but there are some great things in the city. There are 3 colleges in the city, which is good to further educate the community. The local school district has one of the best graduation rates in the state. The community feels somewhat close knit, due to many families living amongst each other throughout the city. If you're looking for some good food, there are plenty of great local fast-food joints and restaurants you could visit. The view of the mountains around is beautiful. Crime has been a problem but recent funding has helped lower the crime rate. The city has great potential and I can only see it evolving from here.