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Quick Facts About Victorville

  • Incorporated: September 21, 1962
  • Elevation: 2,875 feet above sea level
  • Square Miles: 74.16
  • Population: 105,765 as of 5/31/09
  • Number of Employees: 474 full-time employees
  • Budget: $256,107,848 FY 2006/2007
  • Named After: Jacob Nash Victor – a railroad pioneer.

Victor’s major accomplishment was bringing to reality the second transcontinental railroad in the United States, by giving the Santa Fe Route a Pacific coast terminal. His first job as General Manager of the California Southern Railway was reconstruction of 30 miles of washed-out track from Fallbrook to San Diego. He then engaged in subterfuge in 1883, and cut through the Southern Pacific tracks at Colton, thereby linking San Bernardino with the coast. In 1885, he drove the first engine through Cajon Pass, signaling linkage of San Bernardino and Barstow, and completion of the transcontinental route. On completion of the Cajon route, Victor made the prophetic statement, “No other railroad will ever have the nerve to build through these mountains. All who follow will prefer to rent trackage from us.” This was said 17 years before the Salt Lake (now Union Pacific) line did just that.

In 1901, the U.S. Post Office changed the name of the town “Victor” to “Victorville”, due to a conflict with another town already named “Victor”, in Colorado.

Demographics
As of 2013 the residential population of Victorville is 121,096 and growing. Estimates suggest that this figure more than doubles during business hours to accommodate the needs of the more than 300,000 people who call the Victor Valley home.

A dependable and qualified labor force is one of the keys to business success. Victorville is home to a large and diverse pool of workers, and has many educational opportunities to ensure a qualified supply of workers for the future.

  • 900,000 workers within a one hour drive
  • 50,000 local residents who commute to outside jobs – and would love not to
  • 34 area universities, colleges and technical schools
  • Job training centers/vocational programs
  • Affordable housing for all of your employees
  • Employee training and recruitment programs are available from the City of Victorville, County of San Bernardino and State of California

Economic Information

The Victor Valley includes the communities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Hesperia, Lucerne Valley, Oak Hills, Phelan, Victorville and Wrightwood. Victorville is the business hub of the area and draws consumers from well beyond its immediate area. It is the largest commercial center between San Bernardino and the Nevada border.

Most of the area’s employment opportunities fall into service-related businesses, with nearly 42% of businesses in the city located in the retail sales category.

Local manufacturing companies are primarily related to mining and cement production. Within the city, there are some 6,550 acres zoned for commercial use — and nearly 75% remains available for development.

Victorville is home to the largest enclosed regional shopping center between San Bernardino and Las Vegas. The Mall of Victor Valley is anchored by major department stores such as J.C. Penney and Sears. Kohl’s Department Store has also located to Victorville within the past couple of years, making it the newest retailer in the City. Victorville also offers many other retail facilities for consumers.

City Motto: Victorville, “Key City” of the High Desert.

City Government: Victorville is a charter city governed by a five-member elected city council. Council meetings are open to the public and are held the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 pm.

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