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City of Barstow

  •   State: 
    San Bernardino County
      County FIPS: 
    34°54′N 117°1′W
      Area total: 
    41.34 sq mi (107.08 km²)
      Area land: 
    41.30 sq mi (106.96 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.04 sq mi (0.11 km²)
    2,175 ft (663 m)
    Incorporated September 30, 1947
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA
    Pacific Standard Time (PST) UTC-8:00; Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) UTC-7:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Barstow, San Bernardino County, California, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    615.39 residents per square mile of area (237.60/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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Barstow is a city in San Bernardino County, California, in the Mojave Desert of Southern California. Located in the Inland Empire region of California, the population was 25,415 at the 2020 census. The settlement of Barstow began in the late 1840s in the Mormon Corridor. The city has a total area of 107.2 km² (41.4 sq mi), 99.98% land and 0.02% water. The average annual precipitation is 96 inches (12.6 cm), with nearly 80% of rain typically falling during the cooler winter months. There are an average of 24 days annually with measurable precipitation. The heaviest rainfall in one month was 4.22 inches (10.7 cm) in February 1998. The most rainfall in a month was 2.5 inches (0.8 cm) on September 2, 1904. The wettest year was 1918 with 10.99 inches (27.9 cm) and the driest was 1904 with 0.8 inches (2.2 cm) of rain. It is home to Marine Corps Logistics Base BarStow. The town is located in the San Bernardino National Forest, which is part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the California National Guard. It was named after William BarstOW Strong, former president of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. Barstows is located near the junction of Routes 66 and 91, which connect to Los Angeles. It has four seasons, with hot summer days and cold winter mornings.


The settlement of Barstow began in the late 1840s in the Mormon Corridor. People, goods, and animal herds would move from New Mexico and later Utah to Los Angeles, along the Old Spanish Trail from Santa Fe, or after 1848, on the Mormon Road from Salt Lake City. The city's roots also lie in the rich mining history of the Mojave Desert following the discovery of gold and silver in the Owens Valley and in mountains to the east in the 1860s and 1870s. The Southern Pacific built a line from Mojave, California through BarstOW to Needles in 1883. In 1884, ownership of the line from Needles to Mojave was transferred to the Santa Fe Railroad. Paving the major highways through Bar stow led to further development of the city. Much of its economy depends on transportation. Before the advent of the interstate highway system, Barstowed was an important stop on both Routes 66 and 91. The two routes met in downtown Barstows and continued west together to Los Los Angeles. The town is named after William Barstowing Strong, former president of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. It is also known as Camp Sugarloaf, Grapevine, Waterman Junction and Fishpond. It has a population of about 2,000 people, with most of its residents living in or near the city center. It was founded in the 1840s by Mormon settlers, who moved to the area from Utah and New Mexico.


The city has a total area of 107.2 km² (41.4 sq mi), 99.98% land and 0.02% water. The average annual precipitation is 4.96 inches (12.6 cm), with nearly 80% of rain typically falling during the cooler months (NovApr). Snowfall is uncommon in winter, and many years can go by without any measurable snowfall. The record high was 120 °F (49 °C) on July 23, 1996. The most rainfall in one month was 4.22 inches (10.7 cm) in February 1998. The heaviest rainfall in 24 hours was 2.28 inches (5.8 cm) on September 10, 1976. City residents have introduced many non-native plants, prominent among which are trees such as Aleppo pine, Morus alba, Italian cypress, fan palm, ailanthus, ash, palo verde and redbud. The native vegetation is dominated by high and low desert shrubs such as creosote bush. The wettest year was 1918 with 10.99 inches (27.9 cm) and the driest yearwas 1904 with 0.80 inches (2.0 cm). The most snowfall in one year was 25.0 inches (64cm) in January 1949, including 7.0inches (18 cm) January 12; that month was one of the coldest and snowiest in southern California history. There are an average of 24 days annually with measurable precipitation.


The 2010 United States Census reported that Barstow had a population of 22,639. There were 9,555 housing units at an average density of 230.8 per square mile (89.1/km²), of which 3,964 were owner-occupied, and 4,121 (51.0%) were occupied by renters. In 2009-2013, the city had a median household income of $42,354, with 26.2% of the population living below the federal poverty line. In 2000, there were 21,119 people, 7,647 households, and 5,253 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 57.1% White, 11.6% African American, 2.4% Native American, 3.1%) Asian, 278 (1.2%) Pacific Islander, 4,242 (18.7%) from other races, and 1,766 (7.8%) from two or more ethnicities/cultures. The median age was 31.1 years, with 6,739 people under the age of 18, 2,481 people (11.0) aged 18 to 24, 5,723 people (25.3%) aged 25 to 44, 5, 277 people (23.3) aged 45 to 64, and 2,419 people (10.7) who were 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75, and the average family size was 3.34.

Arts and culture

Barstow has a number of museums: Mojave River Valley Museum, Route 66 Mother Road Museum, the Western America Rail Museum, and the Desert Discovery Center. Nearby Fort Irwin is home to the 11 Cavalry and ACR Museum. The Old Woman meteorite, the largest meteorite found in California and the second largest in the United States, is housed in the Desertiscovery Center. The city has an enclosed shopping mall built in the 1970s called Tanger Center Barstow, which is a popular stop for tourists traveling between Greater Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The oldest still operating franchise of Del Taco restaurant can be found at 401 N. First Street. In September 1986, the restaurant was destroyed by fire when a customer's car burst into flames at the drive-up window. In June 1997, the re-built restaurant received national attention when a gunman opened fire during a botched robbery, injuring several people and killing a nine-year-old girl. The gunman was mortally wounded by an off-duty police officer after the ensuing gun battle and later died in a hospital. In November 2013, Dunkin' Donuts opened inside BarstOW Station, becoming only the second location of that chain within the entire state of California (following a shop on Camp Pendleton) and the first to be accessible to the general public. The U.S. Goldstone Deepstone Complex includes the Pioneer Space Station, which has been designated a National Historic Landmark. The Ghost Town is one of the few remaining original mining towns of the western United States.


Barstow Community College's athletics department offers four competitive intercollegiate sports programs. The city offers adult basketball and softball leagues. The Barstow Riffians were a developmental semi-professional football team. The team ceased operations following the 201011 season. It was a member of the UFAL and played in the American Football League. It is now known as the Barstowing Riffian Football Club and plays in the Australian Football League (AFL) The city is home to a number of amateur sports teams, including basketball, baseball, and football. It also has a high school, a junior high, and an adult high school. It has been the site of several professional sports teams. It currently offers men's and women's basketball, women's softball, and baseball. It offers a youth sports league for men and women, as well as an adult basketball league. The town also has an adult softball league, and a youth basketball league for boys and girls. It's also home to an adult baseball league, which offers men and woman's and boys' and girls' teams, and has a youth baseball league for girls and boys, too. The community also offers a golf course, which is open to the community's youth and adult members. It hosts a junior football team, which plays in a developmental league called the American Development League (ADL) It also offers an adult golf league, as does a women's golf league and a men's basketball league, among others.

Parks and recreation

Barstow has two main parks: the Barstow Skate Park, a 12,000 square-foot skate park, and the Robert A. Sessions Memorial Sportspark, which includes six lighted ball fields, three soccer fields, volleyball courts, batting cages as well as basketball courts. The city also has the Dana Park Community Center open on weekdays, the Cora Harper Fitness Center and Tennis Courts open Monday to Saturday and the outdoor Eda Henderson Pool open Tuesdays to Sundays throughout the school summer holidays. The BarstOW Senior Center serves the city's seniors with daily, weekly, and monthly activities, an onsite thrift store and lunches are served every weekday. The center is funded via annual membership fees and sponsorship. It was founded in the 1970s by two local residents and is open to the public on a rotational basis. It is located on the second floor of a building that was once the home of a local bank. The senior center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Thursday, and on Friday and Saturday from 9 to 8 p.M. It also has an on-site Thrift Store, which is open every day of the week. The Senior Center is also open on the weekends, and there is an outdoor pool that is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The town has a number of community centers, including a fitness center, a swimming pool, a tennis center, and a community center.


The Barstow Youth Advisory Council (BYAC) was established in March 2009. The city's various funds had $33.1 million in revenues, $37.2 million in expenditures, $149.8 million in total assets, $25.3 million in liabilities, and $52.6 million in cash and investments. The structure of the management and coordination of city services is: The city is in California's 16th Senate District, and in the 33rd Assembly District, represented by Republican Thurston Smith. In the U.S. House of Representatives, the city's 8th congressional district is represented by Republicans Jay Obernolte and Melissa Hurtado. It is located in the Central Coast region of California, near the San Francisco Bay Area and the San Joaquin Valley. It has a population of about 2,000, with about 1,000 residents living in the downtown area, which is the largest city in the city. The average income for a city resident is about $50,000. The median household income is $40,000; the average household income for the city is $60,000 and the city has a poverty rate of about 10%. The city has an unemployment rate of 0.7%. The average household wealth is $42,500; the city’s poverty rate is about 8.5%. It has an average income of $37,500, with the average age of the city being about 25.5 years old. The town has a crime rate of 1.2%.


Barstow is seeking projects to boost the economy. There are three casinos planned for the area. In October 2022, BNSF committed to expanding the Barstow Rail yard. The city changed logo and it's motto to the hub of the west. It is also in the process of changing zoning in order to accommodate the logistics industry that surrounds the expanded BNSf facility. According to the city, the top employers in the area in 2020 were: American Airlines, British Airways, B&B, and Bournemouth Airport. The number of people living in the city was 1.2 million in 2013. The average household income was $28,000 in 2013, and it is expected to rise to 1.3 million in 2014. In 2013, the city had a population of 1.4 million, and in 2014, it had 1.5 million people. In 2015, the number of residents was 2.1 million, with the majority of residents living in and around the city of London. In 2014, the population was 2,715, with a growth rate of 0.7%. The city's population is currently 1.7 million. In 2012, the unemployment rate was 0.8%. In 2013 and 2014, there were 1.8 million people in the town, and 1.9 million in the surrounding area. The population has grown by 1.6 percent in the last five years. The growth rate has been fueled by the expansion of the rail yard, which has added over 4,500 acres to the town.


Barstow Unified School District has 8 elementary schools (grades 6-12) Barstow Community College is the only college in the district. The district also has a high school, a middle school, and a junior high. The high school is located in the middle of the town. The middle school is in the center of the community. The junior high is located near the middle school. The elementary schools are in the north and the south of the city. They are all located on the north side of the village. The school district has a total of 8 schools, including two high schools and two middle schools. The town also has one high school and one junior high school. It is located at the base of the San Diego Mountains. The community has a population of about 6,000. The schools are located in an area known as "The Ranch" The community is also home to a number of small businesses, such as a hardware store, a bank, a dry cleaners and a car dealership. The area is also known as the "Canyon" because of its location near the mountains, which is the main source of water supply for the area. The village has a large number of homes, many of which were built in the 1800s and 1900s. The city has a history of being a small town. It has been the site of many battles, including the Battle of the Bulge, which took place in the early 1900s when the U.S. was at its peak in the South.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Barstow, San Bernardino County, California = 1. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 48. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 10. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Barstow = 5.7 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 25,415 individuals with a median age of 31.4 age the population grows by 9.99% in Barstow, San Bernardino County, California population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 615.39 residents per square mile of area (237.60/km²). There are average 2.75 people per household in the 8,264 households with an average household income of $42,671 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 14.00% of the available work force and has dropped -6.49% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 13.02%. The number of physicians in Barstow per 100,000 population = 133.8.


The annual rainfall in Barstow = 5 inches and the annual snowfall = 0 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 22. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 281. 102 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 34.4 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 26, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Barstow, San Bernardino County, California which are owned by the occupant = 45.53%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 39 years with median home cost = $68,510 and home appreciation of -8.26%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $9.16 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,246 per student. There are 21.4 students for each teacher in the school, 7085 students for each Librarian and 908 students for each Counselor. 10.30% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 5.83% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 3.48% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Barstow's population in San Bernardino County, California of 1,433 residents in 1900 has increased 17,74-fold to 25,415 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 49.81% female residents and 50.19% male residents live in Barstow, San Bernardino County, California.

    As of 2020 in Barstow, San Bernardino County, California are married and the remaining 47.13% are single population.

  • 24.8 minutes is the average time that residents in Barstow require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    67.96% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 22.43% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 2.22% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 2.06% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Barstow, San Bernardino County, California, 45.53% are owner-occupied homes, another 38.27% are rented apartments, and the remaining 16.20% are vacant.

  • The 41.02% of the population in Barstow, San Bernardino County, California who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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