Regional News: March 2007 Archives

New Census figures released this week show Riverside County ranked third in the nation in total residents added (481,000) since the 2000 Census while neighboring San Bernardino County ranked sixth (290,000).

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Together, the two-county Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario MSA added 771,000 residents between 2000 and 2006, putting the region on track to add over 1 million new residents between 2000 and 2010 (and 1.6+ million since 1990).

The additional residents boosts Inland Southern California's overall population to 4.02 million, which ranks 14th (updated 04/07/07) in the nation (between the Phoenix and Seattle metropolitan regions).

The 481,000 residents added to Riverside County was behind only Maricopa County (Phoenix; 696,000) and Harris County (Houston; 486,000). Los Angeles County (429,000) and Clark County (Las Vegas; 402,000) complete the top 5. Tarrant Co., TX (225,000), Collin Co., TX (208,000), Gwinnett Co., GA (169,000), and Will Co., IL (166,000) round out the top 10 in numerical increase. (Source: Census - cb07-42tbl1.xls)

Riverside County's growth rate of 31.2% since 2000 ranked 45th in the nation. Only one other county in excess of 1 million residents ranked in the top 100 in percentage growth since 2000 (Clark County, Nev., ranked 63rd). (Source: Census - cb07-42tbl3.xls)

The recent figures reaffirm Inland Southern California's continuing rise in nationwide population rankings. Riverside County now ranks as the nation's 11th most-populous county -- just behind Queens County (NYC) -- while San Bernardino now ranks 12th.

With the rise of Riverside and San Bernardino, Southern California is now home to 5 of the nation's 15 most-populous counties (Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino).

Finally, with projected growth taken into account, there's the distinct possibility Inland Southern California may crack the top 10 in total metropolitan population within the next 10-15 years. Just 27 years ago, the two-county region -- with a population of 1.56 million -- ranked as the nation's 27th most-populous Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The tremendous growth -- particularly over the past 6 years -- again brings up the question of how much longer until this seemingly hidden, "sleeping giant" awakens?

15 Most-populous counties
  • 1. Los Angeles - 9.94m
  • 2. Cook (Chicago) - 5.28m
  • 3. Harris (Houston) - 3.88m
  • 4. Maricopa (Phoenix) - 3.76m
  • 5. Orange Co., CA - 3.00m
  • 6. San Diego - 2.94m
  • 7. Kings (NYC) - 2.50m
  • 8. Miami-Dade - 2.40m
  • 9. Dallas - 2.34m
  • 10. Queens (NYC) - 2.25m
  • 11. Riverside - 2.02m
  • 12. San Bernardino - 1.99m
  • 13. Wayne (Detroit) - 1.97m
  • 14. King (Seattle) - 1.82m
  • 15. Broward - 1.79m

  • Source: Census - cb07-42tbl2




Ground broken for Ontario arena

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A new era has begun for Inland Southern California as ground was broken this week for the area's first major-league caliber sports/entertainment arena. Located just west of Ontario Mills near the junction of I-10 and I-15, Citizens Business Bank Arena will rise on one of the last remaining parcels of the former Ontario Motor Speedway.

Exterior rendering

Interior rendering

As the centerpiece for the planned Piemonte at Ontario Center, the arena -- with a capacity of 11,000, including 36 luxury suites -- will be owned by the city of Ontario and managed by Los Angeles-based AEG, whom also operate the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.

The deal with AEG guarantees a minimum 120 events per year, many of which AEG says will be acts it also books for Staples. Also on tap is a minor-league hockey and/or basketball franchise (farm teams from both the Los Angeles Lakers and Kings have been mentioned as likely tenants).

"This is going to create an atmosphere of entertainment that the Inland Empire has been craving for a long time," (Ontario Mayor Paul) Leon told a crowd of invited guests gathered at the site.

... "It's going to do so much not just for Ontario, but for the entire region," (Ontario Councilman Alan) Wapner said.

Daily Bulletin

... "With southern California as AEG's headquarters, we are clearly aware of the demographics and the necessity for a state of the art sports and entertainment arena in Ontario and the Inland Empire," said Timothy J. Leiweke, President & CEO, AEG.

AEG press release

Coupled with the area's continuing population growth and fast-rising demographics, the long-awaited arena for Inland Southern California reaffirms the region's growing prosperity and maturity within Greater Los Angeles. Considering a local population base of 4 million, our only real complaint is that it has taken this long for such a venue to be built. No doubt the pent-up demand for major entertainment options locally will make the arena successful, likely to the surprise -- and chagrin -- of some LA naysayers.

The grand opening for the $130 milion, 225,000 square foot arena is expected in October 2008. Could a major-league franchise be far behind?



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