The Inland Empire is a large region to the east of Los Angeles that includes Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. With 52 cities, a population of 4.5 million and $68 billion in taxable retail sales in 2015, it is a major economy and an important hub for domestic logistics.
With easy access to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the Inland Empire, is also a gateway to Asia. As a result of relatively low-cost land, it has emerged as a significant big-box and warehouse distribution hub for the greater Southern California region (with nearly 24 million residents).
Between 2001 and 2016, the Inland Empire added 237,000 jobs, of which 55,000, or about 22 percent, were in the transportation and distribution sector. This proportion illustrates the importance of logistics and industrial real estate to the region’s economy.