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.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Riverside is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on the local Riverside culture, lifestyle and music scene. In fact, Riverside is one of only a few big cities that are also major college towns. The combination of big city status and thousands of college students gives Riverside on one hand, a sophisticated style, while on the other also provides a youthful feel and lots of diversions and entertainment for students. Believe it or not, Riverside is one of the biggest "college towns" in America, generating lift to the economy of the entire region, and issuing forth thousands of newly-minted college students every spring, powering the innovation economy, the arts, and a lively club scene.
This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Riverside is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.
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.
Riverside is one of the most car-oriented large cities in America. A full 80.42% of people drive their car alone to work each day. If you like to drive, you'll love it. And you better. Because walking to work is just not a viable option for most people who live in Riverside. Highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers are part of the common Riverside landscape.
The population of Riverside overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Riverside, 24.10% have at least a bachelor's 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.