In 2000, 1,112 apartment units were completed in RiversideCounty and San Bernandino County, with average monthly rentsranging from $0.75 per sf to just under $0.90 per sf. Meanwhile,demand in the area exceeded 2,500 units.

Population and job growth are two of the principal factorsdriving the Inland Empire's housing demand. Riverside County is thethird fastest growing county in the state, with a populationincrease of 32% from 1990 to 2000.

San Bernardino's population has increased by 20.5% from 1990 to2000, making it California's fifth most rapidly growing county.Meanwhile, the Inland Empire beat out every other regions inSouthern California in civilian employment and overall job growthfrom April 2000 to April 2001. The area experienced a growth rateof 3.8% over the course of the year.

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