Banning : California

Follow Me on Pinterest

What it's Like to Retire in Banning

Banning is a  town of 29,000 near the San Gorgonio Pass; north of San Diego and east of Los Angeles. Palm Springs and Riverside are nearby.  It is named for Phineas Banning who was a stagecoach line operator and Father of the Port of Los Angeles.  The area was first settled by the Cahuilla Indians and then as a Spanish mission. Banning has a sister town, Beaumont, which it shares many similarities. The area is quite dry and mountains are nearby. Picture of Banning public art courtesy of Wikipedia and City of Banning, public art.

Where to Retire in Banning and Home Prices

Since Palm Springs is only 29 miles away, the area is filled with active adult and 55+ communities, with many more to come (see Banning Active Communities link at top right, also look at our California directory under "Find a Community" box for nearby towns). 
The median home value was $220,600 in late 2016, according to Zillow.


What is special about Banning

If you like desert and mountains Banning is has some very interesting terrain. Banning has a number of nice parks.

What is not special about Banning

It is a small, somewhat remote town. Unemployment is high.

Who will like retirement in Banning

People who live living in the desert.

Local economy is driven by

Tourism and retirement.

Climate and Physical Environment

Banning is 100 miles east of Los Angeles and 25 miles west of Palm Springs. The average July high temperature is 96 and the average January low is 40. The wettest month is January (4").

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Banning Cultural Alliance works to bring arts to the community; The Malki Museum exhibits art, artifacts, and historical materials of the Indians of the San Gorgonio Pass area; For additional culture you can go to one of the nearby Indian casinos or travel to Palm Springs.



Crime in Banning has been steadily dropping below the national average.

Medical facilities

San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital serves Banning. Other hospitals are in nearby Palm Springs and Riverside.


I 10 runs through Banning.

Valuable Links

Banning on Wikipedia


What people are saying about Banning

Living in California
Who would want to live in California since democratic governor Jerry "moonbeam" Brown has run up a $16 billion debt? Taxes will go sky high on everything. Retirees beware!
Posted by codger1 on May 16, 2012

Leave a Comment

To comment you must be a registered member of

Login Here


Create Your Free Membership Account

Suggest a community we want to know about your top retirement spots
Please note that all contributions to Topretirements may be edited, altered, or removed by other contributors. If you don't want your writing to be edited mercilessly, then don't submit it here. By submitting content and/or photographs here you agree to give the rights to use them in any manner without cost or attribution.You are also promising us that you wrote this yourself, or copied it from a public domain or similar free resource (see Project:Copyrights for details). DO NOT SUBMIT COPYRIGHTED WORK WITHOUT PERMISSION!
Facts about BANNING
  • State: CA
  • Environment: Suburban,Desert,
  • City Population: 25,001-50,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Culture Index: 81-90 (low)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: jb

Can you add to or correct these Facts? Or do you have a photo of this community we could use? If so, please click on Edit these facts

Vote on the Ratings for Banning
Update Your Ratings
1. Overall Retirement Ratings Discuss

1. Rating: 5.0/5 ( 2 votes cast)

2. Expense:
Inexpensive to Luxury Discuss

2. Rating: 3.5/5 ( 4 votes cast)

3. Taxes:
Inexpensive to Expensive Discuss

3. Rating: 4.5/5 ( 2 votes cast)

4. Culture:
None to Cosmopolitan Discuss

4. Rating: 2.0/5 ( 2 votes cast)

None to Summer camp Discuss

5. Rating: 2.0/5 ( 2 votes cast)

6. Transportation:
Boondocks to World Hub Discuss

6. Rating: 2.5/5 ( 2 votes cast)

7. Security:
Dangerous to Ft. Knox Discuss

7. Rating: 2.5/5 ( 2 votes cast)

8. Medical Facilities:
None to Excellent Discuss

8. Rating: 3.5/5 ( 2 votes cast)

9. Political Situation:
Conservative to Liberal Discuss

9. Rating: 1.5/5 ( 2 votes cast)

10. Environmental:
Oblivious to Ultra-Green Discuss

10. Rating: 2.0/5 ( 2 votes cast)


Copyright © 2006-2017 All Rights Reserved.