Riverside, CA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Riverside, California - Basic Facts

The City of Riverside had a population of 315,146 as of July 1, 2016. Riverside ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Riverside is located at latitude 33.9381 and longitude -117.3932 in Riverside County. The formal boundaries for the City of Riverside (see map below) encompass a land area of 81.18 sq. miles and a water area of 0.3 sq. miles. Riverside County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 827 feet.

The City of Riverside (GNIS ID: 2410965) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Riverside is located within Riverside CCD of Riverside County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Riverside population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Riverside: Jurupa.

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Riverside, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 315,146
Population in Households 304,288
Population in Familes 250,463
Population in Group Qrtrs 10,858
Population Density1 3,882
Diversity Index2 85


Total Households 94,719
Average Household Size 3.21
Family Households 67,469
Average Family Size 4


Total Housing Units 102,210 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 50,958 (49.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 43,761 (42.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 7,491 ( 7.3%)
Median Home Value $296,209
Average Home Value $347,381


Median Household Income $54,444
Average Household Income $74,799
Per Capita Income $23,205
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.58% 0.87%
Households 0.48% 0.76%
Families 0.45% 0.74%
Median Household Income   1.07%
Per Capita Income   1.31%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Riverside, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Riverside to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 12 99th
Population Density1 # 318 79th
Diversity Index2 # 185 88th
Median Household Income # 771 49th
Per Capita Income # 984 35th

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