Future Cities

Emerging Industrial Markets: South Central Valley, California

January 25, 2023

South Central Valley, CA
Advantageously located at the geographic center of California, South Central Valley offers occupiers unparalleled access to the West Coast’s large population and consumer base. The region has emerged as one of California’s fastest growth industrial corridors and is a viable alternative to more expensive Northern and Southern California markets for housing, jobs and industry.
Tom DavisCBRE Vice Chairman


More than 1.4 million people live within 50 miles of the South Central Valley region, with a projected growth rate of 0.2% over the next five years. The important 18-to-34 age group accounts for 26.6% of the total population. Within 100 miles, occupiers can reach 5.3 million consumers.

Figure 1: South Central Valley, CA Population Analysis

Source: CBRE Location Intelligence.

South Central Valley has a warehouse/distribution labor force of 43,990, which is forecast to grow by 22.1% over the next decade, according to CBRE Labor Analytics. The average hourly wage for a non-supervisory warehouse worker is $18.59, which is 10% above the national average of $16.87.

Figure 2: South Central Valley, CA Warehouse & Storage Labor Fundamentals

Source: CBRE Labor Analytics.