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Moving to the Inland Empire: The Ultimate Guide

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The Inland Empire, also known as the IE, is a region in Southern California that includes the counties of Riverside and San Bernardino. With a population of over 4 million people, the Inland Empire is one of the fastest-growing regions in California. If you are considering moving to the Inland Empire, this ultimate guide will provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision.

  1. Cost of Living

If you’re considering a move, the Inland Empire is a region that should definitely be on your radar. The cost of living is lower than in many other areas of Southern California. Housing costs are more affordable, and there are plenty of options for both renting and buying. However, the cost of living can vary depending on which city you choose to live in. For example, cities like Rancho Cucamonga and Chino Hills have a higher cost of living than other cities. This makes the region an attractive option for families, young professionals, and retirees alike. 

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  1. Weather

The Inland Empire is known for its sunny, warm climate, with temperatures averaging in the 70s and 80s year-round. While the summers can get hot, the dry heat is more manageable than the humid conditions found in other parts of the country. The mild winters make the Inland Empire a great place to enjoy outdoor activities all year long.

  1. Transportation

The Inland Empire is primarily a car-centric region, with many people relying on personal vehicles to get around. However, there are public transportation options available, including bus systems and Metrolink commuter trains. Additionally, ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft are widely available in the area.

  1. Education

The Inland Empire is home to several well-regarded colleges and universities, including the University of California, Riverside, California State University, San Bernardino, and Riverside Community College. Additionally, there are several private schools and charter schools in the area.

  1. Employment

The Inland Empire has a diverse economy with job opportunities in a variety of industries, including healthcare, education, logistics, and manufacturing. Some of the largest employers in the region include Amazon, Kaiser Permanente, and the University of California, Riverside.

  1. Entertainment/Activities

There is no shortage of things to do in the Inland Empire. From hiking in the San Bernardino Mountains to boating on Lake Perris, there’s no shortage of things to do. Golfing, biking, and skiing are just a few of the other popular outdoor activities enjoyed by Inland Empire residents.

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  1. Healthcare

The Inland Empire has several top-rated hospitals and healthcare systems, including Kaiser Permanente, Loma Linda University Medical Center, and Riverside Community Hospital.

  1. Safety

The Inland Empire is a generally safe region, but like any area, there are areas that should be avoided. 

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  1. Culture

The Inland Empire is a melting pot of different cultures and traditions, with a rich history that’s reflected in its art, music, and food. The area is home to several museums, including the Riverside Art Museum, the San Bernardino County Museum, and the California Route 66 Museum. Additionally, there are several annual events and festivals that celebrate the region’s cultural heritage.

  1. Convenience

The Inland Empire is within easy reach of all the amenities and attractions of Southern California. Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego are all just a short drive away, offering access to world-class entertainment, shopping, and dining.


Moving to the Inland Empire can be a great decision for those looking for a more affordable alternative to other areas in Southern California. With its diverse economy, ample job opportunities, great weather and rich cultural heritage, the Inland Empire offers a high quality of life that’s hard to beat.

Like any move, it is important to do your research and determine if the region is the right fit for you and your family. If you’re thinking about making a move, let’s chat!

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Sandoval Realty Group

Sandoval Realty Group

Hey, I’m Christine Sandoval! I am a dedicated and experienced Realtor® serving the Inland Empire. As a native of Rancho Cucamonga, I have built a reputation for providing top-notch service and achieving outstanding results for my clients. With over a decade of experience in the real estate industry, I am an advocate for my clients' best interests. I have a passion for helping families find their forever homes. Coming from a law enforcement and military family, I pride myself in being a Military Relocation Specialist with a commitment to helping veterans and first responders. When I am not busy helping my clients navigate the world of real estate, I enjoy spending time with my family chasing my twin boys around, while traveling and exploring the many hidden gems of the Inland Empire. See you around the IE!
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