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City of Grand Terrace
—  City  —
Location in San Bernardino County and the state of California
Coordinates: 34°1′52″N 117°19′0″W / 34.03111°N 117.316667°W / 34.03111; -117.316667
Country United States
State California
County San Bernardino
 - City Manager Thomas J Schwab
 - Total 3.5 sq mi (9 km2)
 - Land 3.5 sq mi (9 km2)
 - Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,063 ft (324 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 11,626
 - Density 3,321.7/sq mi (1,291.8/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 92313, 92324
Area code(s) 909
FIPS code 06-30658
GNIS feature ID 1660692

Grand Terrace is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. The population was 11,626 at the 2000 census. Grand Terrace is located between the cities of Riverside and San Bernardino along the I-215 corridor. The city is situated between two mountain ridges, Blue Mountain to the east, and La Loma Hills to the west.



This 3.6-square-mile (9.3 km2) community has an average elevation of 1,065 feet (325 m). Its motto, inscribed on the city flag, is "The Blue Mountain City" (its official slogan is "A city set upon a mountain cannot be hidden"), and refers to the Blue Lupine flower that used to grow on Blue Mountain in the spring.

According to the city's web site, the 2000 census revealed that Grand Terrace has the highest median income in the Inland Empire region at $61,068. According to an article in The Press Enterprise dated May 31, 2002, “Its clean streets, quiet neighborhoods and no violent crime are big draws for its middle-income population.”


Grand Terrace is located at 34°1′52″N 117°19′0″W / 34.03111°N 117.316667°W / 34.03111; -117.316667 (34.031019, -117.316683)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.0 km² (3.5 mi²), all land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 11,626 people, 4,221 households, and 3,051 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,293.6/km² (3,352.3/mi²). There were 4,458 housing units at an average density of 496.0/km² (1,285.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 73.76% White, 4.62% African American, 0.72% Native American, 5.62% Asian, 0.31% Pacific Islander, 9.75% from other races, and 5.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 25.41% of the population.

There were 4,221 households out of which 35.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.7% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 31.2% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 10.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 89.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $53,649, and the median income for a family was $61,068. Males had a median income of $41,417 versus $30,491 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,787. About 4.5% of families and 7.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.6% of those under age 18 and 4.5% of those age 65 or over.


In the state legislature Grand Terrace is located in the 31st Senate District, represented by Republican Robert Dutton, and in the 63rd Assembly District, represented by Republican Bill Emmerson. Federally, Grand Terrace is located in California's 41st congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +9[3] and is represented by Republican Jerry Lewis. Currently the city government consists of Mayor Maryetta Ferre (former Terrace View Elementary Principal) and four other Council Members. The City Manager is Thomas Schwab, who has served as the City Manager for over 25 years.

Notable Facts

  • Grand Terrace is named one of the "Top 100 Cities to Live In" by Money Magazine.
  • 2008 marks the 30th anniversary for the City. Several events took place to mark this monumental milestone.
  • One of the more notable activities is Grand Terrace Days, which takes place every year in June. It includes a parade and festival which take place at Rollins Park on DeBerry St.
  • Grand Terrace has only had two city managers in its time, Seth Green, and Thomas Schwab.

Notable residents

Public safety

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department has at least one deputy assigned here from the Central Station at all times(with as-needed backup from the Colton and San Bernardino Police Departments, as well as deputies from nearby Loma Linda), while the San Bernardino County Fire Department has a fire station on City Center Court.

Education in Grand Terrace

The Colton Joint Unified School District serves the students of Grand Terrace with Grand Terrace Elementary School, Terrace View Elementary School, and Terrace Hills Middle School, with a high school that is scheduled to be completed fall 2011.

In addition, within the city is a non-public school for special-education students which is administered by UHS Schools.

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