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The Inland Empire is a large metropolitan area located in Southeastern California encompassing two of the 15 most populous counties in the United States, Riverside and San Bernardino. With over 4 million people, it is the second-largest metropolitan area in Southern California, third-largest in California, 14th-largest in the United States and 25th-largest in the Americas.

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The Inland Empire is centered around the region's three oldest cities: San Bernardino, founded in 1854, Riverside, founded in 1883, and Colton, founded in 1887. At the end of the 19th century these cities were major centers of agriculture, including citrus, dairy, and wine-making. The importance of agriculture declined through the 20th century, and since the 1970s, a rapidly growing population, fed by families migrating from the Los Angeles and Orange counties in search of affordable housing, has led to more residential, commercial, and industrial development.

The term Inland Empire is documented to have been used as early as April 1914, by the Riverside Enterprise (now The Press-Enterprise) newspaper. Developers in the area likely introduced the term to promote the region and to distinguish the area's unique features from the coastal communities around the Los Angeles area. The "Inland" part of the name is derived from the region's location about 37 miles (60 km) inland from the Pacific Ocean (from Huntington Beach) and east of downtown Los Angeles.

The most accepted physical boundaries between Los Angeles and the Inland Empire from west to east are the San Jose Hills splitting the San Gabriel Valley from the Pomona Valley, leading to the urban populations centered in the greater San Bernardino area. From the south to north, the Santa Ana Mountains physically divide Orange County from the San Bernardino and Riverside counties. The Santa Rosa Mountains, as well as the Southern California portion of the Sonoran Desert, physically divide Riverside from San Diego County.

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The San Bernardino Valley, sometimes referred to as the Greater San Bernardino Area, lies at the south base of the Transverse Ranges. It is bordered on the north by the eastern San Gabriel Mountains and San Bernardino Mountains, on the east by the San Jacinto Mountains, and on the south and west by the Santa Ana Mountains and Pomona Valley. Elevation varies from 180 metres (590 ft)
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on valley floors near Chino, where it gradually increases to about 420 metres (1,400 ft) near San Bernardino and Redlands. The valley floor houses roughly over 80% of the over 4 million total human population in the Inland Empire region, one of the most important industrial and residential areas of Southern California and the 14th largest metropolitan area in the United States.


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Victoria Gardens, located North of Foothill Boulevard between Day Creek Boulevard and Etiwanda Avenue by the Interstate 15 freeway, is a pedestrian-oriented, open-air, mixed-use town center in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The 147-acre (0.59 km2) project consists of residential areas, office space, retail stores, public plazas, a movie theater, and a civic cultural arts center. It officially opened October 28, 2004.

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California State University, San Bernardino, also known as Cal State San Bernardino or CSUSB, is a state-funded university in the suburban "University District" in San Bernardino, California, and is part of the 23-campus California State University System. CSUSB was founded in 1965. Enrollment annually tops 17,000. Built atop 441 acres (1.78 km2) of bedrock on the city’s north side, CSUSB is framed to the north by the San Bernardino Mountains. The hills are a dramatic backdrop and contrast to the modern new buildings, wide lawns, clean spaces and airy, park-like feel of the campus. For years, students have voted Cal State San Bernardino one of the most beautiful in the 23-campus CSU system. CSUSB's satellite campus in Palm Desert, founded in 1986, is notable for having been built entirely with private funds.

The Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa is an Indian gaming casino located in Cabazon, California near San Gorgonio Pass. The casino has 310 rooms and suites. A 44-acre, 27-story resort, Morongo is one of the largest casinos in California. At 330 feet (101 m) high, the casino tower is the tallest building in the Inland Empire. Morongo is one of only three AAA four diamond casino resorts in California with Pechanga Resort and Casino and The Chumash Casino being the others. Morongo's main casino floor is 150,000 square feet (14,000 m2) with over 2,000 slots and table games.

Did you know...

  • ...San Bernardino County was first formed out of parts of Los Angeles County on April 26, 1853
  • ...The term "Inland Empire" is documented to have been used as early as April, 1914, by the Riverside Enterprise (now The Press-Enterprise) newspaper
  • ...The region endured as the key part of the Southern California "Citrus belt" until the end of World War II
  • ...Unlike most metropolitan areas that have grown up around a central city, the Inland Empire centers around two large sized cities
  • ...The Inland Empire is projected to remain California's fastest-growing region for some time to come
  • ...Since the 1950s, the area has evolved from a rural to a suburban environment
  • ...With 4.1 million people, it is the 14th largest metropolitan area in the United States


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Yucca Valley, a town in the High Desert, after a snow storm.

Inland Empire cities

Inland Empire
Cities & Towns
Median Income,
Adelanto 1970 27,139 $31,444
Apple Valley 1988 70,297 $34,751
Banning 1913 28,272 $51,395
Barstow 1947 23,943 $36,737
Big Bear Lake 1981 6,207 $41,983
Beaumont 1912 28,250 $43,395
Blythe 1916 22,178 $46,985
Calimesa 1990 7,415 $47,406
Canyon Lake 1990 10,939 $73,907
Cathedral City 1981 51,081 $56,904
Chino 1910 81,224 $69,084
Chino Hills 1991 78,668 $103,404
Colton 1887 51,797 $41,884
Corona 1896 144,661 $83,782
Coachella 1946 35,207 $41,290
Desert Hot Springs 1963 22,011 $35,492
Eastvale 2010 N/A N/A
Fontana 1952 181,640 $61,022
Grand Terrace 1978 12,380 $71,901
Hemet 1910 69,544 $32,894
Hesperia 1988 85,876 $43,018
Highland 1987 52,186 $51,607
Indian Wells 1967 4,865 $147,989
Indio 1930 71,654 $48,353
Jurupa Valley 2011 N/A N/A
Lake Elsinore 1888 40,985 $64,954
La Quinta 1982 38,340 $74,369
Loma Linda 1970 22,451 $49,211
Rancho Cucamonga 1977 172,331 $69,429
Montclair 1956 36,622 $50,468
Menifee 2008 77,984 N/A
Moreno Valley 1984 174,565 $61,306
Murrieta 1991 92,933 $77,309
Needles 1913 5,759 $35,338
Norco 1964 27,262 $72,905
Ontario 1891 172,701 $50,688
Palm Desert 1973 49,539 $71,899
Palm Springs 1938 46,437 $51,403
Perris 1911 71,326 $37,982
Rancho Mirage 1973 16,672 $80,334
Redlands 1888 71,375 $63,463
Rialto 1911 99,064 $40,659
Riverside 1883 287,820 $57,230
San Bernardino 1854 205,010 $31,405
San Jacinto 1888 31,066 $58,950
Temecula 1989 93,923 $77,034
Twentynine Palms 1987 24,830 $36,471
Upland 1906 75,169 $61,044
Victorville 1962 102,538 $50,531
Wildomar 2008 N/A N/A
Yucaipa 1989 51,784 $50,529
Yucca Valley 1991 21,044 $38,092

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  1. ^ a b Husing, John (October 2007). "Inland Empire City Profile 2007" (PDF). Inland Empire Quarterly Economic Report. Redlands: Economics & Politics, Inc. 19 (4). Retrieved December 1, 2007.