B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    D
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    A-
  9. Cost of Living
    D
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B-
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%

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
    198
    283
  • Murder
    4
    6
  • Rape
    22
    41
  • Robbery
    104
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    548
    500
  • Theft
    1,791
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    506
    284

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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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 :)
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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!
I love about Riverside County is the abundance of cosmopolitan life of the downtown scenery of its miscellaneous shops, to restaurants, the bars, museums, the famous Riverside Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, Art Galleries, Mount Rubidoux , to the parks themselves. There's just so much to do and explore each day it's really nice, refreshing and enriching, especially going about the scenery with friends and family, even with the locals as well. Riverside is a very artistic place. There's an Art Walk every first Tuesday of the month, witch is where artists can display and sell their art. There's a couple venues here for live band music, and a couple nightclubs to go dancing. Importantly, there are a number of colleges nearby, like Riverside City College, and University of Riverside, California Baptist University, which makes it an absolutely great place to live if you want to commute to a college campus nearby. Just so much to do!!