Big Bear City is not a city at all, rather an unincorporated, census-designated place in San Bernardino County, California immediately east of Big Bear Lake. The population was 5,779 at the 2000 census. Big Bear encompasses Census Tracts 113 (east) and 114 (west). The makeup of Big Bear City is mostly residential with smaller houses and cabins laid out in typical square block fashion.
Most of the town and the business district are centered around Big Bear Blvd. Its limits are defined on the West by Division Road and on the east by the left turn at Hwy 38 which goes down to Redlands. Though its south boundary is loosely defined by the residential boundary, the north side is defined by North Shore Road. The east-west postal divider of Big Bear City is Green Way Drive. It is here that Hwy 18 of Big Bear Blvd. turns north and crosses over to North Shore Drive heading east toward Lucerne Valley, and Hwy 38 coming from the east turns north to North Shore and heads west to Big Bear Dam.
Sugarloaf is a large residential area that lies to the south of Big Bear City.
Due to its high altitude it is often the location of the training camps for many Boxers and Mixed martial arts contestants such as Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley, and Tito Ortiz. This is due to an effect that prolonged training in high altitudes has upon the oxygen transport system of the blood.
Big Bear City is located at GR1(34.262695, -116.844618).
As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 5,779 people, 2,290 households, and 1,603 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 643.0/km² (1,665.1/mi²). There were 4,801 housing units at an average density of 534.2/km² (1,383.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 89.08% White, 0.62% African American, 1.30% Native American, 1.45% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 3.77% from other races, and 4.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.93% of the population.
There were 2,290 households out of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.0% were non-families. 23.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.97.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 26.5% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 98.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.0 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $35,615, and the median income for a family was $42,995. Males had a median income of $33,994 versus $20,844 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $19,301. About 5.1% of families and 6.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.6% of those under age 18 and 1.2% of those age 65 or over.