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Lake Arrowhead

Lake Arrowhead

  •   State: 
    San Bernardino County
    Lake Arrowhead
      County FIPS: 
    34°14′54″N 117°11′21″W
      Area total: 
    18.951 sq mi (49.082 km²)
      Area land: 
    17.727 sq mi (45.913 km²)
      Area water: 
    1.224 sq mi (3.170 km²)
    5,174 ft (1,577 m)
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA
    Pacific Standard Time (PST) UTC-8:00; Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) UTC-7:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Lake Arrowhead, San Bernardino County, California, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    660 residents per square mile of area (250/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
      Income taxes: 

Lake Arrowhead is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place (CDP) in the San Bernardino Mountains of San Bernardino County, California. The population of the CDP was estimated at 12,424 in the 2010 census. The Lake Arrowhead Village serves as the main commercial area for both locals and tourists and includes a number of factory outlets, boutiques, restaurants, two banks, a post office and a supermarket. The University of California, Los Angeles operates the nearby UCLA Conference Center, a full-service conference facility with lodging and meeting space. Other major employers include Mountains Community Hospital, Rim of the World Unified School District, and Above It All Treatment Center. There are 400 guest rooms in hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts, vacation cabin rentals, condos, and rustic cabin lodges and resorts. The area is host to over 4 million visitors a year, contributing several million dollars per year to the county and providing hundreds of full-time and part-time jobs for local residents. The CDP has a total area of 19.0 square miles (49.1 km²), of which 17.7 square miles. (45.9 km²) is land and 1.2 square. miles (3.2 km²; 6.46%) is water. The town's economic center is at the intersection of State Routes 173 and 189, about 20 minutes north of the San Bernardino city limits. The community has no official town center, and is governed by the Arrowhead Lake Association and is for restricted use by property owners.


Lake Arrowhead is the primary city name, but also Lk Arrowhead are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is Lake Arrowhead. Lake Arrowhead's economy is almost completely supported by tourism, both by casual vacationers and part-time residents. The primary tourism industries include real estate, lodging, dining, recreation, and retail sales. The Lake Arrowhead Village serves as the main commercial area for both locals and tourists. The University of California, Los Angeles operates the nearby UCLA Conference Center, a full-service conference facility with lodging and meeting space. Other major employers include Mountains Community Hospital, Rim of the World Unified School District, and Above It All Treatment Center. Logging in the San Bernardino Mountains was once done on a large scale, with the Brookings Lumber Company operation one of the largest. It operated on 8,000 acres (32 km²) between Fredalba and Hunsaker Flats (present-day Running Springs) between 1899 and 1912. The Shay locomotives had to be disassembled and hauled by wagon up the mountain, since the railroad operated in the high country but did not connect to other railroads in lowlands. Finished lumber was hauled bywagon down the steep grades to the Molino Box Factory in Highland, California. It built a logging railroad to bring logs to the mill atFredalba. The Tour de Lake Arrow head is the county's largest free Oktoberfest and many other themed events such as car shows, dog shows, and the popular Antique Wooden Boat Show. It also hosts events all year long including a free Summer Concert Series and the Tour of California.


Lake Arrowhead is located in the Inland Empire region of Southern California, about 20 minutes north of the San Bernardino city limits. Its economic center is at the intersection of State Routes 173 and 189. The CDP has a total area of 19.0 square miles (49.1 km²), of which 17.7 square miles of land is land and 1.2 square miles is water. There are three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school in the area. Santa's Village at Lake Arrowhead was a popular theme park from 1955 to 1998, and reopened in 2016. It was the first franchised one in the United States, with two others in the Santa Cruz Mountains and Ohio. 7 miles (11 km) north of Lake Arrow head is the Pacific Crest Trail. The lake is a private lake governed by the Arrowhead Lake Association and is for restricted use by property owners. It has a maximum depth of 185 feet (56 m) and a maximum length of 2.2 miles (3.5 km) The lake has a capacity of 782 acres (3.16 km²) and an elevation of 5106.70 feet (5106.7 meters) It is located near the town of Redding, California, which is in the San Diego County area of Riverside County, in the southern part of the state. It is one of the few places in the U.S. to have a national park system, with the other two being in Ohio and California.


At the 2010 census Lake Arrowhead had a population of 12,424. The racial makeup of the CDP was 10,729 (86.4%) White (73.0%) African American, 93 (0.7%) Native American, 152 (1.2%) Asian, 847 (6.8%) from other races, and 475 (3.8) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2,709 persons (21.8%). The median household income was $57,672, with 11.2% of the population living below the federal poverty line. There were 11,875 housing units at an average density of 626.6 per square mile, of the occupied units 3,428 were owner-occupied and 1,244 were rented. The homeowner vacancy rate was 7.9%; the rental vacancy rate is 12.4%. 8,647 people (69.6%) lived in owner- occupied housing units and 3,742 people (30.1%)lived in rental housing units. The average household size was 2.65; the average family size was 3.07. The median age was 43.0 years; for every 100 females, there were 103.8 males. The CDP had a median income of $50,176; the per capita income for the C DP was $28,526. It is the only CDP in the state to have a mayor-council ratio of more than 50%.


Lake Arrowhead is in California's 23rd Senate District and 33rd Assembly District. It is in the U.S. House of Representatives' 8th congressional district. In the Senate, California is represented by Alex Padilla (D) and Dianne Feinstein (D). Lake Arrowhead has a population of 1,000 people. The town is located in the San Diego County, California, area. The city is part of the Central Coast region of the San Francisco Bay Area, which includes the cities of San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. It also has a portion of the Imperial County area, which is also in the Bay Area and includes the towns of Bakersfield, San Diego and Santa Cruz. It was founded in the early 1900s and is now home to a community of about 1,200 people. It has a history of being heavily affected by the California Gold Rush, which began in the mid-19th century. The community is also known as the "Arrowhead of the West" because of its location in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas, which were once part of California's foothills. The area was once known as "The Arrowhead Project" because it was the site of the first gold mining operation in the state. The Arrowhead River runs through the town, and was once the source of the town's name. The lake is now a popular tourist destination, and is known for its scenic beauty. It's also known for being one of the most beautiful beaches in the California coast.


Lake Arrowhead has a Warm-summer Mediterranean climate (Köppen climate classification Csb) During the summer, warm temperatures and monsoon thunderstorms are common. During the winter months, large pacific storms bring plenty of snow. The area receives about 300 annual days of sunshine per year. Beginning in late 2011, a catastrophic drought began affecting Lake Arrowhead along with the rest of California. By November 2016, the lake level dropped 11.975 feet (3.650 m) This drop exposed much of the lake floor and beached most of the docks. As of February 2019, theLake has rebounded to just 2 feet (0.61 m) below the historical average. Heavy snow and winds have caused major power outages in the area. A storm in the last week of December 2021 left many homes without power for a week. Similarly on Thanksgiving weekend 2019, homes were withoutPower for up to four days. The lake has a unique climate for Southern California with four distinct seasons which support an array of outdoor recreational activity and year-round beauty. It has a warm, dry summer, and a cold, wet winter. It also has a hot, wet summer and a cool, dry winter. The Lake has a dry summer and wet winter, and it has a wet winter and a hot summer. It is located in the Central Coast region of California and is located on the California-Nevada border. In the winter, it has warm, wet summers and cold winters.

In popular culture

Lake Arrowhead has appeared in a variety of movies, including The Squaw Man (1914), The High Land (1926), The Wolf Dog (1933), Fighting Trooper (1934), Down in 'Arkansaw' (1938), Spawn of the North (19 1938), North of the Yukon (1939), Comin' Round The Mountain (1940), Untamed (1941), The Royal Mounted Patrol (1942), Can't Help Singing (1943), The Yearling (1946), Sand (1949), The Parent Trap (1961), Seven Days in May (1964) The Great Race (1965), Heidi (1937) and Of Human Hearts (19 38). Of special note, the exterior shots for the movie Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) were filmed here featuring actors George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor, and Margaret Livingston and directed by F. W. Murnau. The film won three Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Cinematography, and Academy Award for Unique and Artistic Picture at the first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929. It was directed by one of the leading figures in German Expressionism and starred Margaret Livingston as a young woman on horseback. Lake Arrowhead was the setting for the film "The Great Race" (1965) and "The Yearling" (1947) and has been used as a backdrop for many other films. It has also been used for the filming of the TV series "American Horror Story" (1989-1993).

Arts and sciences

The Lake Arrowhead Communities have numerous cultural events and organizations. The Arrowhead Arts Association is a non-profit corporation dedicated to cultural enrichment sponsoring quality musical performances. The Mountain Skies Astronomical Society is also located there. The Lake Arrowheads are home to a variety of cultural and educational organizations.


Hollywood stars and wealthy Angelinos built homes in the area starting in the 1920s and 30s. These homes and estates were designed by some of the most significant architects practicing in Southern California at the time. The architectural committee of the resort community mandated that homes be built in the French Norman or English Tudor Style. Rudolf Schindler, a modernist architect, designed what is known as the first modern A-frame house in 1936 for Gisela Bennati, as his interpretation of French Norman style architecture. Lake Arrowhead is also home to what has been sometimes referred to as the worlds largest A- frame structure, the clubhouse of theLake Arrowhead Country Club. John O'Melveny, J.B. Van Nuys, Rhoda Rindge & Merritt Adamson (founders of Malibu, CA), John Northrop, Katherine Iten (Iten Biscuit Company/NABISCO), Edward L. Doheny, Jules Stein, Conrad "Nicky" Hilton, Jr., Dan Dureya, Max Factor, Thomas F. Hamilton, Prince Massianoff, Leo McCarey, Charlie Chaplin, Myrna Loy, Ruth Hussey, Shirley Temple, Lon Chaney, Doris Day, June Lockhart, Walter Huston, Robert Taylor, Loretta Young, Liberace, Brian Wilson, Priscilla Presley and Frankie Avalon to name a few. The first known sketches for the Bennati Cabin date from 1934.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Lake Arrowhead, San Bernardino County, California = 1. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 48. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 10. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Lake Arrowhead = 5.7 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 20,126 individuals with a median age of 36.9 age the population grows by 19.63% in Lake Arrowhead, San Bernardino County, California population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 660 residents per square mile of area (250/km²). There are average 2.78 people per household in the 3,842 households with an average household income of $86,348 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 14.00% of the available work force and has dropped -6.49% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 13.02%. The number of physicians in Lake Arrowhead per 100,000 population = 133.8.


The annual rainfall in Lake Arrowhead = 40.1 inches and the annual snowfall = 46.7 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 42. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 287. 82 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 29.1 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 26, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Lake Arrowhead, San Bernardino County, California which are owned by the occupant = 27.95%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 31 years with median home cost = $251,360 and home appreciation of -16.61%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $9.16 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,598 per student. There are 22.9 students for each teacher in the school, 10848 students for each Librarian and 1003 students for each Counselor. 9.55% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 20.40% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 14.61% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Lake Arrowhead's population in San Bernardino County, California of 3,199 residents in 1900 has increased 6,29-fold to 20,126 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 50.29% female residents and 49.71% male residents live in Lake Arrowhead, San Bernardino County, California.

    As of 2020 in Lake Arrowhead, San Bernardino County, California are married and the remaining 36.27% are single population.

  • 35.3 minutes is the average time that residents in Lake Arrowhead require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    71.94% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 10.99% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.70% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 10.07% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Lake Arrowhead, San Bernardino County, California, 27.95% are owner-occupied homes, another 8.68% are rented apartments, and the remaining 63.36% are vacant.

  • The 41.02% of the population in Lake Arrowhead, San Bernardino County, California who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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