Riverside is a large city located in the state of California. With a population of 314,998 people and 80 constituent neighborhoods, Riverside is the 12th largest community in California.
Housing costs in Riverside are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.
Riverside is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Riverside is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Riverside who work in office and administrative support (12.76%), sales jobs (10.24%), and teaching (6.98%).
In addition, Riverside is a major college town. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Riverside have a strong influence on the local culture and music scene. In fact, Riverside is one of only a few big cities that are also major college towns. This combination of big city status and thousands of college students gives Riverside, on one hand, a sophisticated style, while on the other also providing lots of diversions and entertainment for students. In fact, Riverside is one of the biggest "college towns" in America. This elevates both the status of the city and the knowledge sector of the local economy, which is sustained by a steady output of new college graduates every spring.
This makes Riverside a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Riverside presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.
One downside of living in Riverside is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Riverside, the average commute to work is 31.17 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.
Of the large cities in America, Riverside is one of the most car-oriented. This is reflected in the urban landscape, which features highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers of all sizes. It is also reflected in the statistics: 80.42% of people in Riverside drive to work in their own car everyday, most often alone. So, if you're going to live in Riverside, you'll need to learn to love driving. Alternative forms of transportation aren't very widely used or supported.
The citizens of Riverside are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 24.10% of adults in Riverside having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Riverside in 2018 was $27,144, which is lower middle income relative to California, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $108,576 for a family of four. However, Riverside contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Riverside is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Riverside home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Riverside, accounting for 53.57% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Riverside residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Riverside include German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.
In addition, Riverside has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (22.69%).
The most common language spoken in Riverside is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.