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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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Riverside County is located in California with a population of 2,323,892. Living in Riverside County offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Riverside County there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Riverside County and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Riverside County are above average.
Population
2,323,892

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$276,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,212
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    36%
  • Own
    64%
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Riverside County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    191
    283
  • Murder
    3
    6
  • Rape
    24
    41
  • Robbery
    101
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    486
    500
  • Theft
    1,717
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    432
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$57,972
National
$55,322
Children
22%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    20%
    13%

Riverside County Reviews

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I have lived in Riverside County for 2 years and I absolutely love it. Riverside County is a large area with some smaller suburban, urban, and inbetween areas. Most of this area is clean and there are parks around every corner. There is also a bus system, known as the RTA, that travels all around the county. I highly recommend moving here, however, before choosing a specific location it would be wise to research the school systems surrounding your potential neighborhood- it will reveal a lot about the quality of the specific area you will be relocating too. Good luck!
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Hello Everyone, what I have experienced are good neighborhoods, with friendly people, many historic museums to explore, beautiful landscaping, lots of activities for all ages, whether at centers, schools or universities. I believe this may be a great environment for the growing family. What I would like for this city to change, would be the violence and criminality that some people are involved in, there are not so many people of the sort any longer, but there are still a few that really should recognize, that life is too short to be ruined, regarding their wrongdoings! Thank you for listening! Diane :)
Riverside was founded in 1883, that is almost 133 years ago. The population is about 320,000 estimated in 2014. This city has one of California's greatest historical artifacts, The Mission Inn, which is now a hotel and spa. The best time to go is in December when they have the horse carriages, Christmas light, and the finest hot chocolate and kettle corn. The things I like about riverside is the community and the limitless options of things to do. The people are very friendly and there's never a time when you can't go out and do something. However, riverside does not have the best of traffic, I believe we need road work and more lanes in our freeway. The city is very old and it does need some work done, but nothing that cannot be fixed. Overall the pros weigh out the cons and riverside is a fantastic city!