San Bernardino, California Population 2021

214,706
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San Bernardino is a city located in San Bernardino County California. It is also the county seat of San Bernardino County. With a 2020 population of 214,706, it is the 20th largest city in California and the 107th largest city in the United States . San Bernardino is currently declining at a rate of -0.25% annually but its population has increased by 2.28% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 209,924 in 2010. San Bernardino reached it's highest population of 216,902 in 2017. Spanning over 62 miles, San Bernardino has a population density of 3,457 people per square mile.

The average household income in San Bernardino is $60,409 with a poverty rate of 25.99%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,059 per month, and the median house value is $249,400. The median age in San Bernardino is 29.9 years, 29.6 years for males, and 30.2 years for females.

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 Population Statistics

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.

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 Demographics

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

  • White: 57.77%
  • Other race: 17.86%
  • Black or African American: 14.35%
  • Two or more races: 4.92%
  • Asian: 4.08%
  • Native American: 0.70%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.33%
The current population of San Bernardino, California is 214,706 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 216,323.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 209,924.

San Bernardino, California Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
20214,726,81038,0900.81%
20204,688,72038,0900.81%
20194,650,63038,0900.82%
20184,612,54046,6301.01%
20174,565,91053,8701.18%
20164,512,04050,8101.13%
20154,461,23045,8901.03%
20144,415,34045,8501.04%
20134,369,49034,7700.80%
20124,334,72039,8200.92%
20114,294,90052,4801.22%
20104,242,4200.00%

San Bernardino Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White124,82557.77%
Some Other Race38,59817.86%
Black or African American31,00014.35%
Two or More Races10,6404.92%
Asian8,8074.08%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,5020.70%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander7170.33%
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San Bernardino Population by Race

San Bernardino Population Pyramid $2021

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San Bernardino Median Age

29.9


Total

29.6


Male

30.2


Female

San Bernardino Adults

There are 152,069 adults, (19,356 of whom are seniors) in San Bernardino.

San Bernardino Age Dependency

62.8

Age Dependency Ratio

14.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

48.2

Child Dependency Ratio

San Bernardino Sex Ratio

Female

109,112

50.49%

Male

106,977

49.51%

San Bernardino Population by Age

San Bernardino Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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San Bernardino Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married64.6%35.4%
All47.4%52.6%
Non Family37.9%62.1%
Female33.5%66.5%
Male32.6%67.4%

47.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

San Bernardino Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All59,2953.4647.4
Married24,6304.2464.6
Non Family14,6361.3537.9
Female14,2054.1233.5
Male5,8243.8232.6

3.95

Average Family Size

3.46

Average Household Size

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San Bernardino Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade15,72712.53%
9th to 12th Grade22,63418.04%
High School Graduate36,83029.35%
Some College27,47321.89%
Associates Degree7,8816.28%
Bachelors Degree10,3708.26%
Graduate Degree4,5833.65%
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San Bernardino Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

San Bernardino Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic73,21443,0434,981
White24,11521,0914,808
Other Race20,39111,9901,099
Black19,39615,6412,529
Asian5,8564,5392,122
2+ Races4,6553,890797
Native American1,01682799
Islander33431434

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 94.01%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 36.24%.

San Bernardino Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$29,179$32,489$24,132
Less Than 9th Grade$22,147$25,720$15,837
High School Graduate$27,320$32,164$21,909
Some College$31,107$36,673$25,591
Bachelors Degree$48,075$54,426$39,424
Graduate Degree$59,770$60,867$58,447

$29,179

Average Earnings

$32,489

Average Male

$24,132

Average Female

San Bernardino Earnings by Educational Attainment

San Bernardino Language by Age

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San Bernardino Language

48.83% of San Bernardino residents speak only English, while 51.17% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 46.42% of the population.

San Bernardino Language

San Bernardino Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic136,32937,04827.18%
Other37,0119,76826.39%
Black28,7588,11228.21%
White28,2535,76520.40%
Multiple9,8642,84328.82%
Asian8,2721,37316.60%
Native1,35634225.22%
Islander67726338.85%

25.99%

Overall Poverty Rate

23.56%

Male Poverty Rate

28.31%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in San Bernardino

The race most likely to be in poverty in San Bernardino is Islander, with 38.85% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in San Bernardino is Asian, with 16.60% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.98%. Among those working part-time, it was 26.55%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 33.20%.

San Bernardino Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade29.31%
High School20.52%
Some College16.02%
Bachelors or Greater7.23%

San Bernardino Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed39.33%
Male Unemployed33.73%
Female Employed14.06%
Male Employed10.48%

San Bernardino Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

San Bernardino Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$45,834$60,409
Families$47,945$63,148
Married Families$62,431$78,380
Non Families$28,914$41,374
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Income by Household Type

San Bernardino Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

36.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

38.0%

Male Marriage Rate

35.6%

Female Marriage Rate

San Bernardino Married by Age and Sex

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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

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San Bernardino Marital Status

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6,918

Number of Veterans

6,444

Male Veterans

474

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam2,729
Second Gulf War1,372
First Gulf War1,332
Korea674
World War II141

San Bernardino Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
55 to 641,636
65 to 741,627
35 to 541,517
75+1,318
18 to 34820

San Bernardino Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White4,2074.80%
Hispanic1,8842.06%
Black1,6577.20%
Other Race4381.66%
2+ Races3525.73%
Asian1542.17%
Native American1038.25%
Islander71.52%

San Bernardino Veterans by Race

San Bernardino Veterans by Education

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13.49%

Veteran Poverty Rate

35.60%

Veteran Disability Rate

San Bernardino Veterans by Education

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59.4%

Labor Force Participation

53.9%

Employment Rate

9.2%

Unemployment Rate

San Bernardino Employment by Age

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San Bernardino Employment by Race

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San Bernardino Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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65.76%

Born in San Bernardino

77.42%

Native Born

22.58%

Foreign Born

14.08%

Non Citizen

8.50%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

77.42% of San Bernardino residents were born in the United States, with 65.76% having been born in California. 14.08% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

San Bernardino Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021214,706-539-0.25%
2020215,245-539-0.25%
2019215,784-539-0.25%
2018216,323-579-0.27%
2017216,9028660.40%
2016216,0367110.33%
2015215,3251,1030.51%
2014214,2224330.20%
2013213,7896280.29%
2012213,1611,0020.47%
2011212,1591,5220.72%
2010210,63725,2361.28%
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%

San Bernardino Population by Year