Tucked in the San Bernardino foothills in the eastern portion of the San Bernardino Valley, the city of San Bernardino has majestic neighbors, including the San Bernardino Mountains and the San Bernardino National Forest along the northern border. As one of the oldest communities in California, the quality of life in San Bernardino blends old traditions with new concepts and community involvement. Approximately 201,823 residents call the city home, living in a balanced mix of affordable housing, with students attending local schools that have earned 14 California Distinguished School Awards and three Golden Bell Awards for exemplary programs from the California School Board Association. Although rapid residential development is transforming the city into a bedroom community, manufacturing remains a major industry in San Bernardino and the surrounding cities. Known for supporting culture, athletics and arts, San Bernardino is home to the California Theater of the Performing Arts, the award-winning annual Route 66 Rendezvous® classic car event, the Area Youth Sports Alliance for regional, national and international tournament sports, the Sturges Center Theater and Junior University for youth performing arts and the International Children’s Choir.