San Bernardino, California Population 2020

215,941

San Bernardino is a city located in the state of California. It is the county seat of San Bernardino County. By population, it is the 17th largest city in the state, with recent estimates putting the population at 215,941. It is also the 100th most populous city in the United States. This city plays a vital role within the diplomatic missions of the Inland Empire. It also has numerous attractions that draw in visitors and residents.

San Bernardino History

The city of San Bernardino was incorporated as a city in 1857. Before this, however, a Spanish settlement by the name of Politana was established in 1810. However, it was destroyed by local tribesmen following earthquakes that struck the San Bernardino Valley. Politana was rebuilt, and in 1819, missionaries returned to establish San Bernardino de Sena Estancia.

The present location of the city was mostly settled during the 1850s after California was designated as a state. It is considered to be one of the oldest cities in California. The town of San Bernardino was established in 1851, with the county being developed just two years later. It was incorporated as a city in 1857.

It was during the 1860s when San Bernardino saw a surge in its population. A gold rush began nearby when gold was discovered. The city was also a hub for trade in the southern region of the state. The city continued to grow throughout the century after a hotel was built along a spring that was believed to have healing properties. Water from the springs was bottled and shipped to Los Angeles, further boosting the city’s economy.

During the 20th century, many events occurred, including the development of Norton Air Force Base during World War II, the founding of McDonald’s chain of restaurants, and the Panorama Fire that destroyed hundreds of San Bernardino homes. The air force base was closed during the 1990s and later became the San Bernardino International Airport.

The 2000s brought another wildfire that destroyed more than 1,000 homes in the city. Some additional hardships also occurred, including the city’s filing of bankruptcy in 2012, with the city bouncing back after five years, as well as the 2015 terrorist attack. Today, the city has many attractions including the largest outdoor amphitheater in the nation, a baseball team, and the ADU Fox Theatre. The city’s economy is reliant on the government, retail and service industries.

San Bernardino Population Statistics

Estimates put San Bernardino's city population at 216,239. The city’s total area is almost 62 square miles, giving it a population density of over 3,500 inhabitants per square mile. It is the most populous city in the county, and it is also the 100th most populous in the country.

Breaking down the population by age group shows that 32% of inhabitants are under the age of 18, making this the largest age group. The next largest group – 25 to 44 – makes up 26.8% of the population. Almost 8% of the population is 65 years of age or older. In the city, over 30% of the population falls below the federal poverty line. The city’s top employer according to its annual financial report taken in 2010 is California State University at San Bernardino, which employs over 2,500 residents. Other top employers include the City of San Bernardino and the Community Hospital of San Bernardino.

San Bernardino Population Growth

The city of San Bernardino, despite suffering from hardships such as bankruptcy and terrorist attacks, has seen continuous population growth since the census taken in 1880. At times, it has even seen a percentage growth of over 100%. The city surpassed 100,000 inhabitants by the time of the 1970 census. In 2010, it saw another milestone, exceeding over 200,000 people. Today, its population has grown about 3% since the last poll taken in 2010. While comparing this to previous census data shows that some slowdown has occurred, the city is continuing to become more populous.

San Bernardino Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of San Bernardino was:

  • White: 58.12%
  • Other race: 18.04%
  • Black or African American: 13.84%
  • Two or more races: 4.63%
  • Asian: 4.28%
  • Native American: 0.81%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.29%

How Many People Live in San Bernardino, California?

215,941
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018215,941-355-0.16%
2017216,2968650.40%
2016215,4317220.34%
2015214,7091,1210.52%
2014213,5884770.22%
2013213,1116670.31%
2012212,4441,0420.49%
2011211,4021,5490.74%
2010209,85324,4521.25%
2000185,40121,2371.22%
1990164,16445,3703.29%
1980118,79411,9251.06%
1970106,86914,9471.52%
196091,92228,8643.84%
195063,05819,4123.75%
194043,6466,1651.53%
193037,48118,7607.19%
192018,7215,9423.89%
191012,7796,6297.59%
19006,1502,1384.36%
18904,0122,3128.97%
18801,7007603.01%
18609400.00%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20184,622,36151,9341.12%
20174,570,42753,6831.17%
20164,516,74451,5121.14%
20154,465,23246,5011.04%
20144,418,73146,8171.06%
20134,371,91435,7520.82%
20124,336,16240,8210.94%
20114,295,34152,7791.23%
20104,242,5620.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White125,05858.12%
Some Other Race38,81518.04%
Black or African American29,77113.84%
Two or More Races9,9574.63%
Asian9,2104.28%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,7400.81%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander6310.29%

San Bernardino Population Pyramid 2020

San Bernardino Median Age

29.7


Total

29.2


Male

30


Female

San Bernardino Adults

There are 151,009 adults, (18,960 of whom are seniors) in San Bernardino.

San Bernardino Age Dependency

63

Age Dependency Ratio

14.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

48.6

Child Dependency Ratio

San Bernardino Sex Ratio

Female

108,870

50.59%

Male

106,312

49.41%

San Bernardino Households and Families

San Bernardino Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

San Bernardino Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married62.9%37.1%
All47%53%
Non Family38.8%61.2%
Female33.8%66.2%
Male32.4%67.6%

47.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All58,3853.547
Married24,2714.362.9
Non Family14,6181.3738.8
Female13,5954.1733.8
Male5,9013.9132.4

4

Average Family Size

3.5

Average Household Size

9.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

San Bernardino Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade16,80813.57%
9th to 12th Grade22,20717.93%
High School Graduate35,11428.35%
Some College27,22921.98%
Associates Degree7,9696.43%
Bachelors Degree10,1638.20%
Graduate Degree4,3783.53%

San Bernardino Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic72,06241,2404,719
White25,19522,0545,041
Other Race20,40512,2321,078
Black18,27414,7452,469
Asian5,8694,3741,885
Multiple Races4,2033,574670
Native American1,07686288
Islander36636634

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 32.12%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$27,063$31,033$22,884
Less Than High School$21,075$25,311$13,273
High School Grad$25,842$29,859$21,302
Some College$30,213$35,516$25,179
Bachelors Degree$46,086$51,162$40,942
Graduate Degree$55,132$50,701$57,467

$27,063

Average Earnings

$31,033

Average Male

$22,884

Average Female

San Bernardino Language

San Bernardino Language by Age

San Bernardino Language

48.24% of San Bernardino residents speak only English, while 51.76% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 47.01% of the population.

San Bernardino Poverty

San Bernardino Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic134,90340,02229.67%
Other37,10012,35633.30%
Black27,7039,10532.87%
White30,2656,49721.47%
Multiple9,2632,54627.49%
Asian8,7041,75820.20%
Native1,61142126.13%
Islander59516026.89%

28.42%

Overall Poverty Rate

26.33%

Male Poverty Rate

30.42%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in San Bernardino

The race most likely to be in poverty in San Bernardino is Other, with 33.30% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in San Bernardino is Asian, with 20.20% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.93%. Among those working part-time, it was 29.47%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 35.65%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School31.86%
High School22.55%
Some College17.33%
Bachelors or Greater8.74%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed42.09%
Male Unemployed35.13%
Female Employed15.50%
Male Employed12.97%

San Bernardino Income

San Bernardino Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$43,136$56,539
Families$45,690$59,398
Married Families$59,086$74,147
Non Families$26,291$38,645

San Bernardino Marital Status

San Bernardino Marital Status

Marriage Rates

36.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

37.8%

Male Marriage Rate

35.3%

Female Marriage Rate

San Bernardino Married by Age and Sex

San Bernardino Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

San Bernardino Marital Status by Race

San Bernardino Veterans

6,960

Number of Veterans

6,541

Male Veterans

419

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam2,688
First Gulf War1,207
Second Gulf War1,184
Korea599
World War II187

San Bernardino Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White4,4555.09%
Hispanic2,1952.42%
Black1,2015.47%
Other5832.20%
2 or More3926.79%
Asian2102.93%
Indian1137.47%
Hawaiian61.35%

San Bernardino Veterans by Education

13.93%

Veteran Poverty Rate

34.22%

Veteran Disability Rate

San Bernardino Employment Status

58.3%

Labor Force Participation

51.7%

Employment Rate

11.3%

Unemployment Rate

San Bernardino Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

65.02%

Born in California

76.81%

Native Born

23.19%

Foreign Born

14.61%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

76.81% of San Bernardino residents were born in the United States, with 65.02% having been born in California. 14.61% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.