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Inland Empire Of Southern California

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Inland Empire , California
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The Inland Empire of Southern California is a semi-arid region, east of Los Angeles, made up of scores of cities and towns. The boundaries are often a subject of debate, however, it is generally agreed that the western boundary is the San Bernardino County/Los Angeles County line and the eastern limits are the most urbanized areas of San Bernardino County and Riverside County. The population of the Inland Empire is over 4 million residents. When taken as the Greater Los Angeles Area, which stretches from the western edge of Ventura County to the eastern boundary of the Inland Empire, this region has a combined population of 17 million. The Inland Empire has its roots in agriculture, primarily citrus and wine-making.

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Inland Empire Highlights

  • Big Bear Lakes
  • Green Valley Lake
  • Vindemia Estate Winery
  • Riverside Art Museum
  • March Field Air Museum
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The Inland Empire area is a region of Southern California directly adjacent to the East of Los Angeles and Orange Counties made up of two Counties: San Bernardino and Riverside. While there is debate on the “official” imaginary boundary lines of the Inland Empire, most local people generally consider the area to be the combination of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. However, some would say it also includes Caremont, La Verne, San Dimas and even Pomona which are all in Los Angeles County. Others might contend that the Palm Springs, Victorville, and Temecula Valley areas are so far removed that they shouldn’t be considered apart of the “Inland Empire”. This region was originally referred to as the “Orange Empire” due to the vast amounts or orange and citrus fruit grown from Redlands to Pasadena.

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Facts regarding the Inland Empire*:

  • If the Inland Empire was a state, it would be the 41st largest by land mass in the United States (27,408 square miles), between South Carolina and West Virginia. Reference
  • If the Inland Empire was a state, it would be the 27th largest by population in the United States (4.22M), between Kentucky and Oregon. Reference
  • If the Inland Empire was a Country, it would be the 150th largest, (of 258), in the world between Haiti and Rwanda, (“countries” defined from Wikipedia). Reference
  • San Bernardino County is the largest County in the United States at 20,105 square miles. Reference
  • The Inland Empire has a population of 4,224,851 as of the 2010 US Census, which is the 12th largest Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in the United States. Reference
  • The Inland Empire is known as the “IE” or the “909” in reference to the predominant area code in San Bernardino County.
  • Other area codes in the Inland Empire are: (951) for much of Riverside County and (760) for the “Low Desert” Palm Springs area and “High Desert” Victorville area.
  • The Median household income for San Bernardino County was $54,090 and Riverside County was $56,529 based off the U.S. Census Bureau data. This is roughly the same as Los Angeles County at $55,909.
  • More than 80% of California’s imported goods are shipped through the Inland Empire corridor. However, since the “Great Recession”, some local cities have seen industrial and warehouse vacancies over 22%. 
  • Crime rates in Riverside and Ontario are only slightly higher than national average. However, the city of San Bernardino is consistently twice, (or more), than national average crime rates.

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