Grand Terrace, California
City of Grand Terrace images from top, left to right - Grand Terrace City Hall, Blue Mountain Trail, Northeast City Entrance, Historical Plaque, Veterans Wall of Freedom
City of Grand Terrace images from top, left to right - Grand Terrace City Hall, Blue Mountain Trail, Northeast City Entrance, Historical Plaque, Veterans Wall of Freedom
Official seal of Grand Terrace, California
Location of Grand Terrace in San Bernardino County, California.
Location of Grand Terrace in San Bernardino County, California.
Grand Terrace, California is located in the United States
Grand Terrace, California
Grand Terrace, California
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 34°02′02″N 117°18′49″W / 34.03389°N 117.31361°W / 34.03389; -117.31361[1]
Country United States
State California
County San Bernardino
IncorporatedNovember 30, 1978[2]
Government
 • TypeCouncil-manager[3]
 • MayorDarcy McNaboe[4]
 • City ManagerG. Harold Duffey[3]
Area
 • Total3.50 sq mi (9.08 km2)
 • Land3.50 sq mi (9.08 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)  0%
Elevation1,063 ft (324 m)
Population
 • Total13,150
 • Estimate 
(2019)[7]
12,584
 • Density3,590.30/sq mi (1,386.33/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
92313
Area code909
FIPS code06-30658
GNIS feature ID1660692
Websitewww.grandterrace-ca.gov

Grand Terrace is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. The population was 12,040 at the 2010 census, up from 11,626 at the 2000 census. Grand Terrace is located between Highgrove and Colton, along the I-215 and Agua Mansa industrial corridors. The city is located between two mountain ridges: Blue Mountain to the east and the La Loma Hills to the west.

History

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Grand Terrace's roots go back to Mexican land grants dating from the period between 1830 and 1840. Mormon settlers came shortly after, arriving in the San Bernardino Valley, during the 1850s.[8] According to the Riverside Press, in 1876, there were nine buildings in the Terrace-Colton area. Originally, the area was simply referred to as "the Terrace", but the word "Grand" was added around 1898 due to the beautiful views which surround the city. In 1905, Seventh-day Adventists, whose medical university is now located in nearby Loma Linda,[9] settled in the area. Grand Terrace, at the time known as "South Colton", experienced continued growth and development during the Southern California suburbia and sunbelt periods in the late half of the 20th century.

The development of Grand Terrace, or East Riverside, as the Grand Terrace-Highgrove area was called, became a reality with the construction of the Gage Canal. This 22-1/2-mile canal, built at a cost of 2 million dollars, brought water from the Santa Ana River marshlands below The Terrace. With plenty of irrigation water, Grand Terrace rapidly became an agricultural community featuring fine, quality citrus. The severe "freeze" of 1913 destroyed many groves. Walnuts, a hardier tree, were planted as replacements along with peaches as a quick-profit crop.

The social activities in the early 1900s centered around the Farm Bureau Extension Service and the Women's Club, followed by the PTA, in the 1930s. Since there were no local churches, people traveled to surrounding communities for worship and other church activities.

In 1962, the Grand Terrace Chamber of Commerce was organized. From the very beginning the Chamber was interested in preserving the local identity of the area, and therefore, was a strong supporter of cityhood. This group did much of the groundwork, which led to the formation of a local governing body in 1976, which was called the Municipal Advisory Council or MAC. After nearly two years of meetings and negotiations with the county, the residents went to the polls to decide the issue of cityhood. The response was an 82% vote for incorporation. On November 30, 1978, the Charter City Council was installed at Terrace Hills Junior High and Grand Terrace officially became the 16th city in San Bernardino County.[10]

Grand Terrace was named one of the "Top 100 Cities to Live In" by Money magazine in 2007.[11]

Geography

Blue Mountain in Grand Terrace, CA.

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 United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.5 square miles (9.1 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.Note
19705,901
19808,49844.0%
199010,94628.8%
200011,6266.2%
201012,0403.6%
2019 (est.)12,584[7]4.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]

2010

The 2010 United States Census[13] reported that Grand Terrace had a population of 12,040. The population density was 3,438.0 inhabitants per square mile (1,327.4/km2). The racial makeup of Grand Terrace was 7,912 (65.7%) White (46.4% Non-Hispanic White),[14] 673 (5.6%) African American, 120 (1.0%) Native American, 778 (6.5%) Asian, 32 (0.3%) Pacific Islander, 1,898 (15.8%) from other races, and 627 (5.2%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4,708 persons (39.1%).

The census reported that 11,927 people (99.1% of the population) lived in households, 50 (0.4%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 63 (0.5%) were institutionalized.

There were 4,403 households, of which 1,548 (35.2%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 2,214 (50.3%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 599 (13.6%) had a female householder with no husband present, 254 (5.8%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 285 (6.5%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 26 (0.6%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 1,026 households (23.3%) were made up of individuals, and 395 (9.0%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71. There were 3,067 families (69.7% of all households); the average family size was 3.20.

2,781 people (23.1% of the population) were under the age of 18, 1,244 people (10.3%) aged 18 to 24, 3,320 people (27.6%) aged 25 to 44, 3,195 people (26.5%) aged 45 to 64, and 1,500 people (12.5%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36.1 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.

There were 4,649 housing units at an average density of 1,327.5 per square mile (512.6/km2), of which 2,790 (63.4%) were owner-occupied, and 1,613 (36.6%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.7%; the rental vacancy rate was 7.0%. 7,848 people (65.2% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 4,079 people (33.9%) lived in rental housing units.

According to the 2010 United States Census, Grand Terrace had a median household income of $64,073, with 6.5% of the population living below the federal poverty line.[14]

2000

At the 2000 census,[15] there were 11,626 people, 4,221 households and 3,051 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,352.3 inhabitants per square mile (1,294.3/km2). There were 4,458 housing units at an average density of 1,285.4 per square mile (496.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 73.8% White, 4.6% African American, 0.7% Native American, 5.6% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 9.8% from other races, and 5.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 25.4% of the population.

There were 4,221 households, 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 2.7 and the average family size was 3.6.

26.3% of the population were 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 household income was $53,649 and the median family income was $61,068. Males had a median income of $41,417 compared with $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.

Government

In the California State Legislature, Grand Terrace is in the 20th Senate District, represented by Democrat Caroline Menjivar, and in the 47th Assembly District, represented by Republican Greg Wallis.[16]

In the United States House of Representatives, Grand Terrace is in the 33rd Congressional District, represented by Peter Aguilar.

Currently the city council consists of Mayor Darcy McNaboe, Sylvia Robles, Douglas Wilson, William Hussey, and Jeff Allen.[4]

The City Manager is Konrad Bolowich.[17]

Public safety

The City of Grand Terrace contracts with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.[18] The San Bernardino County Fire Department has a fire station on City Center Court.[19]

Education

The Colton Joint Unified School District serves the students of Grand Terrace with Grand Terrace Elementary School, Terrace View Elementary School, Terrace Hills Middle School, and Grand Terrace High School at the Ray Abril Jr. Educational Complex. The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino operates the Blessed Junipero Serra House of Formation in Grand Terrace.[20]

Notable Crime

References

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  20. ^ Times, Los Angeles (July 22, 2009). "Working to fill a dire need for priests". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 15, 2016.
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  24. ^ "Man Arrested in Connection With Fatal Shooting of Grand Terrace Skating Rink Owner". April 19, 2019.