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Inland Empire Population Supports Big-Box Industrial Workforce

Some 16.3 million people live within 50 miles of the Inland Empire core, the second-highest industrial market population in the country, behind Northern/Central New Jersey, according to CBRE research. About a quarter of the population is in the 18-to-34 age demographic, which ranks first in the nation. Population is expected to grow 2.3 percent during the next five years. Close to 30 million people live within 250 miles of the market.

The large population gives the Inland Empire one of the largest big-box industrial labor forces in the country. According to CBRE Labor Analytics, more than 100,000 people are employed in the warehouse industry. This is expected to grow 25 percent by 2030.

The average hourly wage for a non-supervisory warehouse worker is $15.06. While this is 7 percent higher than the national average, it is the lowest hourly wage for a major industrial market in California.


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Lisa Brown has decades of experience in corporate communications and marketing management with organizations including Coldwell Banker Residential, Grubb & Ellis, Marcus & Millichap, NAIOP, SIOR and ALM. In those positions, she worked in conjunction with chief executive officers and chief marketing officers to create corporate messaging, cohesive branding standards, strategic marketing plans and thought pieces. Brown is a frequent speaker at industry events and an editing adjunct professor for an online course. She has a master’s degree in mass communications from San Jose State University.

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