Inland California: The Backbone of our State, via the Sacramento Bee

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Inland California: the backbone of our state

Ashley Swearengin and Karthick Ramakrishnan

California is home to nearly 40 million people. The world may know us best for Hollywood, Silicon Valley and the Golden Gate Bridge, but equally important is the backbone of our state, Inland California.

Stretching from Sacramento and Stockton through Fresno, Bakersfield and the Inland Empire, our region accounts for nearly a third of California’s population. Less heralded than our coastal neighbors, Inland California is home not only to an agricultural sector that is the breadbasket of the country, but also to vibrant and fast-growing enterprises in health care, transportation and manufacturing.

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