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Victorville, California

City of Victorville
City
Flag of City of Victorville
Flag
Official seal of City of Victorville
Seal
Motto: "Key City of the High Desert" [1]
Location of Victorville in California
Location of Victorville in California
Coordinates: [2]
Country United States
State California
County San Bernardino
Incorporated (city) 1962-09-21[3]
Government
 • Mayor Jim Cox[4]
 • City Manager Doug Robertson[5]
Area[6]
 • Total 73.741 sq mi (190.988 km2)
 • Land 73.178 sq mi (189.529 km2)
 • Water 0.563 sq mi (1.459 km2)  0.76%
Elevation[2] 2,726 ft (831 m)
Population (2012)[7]
 • Total 120,336
 • Rank 5th in San Bernardino County
50th in California
217th in the United States
 • Density 1,600/sq mi (630/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 92392–92395[8]
Area code(s) 760/442[9]
FIPS code 06-82590
GNIS feature ID 1652806
Website ci.victorville.ca.us

Victorville is a city located in the Victor Valley of southwestern San Bernardino County, California. The United States Census Bureau estimated its 2012 population at 120,336.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Geography and climate 2
  • Demographics 3
    • 2010 3.1
    • 2000 3.2
  • Government 4
  • Economy 5
    • Top employers 5.1
  • Old Town Victorville 6
  • Local areas 7
  • Filming location 8
  • High-speed rail 9
  • Notable people 10
  • See also 11
  • References 12
  • External links 13

History

In 1858, Aaron G. Lane came to the High Desert and created the hamlet of "Lane's Crossing," which for many years provided shelter and supplies for people making the journey across the desert from the east to San Bernardino. Lane's Crossing was on the Mojave River just north of where the river crosses Interstate 15. Captain Lane was a

  • City-data - Victorville, California
  • Victorville city government site
  • newspaperThe Daily Press

External links

  1. ^ "About Victorville". Ci.victorville.ca.us. 1962-09-21. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  2. ^ a b "Victorville".  
  3. ^ "California Cities by Incorporation Date" (Word). California Association of  
  4. ^ "members". City of Victorville. Retrieved November 30, 2014. 
  5. ^ Victorville, City of. "Index". Victorville, City of. Retrieved 2010-01-08. 
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer File - Places - California".  
  7. ^ "Victorville city, California - Fact Sheet - 2010 Census". 
  8. ^ "USPS - ZIP Code Lookup - Find a ZIP+ 4 Code By City Results". Retrieved 2007-02-20. 
  9. ^ "Number Administration System - NPA and City/Town Search Results". Retrieved 2007-02-20. 
  10. ^ "Lane'S Crossing". Mojavedesert.net. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  11. ^ Thompson, Richard D. and Kathryn L. "Pioneer of the Mojave: The Life and Times of Aaron G. Lane". MojaveHistory.com. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  12. ^ "A Settlement On The Mojave". Mojavedesert.net. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  13. ^ "Excerpt from "The Scripts of Citizen Kane" by Robert L. Carringer". Retrieved 2007-10-11. 
  14. ^ Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum
  15. ^ "VICTORVILLE, CALIFORNIA - Climate Summary". Wrcc.dri.edu. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  16. ^ "Victorville Weather Averages". Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-05-29. 
  17. ^ "CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING (1790-2010)".  
  18. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Victorville city". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  19. ^ http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/06/0682590.html. 
  20. ^ http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/06/0682590.html. 
  21. ^ 2000 US Census Factfinder♙
  22. ^ "Statewide Database". UC Regents. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  23. ^ "California's 8th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Basic Financial Statements and Supplementary Information, Year ended June 30, 2009". City of Victorville. p. 160. 
  25. ^ "Roaming around Old Town | press, daily, click - Victorville Daily Press". Vvdailypress.com. 2012-08-15. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  26. ^ "Old Town's event center closes door — again | victorville, closes, door - Victorville Daily Press". Vvdailypress.com. 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  27. ^ locations"It Came From Outer Space". Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
  28. ^ details"Grand Theft Auto". Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
  29. ^ details"The Hills Have Eyes". Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
  30. ^ locations"The Hitcher". Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
  31. ^ locations"Lethal Weapon". Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
  32. ^ locations"Face/Off". Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
  33. ^ locations"Breakdown". Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
  34. ^ locations"Contact". Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
  35. ^ locations"Play It to the Bone". Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
  36. ^ locations"Kill Bill: Volume 2". Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
  37. ^ locations"The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift". Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
  38. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p2494/biography
  39. ^ "Jesse Chavez Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 

References

See also

Notable people

In 2010, a high-speed rail system called the XpressWest (formerly Desert Xpress) was expected to connect Las Vegas to southern California. Additionally, Xpress West was planning a possible extension to Palmdale, California, to connect with the proposed California High-Speed Rail system.

High-speed rail

Victorville has been used for commercial filming several times:

Filming location

There are several notable areas and locations within Victorville such as Spring Valley Lake, the Old Sheriff's Office, U.S. Route 66 and the Southern California Logistics Airport.

Local areas

Notable in Old Town Victorville are the Veteran's Memorial on the corner of Seventh Street and Forrest Ave, the Route 66 Museum on D Street, and the Old Victor School on Sixth Street.

A controversial revitalization project started in 1995 in the ten square blocks along Historic Route 66. After years of setbacks in developing Old Town, the city—along with input from residents and local business owners—created an Old Town Strategic Action Plan in 2007. In 2008, demolition on hazardous and dilapidated buildings began. In 2010, as the economy declined, the redevelopment agency was eliminated and the city no longer had funding to continue projects.[25] As of 2012, the area still has problems with crime, homelessness, and many buildings remain boarded up.[26]

Old Town Victorville
Veteran's Memorial

Old Town Victorville

# Employer # of employees
1 Southern California Logistics Airport 2,073
2 Victor Valley College 1,150
3 Desert Valley Hospital 1,000
4 Verizon 940
5 Victor Valley Union High School District 877
6 Victor Elementary School District 848
7 Federal Correctional Complex, Victorville 844
8 Walmart 830
9 Victor Valley Community Hospital 548

According to the City's 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[24] the top employers in the city are:

Top employers

Economy

In the United States House of Representatives, Victorville is in California's 8th congressional district, represented by Republican Paul Cook.[23]

In the California State Legislature, Victorville is in the 21st Senate District, represented by Republican Steve Knight, and in the 33rd Assembly District, represented by Republican Jay Obernolte.[22]

Government

The median income for a household in the city is $66,763, and the median income for a family is $66,866. Males have a median income of $40,149 versus $26,138 for females. The per capita income for the city is $18,731. 19.24% of the population and 16.03% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 24.6% of those under the age of 18 and 10.6% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

In the city the population is spread out with 34.2% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 17.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 30.7 years. For every 100 females there are 93.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 89.2 males.

There are 20,893 households out of which 43.8% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.3% are married couples living together, 16.1% have a female householder with no husband present, and 24.0% are non-families. 19.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 3.03 and the average family size is 3.47.

In 2000,[21] the city was estimated to contain 64,029 people, 20,893 households, and 15,883 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city is 61.1% White White (U.S. Census) (47.5 Non-Hispanic White), 11.9% African American, 1.1% Native American, 3.5% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 16.3% from other races, and 6.0% from two or more races. 33.5% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

2000

According to the 2010 United States Census, Victorville had a median household income of $52,165, with 23.7% of the population living below the federal poverty line. [20]

There were 36,655 housing units at an average density of 497.1 per square mile (191.9/km²), of which 20,137 (61.8%) were owner-occupied, and 12,421 (38.2%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 4.9%; the rental vacancy rate was 11.1%. 66,600 people (57.5% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 44,200 people (38.1%) lived in rental housing units.

The population was spread out with 38,023 people (32.8%) under the age of 18, 12,136 people (10.5%) aged 18 to 24, 33,479 people (28.9%) aged 25 to 44, 22,853 people (19.7%) aged 45 to 64, and 9,412 people (8.1%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29.5 years. For every 100 females there were 100.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.1 males.

There were 32,558 households, out of which 17,256 (53.0%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 17,036 (52.3%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 6,487 (19.9%) had a female householder with no husband present, 2,397 (7.4%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 2,478 (7.6%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 258 (0.8%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 5,081 households (15.6%) were made up of individuals and 1,954 (6.0%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.40. There were 25,920 families (79.6% of all households); the average family size was 3.77.

The Census reported that 110,800 people (95.6% of the population) lived in households, 341 (0.3%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 4,762 (4.1%) were institutionalized.

The 2010 United States Census[18] reported that Victorville had a population of 115,903. The population density was 1,571.8 people per square mile (606.9/km²). The racial makeup of Victorville was 56,258 (48.5%) White (28.3% Non-Hispanic White),[19] 19,483 (16.8%) African American, 1,665 (1.4%) Native American, 4,641 (4.0%) Asian, 489 (0.4%) Pacific Islander, 26,036 (22.5%) from other races, and 7,331 (6.3%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 55,359 persons (47.8%).

2010

Demographics

Climate data for Victorville, California
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 80
(27)
86
(30)
93
(34)
100
(38)
108
(42)
111
(44)
116
(47)
112
(44)
110
(43)
101
(38)
88
(31)
85
(29)
116
(47)
Average high °F (°C) 60
(16)
63
(17)
68
(20)
75
(24)
84
(29)
93
(34)
99
(37)
98
(37)
92
(33)
81
(27)
68
(20)
60
(16)
78.4
(25.8)
Average low °F (°C) 31
(−1)
35
(2)
38
(3)
42
(6)
49
(9)
55
(13)
61
(16)
61
(16)
55
(13)
45
(7)
35
(2)
30
(−1)
44.8
(7.1)
Record low °F (°C) −1
(−18)
11
(−12)
14
(−10)
25
(−4)
30
(−1)
36
(2)
36
(2)
42
(6)
32
(0)
21
(−6)
8
(−13)
6
(−14)
−1
(−18)
Rainfall inches (mm) 1.11
(28.2)
1.18
(30)
1.14
(29)
0.31
(7.9)
0.23
(5.8)
0.06
(1.5)
0.16
(4.1)
0.25
(6.4)
0.33
(8.4)
0.26
(6.6)
0.36
(9.1)
0.81
(20.6)
6.2
(157.6)
Source: Weather Channel[16]

The average annual precipitation in Victorville is 6.27 inches (159 mm). There is an average of 28 days annually with measurable precipitation. The wettest year recorded was 1983 with 13.42 inches (341 mm) and the driest year recorded was 1953 with 1.27 inches (32 mm). The most precipitation in one month was 5.45 inches (138 mm) in February 1944. The most precipitation in 24 hours was 3.00 inches (76 mm) on February 24, 1998. Snowfall in Victorville averages only 1.4 inches (36 mm) annually. The most snowfall in one month was 38.0 inches (970 mm) in January 1949, including 31.0 inches (790 mm) on January 14. Snowfall is rather common during the winter months in the higher mountains south of Victorville, especially around Cajon Pass.[15]

The summer climate for this area in the Mojave Desert is hotter than the Los Angeles basin, but 10 or 15 degrees cooler than in the Colorado Desert. The National Weather Service has maintained a weather station in Victorville since 1917. Official records show that Victorville has an arid climate with cool winters and hot summers. Average January temperatures range from a maximum of 59.5 °F (15.3 °C) to a minimum of 31.4 °F (−0.3 °C). Average July temperatures range from a maximum of 99.1 °F (37.3 °C) to a minimum of 60.8 °F (16.0 °C). The record high temperature was 116 °F (47 °C) on July 10, 2002. The record low temperature was −1 °F (−18 °C) on January 17, 1949. There are an average of 109 days with highs of 90 °F (32 °C) or higher and an average of 79 days with lows of 32 °F (0 °C) or lower.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 73.7 square miles (191 km2). 73.2 square miles (190 km2) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) of it is water. The total area is 0.76% water.

Victorville is bordered by Apple Valley on the east, Hesperia on the south, and Adelanto on the west. The Mojave River flows sporadically through Victorville. The elevation at City Hall is approximately 2,950 feet (900 m) above sea level.

Victorville is located at the southwestern edge of the Mojave Desert, 81 miles (130 km) northeast of Los Angeles, 34 miles (55 km) south of Barstow, 48 miles (77 km) east of Palmdale, and 37 miles (60 km) north of San Bernardino through the Cajon Pass on Interstate 15. Victorville is the location of offices of the "Mojave Desert Branch" of the San Bernardino County government.

Geography and climate

On November 3, 2007, Victorville hosted the DARPA Urban Challenge, a six-hour autonomous robot driving contest through the streets of the Southern California Logistics Airport. The Carnegie Mellon University team, known as Tartan Racing, won the two million dollar first prize, with the Stanford University Racing Team winning a one million dollar check for finishing second. Team Victor Tango, made up of faculty and students from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute won $500,000 for finishing third.

In 2003, the practically bankrupt Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum[14] was moved from Victorville to Branson, Missouri, for another try at solvency.

On August 14, 1977, the actor Ron Haydock was struck and killed while hitchhiking near Victorville.

The city of Victorville was officially incorporated by the State of California on September 21, 1962.

After decades of service to the Air Force, in 1992 the George Air Force Base was closed, and its land turned over to other uses. Part of it is now the Southern California Logistics Airport. The former Air Force base housing area is now vacant, and it forms a ghost town that is used for military training by troops from the U.S. Army's Fort Irwin Military Reservation. The Victorville Federal Penitentiary has been built on another part of the former air base.

The U.S. Air Force was established in October, 1947.

In 1940, Herman J. Mankiewicz and John Houseman wrote the first two drafts of the script for the film Citizen Kane in Victorville, while residing at the Green Spot motel along Route 66. That film's producer and director, Orson Welles, had sent the two of them to write in semi-seclusion - due to Mankiewicz's outrageous drinking propensities.[13]

In 1926, the highway U.S. Route 66 was begun, and it passed through Victorville. Today, that former route is known as Seventh Street and continues across Interstate 15 and becomes Palmdale Road. It is the primary street through Old Town Victorville.

About 1895, the village was named "Victor" for the California Southern Railroad's General Manager Jacob Nash Victor. In 1901, the U.S. Post Office Department changed that name to Victorville to avoid confusion with the town of Victor, Colorado.

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