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Yucca Valley is an incorporated town located in San Bernardino Countymarker, Californiamarker, United Statesmarker. The town is a San Bernardinomarker suburb. The population was 16,865 at the 2000 census. However, the town's highway sign lists the current population at 25,500. Yucca Valley lies west of Twentynine Palmsmarker, north of Palm Springsmarker, south of Barstowmarker via State Route 247, southeast of Lucerne Valleymarker and east of the main city San Bernardinomarker.

Bordered in the west by the San Bernardino Mountainsmarker and in the south by the Joshua Tree National Parkmarker, the Yucca Valley community is located above sea level. Clean air, low humidity and moderate temperatures make Yucca Valley a pleasant place for travelers and residents.



Yucca Valley is governed by a town council whose mayor as of 2009 is Frank Luckino. Other Town Council members are Chad Mayes, Bill Neeb, Lori Herbel and George Huntington. Yucca Valley contracts its police and public safety services from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. Fire suppression and ambulance services are provided by the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

State and federal

In the state legislature Yucca Valley is located in the 31st Senate District, represented by Republican Robert Dutton, and in the 65th Assembly District, represented by Republican Paul Cook. Federally, Yucca Valley is located in California's 41st congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +9 and is represented by Republican Jerry Lewis.


Public education in Yucca Valley is under the administration of the Morongo Unified School District. Yucca Valley has 3 neighborhood elementary schools—Onaga Elementary, Yucca Mesa Elementary (K-8) and Yucca Valley Elementary; one middle school—La Contenta Middle School; and two high schools--Yucca Valley High Schoolmarker and Sky Continuation High School. Private schools in Yucca Valley include Our Lady of the Desert, a Christian school for K-12; Joshua Springs Christian School, non-denominational affiliation for PK-12; Grace Christian School, Brethren affiliation for K-12; Hi-Desert SDA Elementary, a 1-6, Seventh Day Adventist affiliation school; and Yucca Valley Christian School, affiliated with The Assembly of God, for PK-12. Adult tutoring is also available in Yucca Valley, with tutoring information available at the Yucca Valley Public Library.


Yucca Valley has three major means of access; State Route 62 (Twentynine Palms Highway) runs east-west and is the main thoroughfare through town. State Route 247 (Old Woman Springs Road) begins in Yucca Valley and extends north through Barstow. Interstate access is southwest to I-10 or northwest approximately to I-15. The Basin Transit Authority (MBTA)serves the area with scheduled bus service around town and to the lower desert.

Geography and terrain

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 40.0 square miles (103.7 km²). 40.0 square miles (103.7 km²) of it is land and none of it is covered in water. Yucca Valley is located north of the Joshua Tree National Parkmarker, while the little San Bernardino Mountainsmarker and many hills cover a large percentage of city area.

The "high desert" community has an elevation (city hall) at above sea level. Snowfall occurs almost annually whenever the snow level drops to elevations under . The area's terrain is prone to wildfires (such as the Pioneertown fire in July 2006), resulting from plant growth during the rainy seasons and flash floods. The plants in the city and among the chaparral in the mountains outside of San Bernardino National Forest wilt and perish from the summer heat, providing ample fuel during a fire.


Yucca Valley has experienced high levels of seismic activity. Fault lines criss-cross the city and the Morongo basin.


In 1992, three large earthquakes occurred near the city, the magnitude 6.1 Joshua Tree earthquake on April 22, and on June 28 the 7.3 Landersmarker and 6.5 Big Bearmarker earthquakes.

The 7.1 magnitude Hector Minemarker earthquake on October 16 1999 had an epicenter north of town.

On July 11, 2006, a wildfire started by lightning raced through neighboring Pioneertownmarker. The blaze, named the Sawtooth Complex fire, also burned into Yucca Valleymarker and nearby Morongo Valleymarker.


As of the census of 2000, there were 16,865 people, 6,949 households, and 4,489 families residing in the town. The population density was 421.3 people per square mile (162.7/km²). There were 7,952 housing units at an average density of 198.7/sq mi (76.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 87.26% White, 2.25% African American, 1.35% Native American, 1.29% Asian, 0.30% Pacific Islander, 4.58% from other races, and 2.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.40% of the population.

There were 6,949 households out of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.1% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the town 25.1% of the population was under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 22.6% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 22.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The average number in the US over 65 was 12.4%. The median age was 42 years, at a time when the average age in the US was 35.3. For every 100 females there were 90.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.1 males.


Personal income

The median income for a household in the town was $30,420, and the median income for a family was $36,650. Males had a median income of $35,037 versus $25,234 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,020, lower than most of Southern California. About 16.2% of families and 19.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.3% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.


Amenities include a bowling alley, movie theater, various retail stores and an "Old Town" area.

On Grubstakes Day, held the day before Memorial Day, there is a parade.

The Desert Christ Parkmarker sculpture garden is located here.


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