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The evolving community in Southern California’s vibrant and economically important Inland Empire faces significant challenges. (Composite: Letty Avila. Image source: iStock; Bing Image Generator.)

A key economic region of Southern California faces daunting challenges

As the Inland Empire undergoes a demographic transformation, shifting from a predominantly white makeup to a future where Latinos are projected to constitute 74% of the population by mid-century, USC Dornsife scholars present a path to success.
ByIleana Wachtel

A powerhouse economic region in Southern California must make dramatic changes to ensure its stability and survival as well as the continued economic health of the state, according to a new report.

The Inland Empire has significantly transformed over the past four decades from predominantly white to Latino. This notable demographic shift has brought challenges to the growing Latino community.

  • Significant disparities in housing and business development, education and other areas exist between white and Latino residents. Recognizing the need for change, USC Dornsife scholars solicited the perspectives of Latino nonprofit and community leaders and organizations.

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