About the City

Blossom and OrangesNestled against the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains at 1,300 feet, the City of Highland offers an ideal business and residential location in the Inland Empire of Southern California. With a community of over 55,000, Highland takes great pride in being one of the most desirable communities in which to live in the Inland Empire, with low crime, high safety, and an emphasis on community beautification.

Orange TreeA Proud History

Come home to Highland. Highland’s original townsite was founded in 1891, and the community soon became an important contributor to the citrus industry. Many of the buildings constructed during the town’s early era are still in use, helping to preserve the sense of community and transition into the Highland of today.

Full Range of Housing Options

Highland is primarily a residential community and offers a full range of affordable housing options. Currently, six different residential developers are building here. Our City is also the home of East Highlands Ranch, a master-planned community featuring premium housing and private recreation facilities.


Education is a top priority in Highland, with two award-winning school districts serving the community: The Redlands Unified School District and the San Bernardino Unified School District, both of which have schools that were named as California Distinguished Schools. Several private and parochial schools and many licensed preschools also serve the immediate area. College-bound students will have no problem finding quality education close to home. Highland is only minutes from the best, fully accredited undergraduate and graduate universities and colleges the state such as:

  • California State University San Bernardino
  • Community Colleges include:
    • Crafton
    • San Bernardino Valley
  • Loma Linda University
  • University of California at Riverside
  • University of Redlands

Job Centers

The County of San Bernardino has a large Job Center with extensive services available to the public. call the Job Employment Services Division at 909-433-3300.


Flanked by the often snowcapped peaks of the San Bernardino and San Gabriel Mountains, Highland is close to an array of skiing and other mountain recreational opportunities. The community is also only 45 minutes from Palm Springs and is located close to all of Southern California’s other cultural and recreational attractions. Highland has an extensive trails system linking to the Santa Ana River Trail which will one day connect the San Bernardino Mountains to the Orange County coast.

For information regarding current programs, please visit the YMCA’s website.

Health Care

The greater Highland/Inland Empire is home to some of the most prestigious medical institutions in the world. These facilities include the world-renowned Loma Linda University Medical Center, Arrowhead Regional Medical, J. Pettis V.A. Hospital, and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals. Also close are all major Los Angeles area medical services and facilities.