Know Your City


This 3.6-square-mile (9.3 km2) community has an average elevation of 1, 065 feet (325 mi). 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 use to grow on Blue Mountain in the spring.

According to Wikipedia, the 2010 census revealed that Grand Terrace has the highest median income in the Inland Empire region at $61,068. According to the article in the Press-Enterprise dated May 31, 2001, “It’s clean streets, quiet neighborhoods and no violent crime are big draws for the middle-income population.”


The 2010 United States Census reported that Grand Terrace had a population of 12, 040.  The population density was 3,428.0 per square mile (1,327.4/km2).  The racial makeup of Grand Terrace was 7,912 (65.7%) White, 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 4,780 persons (39.1%).

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

2,781 people (23.1% of the population) were under the age of 18.  1, 244 people (10.3%) aged 18-24, 3,320 people (27.6%) ages 25-44, 3, 195 people (26.5%) aged 45-64, 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(512.5/km2), of which 2,790 (63.4%) were owner-occupied, and 1, 613 (36.6%) were occupied by renters.  The homeowner 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.

Population in 2012:  12,290 (100% urban, 0% rural).  Population change since 2000:  +5.7%

Males:  5,919 (48.2%)
Females:  6,371 (51.8%)
Median Resident Age:  36.1 years
California Median Age: 45.6 years
Estimated Median Household income in 2011:  $59,031
Grand Terrace:  $59,031
California:  $57,287
Estimated per capita income in 2011:  $27,463

Grand Terrace city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2011:  $223,199
Grand Terrace:  $223,199
California:  $355,600

Mean prices 2011:  All housing units:  $260,218; Detached houses: $391,326; Townhouses or other attached units:  $263,370; In 2-unit structures:  $251,447; In 5-or-more-unit structures:  $255,170; Mobile Homes $51,058

For population 25 years and over in Grand Terrace
  • High School or higher:  88.3%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher:  22.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree:  9.2%
  • Unemployed:  8.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute):  25.3 minutes

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2011:  $2,183 (0.7%)

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing united with no-mortgages in 2011:  $1,339 (0.6%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+:  Rialto, CA (6.7 miles, pop. 91.873)

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+ Riverside, CA  (7.3 miles, pop. 255,166)

Nearest city with pop, 1,000,000+:  Los Angeles, CA (60.8 miles, pop.3,694,820).

Nearest cities:  Highgrove, CA (1.2 miles), Colton, CA (1.5 miles), Loma Linda, CA (2.0 miles), Bloomington, CA  (2.5 miles), Rubidoux, CA  (2.5 miles), Rialto, CA  (206 miles), San Bernardino, CA  (206. miles).

Grand Terrace Ranks in the Top 100 Small Towns in America

Money Magazine ranked the City of Grand Terrace in the “Top 100 Best Places to Live in America for Small Town”>

Grand Terrace earned this designation out of over 3,000 small towns thanks to its high points for economic opportunity, family friendliness, and home affordability. Big cities may have their own charge, but families, the
suburbs are here to stay.

Hospitals/Medial Centers near Grand Terrace:
    Government – Federal provides emergency services, about 4 miles away: LOMA
    LINDA, CA)
  • COMMUNITY HOSPITAL OF SAN BERNARDINO (Acute Care Hospitals, Voluntary non-profit, – Private, provides emergency services, about 7 miles away: SAN BERNARDINO, CA)
  • ST. BERNARDINE MEDICAL CENTER (Acute Hospitals, Voluntary non-profit, Church, provides emergency services, about 9 miles away: SAN BERNARDINO, CA)
Amtrak Stations near Grand Terrace:
  • 5 miles: RIVERSIDE (4066 VINE ST.) – Bus Station, Services:  fully wheelchair accessible, public payphones, full-services food facilities, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for car rental service, call for tax service, public transit connection.
  • 6 miles:  SAN BERNARDINO (SAN BERNARDINO, 1170 W. 3RD ST.).  Services:  ticket office, partially wheelchair accessible, public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking.
  • 9 miles:  MORENO VALLEY (ARCO MINI MART, 2624 E. ALESSANDRO BLVD.) – Bus Station, Services:  public payphones.
Colleges/Universities with over 2000 students nearest to Grand Terrace:
  • Loma Linda University (about 4 miles:  Loma Linda, CA; FT enrollment:  3,219)
  • University of California-Riverside (about 4 miles; Riverside, CA; FT enrollment:  18,783)
  • San Bernardino Valley College (about 4 miles; San Bernardino, CA; FT enrollment: 4, 193)
  • Riverside Community College (about 6 miles; Riverside, CA; FT enrollment:  11,251)
  • University of Redlands (about 10 miles; Redlands, CA; FT enrollment:  4,389)
  • California Baptist University (about 10 miles; Riverside, CA; FT enrollment:  3,134)
  • California State University- San Bernardino (about 11 miles; San Bernardino, CA; FT enrollment:  13,649)
Grand Terrace TV Channel 3

The city of Grand Terrace maintains the Channel 3 Grand Terrace to provide the community with updated information of the current and past events as well as safety information thought its regular programming.

Programming on Channel 3 consists of live City Council Meetings, edited coverage of city sponsored special events, a weekly electronic bulletin board featuring public service and event announcements, as well as community related programming produced by other government agencies.

Grand Terrace Radio

The City of Grand Terrace, along with support from the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Emergency Operations Committee (EOC), has purchased an AM radio station in an effort to keep our residents informed. Concerned about the limited ability to notify community members in emergency situations, city officials purchased the radio station to “sustain and exchange catastrophic planning capabilities: Community members who don’t have access to cable television or the Internet can get current city information with the use of the AM radios.

The Grand Terrace Radio WQK1930 broadcasts on frequency of 1640 AM. This licenses Emergency Advisory Radio System broadcasts recorded and live noncommercial message over a 25-75 square mile (3-5 mile radius) area. National “all hazard” messages targeted to counties services are also broadcast automatically. During non-emergency times, visitor messages, directions to helpful services, descriptions of things to see and do, area history, weather, traffic, road construction info, and safety preparedness information related to motorists may be broadcast.