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A+ Riverside Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Riverside Cost of Living Cost of living is 12% lower than California
12222% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Riverside cost of living
F Riverside Crime Total crime is 21% higher than California
Total crime
3,56729% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2929% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-4%Year over year crime is down
Riverside crime
D- Riverside Employment Household income is 8% lower than California
Median household income
$58,9797% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$23,06123% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%49% higher than the US average
Riverside employment
D+ Riverside Housing Home value is 30% lower than California
Median home value
$286,60055% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,19426% higher than the US average
Home ownership
55%14% lower than the US average
Riverside real estate or Riverside rentals
F Riverside Schools HS graduation rate is 4% lower than California
High school grad. rates
77%8% lower than the US average
School test scores
33%32% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
23:142% higher than the US average
Riverside K-12 schools or Riverside colleges

Living in Riverside, CA

Riverside is a large city located in the state of California. The city has a population of 318,678 residents. Riverside has a population density of 3,922 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. More than a quarter of the residents of Riverside identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 34% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. The median age of all Riverside residents is 31, which is well below the national average. This is a good indication that this city could be ideal for young singles.

Whether you’re relocating to a new area to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Riverside could be a positive experience compared to other cities in California if you know where to search. Finding the best places to live in Riverside and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, weather, housing and other important metrics.

Riverside, CA receives 63 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #825 in California and #20,601 in the USA. For each of the livability categories, we see that Riverside ranks very well for amenities (A+) and weather (A+). There is at least one category that did not score well in Riverside. The following was graded with a concerning score: crime (F), cost of living (F), education (F) and employment (D-).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Riverside has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Mission Inn Museum, March Field Air Museum, and Van Buren Drive-In Theatre.

Jobs are always a hot topic for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Your chances of finding new employment in Riverside is actually far better than most areas. With a low unemployment rate of 1.18%, finding work should be much easier than the average city.

Riverside real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Riverside. Median real estate prices in Riverside come in at $286,600, which is 30% lower than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Riverside, the home price to income ratio is 4.9, which is 23.4% lower than the California average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Riverside area were 6.4% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 10.7%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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Compare Riverside, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Riverside, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Sycamore Canyon Park, Riverside834.5244
Hawarden Hills, Riverside7812,610
Victoria, Riverside741.59,762
Orangecrest, Riverside745.418,304
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Rancho West, San Bernardino711110,024
Canyon Crest, Riverside703.716,329
University, Riverside694.718,761
Canyon Springs, Riverside695.83,041

Best Cities Near Riverside, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Newport Beach, CA8337.986,813
Laguna Woods, CA8329.716,347
Irvine, CA8228.2246,992
Aliso Viejo, CA8231.450,219
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Ladera Ranch, CA8230.427,121
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA8224.249,038
Arcadia, CA8039.257,755
Yorba Linda, CA8024.367,362

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I am a business owner and operator of one of the largest growing security companies in southern CA/Riverside, This is definitely a home to my business. I am from San Diego and these two places are by fare alike. Though living in Riverside you have the ability of owning more land and ranch style homes, San Diego is more luxury high rises, condos, yachts, etc. I would like to point out that the crime in both San Diego and Riverside have a big problem do to the homeless population increasing, nothing like LA that is for sure but what I will say is Riverside residents are the most proactive compared to other cities like LA and we are honored to have taken part with our involvement and our services, that are required by our locals in Riverside. I have noticed that not very many individuals take notice in the big homeless issue that they have amongst them and their families. Ontario I will say along with Yucaipa CA have an amazing proactive method of enforcing the non-camping law that allows security like us to enforce the homeless from living on the sidewalk as it is considered illegal camping. Some communities and cities do not realize how the smallest efforts and support from our local PD and congress allow us to keep the communities safe and crime free, or reduced in crime for sure. We are happy to be working vigilantly with the loca PD to continue improving the safety and security of our community. If you are a resident of Riverside or Southern CA and are looking for security armed services, do not hesitate in contacting us at P:888-528-7555 F:888-528-7555 we look forward to working with our community, always.
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Riverside, CA City Review

Living in the large city of Riverside in California, I was able to experience its rich and diverse cultures as well as live in an environment where modernistic structures and historic buildings coexist. Here are some things you need to know when considering on moving to the city and why you should live in Riverside, California.

Moving to the city of Riverside, I was amazed with a variety of landmarks that the city had, such as the historical Mission Inn, which know goes by the name of Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, and the artistic Riverside County Historic Courthouse. I was also able to visit the famous Riverside Fox Theater, which was the venue for the first showing of the movie Gone with the Wind in 1939. During my stay in the city, I've also learned to cherish the magnificent and awe-inspiring arts and cultural museums distributed within Riverside. Some of the most famous museums I visited were the March Field Air Museum, which exhibits more than 70 aircraft including Lockheed P-38L Lightning replica and the Boeing B-29A Superfortress Flagship 500, and the Riverside Metropolitan Museum, which housed historical and anthropological art worth seeing.

Living in Riverside, California, I had no boring or dull moments during my stay. I was able to enjoy various special occasions that the city is famous for, including the bright Riverside Festival of Lights, which is centered around the historical Mission Inn Hotel & Spa. During Thanksgiving, I also experienced the Festival of Trees, which is celebrated at Riverside Convention Center since the 1990s.

During my stay at Riverside, I also observed a diverse community that comprises of 28 neighborhoods. These communities include Arlington, the Presidential Park, Ramona, Victoria and Wood Streets. Within the city's vicinity, communities have established several religious organizations, churches and events, such as the Easter Sunrise Service done yearly.

A disadvantage I found out when living in the city of Riverside is the considerably higher rate of air pollution. In fact, Riverside has been deemed as "smog belt" due to their above-average degree of pollution present in the area.
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The Ho-Hum Life in Riverside, CA

I briefly lived in Riverside, California. Being a young girl in Riverside, I will admit there is not much to do or many attractions to see. That is a common complaint about living here. In order to have a good time, you will most likely need to venture to San Diego or Orange County.

The job market is good in Riverside. This is a major commuting area. Many people from other cities travel to Riverside for work. If you don't like dealing with a lot of traffic and congestion, then Riverside is not the place for you. The weather in Riverside during the summer months can be a big downfall. There is a lot of smog and the heat can be daunting. It tends to get really bad. If you look hard enough, you can find some really great restaurants in Riverside. The Market Broiler on Merrill Ave serves up some of the finest seafood in Riverside.

The cost of living in Riverside can be a bit high as well, compared to what I am used to. For California, it isn't too bad though. If someone is considering moving to Riverside, they need to decide what factors are most important and if this city can meet their needs.
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