San Bernardino is the largest city in Southern California's Inland Empire area. The 2000 census shows the population to be 185,401. Of this, 45.2% are white and 16.4% are African-American. 27.1% is cited as "some other race", the majority of which is most likely Hispanic. The city, along with its outlying areas, has a large Hispanic and Spanish-speaking population. 40.4% of the population speaks a language other than English at home.
San Bernardino can be accessed by any of several Southern California airports. Ontario International Airport (airport code ONT) is located approximately 15 miles southwest of San Bernardino. It is serviced by most major airlines, including Delta, American, Southwest, Alaska Air, and US Airways. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is also an option for those willing to rent a car; at approximately 80 miles southwest of San Bernardino, it is too far a distance to use most forms of public transportation. Flights to LAX are predictably more frequent in number and more affordable than those to Ontario, but the convenience of Ontario can be an asset.