You appear to be using Internet Explorer 6 or older. Site quality is reduced. Please upgrade your web browser for the best experience.

Our Future

“Southern California is growing, and it can only grow in one direction – inland.”

Between 2008 and 2025, the state population is projected to increase by more than 8 million residents. Leading the pack will be the Inland Empire, the joint San Bernardino-Riverside County area that is home to more than 4 million people today.

Growth in the Inland Empire has mostly been newcomers; since 2000, more than 587,000 new residents have arrived to the two counties, approximately 82 percent of which came from other parts of California and the United States. In the future, housing costs will stimulate more regional growth; the growing gap between the high costs of coastal housing and rapidly falling prices in the interior counties will hasten the movement of businesses and households into the IE.

The Inland Empire has the potential to be a self-sustaining economy that becomes the world leader for environmental research and technology development. Solar and wind energy have the potential to make the region net exporters of electricity to the rest of the country. Education and research of new technology will be another export of the region, while the clean environment and high quality of life draw in workers seeking to relocate in an affordable clean environment.

The image that will filter into the popular consciousness about the Inland Empire will be of our historic buildings, snow capped mountains, forests, pristine desert parks, thriving universities, and a diverse and vibrant community that blends the contribution made to our heritage by various groups from the earliest American Indian residents to the newest waves of immigrants from all over the world.

Inland Empire Business Atlas, ©University of Redlands, 2009. Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA or the University of Redlands. Site created and maintained by the Redlands Institute.