Riverside 59 Below average
Riverside Livability #979 ranked city in California#23,667 ranked city in the USARanks better than 19% of areas
A+ Riverside Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Riverside Cost of Living Cost of living is 14% lower than California
12121% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Riverside cost of living
F Riverside Crime Total crime is 33% higher than California
Total crime
3,43146% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3046% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
0%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
10%79% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
23:142% higher than the US average
Riverside K-12 schools
B Riverside User Ratings There are a total of 18 ratings in Riverside
Overall user rating
72% 18 total ratings
User reviews rating
77% 3 total reviews
User surveys rating
70% 15 total surveys
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      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.

      Riverside transportation information

      Average one way commute30min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work74.4%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool14.4%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit2.4%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.8%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.9%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home4.4%5.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Riverside, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).