Inland Empire

metropolitan area and region in Southern California, United States
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The Inland Empire is a metropolitan area and region in inland Southern California, centering on San Bernardino County and Riverside County, which borders Los Angeles County to the east.

Map of the "Inland Empire" in California, which include Riverside County and San Bernardino County.
The Inland Empire has smog on a regular basis. The Santa Ana Mountains are completely obscured.
The Inland Empire also has Santa Ana Winds that lead to clear days, free of smog. The street which "faded" into the smoggy haze is clear, and the Santa Ana Mountains are clearly visible.

At the end of the nineteenth century, the Inland Empire was a major center of agriculture, including citrus, dairy, and winemaking. Agriculture declined in the twentieth century. Since the 1970s a rapidly growing population came in search of affordable housing. This led to more residential, industrial, and commercial development. The area has a population of about four million.[1]

The majority of Inland Empire’s immigrants are from Mexico, the Philippines, El Salvador, Vietnam and Guatemala.[2]


  1. "Annual Estimates of the Population of Combined Statistical Areas: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2010". 2006 Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. April 7, 2010. Archived from the original (CSV) on September 14, 2007. Retrieved December 2, 2007.
  2. "NLAND EMPIRE - USC Dornsife - University of Southern California" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2023-11-06. Retrieved 2023-11-19.