Riverside, CA
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Living in Riverside


Riverside is a large city located in the state of California. With a population of 330,063 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, Riverside isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Riverside are a mix 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 (14.30%), sales jobs (10.53%), and management occupations (7.45%).

In addition, Riverside is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on the local Riverside culture, lifestyle and music scene. In fact, Riverside is one of only a few big cities that are also major college towns. The combination of big city status and thousands of college students gives Riverside on one hand, a sophisticated style, while on the other also provides a youthful feel and lots of diversions and entertainment for students. Believe it or not, Riverside is one of the biggest "college towns" in America, generating lift to the economy of the entire region, and issuing forth thousands of newly-minted college students every spring, powering the innovation economy, the arts, and a lively club scene.

This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Riverside is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.

The citizens of Riverside are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 22.43% of adults in Riverside having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Riverside in 2010 was $23,865, 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 $95,460 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 52.78% 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.

Riverside also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 22.63%.

The most common language spoken in Riverside is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.