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Welcome to Barstow ...

The city of Barstow is located in San Bernardino County<1>.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Barstow has a population of 23,580 people<2> (see below for details).

Barstow is 2,260 feet [689 m] above sea level.<3> In other words, the elevation of Barstow is about ½ mile above sea level.

Time Zone: Barstow lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

Telephone area codes for Barstow: (760) and (442)<4>

The ZIP codes for Barstow: 92311-92312<5>

We don't have a date for the establishment of Barstow.

Websites for Barstow ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Barstow had an population of 23,580 people. This is an increase of 4.16% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 11.65% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Barstow had a population of 22,639 people. This makes Barstow the county's 20th most populous community.

The population of Barstow represents 0.06% of the total population of California (which has 37,253,956 people), making it the state's 280th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 22,639 people, the population of Barstow increased 7.2% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 21,119 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Barstow.

Communities Also Named Barstow ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are two California communities named Barstow: This one is located in San Bernardino County and the other is located in Fresno County.

Beyond California, there are 7 communities that are also named Barstow - they are located in Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Ontario, Texas and Washington.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Barstow.

Communities near Barstow ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Barstow.

  • Lenwood
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lenwood
    • Lenwood lies 5 miles [8 km]<6> to the west of Barstow.
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lenwood have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lenwood
  • Daggett
  • Hinkley
  • Yermo
  • Newberry Springs
  • Helendale
  • Bell Mountain
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bell Mountain
    • Bell Mountain lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<6> to the southwest of Barstow.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bell Mountain
  • La Delta
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for La Delta
    • La Delta lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<6> to the southwest of Barstow.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on La Delta
  • Oro Grande
  • Apple Valley

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Barstow. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Barstow.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Barstow. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Barstow.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Barstow. See our Newspapers Page for Barstow.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Barstow ...

Looking for more information about Barstow? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Barstow, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Barstow.

Adding Barstow to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Barstow in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Barstow was in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Barstow mentioned on a train schedule titled Union Pacific Railroad Time Tables (September 1924).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Barstow.

The official website for Barstow:

The official website for San Bernardino County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of California's counties, including San Bernardino, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Barstow.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Barstow - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>Area code (442) is an overlay for area code (760).
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Barstow). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Barstow or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Barstow includes: 92311 & 92312.
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Barstow) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Barstow. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from BarstowOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Barstow. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.8861, Longitude: -117.0122    
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<8>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.




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