Great Place to Live

Inland Empire Road MapNestled in the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, the City of Highland offers an ideal business and residential location in the Inland Empire of Southern California and takes great pride in being one of the most desirable communities to live in the Inland Empire. Location map of Highland

Full Range of Housing Options

Highland is primarily a residential community and offers a full range of housing options. Eight different residential developers are currently building in Highland. Highland is also 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 City Unified School District, both of which have schools that were named as California Distinguished Schools. Several private and parochial schools and many licensed pre-schools also serve the immediate area. College bound students will have no problem finding quality education close to home. Highland is only minutes from some of the best, fully accredited undergraduate and graduate universities and colleges in the state: 

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


Flanked by the often snow-capped 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. Information regarding current recreation programs, contact the the YMCA.

Civic Events

Annual Community events include:

  • Highland Family YMCA Run - 5K, 10K and half marathon runs
  • Citrus Harvest Festival - Street festival in Historic Downtown celebrating turn-of-the-century lifestyles
  • Trails Day - Tour of the City’s trails system by equestrians, walkers and bicyclists
  • Discover Highland Night - Outdoor gathering of Highland businesses on display for residents, car show and raffle
  • Operation Santa Claus - Santa Claus parade float which tours throughout the City giving gifts and candy
  • Memorial Day Service
  • 4th of July Parade

Health Care

The greater Highland/Inland Empire area 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 Center, J. Pettis V.A. Hospital and Kaiser Foundation Hospital s. Also close are all major Los Angeles area medical services and facilities.

A Proud History

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 tradition in the Highland of today.

Job Centers

The County of San Bernardino has a large Job Center with extensive services available to the public. Contact the Job Employment Services Division at 909-381-7906.