City Data

Date of Incorporation
October 11, 1883
Department of Finance Population Estimate (2017)
2017 City Rank by Population in CA
2017 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)

Demographics and Growth Rate

Demographics and Growth Rate
Population (City)326,792
Trade Area1,752,2511,843,721
Median Age (City)31.433.0
Trade Area32.633.8
Owner Households0.72%0.67%0.72%

Source: ESRI and California Department of Finance

Household Income, Housing, and Spending

Median Household Income - City$55,939$59,824
Average Household Income - City$78,270$87,800
Owner Occupied Housing Units51,76653,666
Renter Occupied Housing Units44,35646,546
Median Single Family Home Value (July 2017)$383,000

Data Source: ESRI and Inland Valleys Association of Realtors

Unemployment Rate

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

Data Source: July 2017 Employment Development Department Data (EDD)

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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