Riverside, CA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Riverside, California - Basic Facts

The City of Riverside had a population of 319,466 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Riverside: Jurupa.

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Riverside, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 319,466
Daytime Population: Workers 145,852
Daytime Population: Residents 182,500
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 328,352
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.03
Population in Households 308,717
Population in Familes 253,958
Population in Group Qrtrs 10,749
Population Density2 3,935
Diversity Index3 85


Median Household Income $55,966
Average Household Income $78,318
Per Capita Income $24,305


Total Housing Units 103,191 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 51,862 (50.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 44,412 (43.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 6,916 ( 6.7%)
Median Home Value $324,143
Average Home Value $372,418


Total Households 96,275
Average Household Size 3.21
Family Households 68,551
Average Family Size 4
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.69% 0.9%
Households 0.64% 0.84%
Families 0.61% 0.81%
Median Household Income   1.36%
Per Capita Income   2.17%

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, 2017 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 Density # 321 79th
Diversity Index # 178 88th
Median Household Income # 762 50th
Per Capita Income # 981 35th

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