Fontana is a city located in San Bernardino County California. Fontana has a 2023 population of 214,718. Fontana is currently growing at a rate of 0.93% annually and its population has increased by 2.83% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 208,810 in 2020.
The average household income in Fontana is $99,583 with a poverty rate of 11.54%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Fontana is 32 years, 30.3 years for males, and 33.9 years for females.
Fontana is located in San Bernardino County, California along the San Bernardino Mountains. “Fontana” is Italian for “water source,” a nod to the nearby Santa Ana River. Fontana is currently the second largest city in San Bernardino County after San Bernardino, although the cities are close in population. It’s part of the Inland Empire, which comprises San Bernardino and Riverside Counties as well as the Greater Los Angeles area, the second largest metropolitan area in the United States.
Like other cities in the Inland Empire, Fontana is enjoying significant population growth driven by higher-paying professional jobs in the region and the high cost of living in Orange and Los Angeles Counties. Fontana was recently named as the Most Prosperous City in California thans to its stable home values, average income, low unemployment and poverty rates, and population growth. In 2016, Fontana <a href=”https://www.fontanaheraldnews.com/news/fontana-leads-san-bernardino-county-in-population-growth/article_05b593b2-130e-11e6-b61c-0baca8964fff.html”>led San Bernardino County in population growth with an increase of 1.4%, adding nearly 3,000 people in just one year. Since 1990, Fontana’s population has nearly doubled.
Fontana is a fairly young city with a history going back to its founding in 1919. It quickly became an agricultural community with chicken ranches, vineyards, and citrus orchards along Route 66. During World War II, one of just two steel mills in the West was built in Fontana. The mill’s owner, Henry J. Kaiser, then built the Fontana Kaiser Permanente medical facility to provide health care for mill workers. It’s now the country’s largest managed care organization.
Fontana’s economy has largely moved away from agriculture, intead focusing on industry, especially trucking industries. It’s home to many product distribution centers for major companies like Home Shoppig Network, Mercedes-Benz, and Toyota. Kaiser Permanente is Fontana’s largest employer.
By 2000, Fontana had a population of 129,000. Today, it’s estimated at more than 211,000, in large part due to large residential developments in the north part of the city and a successful campaign to annex developed, unincorporated areas in 2006 and 2007.
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Fontana was:
Two or more races
Black or African American
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
Average Family Size
Average Household Size
Rate of Home Ownership
Less Than 9th Grade
9th to 12th Grade
High School Graduate
High School Graduation Rate
The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 81.05%.
The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 42.02%.
Other Indo-European Languages
Asian and Pacific Island Languages
44.22% of Fontana residents speak only English, while 55.78% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 49.08% of the population.
Overall Poverty Rate
Male Poverty Rate
Female Poverty Rate
The race most likely to be in poverty in Fontana is Black, with 21.34% below the poverty level.
The race least likely to be in poverty in Fontana is Asian, with 4.41% below the poverty level.
The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.64%. Among those working part-time, it was 12.14%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 18.12%.
Overall Marriage Rate
Male Marriage Rate
Female Marriage Rate
The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.
Second Gulf War
First Gulf War
World War II
Less Than 9th Grade
High School Graduate
Bachelors or Greater
Veteran Poverty Rate
Veteran Disability Rate
Labor Force Participation
Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.
Born in Fontana
74.42% of Fontana residents were born in the United States, with 65.69% having been born in California. 12.91% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.