A city full of wonder, Riverside enjoys a rich heritage with Spanish and Hispanic influences reflected in the City’s architecture, cuisine, culture, and civic life. Riverside has evolved from a quiet agricultural colony into a dynamic, active city, and a hub for higher education, technology, commerce, law, finance and culture. Riversiders enjoy many artistic venues from excellent film, dance and symphony to art, museums, and theater.
A prospering city of 308,511 people, Riverside is the 61st-largest city in the United State and the 12th largest city in California. Riverside is the largest city in the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario metropolitan area of Southern California, and the fourth largest inland California city. Riverside is located approximately 60 miles (97 km) east of Los Angeles.
While rich in history, Riverside is investing in the future. Our city has invested billions of dollars in infrastructure improvements to serve residents and businesses well into the future. The uniqueness of Riverside comes from its people, “Riversiders” and the strong collaborative partnerships that exist among civic, cultural, educational and business leaders.
Here, we have compiled a list of firsts for our great City of Arts and Innovation.
City Facts – At a Glance
|City Area||81.51 sq. miles|
|Average Household Size||3.15|
|Total Labor Force, April 2013||165,600|
|View Full Profile|