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The term “Inland Empire” started to be used by the
It is most likely that developers in the area introduced the term to promote the region and to highlight the unique features of the area.
The ‘inland’ part is derived from the region’s location which is found about 60 miles inland from Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean.
Initially, this land was known as the Orange Empire because of the availability of acres of citrus groves that once extended from Pasadena to Redlands in the first half of the twentieth century.
The Inland Empire is a metropolitan area and region in Southern California. It is a term that can also be used to cities found in the Riverside County and the southwestern San Bernardino County.
A wider description will also include the eastern Los Angeles County cities in the Pomona Valley. The desert community of Palm Springs, as well as the surrounding areas, are also included in the area. Lastly, the much larger definition will also include the Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.
The United States Census Bureau defined Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario metropolitan area. It comprised of Riverside County, San Bernardino County, California. The area covered more than 27,000 square miles and comprised of a population of more than 4 million.
Most of the area’s dense population is located in the Southwestern San Bernardino and the Northwestern Riverside County.
By the end of the 19th century, the Inland Empire was a major hub for agriculture. It produced citrus, dairy, and wine-making.
But in the turn of the 20th century, the agriculture started to gradually decline while at the same time population began to soar. The area has now developed into a more residential, industrial and commercial center.
The area that is nowadays known as the inland empire was occupied for thousands of years by the Tongva, Serrano and the Cahuilla Native Americans.
The subsequent Mexican era led to the area being sparsely populated at the lands grant Ranchos. This made it unsuitable for missions.
The first American settlers were a group of Mormon pioneers. They arrived over the Cajon Pass in 1851.
Although the Mormons left a scant six years later, recalled to Salt Lake City by Brigham Young during the church’s Utah War with the US government, other settlers soon followed.
The whole landmass of southern California was subdivided according to the San Bernardino Meridian. It was first plotted as part of the Public Land Survey System in 1852 November.
The arrival of rail and the importation of navel and Valencia Orange trees in the 1870s led to extensive growth. It led the area into developing and turning out to be a major center for citrus production.
The agricultural growth further increased with the arrival of water from the Colorado River and the rapid growth of Los Angeles at the beginning of the 20th Century.
The area continued to experience rapid economic and population growth through most of the latter half of the 20th century. However, in the early 1990s, the closure of the regional military bases and reduction of nearby defenses industries due to the end of the cold war led to a local economic downturn.
The region partially recovered slowly by the start of the 21st century due to the development of warehousing, shipping, retail, and logistics industry.
Low land prices compared to Los Angeles, and Orange Counties, the huge supply of vacant land and a transport network where many highways and railroads meet have led to the Inland Empire’s unlimited growth.
Some of the nation’s largest manufacturing companies have chosen the Inland Empire for their distribution facilities. Some of them include Toyota Motor Corporation’s North American Parts and Logistics Distribution (NAPLD) center in Ontario and APL Logistics in Rancho Cucamonga.
These centers operate as part of the system that transports finished goods and materials.
More than 80% of the state’s imported cargo is shipped through the Inland Empire Corridor.
The road system in the Inland Empire is fairly good. Various roads connect various destinations.
Two commercial airports serve the inland empire. They include the Ontario Airport and the Palm Springs Airport.
The population of the Greater Los Angeles area (which includes the Inland Empire) is about 18 million people according to the 2010 United States Census.
It is the second largest metropolitan region in the country. The Metropolitan Statistical Area population of the Inland Empire (Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area) onto itself is over 4.2 million people.
It is the 13th largest metropolitan area in the United States. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, it is the fastest-growing area in the state.