By David W. Meyer ’12
The recent release of the 2010 Census data confirms that the population of the Inland Empire has grown considerably in the last decade. Since the 2000 count, Riverside County has grown by about 40 percent, while San Bernardino County has grown by about 20 percent. The majority of the growth in these counties came in outlying areas rather than in large cities.
The population of Riverside County grew from 1,545,387 in 2000 to 2,189,641 in 2010. Communities along the I-15 from Corona to Lake Elsinore have experienced rapid growth. The area from the 60 Freeway south to Murrieta has also seen big increases.
In San Bernardino County the population grew from 1,709,434 in 2000 to 2,035,210 in 2010. Chino Hills and Los Serranos along the 71 Freeway saw the large increases. The other area of significant growth is along the 210 extension corridor where Rancho Cucamonga grew from 127,743 to 165,269 in 2010.
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