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Overview

Introduction to Riverside, California

Founded in the late 1800s, Riverside is in the metropolitan area comprising Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario.  people. This area is known as "The Inland Empire" because it was once separated from Los Angeles by a large rural expanse. Riverside lies 60 miles east of Los Angeles. The Pacific Ocean is about 35 miles to the southwest

Riverside History

The area was historically very sparsely populated due to its desert like climate. John North, a pro-temperance abolitionist, founded Riverside with the hope of furthering education and culture. At about the same time, naval orange cultivation took off, drawing railroads to the area. The climate, transportation and innovative water supply, which allowed the orange industry to thrive, also brought easterners escaping their cold winters.

Only about 10.2 inches of rain fall each year in Riverside. Temperatures reach 90 degrees an average of 100 days of the year. August daily highs average 95 degrees while daily lows average 64 degrees. January offers average daily highs of 68 degrees and average daily lows of 43 degrees.

Fleetwood Enterprises, a Fortune 100 company which manufactures recreational vehicles and manufactured homes, is headquartered in Riverside. One of the largest employers is the University of California at Riverside. The economy also includes such industries as wood, plastics, metal fabrication, electrical instruments and food packaging.

Arts and Leisure

Cultural, historical and leisure attractions include:

  • The Riverside Metropolitan Museum.
  • The Mission Inn.
  • The Heritage House.
  • The Riverside Art Museum.
  • The La Sierra University Museum of Natural History.
  • The UCR California Museum of Photography.
  • The California Citrus State Historic Park.
  • The Blankenship Ballet Company.
  • The California Riverside Ballet.
  • The Inland Empire/Riverside County Philharmonic.
  • The Riverside Community Players.
  • Cultural and entertainment sights in nearby Los Angeles.
  • Sports teams, both professional and college, in metropolitan Los Angeles.

People

Total Population 316,335
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 9.8%
Employed Population 16+ 133,328
Age of the Population 31

Families

% of people married 42.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.2%
Median Earnings25+ $33,492
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,688
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,964

Wealth

Median Family Income $64,867
% Above Poverty Level 81.2%
% Below Poverty Level 18.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 4.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.6%
% Using Public Transportation 2.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 20.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,161
Median House Value $261,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 66.9%
US/American 0.1%
English 5%
Irish 5.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Riverside Almanac

Category Value
County Riverside
Standard Zip Codes 92501, 92503, 92504, 92505, 92506, 92507, 92508, 92509, 92518
P.O. Box Zip Codes 92502, 92513, 92514, 92515, 92516, 92517, 92519
Company Zip Codes 92521, 92522
Phone Area Codes 951
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.953
Longitude -117.395

Riverside Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station RIVERSIDE FIRE STA 3
Distance 0.7 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 68 F
Apr Temp 49 to 76 F
Jul Temp 63 to 94 F
Oct Temp 54 to 83 F
Annual Precip 10.2 inches
Station RIVERSIDE CITRUS EXP STN
Distance 2.8 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 66 F
Apr Temp 48 to 76 F
Jul Temp 61 to 94 F
Oct Temp 53 to 83 F
Annual Precip 10.6 inches
Station CORONA
Distance 10.1 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 68 F
Apr Temp 48 to 77 F
Jul Temp 60 to 92 F
Oct Temp 52 to 83 F
Annual Precip 12 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Riverside, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Arlington (92503)

Box Springs (92507)

Canyon Crest (92507)

Casa Blanca (92504)

Jurupa (92509)

La Sierra (92505)

March Arb (92518)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Colton 53,566 $44,653
Fontana 203,677 $67,065
Grand Terrace 12,331 $77,004
Loma Linda 23,751 $67,111
Moreno Valley 200,788 $55,174
Norco 26,966 $97,576

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Riverside Public Libraries

Library
Riverside County Library System
"4080 LEMON ST, 12TH FLOOR"
Riverside, California
(909) 955-1111
Riverside Public Library
3581 MISSION INN AVE.
Riverside, California
(909) 826-5213

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Riverside Hospitals

RIVERSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
4445 MAGNOLIA AVENUE
(951) 788-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

PARKVIEW COMMUNITY HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
3865 JACKSON STREET
(951) 688-2211
Emergency Service: Yes

KAISER FOUNDATION HOSPITAL, RIVERSIDE
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
10800 MAGNOLIA AVENUE
(951) 353-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Riverside High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

LA SIERRA HIGH
4145 LA SIERRA AVE.
909-351-9238
Serves 2,816 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.1

KING (MARTIN LUTHER JR.) HIGH
9301 WOOD ROAD
909-788-1107
Serves 2,639 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.3

RUBIDOUX HIGH
4250 OPAL ST.
909-222-7821
Serves 2,636 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.7

POLYTECHNIC HIGH
5450 VICTORIA AVE.
909-788-7203
Serves 2,578 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.2

NORTH (JOHN W.) HIGH
1550 THIRD ST.
909-788-7311
Serves 2,397 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.8

NORTE VISTA HIGH
6585 CREST AVE.
909-351-9201
Serves 2,270 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.1

ARLINGTON HIGH
2951 JACKSON ST.
909-788-7240
Serves 2,169 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.3

RAMONA HIGH
7675 MAGNOLIA AVE.
909-788-7400
Serves 2,022 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.3

SPECIAL EDUCATION
3939 13TH ST.
909-826-6476
A Special Education School
Serves 1,722 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.5

RIVERSIDE UNIFIED INDEPENDENT STUDY
6401 LINCOLN AVE.
909-788-7113
A Non-traditional School
Serves 903 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 59.8

RIVERSIDE COUNTY COMMUNITY
3939 13TH ST.
909-826-6464
A Non-traditional School
Serves 835 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.6

ALTERNATIVE/OPPORTUNITY
3939 13TH ST.
909-826-6464
A Non-traditional School
Serves 660 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 28.7

RIVERSIDE COUNTY JUVENILE COURT
3939 13TH ST.
909-826-6464
A Non-traditional School
Serves 500 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.2

CALIF SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
3044 HORACE ST.
909-782-6500
A Special Education School
Serves 433 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.7

NUEVA VISTA CONTINUATION HIGH
6836 34TH ST.
909-360-2802
A Non-traditional School
Serves 327 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.4

LINCOLN (ABRAHAM) CONTINUATION
4341 VICTORIA AVE.
909-788-7371
A Non-traditional School
Serves 281 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.8

RAINCROSS HIGH (CONT.)
6401 LINCOLN AVE.
909-276-7670
A Non-traditional School
Serves 158 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.6

ALVORD CONTINUATION HIGH
3606 PIERCE ST.
909-351-9273
A Non-traditional School
Serves 141 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.1

RIVERSIDE UNIFIED OPPORTUNITY
6735 MAGNOLIA
909-276-7670
A Non-traditional School
Serves 116 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 38.7

STEPS COMMUNITY DAY
4041 PACIFIC AVE.
909-222-7739
A Non-traditional School
Serves 80 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.5

SUNSHINE SPECIAL EDUCATION
9390 CALIFORNIA AVE.
909-788-7300
A Special Education School
Serves 59 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.4

RIO VISTA HIGH (CONT.)
4250 OPAL ST.
909-360-2818
A Non-traditional School
Serves 37 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.5

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Historic Riverside

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Carmel tower (Glenwood Mission Inn) between 1900 and 1920

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Carmel tower (Glenwood Mission Inn) between 1900 and 1920

The Cloister (Glenwood Mission Inn) between 1910 and 1920

Riverside (Magnolia Avenue) c1899.

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