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How and Why Southern California’s Population Grew So Much in One Year

According to The Press-Enterprise, March 21, 2018, there are more than 82,000 people in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. That’s the estimated population increase between 2016 and 2017, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The biggest growth is in the Inland Empire, where housing is relatively cheaper and home construction is feverishly trying to keep up with demand. Riverside County alone added almost 37,000 new residents during that period – the third-biggest population growth of any county in the U.S. San Bernardino County brought in another 20,000 new residents, coming in at No. 18 in the nation. The rate of population growth has been rising in the Inland Empire since 2013. A major driver of Inland Empire population growth has been the significant number of new jobs being created in the two-county region, said Karthick Ramakrishnan, associate dean for the UC Riverside School of Public Policy. Riverside and San Bernardino counties are on track to grow every year through at least 2060, the farthest into the future that the state forecasts. Riverside County could start that decade with at least 3.6 million residents; San Bernardino County, with at least 3.2 million.

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