Colton, CA

Colton, CA           909-303-6566

Nicknamed the Hub City, Colton, CA is a city in San Bernardino County, California in the United States. The city is situated in the Inland Empire region and is 57 miles east of Los Angeles.

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It is estimated that the city’s total population is around 52,154 according to the 2010 census.

The city is the point of Colton Crossing. This is one of the busiest at-grade railroad crossings in the US. This area was installed in 1882 by the California Southern Railroad.

As a result of railroad acquisitions and mergers, this became the point at which the Burlington Northern Santa Fe’s “Southern Transcontinental Route” crossed the Union Pacific’s “Sunset Route”.

Brief History

The City was founded in 1875 while incorporation took place in 1887. It was previously owned by the Serrano, Guachama and the San Gorgonia Indians.

During the Mission Era, the Mission San Gabriel established a Spanish settlement Politana in 1810. It was found just northeast of what is now Colton.

By 1840, Colton was part of two private ranchos, Jurupa and San Bernardino Rancho. From the southwest area of modern-day Colton was known as “Agua Mansa” (Gentle Waters). It had been settled by New Mexico pioneers in 1842.

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Colton was created in its modern form when the Southern Pacific Railway was built heading east from Los Angeles in 1875.


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Colton has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated “Csa” on climate maps.


The racial composition of Colton was 22,613 (43.4%) White (13.0% Non-Hispanic White), 5,055 (9.7%) African American, 661 (1.3%) Native American, 2,590 (5.0%) Asian, 176 (0.3%) Pacific Islander, 18,413 (35.3%) from other races, and 2,646 (5.1%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 37,039 persons (71.0%).


According to the city’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report from 2010, the city’s top employer includes; Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Ashely Furniture Industries, Colton Joint Unified School District, CMS Bakery Products and much more other entities.