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San Bernardino Riverside is a city of Inland Empire located approximately 60 miles east of Los Angeles. It is the 17th largest city in California and it’s the second poorest in the U.S after Detroit, Michigan. The city was named San Bernardino by a Franciscan Missionary in 1810.
The city of San Bernardino is rich in history and cultural diversity with influences from Native Americans, Mexican settlers, Spanish missionaries and Mormon emigrants that are reflected throughout the city even today.
Quality of life has improved in this city in remarkably manner with the introduction of operation phoenix which is a comprehensive crime reduction strategy to prevent crime in the city. The high crime rate in the city has always been a concerned of this city’s residents, in 2003 San Bernardino was the 16th most dangerous city in the U.S.
San Bernardino has 40 parks and 6 community centers offering its residents swimming pools, play pools, young and adult sports. The San Bernardino Municipal Soccer Complex is built on 50 acres and it has 17 full sized soccer fields including 4 lighted championship fields.
The economy of the city relies mostly on industries including the government, retail and service. According to the city’s annual financial report the top employer is California State University, San Bernardino, followed by The City of San Bernardino and the Community Hospital of San Bernardino.
CSUSB California state University, San Bernardino is a 41 acres campus. It was founded in 1965. The university has been recognized by the Princeton review as best college in the western region in 2014. Its college of Business and Public Administration was recognized as one of the top 20 business schools in the world by European CEO Magazine.
Attractions in San Bernardino
Arrowhead: near San Bernardino, there is a naturally formed arrow-head shaped rock on the side of a mountain. Since the early 1880s, people believe that water from the springs from this natural attraction had general health effects.
National Orange Show Festival: San Bernardino helds the National Orange Show Festival every year. This festival is celebrated since 1911 to promote the citrus industry. This event featured displays from multiple counties in CA and lasted 2 full weeks in the month of March.
The show is now a family event for the residents of San Bernardino and is only a weekend event instead of a National 2 weeks show.
Theaters and Arts in San Bernardino
California Theater of Performing arts: It is also referred as the California Theater and It opened in 1928. The theater showed for the first time to the audience King Kong and The Wizard of Oz in 1930s.
Coussoulis arena: This 5,000 seat multi purpose arena opened in 1995. The California State University, San Bernardino Coyotes Basketball Team plays at this arena.
Arrowhead Springs Hotel and Spa, this hotel is located in the Arrowhead Springs in the San Bernardino Valley. The resort has incredible hot springs, mineral baths and steam caves.
Casino San Manuel, this is one of the few casinos in southern California that is not a hotel resort. The casino has been opened since 1986, it offers a big selection in games, entertainment and restaurants. The casino is owned and operated by the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians.