Riverside is a large city located in the state of California. With a population of 331,360 people and 86 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, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Riverside who work in office and administrative support (12.80%), sales jobs (10.10%), and teaching (6.76%).
In addition, Riverside also has a very large population of students, making it a major college town. As often the case, having so many students around has a strong influence on the local culture. In fact, Riverside is one of only a few big cities that are also major college towns, making it one of the nation's prominent intellectual centers. In addition, the presence of thousands of college students gives Riverside a sophisticated style, and provides lots of diversions and entertainment for students. Being a big "college town" not only means that Riverside has a burgeoning arts, music, and nightclub scene, but the innovation sector of the local economy receives a great boost from both the intellectual output of the faculty and the thousands of enthusiastic students who graduate 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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.67 minutes every day commuting to work.
The citizens of Riverside are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 22.98% of adults in Riverside having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Riverside in 2018 was $26,028, 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 $104,112 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 53.71% 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 (22.64%).
The most common language spoken in Riverside is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.