Riverside, CA

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Riverside, CA

About Riverside, CA

Riverside, California is a vibrant and dynamic city that offers something for everyone. Visitors can explore the city's famous Mission Inn or take in the views from Mount Rubidoux Park. Nature lovers can take a trip to Fairmount Park or go on a hike at Box Springs Mountain Reserve. Foodies can take their pick among the many restaurants in town ranging from local favorites to fusion cuisine. Shopping enthusiasts can browse the boutiques of the downtown area or discover hidden treasures at The Galleria at Tyler Mall. With its diverse attractions and plenty of activities to choose from, Riverside promises any visitor an unforgettable experience. Suburban complex - Southern California, 50 to 80 miles east of Los Angeles and Orange County.

Zip Codes: 92503 92507 92504 92505 92506 92508 92501
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Time zone: Pacific Standard Time (PST)
Elevation: 850 ft above sea level

Riverside County and San Bernardino County to the north form this metro area. Like many such metro areas in the Southwest, it extends far into uninhabited desert areas, in this case east through the Mojave Desert to the Nevada/Arizona border. Larger than nine U.S. states, it is often referred to as the Inland Empire. Cities in the western portion, including Riverside, San Bernardino, Ontario, and a patchwork of other communities, are developed suburbs of the Los Angeles area with a rapidly growing and increasingly self-sufficient economy.

Suburbs along the I-10 corridor, including Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana and Colton tend to be more commercial, while others off the main roads and against the area’s many mountain ranges, like Loma Linda, Chino Hills and many parts of Riverside are more residential. Ontario is also the site of one of the LA area’s best airports with considerable discount air service. Old mansions, public buildings, and packing sheds serve as evidence of the orange-growing industry that once dominated the area, but these have been long since surrounded by housing developments, industrial parks, and commercial/retail centers. Farther east through a mountain gap lie the resort communities of Palm Springs and Palm Desert.

Today the main economic activities include a host of diversified light manufacturing, international trade and offices of overseas companies. Although rising rapidly, costs of living and housing remain relatively affordable for comparable areas in Los Angeles and Southern California. The area is now facing many of the same issues confronting Los Angeles as a whole- overcrowding, sprawl, poor air quality, and long freeway commutes. Bottom line: this area offers many Southern California advantages while bringing the negatives in somewhat smaller doses.

The area is semiarid to arid with dry valleys surrounded by desert mountain ranges. Most of the valley floor to the west is developed. Moving east, coastal grasses and brush give way to desert foliage, including brush, creosote bush, and cactus. The climate varies by altitude and distance from the Pacific Ocean. Summers are warm in the western portion of the counties to extremely hot and dry eastward. Evenings, consistent with the desert climate and with some marine cooling, are comfortable. Winters are mild and mostly dry, but most annual precipitation, including rainy spells, occurs during this season. There are a few days each winter with below-freezing temperatures, but many winters are frost-free. Snow is rare but can occur.

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Riverside Cost of Living

Year-round climate, recreation, and diverse economy make Riverside a great place to live.

+42.8% higher than avg
+10.1% higher than avg
$1,391 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
+17.5% higher than avg
Riverside Crime
46.7 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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I've lived in Riverside for 54 years. It changed a LOT when people from LA started moving here in droves. Still, I have never been robbed or assaulted but I am  More

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I'm from Orange County (OC). I have had nothing but trouble since moving to Riverside. 1. The dogs are aggressive guard dogs. If you want to walk or bike you  More

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Over 6 years ago

Whew where to begin with dear old riverside. I enjoyed growing up here until my high school years (back in 2011). In 7 short years the downward deterioration of the  More

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