In Southern California, it is hard to find a location to live where the cost of living isn’t too high, but still be located near society. The High Desert is the place you want to be if you want to spend less but still enjoy the perks of Southern California.
The High Desert does not refer to a city, but a geographical area. Technically a member of San Bernardino County, the High Desert extends from the northeast of the San Gabriel Mountains and includes Victor Valley, Antelope Valley, parts of Joshua Tree, Twintynine Palms, and Morongo Basin. Major cities located within the High Desert includes Hesperia, Victorville, Adelanto, Apple Valley, and more. All of these cities can be found off of the major freeway, the 15.
What is interesting about the High Desert is that it actually has pieces of four different counties sectioned within it, all with their own popular urban areas. Los Angeles County houses the Antelope Valley portion of the High Desert, and also homes the largest portion of the High Desert population; the San Bernardino County portion has the largest land percentage with Victor Valley and part of Inland Empire, including the military For Irwin Military Reservation; Kern Coutny has two valleys, a part of the Antelope Valley and Edwards Air For Base; lastly, Inyo County has the Indian Wells Valley to Lone Pine.
Throughout the history of movies and television, the High Desert has been a featured setting. The 1939 classic Stagecoach was filmed in the plains of the High Desert, and Jurassic Park used the Red Rock Canyon State Park. Some movies were actually inspired by the cities within the High Desert, like Erin Brockovch, and Space Cowboys.
Overall, the High Desert of Southern California hosts years of California history and tradition, as well as the biggest diversity of California citizens, all at a reasonable price. It’s easy to commute to local businesses and urban areas for work or school, but still living in areas populated by other caring human beings.