San Bernardino is the county seat of San Bernardino County, California, with an estimated population of 205,010. It is part of the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario Metropolitan Area, commonly referred to as the "Inland Empire".
The city lies in the San Bernardino foothills. The eastern portion of the San Bernardino Valley is roughly 60 miles east of Los Angeles. The area showcases major geographical features such as the San Bernardino Mountains, the San Bernardino National Forest and several creeks that feed the Santa Ana River.
Even though much of the housing stock is, on average, older than that of the surrounding region, new homes continue to be built in different parts of the city. The bulk is rising in the Verdemont area on the north side of the San Bernardino.
San Bernardino hosts several major events annually, including Route 66 Rendez-vous, a four-day celebration of America's "Mother Road" that is held in downtown San Bernardino each September. It hosts a range of museums and theaters, including the San Bernardino Railroad & History Museum and a Route 66 museum located on the historic original site of the first McDonalds restaurant. The Robert V. Fullerton Museum of Art, located on the campus of California State University, San Bernardino, contains the largest collection of Egyptian antiquities west of the Mississippi River, and the historic Fox Theatre has recently been restored for use.