City Data

Date of Incorporation
October 11, 1883
Department of Finance Population Estimate
2016 City Rank by Population in CA
2016 City Rank by Population in the US
Citywide (All Funds)$983,038,637
General Fund$256,593,718

Data Source: FY 2015/2016 City - Budget (Adopted 6/23/15)

Foreign Investment

Number of foreign-owned establishments in the City110
Number of foreign-owned establishments - Employment2,471

Data provided by County of Riverside Economic Development Agency (2010)

Labor Market Information

Labor Market
Total Labor Force152,300
Office and Administrative Support19,87615.76%
Executive, Managers, and Administrators11,1598.85%
Personal Care and Service7,0415.58%
Production Workers8,0576.39%
Blue Collar39%
White Collar60%

Data Source: Riverside (City) – State of California, Labor Market Division 5/17/2016 and Applied Geographic Solutions, 2016

Unemployment Rate
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)6.1%

Data Source: December 2015 Employment Development Department Data (EDD)

Business and Jobs

Riverside has a total of 13,177 businesses. In 2016, the leading industries were: Retail, Education, Health Care and Social Services, Accommodation and Food Services, and Public Administration

Which are the top 5 industries by jobs?
Health Care and Social Services23,463
Accommodation and Food Services11,282
Public Administration11,099
How many employees do businesses in Riverside have?
1-4 Employees64.63%
5-9 Employees18.65%
10-19 Employees8.31%
20-49 Employees5.05%
50-99 Employees1.84%
100+ Employees1.53%

Data Source: Applied Geographic Solutions, 2016

Household Income, Housing, and Spending

Median Household Income - City$54,444
Average Household Income - City$74,746
Owner Occupied Housing Units50,868
Renter Occupied Housing Units43,708
Median Single Family Home Value$354,000
Income Distribution
<$10 K6,6326.77%
$10-20 K10,14410.32%
$20-30 K10,12810.34%
$30-40 K8,7378.92%
$40-50 K8,2008.37%
$50-60 K7,7057.86%
$60-75 K10,47910.69%
$75-100 K12,96613.23%
>$100 K23,03323.50%

Data Source: ESRI and Applied Geographic Solutions, 2016


Higher Education Institutions
Four-Year Universities
University of California, Riverside (UCR)21,539UCR offers 80 bachelor degree programs, 46 masters degree programs, 38 Ph.D programs, 38 Ph.D programs and 17 California teaching and administrative credential programs.
California Baptist University (CBU)8,541CBU offers 100 undergraduate majors and concentrations and 30 graduate majors and credentials.
La Sierra University (LSU) 2,440LSU has more than 120 bachelor, masters, and doctoral degree programs.
Community College
Riverside Community College (RCC) 17,756RCC offers more than 100 comprehensive programs to aid students seeking transfer to a four year college or university, a two year degree, a professional certificate, occupational training or simply to update their work skills.
Total Enrollment Four Year Institutions32,520
Total Enrollment at All Higher Education Institutions51,477
Total Graduating Students at All Higher Education Institutions9,139
College Graduation Rates per 2010 Census Data - Riverside (With Bachelor's degree or Higher) 23.7% (CA: 30.1%)
High School Graduation Rate78.7%
College Enrollment42%
Graduate Two-Year College14%
Graduate Four-Year University66%

Citywide Graduation Rates (American Community Survey)

Educational Attainment
Below Grade 910.57%
Grade 9-1210.75%
High School25.24%
Some College24.32%
Assoc Degree7.25%
Bach Degree12.73%
Grade Degree9.14

29.12% of the population has a college degree.

in the Community94
within 50 miles14591

Data Source: Applied Geographic Solutions, 2016

Livable Community

Number of Sworn Police Officers360
Police Stations and Storefronts7
Fire Stations7
Number of Libraries8
Total Number of Parks59 (2,880 acres)
Parks (Citywide/Special Use)11 (298 acres)
Parks (Community)14 (351 acres)
Parks (Dog)2 (3.6 acres)
Parks (Neighborhood)28 (194 acres)
Parks (Reserve/Open space)6 (2,037 acres)
California Citrus State Historic Park248 acres
Community Centers11
Senior Centers2
Fairmount Park (reserve/open space) - Designated “One of Americas Great Places” by American Planning Association (2011).278 acres
Mount Rubidoux (reserve/open space)230 acres
Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park (reserve/open space)1,424 acres
Hiking or Walking Trails17 miles
Approx. miles of Existing Bike Trails100 miles
Approx. miles of Proposed Bike Trails138 miles
Golf Courses
Fairmount Golf Course9-hole course
Canyon Crest Country Club18-hole course
Van Buren Golf Center9-hole executive course
Victoria Country Club18-hole course


Residents spend an average of 27 minutes commuting to work. Riverside is served by 25 airports within 50 miles. Rail can be accessed within the community. Interstates can be accessed within the community.

Ontario International Airport18 miles northwest of Riverside, provides both passenger and air cargo service, and smaller trade sub-zones. United Parcel Service operates a west coast hub and provides direct services to the Asia/Pacific Rim market.
Riverside Municipal AirportExcellent general and corporate aviation facility with over 300 tie-down spaces and hangar facilities.
March Inland Port AirportBoast an operational airfield, with a 13,300 lineal foot runway and fully manned control tower. With more than one million square feet of ramp area fully stressed to accommodate aircraft up to 900,000 pounds, the MIP has more than 350 acres of runway accessible property available for development.
Union Pacific Main Line
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Main Line
Amtrak Passenger Rail Service
Metrolink Commuter RailRiverside Line, Inland Empire-Orange County Line, and 91 Line
State Route 91 (Riverside Freeway)Major east-west inter-regional facility that extends from the beach cities in Los Angeles County to SR-60 to the east
State Route 60Connects Inland Southern, CA to Downtown Los Angeles
Interstate 215 (I-215)North-South interstate route providing access to Temecula and San Diego County
Los Angeles-Long Beach55 miles west of Riverside
San Diego97 miles south of Riverside
Bus Route
Riverside Transit Agency (local)Inter-city and inter-county bus service; City-operated mini-bus system

Renaissance Statistics

City Renaissance - Project Success
$1.40 billion in projects underway90%
270 projects completed$702.2 M
86 projects under construction$269.7 M
40 projects out to bid on in design$222.6 M

Arts, Culture, & Entertainment

Performing Arts Venues12
Art Galleries11
Festivals and Community Gatherings20Includes: Festival of Lights, Downtown Farmers Market, Citrus Heritage Run, Mariachi Festival, Easter Sunrise Service, Mayor's Ball for the Arts and many more.


Sister Citites
Sendai, Japan
Cuautla, Mexico
Ensenada, Mexico
Jiangmen, People's Republic of China
Gangnam, Republic of Korea
Hyderabad, India
Obuasi, Ghana
Erlangen, Germany
Can Tho, Socialist Republic of Vietnam
UCR Botanic GardenContains 40 acres of unusual plants with four miles of walking trails
Mission InnListed in the National Register - Historic Hotel
Riverside Community HospitalA general acute care hospital with basic emergency services and a Level II Trauma Center.
Parkview Community Hospital Medical CenterA general acute care hospital with basic emergency Services.
Kaiser Foundation Hospital - RiversideA general acute care hospital with basic emergency Services.

Riverside Awards & Recognitions

2014Coolest California City by California Air Resources Board
2014Bronze Bicycle Friendly City Award by The League of American Bicyclists
2013CALED Award of Excellence for Economic Development - Riverside Public Utilities
2013IEDC Bronze Award for Excellence in Economic Development - Office of Economic Development Weekly E-Newsletter
2013National Association of Clean Water Ageneis Gold Peak Performance Award
2013Center of Digital Government #2 Best Web Portal in the Nation
2013California Association of Local Building Officials (CALBO) - California Building Department of the Year
2013California Municipal Utilities Asociation Gold Award for Resource Efficiency & Community Service Awards - Riverside Public Utilities Green Power Report
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