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Riverside/Inland Empire, CA Cost of Living - 6/27/2007
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Stephanie
Riverside, CA

One of the last areas in the Southern California region where finding affordable housing is still possible!

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Shannon
Riverside, CA

Riverside is charming and beautiful - 6/5/2014

Apparently, Riverside has changed for the better in recent years, based on the negative older comments...I moved to Riverside a year ago from a beautiful town in northern Virginia, just 6 miles outside of the nation's capital...so I was very spoiled...the D.C. metro is a very expensive area, as is much of California (gas, taxes), but I have been able to live in both places on a small private school teacher salary. Riverside is BEAUTIFUL. It does get hot in the summer, but it is cooler in the shade, and the nights get cooler...coming from Virginia the heat here is nothing! I live within a two-mile radius of the downtown. The neighbors in my neighborhood are the friendliest neighbors I've ever had. The first day I moved in, 3 neighbors greeted me on my front steps to welcome me. I can walk or ride my bike everywhere...a 10-15 minute bike ride (or 20 minute walk) gets me to the beautiful campus of RCC (Riverside City College) and its well-maintained new track, Clark's Nutritional Center (organic groceries), a safe and scenic hike up Mt. Rubidoux, the Saturday morning farmer's market downtown, several cool coffee shops (Augie's, Lift, Back to the Grind, 4 floors of antique and vintage furniture and goodies at Mission Galleria or Old Glory, the best gift shop Mrs. Tiggy Winkle's, many good restaurants (including an In-n-Out Burger!), numerous churches, and of course, the famous historic Mission Inn (which is a wonderland of lights and treats at Christmas time). In a 20 to 30-minute drive I can get to Redlands or Oak Glen with too-many-to-count wonderful apple ranches where you can pick your own apples or enjoy an apple pie at one of the little restaurants, wine country in Temecula, a fancy outdoor mall in Rancho Cucamonga...and in an hour drive I can get to Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Long Beach, and Los Angeles. If you like biking, you can ride along the Santa Ana River from Huntington Beach to San Bernardino County on the "longest multi-use trail in southern California." There are also 3 or 4 airports between 30 minutes to a half hour. The mayor actively participates in monthly events called 'Mayo'rs Night Out. If you google 'Meet the Mayor' you'll see 'Meet the Mayor,' 'Bike with the Mayor,' 'Walk with the Mayor.' There are sketchy pockets, but it's a CITY with 300,000 people! Riverside really gets a bad rap...maybe it went through a tough (economic) time in the past like much of the country, but it is an awesome place to live now. The residents of Riverside tend to speak negatively I think because Orange County is considered the better place to live...but as an outsider coming in, I think Riverside is just as nice--just different--less congested...more open space...beautiful mountains and canyons...a little city in the country!

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Yesenia
Riverside, CA

So much fun if you just look within - 10/6/2013

I've lived my whole life in Riverside with family and many amazing folk. We enjoy getting together and 3of a few favorite parks here. I'm glad to say we are all healthy and have never witnessed any crime just yet. I work in a medical office hiring many local residents every year along with volunteering at schools in my community. Our community festivals and events are so much fun too! I'm so happy to be living in Riverside, especially being on the horse side of town too. And the river can be so beautiful after it rains.. I have no idea which part of Riverside you've been too, but I can help you explore the positive side of town(:

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C
Riverside, CA

looking to retire - 6/28/2013

We are looking to retire in Texas. Riverside is too crowded, Calif too expensive. Wishing to retire somewhere our SS payments can pay the bills.

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Chrissy
Riverside, CA

busy - 7/26/2012

A very nice place to live. Very nice weather during the winter and in the evenings. Very hot during the summer in the daytime. Could use more police officers because there is alot of small crimes. car burgleries ect.

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BAMZI
Riverside, CA

We review - 7/1/2012

Check for Life

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Bernaba
Riverside, CA

HOUSING PRICES - 4/18/2012

HOUSING PRICES START TO PICKUP

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jim
Riverside, CA

climate - 9/9/2011

Pretty hot and dry in the summertime. Some weeks over 100 for 5 days in a row. No rain to speak of from May until October. Just right in winter..not too cold. Maybe down to only lower 40 degrees. No snow. Rain in December, January, February and March but not in great amounts.

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Juan
Riverside, CA

Maestro - 8/2/2011

La escuela es la mejor. espero y siga asi.

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Daniel
Corona, CA

Jobs - 2/15/2011

Most of Riverside is mostly low income due to lack of jobs and because it's old. Mainly because of traffic getting to work(making an unbalanced economy). Most people have jobs in Orange County, California causing traffic on the 91 freeway. Riverside is improving by attracting businesses.

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Katie
Riverside, CA

Expensive and not worth it - 11/3/2010

Living in Riverside for the last 8 years I can honestly say that its just not worth it. With one bedroom apartments reaching rent of close to $1300/month we could be living in a far nicer place.

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Paul
Riverside, CA

climate - 9/2/2010

lots of smog

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Rosemead, CA

Besiness - 8/16/2010

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Jeann
Riverside, CA

Exercise - 6/22/2010

Walking up Mt. Rubidoux in the morning or in the evening is a wonderful way to enjoy the city and sites.

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John Jones
Anaheim, CA

Never a Bad Day With Public Transportation - 6/15/2010

I've lived in Riverside for almost five years now and I've relied on the Riverside Transit Authority (RTA) and the Metrolink trains to get me to work every morning without fail. I can always count on public transportation to get me to work on time. I don't have to risk a co-worker calling in sick, arrange alternative rides when my carpool goes on vacations or none of that. In the five years that I've been on public transportation, I've had less than half a dozen issues due to the bus or train being late. The added advantage of public transportation in my opinion is that I don't have to sit in traffic and if I didn't get enough sleep the night before, I can catch a little shut eye while commuting.

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Abhd
Riverside, CA

riverside - 3/3/2010

riverside is 300000 people. beautiful winter weather, like palm springs. summers are too hot and smoggy. diverse people, good and bad areas.

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Norma
Riverside, CA

My town - 1/24/2010

great place, open spaces

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Teresa
Riverside, CA

Great City without the Great City cost - 12/4/2009

Riverside, CA is an amazing city. With over 280,000 residents, the city manages a true vibrance. Nice parks, festivals & community activities in addition to the constant revitalization projects this is a nice city with responsible leaders.

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Joseph
Riverside, CA

Riverside: Not For Everybody - 11/1/2009

I have lived here since I was 3, but for the last few years, I've started liking Riverside less and less. It's scorching hot here over the summer time. We also have so many illegal immigrants taking over the city. You'll find tons of them hanging around Home Depot on Indiana ave. The schools are overcrowded due to the budget cuts in RUSD and Riverside is ranked as having one of the highest foreclosure rates in the nation. A long time ago, Riverside had a good reputation for growing oranges and other citrus fruit. Now many of them are being cut down for land development, which is causing overpopulation, more traffic, and more foreclosed homes. Why do people move here? Because it's cheap. Homes that you can find in L.A. or Orange County for $1 million can be worth $700K in Riverside. It's also a longer commute to the larger areas where most of the residents work. In my honest opinion, Riverside is becoming a more undesirable place to live in. Once I graduate from high school, I'm out of here!

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tiffany
Riverside, CA

weather - 9/28/2009

Weather here seems to get dryer and dryer. Although this summer was probably the coolest in years, it continues to rain less. If i were to continue living here, i would only live in a house with a pool.

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Tony
Riverside, CA

Climate - 9/15/2009

Our climate in Riverside California is pretty sporadic depending on the time of year. The temperature can be as low as 29 degrees in the winter months and as high as 106 degrees in the summer months. Our temperature is pretty good most of the time. We have very low humidity compared to the east coast and during the summer we usually get dry heat. We do get high winds a couple times a year. Overall though, Riverside California is good weather!

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