Redlands is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 63,591.
|City of Redlands|
|Nickname: Jewel of the Inland Empire|
As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 63,591 people, 23,593 households, and 16,019 families residing in the city. The population density was 692.2/km² (1,793.1/mi²). There were 24,790 housing units at an average density of 269.8/km² (699.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 73.69% White, 4.31% African American, 0.94% Native American, 5.12% Asian, 0.23% Pacific Islander, 11.33% from other races, and 4.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any ethnicity were 24.07% of the population.
There were 23,593 households out of which 33.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.6% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.18.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 12.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 89.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $48,155, and the median income for a family was $56,254. Males had a median income of $42,408 versus $32,122 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,237. About 7.7% of families and 10.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.5% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.
The area now occupied by Redlands was originally part of the territory of the Morongo and Aguas Calientes tribes. After the arrival of Spanish settlers in the 1770s, it became part of the massive Rancho San Bernardino, remaining a dusty patch of grazing land after Mexican independence. In 1851, the area received its first Anglo inhabitants in the form of several hundred Mormon pioneers, who purchased the entire Rancho San Bernardino, founded nearby San Bernardino, and established a prosperous farming community watered by the many lakes and streams of the San Bernardino Mountains. The Mormon community left wholesale in 1857, recalled to Utah by Brigham Young during the tensions with the federal government that ultimately led to the brief Utah War. (The Mormon temple that now sits atop a hill in eastern Redlands is on the lands of the former Mormon colony.) After their departure, most of the San Bernardino area--Redlands included--returned to its former state as sparsely inhabited scrubland.
In the 1880s, the arrival of the Southern Pacific and Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroads, connecting Southern California to San Francisco and Salt Lake touched off a land boom, with land speculators such as John W. North flooding into the area now known as the Inland Empire. North and others saw the area, with its hot, dry climate and ready access to water supplies, as an ideal center for citrus production. The city of Redlands was soon established to provide a center (along with North's nearby settlement at Riverside) for the burgeoning citrus industry. The arrival of the Pacific Electric Railroad interurban railway in the early 20th century provided a convenient, speedy connection to fast-growing Los Angeles and its new port at San Pedro, bringing even greater prosperity to the town and a new role as a vacation destination for wealthy Angelenos. Redlands, was, in fact, the eastern-most point of the "Big Red Car" system.
Tree-lined State Street in downtown Redlands is still comprised primarily of beautiful historic buildings and locally-owned shops and boutiques. It originally was the main highway between the Banning Pass to the southeast and Los Angeles to the west. Some of its most famous buildings, like A.K. Smiley Public Library, a Moorish-style library built in 1898, and the Redlands Bowl, built in 1930 and home of the oldest continuously free outdoor concert series in the United States, are mere steps from the center of town. Located behind the Smiley Library is the Lincoln Shrine, the only memorial honoring the "Great Emancipator", the sixteenth president, west of the Mississippi River. Other famous homes include “America’s Favorite Victorian,” the Morey House, on Terracina Boulevard, and the Kimberly Crest House and Gardens, a home museum featured on the PBS series “America’s Castles.” Named after the family who purchased the house, the owners of Kimberly-Clark (makers of paper goods and Kleenex), it is a beautiful mansion set high on a hill overlooking the whole valley.
At the turn of the 1900s, Redlands was the "Palm Springs" of the next century, with roses being planted along many city thoroughfares. Some of these plantings would survive as wild thickets into the 1970s, especially adjacent to orange groves where property management was lax. Washingtonian palms were planted along many main avenues. Also, Redlands is well known for naming its Streets that run East to West Avenues after American city names, and North to South Streets are usually named after an American state.
Redlands, CA 92373
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The city of Redlands owns and operates 14 public parks totaling more than 143 acres:
- Brookside Park: a 9.2-acre neighborhood park with picnic and playground facilities. (Brookside Avenue between Terracina Boulevard and Bellevue Avenue)
- Caroline Park: a 16.8-acre nature park with trails and open space planted with native California plants and a water conservation garden. It houses a large variety of animals. Especially active near sundown. (Sunset Drive and Mariposa Drive)
- Community Park: an 18.2-acre park with lighted baseball fields, tennis courts, picnic and playground facilities. (San Bernardino Avenue and Church Street)
- Crafton Park: a 7.5 acre-neighborhood park with lighted soccer field, picnic and playground facilities. (Wabash Avenue and Independence Avenue)
- Ed Hales Park: a .7-acre downtown park with picnic facilities. (State Street and Fifth Street)
- Jennie Davis Park: a 5.2-acre neighborhood park with picnic and playground facilities. (Redlands Boulevard and New York Street)
- Ford Park: a 27-acre park with two ponds for fishing, lighted tennis courts, picnic and playground facilities. (Redlands Boulevard and Ford Street)
- Franklin Park: a .6-acre natural open space area. (Garden Street and Franklin Avenue)
- Prospect Park: an 11.4-acre natural park with trails and picnic facilities. The park contains the Avice Meeker Sewall Theater, an outdoor amphitheater with seating for 407. (Cajon Street and Highland Avenue)
- San Timoteo Canyon Nature Preserve: a 40-acre natural preserve facility. (San Timoteo Canyon Road and Alessandro Road)
- Simonds Parkway: a .9-acre neighborhood park. (Garden Street and Rossmont Drive)
- Smiley Park: a 9.2-acre park at the Redlands Civic Center. This park is home to A.K. Smiley Public Library, a facility listed on the National Register of Historic Places; the Lincoln Memorial Shrine, containing the largest collection of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia west of the Mississippi River; and the Redlands Bowl, an outdoor amphitheater with seating for approximately 4,000 where summer concerts are performed each Tuesday and Friday evening during July and August. (Eureka Street and Vine Street). The Lincoln Shrine is host to the annual Boy Scout Pilgrimage to the Lincoln Shrine.
- Sylvan Park: a 23.3-acre park with softball field, group and individual picnic areas and playground facilities. (Colton Avenue and University Street)
- Texonia Park: a 10.7-acre neighborhood park with lighted softball field, basketball courts, picnic and playground facilities. (Texas Street and Lugonia Avenue)
- Redlands Sports Park: under construction, the 120-acre facility will include soccer fields, softball fields, group picnic facilities, playground and recreations elements. (Wabash Avenue and San Bernardino Avenue) by Redlands Municipal Airport
Redlands Unified School District
- Every February, the city hosts its annual Triatholon/Duathon.
- Every March, the city is host to the annual Redlands Bicycle Classic since 1984. It's the United States' largest road cycling event, a three-day event for the world's top professional and amateur male and female cyclists, featuring total prizes in excess of $50,000.
- In April, the city has its annual Run Through Redlands since 1983.
- Every 4th of July, the city celebrates at Sylvan Park with activities, games, and Booths. There's also a traditional 4th of July Parade with Revolutionary dressed soldiers walking down University Street. Usually ending the day at the University of Redlands Ted Runner Stadium with a fireworks display by Pyro Spectaculars.
- Every Thursday, a Farmers' market is held in Downtown Redlands on State Street.
- Every May, the Redlands Shakespeare Festival stages three plays at the Redlands Bowl. In the summer it supports the Shakespeare for Children workshop, and throughout the year it engages in educational outreach to schools and other organizations.
- Heather Aldama, famous soccer player United States Women's National Soccer Team
- Jerry Andrews, inventor of the Beverage Container, Joe-To-Go
- Joan Baez, folksinger, attended Redlands High School
- Brian Billick, head coach of the Baltimore Ravens
- Harry Blackstone Jr., professional magician
- Hugh "Lumpy" Brannum, actor from Mr. Green Jeans
- Jack Dangermond, founder of ESRI
- Landon Donovan, professional soccer player for the Los Angeles Galaxy and the US National Team
- James Fallows, journalist for The Atlantic Monthly
- Davey Faragher, musician, bass player for Elvis Costello
- John Mack Faragher, US historian, Yale University professor
- Johnny Hickman, musician, guitarist for Cracker
- Jeremy Ito, placekicker for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team
- Patrick Johnson, professional football player for the Baltimore Ravens
- J. Alfred Kimberly, co-founder of the Kimberly-Clark Corporation
- Jerry Lewis, congressman, ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee
- Benji Schwimmer, winner of the second season of So You Think You Can Dance
- Dave Stockton, professional golfer
- Mark Teahen, professional baseball player for the Kansas City Royals
- Margie Lee Winn
- Redlands Historical Museum, located inside the A.K. Smiley Library on the grounds of Smiley Park in downtown Redlands. The Museum will refurbish the old 1940 City Hall, now used as the Redlands Police Department as their new Museum Center. The Heritage Center holds various Pictures, Pamphlets, Maps, Yearbooks, Newspapers, manuscripts and books all relating to the rise of Redlands as a naval orange producing mecca to the close knit community is has become today.
- 30 Cajon Street Redlands, CA 92373 
- San Bernardino County Museum, is a regional museum with exhibits and collections in cultural and natural history. Special exhibits, the Exploration Station live animal discovery center, extensive research collections, and public programs for adults, families, students, and children are all part of the museum experience.
- 2024 Orange Tree Lane Redlands, CA 92374 
- Redlands Glass House holds displays of American Glassware dating from the early 1800s to contemporary times. Displays include, glass from Heisey, Cambridge, Fenton Art Glass Company, Fostoria, and Sandwich factories as well as those that produced depression-era glassware. Items on display include candlesticks, compotes, milk glass, stems, bowls, historical plates, salts, kerosene lamps-and even several items from the estate of Liberace.
- 1157 Orange Street Redlands, CA 92373