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THE INLAND EMPIRE: BY THE NUMBERS

Our Region

We’re Young and Diverse

  • 4.5 million:   Population of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.
  • 120+:   Number of people moving into the IE every day.
  • 7 million:   Projected population of the IE within 30 years.
  • 1 in 9:   Proportion of California residents who live in the Inland Empire.
  • 27,000:   Number of square miles comprising the IE – larger than 10 states. San Bernardino County is the largest geographic county in the U.S.
  • 52:   Number of cities in the two- county region.
  • 56:   Number of School Districts in the two-county region.
  • 832,000:   Number of K-12 students attending school in the two-county region.
  • 32:   Median age in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties – five years younger than the California average and six years younger than the U.S. average.
  • 26%:   Percentage of the population in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties under the age of 18. The state and national averages are less than 23%.
  • 68%:   Percentage of IE residents who are people of color.
  • 51%:   Percentage of IE residents who are Latinx.
  • 41%:   Percentage of IE households in which a language other than English is spoken at home.
  • 20%:   Percentage of adults in the IE who have a four-year college degree or higher (versus 32% for California and 30% for the nation as a whole).

Sources for Data

U.S. Census Quick Facts:  https://www.census.gov/quickfacts 
California Department of Education Data & Statistics : https://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/ 
U.S. Conference of Mayors Research:  https://www.usmayors.org/category/reports/ 
Southern California Association of Governments Research:   https://scag.ca.gov/DataAndTools/Pages/Home.aspx 
UC-Riverside Center for Economic Forecasting:  https://ucreconomicforecast.org 
UC-Riverside Center for Social Innovation: State of Immigrants:  https://socialinnovation.ucr.edu/research/immigrants/

Real Cost Measure

United Ways of California recently released a county-by-county analysis of the amount of income required to meet basic needs for a given household type in a specific county. The analysis showed San Bernardino and Riverside Counties continuing to fall behind when it comes to individuals and families being able to meet basic costs of living.
36%:  Percentage of IE households that fall below the Real Cost Measure (lack income to meet their basic needs). This is 3 percentage points higher than the California average.
369,301:  Number of households in the IE that fall below the Real Cost Measure.
$68,945:  Income needed to sustain a family of four (2 adults, 1 infant, 1 school-age child) in Riverside County. Such a family would need more than 3 full-time minimum-wage jobs to achieve economic security.
$51,922:  Income needed to sustain a family of four (2 adults, 1 infant, 1 school-age child) in San Bernardino County. Such a family would need more than 2 full-time minimum-wage jobs to achieve economic security.
42%: Percentage of San Bernardino County households that spend more than 30% of their income on housing (Riverside County: 41%).

Source for Data

United Ways of California: https://www.unitedwaysca.org/realcost

Our Nonprofits

  • 11,000:   Number of nonprofit organizations in the Inland Empire.
  • $115 million:   Annual contributions from philanthropic foundations to IE nonprofits as of 2016 – an increase of 85% from 2013 ($61.3 million).
  • $98 million:   Annual foundation investment coming in from outside the region as of 2016 – more than double the 2013 total ($46 million).
  • $25.55:   Per capita foundation spending on nonprofits in the Inland Empire.
  • $262.99:   Per capita foundation spending on nonprofits throughout California.
  • $2.5 million:   Amount raised from individual donors in the IE during one-day annual web-athons (Give Big Riverside County, Give Big San Bernardino County) over a five-year period.
  • 67%:   of Inland Empire nonprofits with annual revenues below $25,000.


Sources for Data

U.S. Census Quick Facts:   https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/ 
California Foundation Center:  https://california.foundationcenter.org/ 
San Bernardino County Community Indicators Report:  https://www.iegives.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/SB_2019-Report.ONLINE.pdf