History of Hesperia

Hesperia Living

Adorned by the San Bernardino and San Gabriel mountain ranges, Hesperia was named the “star of the west” more than 100 years ago. Hesperia offers the best of the Southern California lifestyle at a price that families can afford. Clean air, over 350 days of sunshine, and deep blue skies entice businesses and residents to Hesperia.

Incorporated 28 years ago, the City has, especially over the past decade, built a strong economic foundation supported by a young and growing population, good access to markets, a strategic location, as well as relatively low living and operating costs.

Once a small unincorporated community containing only a few stoplights and 13,540 people in 1980, Hesperia's population swelled within thirty years to 99,446. The Hesperia of today, along with its sphere of influence, is a thriving community of 103,318 residents projected to reach a population of 114,425 by the year 2021. The growth between 2000 and 2010 of 43.9% is dramatic compared to county (21.5%), state (11.8%), and nation (9.8%). Regionally, the Victor Valley exceeds 439,000 people, providing an extensive trade market area and labor pool.

Today owner occupied housing median home values are $216,000, which is a 49% increase since 2009.

Public Safety

The City of Hesperia contracts with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department for its police services. The Hesperia Sheriff's Station is comprised of 72 total personnel. There are 55 sworn law enforcement personnel including: a Captain, a Lieutenant, 7 Sergeants, 5 Detectives, 40 Deputies, and 18 non-sworn employees that handle various administrative, clerical and technical Duties. In addition, Hesperia Sheriff's Station has 17 patrol cars, 15 unmarked vehicles, 2 patrol motorcycles, 2 off-highway motorcycles, and 7 4X4 trucks and a mobile command post. Hesperia has contracted with San Bernardino County for these services since its incorporation in 1988. Contact: Hesperia Sheriff's Station (760) 947-1500.

Fire Protection for the City of Hesperia is provided by the San Bernardino County Fire Department through a contractual agreement. The County Fire Department is a full service department, providing to the community; fire suppression, fire prevention and planning, disaster preparedness, hazardous materials management and emergency medical services. The department is 64 members strong and includes one shared Division Chief, three battalion chiefs, five prevention officers, and four clerical staff.

Equipment includes one 75’ paramedic aerial ladder truck, five paramedic engines (two wild land), one water tender, and four paramedic ambulances operating from one station of seven personnel, two stations of five personnel and one unmanned (reserve) station that also serves as the City’s hazardous disposal facility. The fire department headquarters for the City of Hesperia is located at 17288 Olive Street and can be reached at (760) 947-8023.

Basic Demographics

  • Population (city + sphere): 103,318
  • Median Age: 32 years
  • Average Household income: $65,142
  • Housing units: 32,199
  • Home Ownership: 66%
  • Labor force (March 2017): 35,500
  • Unemployment rate (March 2017): 7.1%
  • Median home values: $216,000


Sunset in Hesperia