It may be time to stop thinking of the Central Valley as the downtrodden sibling to California’s coastal powers.
By some measures, the Central Valley outperformed the Bay Area and Southern California in 2018, according to state population and economic figures.
Population growth in the Valley outpaced gains in both the Bay Area and Southern California. Job growth here was on par with gains in the Bay and was stronger than the Los Angeles/San Diego megaregion. And while the Bay Area and L.A. continue to lose residents to other parts of the state and nation, the Valley made gains in 2018.
Here’s a collection of key trends unfolding in the Valley and what they could mean for the year ahead.