Inland area to grow by 2 million people over next 30 years

By in Press Enterprise on May 20, 2017

By Alejandra Molina

The Inland area will have two million more people by 2046, a shift that a number of cities are preparing for by adding housing, workplaces and other amenities.

A report by the United States Conference of Mayors found that the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario metro area is expected to grow from 4.5 million to 7.2 million people in the next 30 years — making it one of the top 10 largest metro areas by 2046.

The Inland area has grown in popularity over the years as housing prices in other Southern California counties have grown out of reach for many.

In polls conducted between 2009 and 2013, at least 90,500 people told the American Community Survey that they had moved here from Los Angeles and Orange counties, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, which released the figures Aug. 25, 2015.

Census data shows the number of residents who move from one county or metro area to another during the course of a year. Nine of the top 10 migrating groups moved to nearby metro areas, with the largest flow moving from the Los Angeles metro area to the Riverside metro area, the Census said.

That’s why Inland Empire cities are looking for ways to add new housing options, jobs and entertainment venues.

“As people come to the west, they look for the sun and the surf, and then look at housing prices,” said Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey.

Riverside has made it easier to add residential living in the downtown area, a move that attracts younger people looking for areas where they can live and work, Bailey said. This jibes with a recent Time Magazine report that found thousands of millennials are moving to the suburbs of Riverside.

Bailey pointed to Riverside’s growing nightlife and cultural scene, with entertainment behemoth Live Nation now managing shows in Riverside’s two historic downtown venues. […]    

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