Grand Terrace is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. The population was 11,626 at the 2000 census. Grand Terrace is strategically located between the cities of Riverside and San Bernardino along the I-215 corridor. This community of 12,000 is known for its peaceful atmosphere, beautiful neighborhoods, high performing schools, an active library, and safe streets. The city is nestled between two mountain ridges, Blue Mountain to the east, and La Loma Hills to the west.
This 3.6 square mile community has an average elevation of 1,065 feet. 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 is named for the Blue Lupine flower that grows on Blue Mountain in the spring.
According to the city's website, the 2000 census revealed that Grand Terrace has the highest median income in the Inland Empire region at $61,068. According to an article in The Press Enterprise dated May 31, 2002, “Its clean streets, quiet neighborhoods and no violent crime are big draws for its middle-income population.”
The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department provides police services to the City, while the San Bernardino County Fire Department handles all fire-related calls(paramedic and other ambulance services are provided by American Medical Response).
The Colton Joint Unified School District serves the children of Grand Terrace, with Terrace View Elementary School and Grand Terrace Junior High School. A proposed high school is in the planning stages.
Grand Terrace is located at GR1.(34.031019, -117.316683)
As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 11,626 people, 4,221 households, and 3,051 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,293.6/km² (3,352.3/mi²). There were 4,458 housing units at an average density of 496.0/km² (1,285.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 73.76% White, 4.62% African American, 0.72% Native American, 5.62% Asian, 0.31% Pacific Islander, 9.75% from other races, and 5.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 25.41% of the population.
There were 4,221 households out 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 2.70 and the average family size was 3.15.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.3% 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 income for a household in the city was $53,649, and the median income for a family was $61,068. Males had a median income of $41,417 versus $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.