This article is about the city of Victorville. For other uses, see Victorville (disambiguation).
City of Victorville
Motto: "Key City of the High Desert"
Location of Victorville in California
Coordinates: 34°32′10″N 117°17′18″W / 34.53611°N 117.28833°W / 34.53611; -117.28833Coordinates: 34°32′10″N 117°17′18″W / 34.53611°N 117.28833°W / 34.53611; -117.28833
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73.741 sq mi (190.988 km)
73.178 sq mi (189.529 km)
0.563 sq mi (1.459 km) 0.76%
2,726 ft (832 m)
5th in San Bernardino County, 50th in California, 224th in the United States
1,600/sq mi (610/km)
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Victorville is a city located in the Victor Valley of southwestern San Bernardino County, California. According to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2010 census, the city had a population of 115,903.
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7 Local areas,
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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 Mexican-American War veteran who had suffered from malaria during that war. Originally he migrated west to join the California gold rush, but he found out that he could make a better living selling supplies to the miners. He settled in Ione near Sutter's Mill in northern California during those years, but he migrated to San Bernardino in 1857. Although his health did not improve much there, he found that the dry desert air was comforting to him. He settled there in 1858, residing there for 25 years. He was a rancher and became involved in Mojave Valley politics, providing the first polling place in the high desert at his home. That first year, ten citizens cast their votes at Lane's residence, rather than making the long trip to San Bernardino. Census records show that Aaron Lane was not alone living on the crossing and there were ten people living in two residences on the river by 1860. Listed in Dwelling No. 703 were Aaron Lane, William R. Levick, and the Nicholson family, consisting of George and Frances, and their three children aged 9 to 13. Joseph and Mary Highmoor lived in Dwelling No. 704, with a seven-year-old female named Anna.
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.
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.
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.
The Victorville Army Airfield was constructed beginning in 1941, and this airfield became the George Air Force Base when the U.S. Air Force was established in October, 1947.
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 city of Victorville was officially incorporated by the State of California on September 21, 1962.
On August 14, 1977, the actor Ron Haydock was struck and killed while hitchhiking near Victorville.
In 2003, the practically bankrupt Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum was moved from Victorville to Branson, Missouri, for another try at solvency.
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.
"Robots sometimes stun the world, inspire a lot of people and change the belief of what is possible," said William "Red" Whittaker, a Carnegie Mellon Univ. robotics professor and the leader of the university's Tartan Racing team. "We've seen that here and once the perception of what's possible changes, it never goes back. This is a phenomenal thing for robotics."
Geography and climate:
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.
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.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 73.7 square miles (191 km). 73.2 square miles (190 km) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km) of it is water. The total area is 0.76% water.
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.
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.
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The 2010 United States Census 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).19,483 (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%).
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.
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 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 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.
In 2000, 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.
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 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.
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 state legislature, Victorville is in the 21st Senate District, represented by Republican Steve Knight, and in the 33rd Assembly District, represented by Republican Tim Donnelly.
Federally, Victorville is in California's 8th congressional district, represented by Republican Paul Cook.
According to the City's 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:
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Southern California Logistics Airport
Victor Valley College
Desert Valley Hospital
Victor Valley Union High School District
Victor Elementary School District
Federal Correctional Complex, Victorville
Victor Valley Community Hospital
Old Town Victorville:
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. As of 2012, the area still has problems with crime, homelessness, and many buildings remain boarded up.
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.
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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.
Victorville has been used for commercial filming several times:
Stanley and Livingstone (1939), was partially filmed in Victorville,
The Harvey Girls (1942), partially filmed at Iverson Ranch,
It Came From Outer Space (1953), filmed in Victorville and the surrounding desert; Victorville served as the setting for the fictional town of "Sand Rock, Arizona".,
Grand Theft Auto (1977), starring Ron Howard,
The Hills Have Eyes (1977) by Wes Craven,
The Hitcher (1986), starring Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell, and Jennifer Jason Leigh, was filmed at the Outpost truck stop. Many local residents were used as extras.,
Lethal Weapon (1987) filmed at El Mirage Dry Lake west of Victorville,
From Dusk till Dawn (1996), the restaurant scene early in the movie,
Face/Off (1997), portions filmed at Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville,
Breakdown (1997) starring Kurt Russell, filmed in downtown Victorville,
Contact (1997), also partially filmed in Victorville, with some local residents used as extras.,
Play It to the Bone (1999) filmed partly in The New Reflections concert venue in Downtown,
Times Like These music video by the Foo Fighters (2002) was filmed on D Street between Victorville and Apple Valley.,
Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004) was filmed in The New Reflections as well,
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) was partially filmed in Victorville,
High speed rail:
As of 2010, the XpressWest (formerly Desert Xpress), a proposed high-speed rail system connecting Las Vegas to southern California, plans the end of the line here. Additionally, Xpress West is planning a possible extension to Palmdale, California, to connect with the proposed California High-Speed Rail system.
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Harold Budd, Los Angeles-born ambient composer, claims that his music was influenced by his childhood in Victorville.,
Jesse Chavez, Major League Baseball pitcher,
Antwuan Dixon, professional skateboarder,
Lorene Drive, post-hardcore band,
Stevie Ryan, writer, comedian, and star of Stevie TV,
Katie Vernola, Playboy Playmate of the Month for June 2010
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