Welcome to the City of Fontana!
Nestled against the San Bernardino Mountains, Fontana is a modern city that offers its residents and visitors a wealth of community activities, combined with a thriving local economy and central and easy access to major business centers.
A Brief History of Fontana
Founded in 1913, Fontana is the largest city in San Bernardino County, and the 20th largest in the State. Fontana transformed from a once rural farming community of the early 1900s to a bustling manufacturing center, thanks to Henry J. Kaiser’s steel mill operations during World War II. His legacy lives on at the Fontana Kaiser Permanente Facility, which now employs more than 5,000 people.
Investing in the Future
Industrial and trucking-based industries continue to prosper in Fontana, due to the City’s location at the crossroads of major trade routes (Interstates 10, 15, and 210) and the presence of the Union Pacific Railroad. The City is also home to many large retailers and small businesses. The Fontana Metrolink station provides a low-stress commuting option for residents working in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.
Five school districts serve Fontana’s children, offering a variety of educational opportunities. Chaffey Community College and Westech College also maintain campuses for approximately 5,000 students in the core of Fontana, offering a multitude of general education and career advancement courses.
Fontana Continues to Grow
Today, more than 214,000 people call the City of Fontana home. Fontana’s low crime rate, affordable housing, diversity, and below-average unemployment rate has made the city one of the fastest-growing in California and a trendsetter in San Bernardino County. Despite the city’s rapid growth, Fontana still maintains a hometown atmosphere. Temperate southern California weather allows the City to host festivals, parades and walks/races throughout the year (including the Fontana Days Half Marathon, considered the fastest half-marathon course in the world).
Fontana is particularly proud of its numerous cultural, sporting, and recreational opportunities, including those offered by Center Stage Theater, the Art Depot, the Auto Club Speedway, 59 sports fields, 36 parks, Pacific Electric Trail, highly acclaimed sports and recreation facilities, and the state-of-the-art Lewis Library and Technology Center. The Center is an iconic landmark within the City - offering the largest collection and library space in all of San Bernardino County, as well as hundreds of computer workstations, a career center, a literacy center, homework clubs and tutoring, meeting rooms, and a large auditorium.
In 2008, after reviewing data from the United States Census Bureau, the National Center for Education Statistics, the National Center for Health Statistics, and the American Bar Association, Best Life magazine deemed Fontana the 24th best place to raise a family in the United States.
Fontana was named one of the Nation's 100 Best Communities for Young People by America's Promise Alliance and ING in 2008 and again in 2010.
In 2014, Fontana was named in the Top 20 Safest Cities in the Nation by Business Insider and in 2017, Fontana was named the second strongest City financially by the Fiscal Times. In 2018, Fontana was named the Most Prosperous City in California and the Fourth Most Prosperous in the United States by RENTCafe.
Committed to Health & Fitness
The City is committed to encouraging the health and wellness of its residents through programs like the award-winning Healthy Fontana initiative, which promotes smart nutrition, active lifestyles and access to healthy, fresh, locally grown foods at the City’s multiple farmer’s markets. The Fontana Senior Center is another important facility, offering daily activities for seniors focused on mental and physical well-being, including crafts, fitness center, computer lab, daily hot lunches, and transportation. With several senior housing projects located nearby, the Senior Center is full of activity every day. The Fontana Veteran’s Resource Center also provides valuable services to the brave men and women who have served our country, including workshops, seminars, outreach programs and strategic partnerships all targeted to the unique needs of our veterans.
The City of Fontana is a general law community with an elected Mayor and four City Council Members. The City also has an elected City Treasurer and City Clerk.
We welcome you to the City of Fontana, and hope you take some time to explore our website and our beautiful city!