Riverside, CA
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Riverside is a large city located in the state of California. With a population of 322,424 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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Riverside is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Riverside is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Riverside who work in office and administrative support (14.07%), sales jobs (11.98%), and management occupations (7.33%).

In addition, Riverside is a major college town. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Riverside have a strong influence on the local culture and music scene. In fact, Riverside is one of only a few big cities that are also major college towns. This combination of big city status and thousands of college students gives Riverside, on one hand, a sophisticated style, while on the other also providing lots of diversions and entertainment for students. In fact, Riverside is one of the biggest "college towns" in America. This elevates both the status of the city and the knowledge sector of the local economy, which is sustained by a steady output of new college graduates every spring.

The education level of Riverside citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 22.13% of adults in Riverside have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Riverside in 2010 was $22,212, 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 $88,848 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. The greatest number of Riverside residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Riverside also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 51.46% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Riverside include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

Foreign born people are also an important part of Riverside's cultural character, accounting for 22.89% of the city’s population.

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