People of color find ‘room to breathe’ in the Inland Empire

By Zoie Matthew |

Riverside and San Bernardino counties used to be known for their vast citrus groves and agricultural way of life. But in recent years, the Inland Empire has cultivated suburban subdivisions and massive warehouses and logistics centers.

These changes have made the region a magnet for folks leaving cities like LA and Long Beach — particularly people of color, who now make up about 70% of the population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

Jobs, affordable housing, and the overall way of life are driving factors, says LA Times staff writer Tyrone Beason.

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