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Lytle Creek, California

Lytle Creek
Census-designated place
Middle Fork of Lytle Creek
Middle Fork of Lytle Creek
Lytle Creek is located in California
Lytle Creek
Location within the state of California
Country  United States
State  California
County San Bernardino
 • Total 6.018 sq mi (15.586 km2)
 • Land 6.018 sq mi (15.586 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation[2] 3,419 ft (1,042 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 701
 • Density 120/sq mi (45/km2)
Time zone Pacific (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 92358
Area code 909
FIPS code 06-44644
GNIS feature IDs 1660968, 2583066

Lytle Creek is a census-designated place in San Bernardino County. It is about 16 miles (26 km) northwest of downtown San Bernardino and 10 miles (16 km) from the cities of Fontana and Rialto. This small remote community is located in a large southeast-trending canyon on the eastern portion of the San Gabriel Mountains completely within the boundaries of the San Bernardino National Forest.[3] The population was 701 at the 2010 census.

The ZIP Code for Lytle Creek is 92358 and the community is inside area code 909.


  • Geography 1
    • Climate 1.1
  • History 2
  • Public schools 3
  • Local Newspaper 4
  • Safety 5
  • Demographics 6
  • Government 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of 6.0 square miles (15.6 km²), all of it land.


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Lytle Creek has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csa" on climate maps.[4]


Mormons arrived in the valley in 1851, making camp at the mouth of a canyon with a creek, which flowed briskly southeast through the canyon to the valley and the Santa Ana River. Overjoyed with the abundance of water, the dense growth of willows, cottonwoods and sycamores and the mustard and wild oats that grew on the hillsides, the Mormon settlers of San Bernardino named the stream "Lytle Creek" after their leader, Captain Andrew Lytle. Lytle Creek Canyon has been a site for gold mining, farming and recreation activities such as fishing, camping, picnicking, and hiking. It has been considered a recreational area since the early 1870s.[5]

Public schools

All middle school and high school students in Lytle Creek travel down to Rialto to attend schools in Rialto Unified School District

Elementary students attend Fitzgerald Elementary school in Rialto.

Local Newspaper

Lytle Creek has its own newspaper "The Canyon" published by the Lytle Creek Community Center since 1948. All work is done by volunteers. Current editor, Ramona Merrifield, has held the title since June 1997. Under the Community Center Board of Trustees (a nonprofit organization), Ciji Mobley runs a Youth Group, Anna Sorum distributes commodities to about 100 individuals and runs a local branch of the San Bernardino County Library, Dolores Stinson delivers meals to the homebound, Norm Keegan develops (in conjunction with the County) a local fire protection capability, and Mary Stinson manages the local Red Cross emergency shelter program. An active branch of CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) also operates with county OES.


Lytle Creek is patrolled by the San Bernardino County Fontana Sheriff Station (which also serves unincorporated Fontana and Bloomington).[6]

Fire protection services are mainly provided by The San Bernardino County Fire Department (SBCoFD) Service Area 38 which provides administration and support for County Service Area 38 fire district and other services such as hazardous materials regulation, dispatch communication and disaster preparedness. In Lytle Creek, the San Bernardino County Fire Department (SBCoFD) provides services through the Valley Division of their department. Other agencies providing fire protection services and or fire related information for the Lytle Creek community include the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) and the Mountain Area Safety Taskforce (MAST). In addition, the US Forest Service has a station located in the Lytle Creek area. [7]


The 2010 United States Census[8] reported that Lytle Creek had a population of 701. The population density was 116.5 people per square mile (45.0/km²). The racial makeup of Lytle Creek was 606 (86.4%) White (79.0% Non-Hispanic White),[9] 6 (0.9%) African American, 7 (1.0%) Native American, 23 (3.3%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 25 (3.6%) from other races, and 34 (4.9%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 98 persons (14.0%).

The Census reported that 701 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 336 households, out of which 64 (19.0%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 158 (47.0%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 25 (7.4%) had a female householder with no husband present, 11 (3.3%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 20 (6.0%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 4 (1.2%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 120 households (35.7%) were made up of individuals and 46 (13.7%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09. There were 194 families (57.7% of all households); the average family size was 2.69.

The population was spread out with 102 people (14.6%) under the age of 18, 31 people (4.4%) aged 18 to 24, 114 people (16.3%) aged 25 to 44, 315 people (44.9%) aged 45 to 64, and 139 people (19.8%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 52.0 years. For every 100 females there were 106.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.7 males.

There were 448 housing units at an average density of 74.4 per square mile (28.7/km²), of which 245 (72.9%) were owner-occupied, and 91 (27.1%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.8%; the rental vacancy rate was 15.0%. 512 people (73.0% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 189 people (27.0%) lived in rental housing units.

According to the 2010 United States Census, Lytle Creek had a median household income of $77,568, with 2.3% of the population living below the federal poverty line.[10]


In the California State Legislature, Lytle Creek is in the 23rd Senate District, represented by Republican Mike Morrell, and in the 40th Assembly District, represented by Republican Marc Steinorth.[11]

In the United States House of Representatives, Lytle Creek is in California's 8th congressional district, represented by Republican Paul Cook.[12]


  1. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files – Places – California".  
  2. ^ "Lytle Creek".  
  3. ^ 2005 community plan
  4. ^ Climate Summary for Lytle Creek, California
  5. ^ lytle creek community plan
  6. ^ San Bernardino County Sheriff
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Lytle Creek CDP". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  9. ^ 
  10. ^ 
  11. ^ "Statewide Database". UC Regents. Retrieved December 8, 2014. 
  12. ^ "California's 8th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. 

External links

  • Demographic information on Lytle Creek
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