SOAR - Inland Empire Chapter

Inland Empire (IE) became part of the SOAR family in February 2015. IE is a metropolitan region of Southern California, situated directly east of Los Angeles. The term “Inland Empire” was first documented by the Riverside Enterprise newspaper in April 1914. Developers in the area introduced the term to promote the region and to highlight the area’s unique features. The “Inland” part of the name is derived from the region’s location, about 60 miles inland from Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean.

The metropolitan area consists of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The Counties are home to more than 4 million people, and together they comprise the 13th most populous metropolitan area in the US and the 3rd most populous in California. At the end of the 19th century, IE was a major center of agriculture, including citrus, dairy, and wine-making. Agriculture declined through the 20th century, and since the 1970s a rapidly growing population, fed by families migrating in search of affordable housing, has led to more residential,
industrial, and commercial development.

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