Riverside, California Population 2019

Riverside is a city located in the state of California. More specifically, it serves as the county seat for Riverside County, located along the Santa Ana River. Recent estimates show that the population of the city is 324,722, making it the most populated city in the county. It is also the most populous city within the Inland Empire area. It is the 12th most populous city in the state. This city was first founded during the 1800s, and it is most known for its role within California’s citrus industry.

Riverside History

The Serrano and Cahuilla people first inhabited the site of what is now Riverside. The first official record of the area was recorded in the 1770s following the exploration of Juan Bautista De Anza. It was officially founded much later, however, in 1869, although some sources claim that it wasn’t founded until the 1870s. It was in 1873 that seedless oranges from Brazil were planted, and Riverside’s temperate climate and other conditions were found to be favorable for growing the oranges, leading to a thriving citrus industry. Less than ten years later, close to half of the 500,000 citrus trees in the state were located in Riverside.

By 1900, Riverside’s thriving industry, combined with refrigerated railroad cars and irrigation systems made Riverside the richest city in the country. It was during this time that the Glenwood Tavern was established. This hotel, which was later renamed the Mission Inn, was visited by many presidents. The city throughout the years continued to grow as many people moved here because of the beautiful homes and prosperous economy.

Riverside Population Statistics

The city of Riverside expands over 81 square miles, giving it a population density of nearly 4,000 people per square mile.

Over one-quarter of the population is under the age of 18. The largest demographic is those in the 25 to 44 age bracket, making up over 27% of the population. Over 8% of the population is at least 65 years old. There are more males than females – with 97.6 males for every 100 males. The total number of people living below the federal poverty line is 17.5% of the total population.

The most common religion observed throughout Riverside is Christianity, with many Eastern Orthodox, Protestant and Catholic churches located throughout the area. There are also Mormons, Jews, Hindus, and Buddhists, as well as other organizations such as the Inland Empire Atheists and Agnostics.

The city’s economy is based around light-industry and the manufacturing sector. Engineering, technology, and banking are also important. The citrus industry still contributes to the economy but has declined in recent years. The top employer in the city is the County of Riverside, which employs nearly 12,000 residents.

Riverside Population Growth

Riverside, throughout its history, has seen steady growth in population. Between the first censuses in 1890 and 1900, the city’s population grew by over 70%. By the 1970s, the city had over 100,000 inhabitants. By the 1990s, the city had over 200,000 residents. It reached another population milestone in 2010 when its population exceeded 300,000. Recent estimates show that since the last official population in 2010, the community has grown by almost 7%, indicating that while growth has slowed, it will continue on a steady upward trajectory into the future.

Riverside, California's estimated population is 330,063 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Riverside, California is the 12th largest city in California based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.

The population density is 4062.21 people/mi² (1568.42 people/km²).

The overall median age is 31.3 years, 30.5 years for males, and 32.4 years for females. For every 100 females there are 98.0 males.

Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 97,018 households in the city, with an average size of 3.4 people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.9%, with a median rent of $1249/month. The median house has 5.3 rooms, and has a value of $319,200.

The median income for households in Riverside, California is $62,460, while the mean household income is $78,001.

How Many People Live in Riverside, California?

330,063
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018330,0633,0750.94%
2017326,9883,1110.96%
2016323,8773,2041.00%
2015320,6732,7860.88%
2014317,8872,2200.70%
2013315,6673,2351.04%
2012312,4322,8760.93%
2011309,5563,9881.31%
2010305,56850,4021.82%
2000255,16628,6611.20%
1990226,50555,9142.88%
1980170,59130,5021.99%
1970140,08955,7575.21%
196084,33237,5686.07%
195046,76412,0683.03%
194034,6965,0001.57%
193029,69610,3554.38%
192019,3414,1292.43%
191015,2127,2396.67%
19007,9733,2905.47%
18904,6830.00%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20184,622,36151,9341.12%
20174,570,42753,6831.17%
20164,516,74451,5121.14%
20154,465,23246,5011.04%
20144,418,73146,8171.06%
20134,371,91435,7520.82%
20124,336,16240,8210.94%
20114,295,34152,7791.23%
20104,242,5620.00%

Population by Race

Race Population
White199,059
Some Other Race60,670
Asian23,277
Black or African American19,447
Two or More Races15,567
American Indian and Alaska Native2,634
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander916

Riverside Population Pyramid 2019

Riverside Median Age

31.3


Total

30.5


Male

32.4


Female

Riverside Adults

There are 242,633 adults, (32,214 of whom are seniors) in Riverside.

Riverside Age Dependency

52.8

Age Dependency Ratio

15.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

37.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Riverside Sex Ratio

Female

162,416

50.51%

Male

159,154

49.49%

Riverside Households and Families

Riverside Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Riverside Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married67.7%32.3%
All54.2%45.8%
Male44.4%55.6%
Female39.9%60.1%
Non Family39.6%60.4%

54.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All90,9743.454.2
Married46,1264.0667.7
Non Family24,3861.4939.6
Female14,2124.1939.9
Male6,2504.1344.4

3.93

Average Family Size

3.4

Average Household Size

7%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Riverside Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade19,98710.24%
9th to 12th Grade20,24310.37%
High School Graduate50,09025.67%
Some College46,54823.86%
Associates Degree14,4757.42%
Bachelors Degree25,86513.26%
Graduate Degree17,9079.18%

Riverside Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic90,88859,0419,393
White73,32067,98523,013
Other Race34,44922,0183,374
Asian13,27311,6916,598
Black12,89111,8193,497
Multiple Races6,2495,3941,398
Native American1,6281,362308
Islander60058095

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 96.67%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 49.71%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$34,582$37,759$30,297
Less Than High School$23,342$27,226$18,036
High School Grad$29,806$32,925$24,933
Some College$35,362$41,414$30,161
Bachelors Degree$50,651$57,500$45,703
Graduate Degree$73,051$78,052$67,404

$34,582

Average Earnings

$37,759

Average Male

$30,297

Average Female

Riverside Language

Riverside Language by Age

Riverside Language

57.78% of Riverside residents speak only English, while 42.22% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 34.56% of the population.

Riverside Poverty

Riverside Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic165,54331,85819.24%
Other59,0969,61516.27%
White96,8048,9799.28%
Black18,5114,69625.37%
Asian20,1904,22120.91%
Multiple14,9193,07120.58%
Native2,59957121.97%
Islander83115318.41%

16.57%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.79%

Male Poverty Rate

17.35%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Riverside

The race most likely to be in poverty in Riverside is Black, with 25.37% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Riverside is White, with 9.28% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.72%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.20%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 25.39%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School21.69%
High School13.85%
Some College10.33%
Bachelors or Greater6.01%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed33.72%
Male Unemployed31.41%
Female Employed8.51%
Male Employed7.92%

Riverside Income

Riverside Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$62,460$78,001
Families$70,160$85,629
Married Families$81,465$99,039
Non Families$35,670$49,977

Riverside Marital Status

Riverside Marital Status

Marriage Rates

41.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.2%

Male Marriage Rate

40.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Riverside Married by Age and Sex

Riverside Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Riverside Marital Status by Race

Riverside Veterans

12,858

Number of Veterans

11,769

Male Veterans

1,089

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam4,587
First Gulf War2,406
Second Gulf War2,300
Korea1,112
World War II378
Age Group Veterans
35 to 543,108
65 to 743,106
75+2,491
55 to 642,402
18 to 341,751

Riverside Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White9,3426.15%
Hispanic3,2062.75%
Black1,70010.69%
Other1,1732.71%
2 or More3363.81%
Asian2491.25%
Indian392.02%
Hawaiian192.33%

Riverside Veterans by Education

6.94%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.50%

Veteran Disability Rate

Riverside Employment Status

63.5%

Labor Force Participation

57.5%

Employment Rate

9.5%

Unemployment Rate

Riverside Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

62.79%

Born in California

77.37%

Native Born

22.63%

Foreign Born

12.71%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

77.37% of Riverside residents were born in the United States, with 62.79% having been born in California. 12.71% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.