Incorporated 25 years ago, the City has, especially over the past decade, built a strong economic foundation supported by a young and growing population, good access to markets, a strategic location, as well as relatively low living and operating costs.
Once a small unincorporated community containing only a few stoplights and 13,540 people in 1980, Hesperia’s population swelled within thirty years to 99,446. The Hesperia of today, along with its sphere of influence, is a thriving community of 102,123 residents projected to reach a population of 113,151 by the year 2020. The growth between 2000 and 2010 of 43.9% is dramatic compared to county (21.5%), state (11.8%) and nation (9.8%). Regionally, the Victor Valley exceeds 433,000 people, providing an extensive trade market area and labor pool.
Population, traffic counts, workforce, and new commercial developments add to the vitality of Hesperia as a location of choice for retail, commercial and industrial business. Today, owner occupied housing median home values are $216,000, which is a 59.5% increase since 2009.
Both businesses and residents alike prize the City of Hesperia’s strategic location at the top of the Cajon Pass, providing ease of accessibility to Hesperia’s 17 miles of prime freeway frontage. Bisected by Interstate 15 and Highway 395, Interstate 15 is a stepping-stone for travelers heading to Northern California, Las Vegas, and south to the greater Inland Empire and Los Angeles areas. Traffic counts along I-15 at Main Street average 202,000, and counts along Main Street are approximately 42,000 cars per day.
Hesperia, CA Fee Schedule
City Council has provided staff with very clear direction to foster job creation and increase retail opportunities for the City’s constituents. The City’s Economic Development Department answered the call by rolling out new incentive programs to help franchisees get started, encourage brokers to market the City of Hesperia, as well as programs to motivate national chain full-service restaurants to locate in our City.
The City and county also offer customized financial incentive packages, subsidized employee training, industrial development bonds, and investment tax credits. With innovative Restaurant Rewards and Franchise Founders incentives, as well as Foreign Trade Zone, and Recycling Market Development Zone benefits, Hesperia is extraordinarily competitive.
Current and Future Development
High Desert Gateway Center (Lewis Retail Project)
- Phase I Completed, Phase II In Process