Riverside Population 2018

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 site of what is now Riverside was first inhabited by the Serrano and Cahuilla people. 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. This led to a thriving citrus industry. Less than 10 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 Demographics

The racial makeup of Riverside is primarily white, making up over 56% of the population. Of the white inhabitants, 34% are not of Hispanic origin. Seven percent of the population is black or African American, 7.4% of the population is Asian, and a total of 49% are of Hispanic and Latino origin.

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 among other important industries. 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 population has grown by almost 7%, indicating that while growth has slowed, it will continue on a steady upward trajectory into the future.

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Riverside Race Data

Race Population Percentage
Some Other Race44,58913.73%
Black or African American18,2735.63%
Two or More Races16,4675.07%
American Indian and Alaska Native3,4961.08%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander9820.30%

Population Pyramid

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Riverside Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Median Number of Rooms (per House)
Houses Without Mortgage
Houses With Mortgage
Vacancy Rate
Median Rent
Median Home Value
Renter-Occupied Units
Owner-Occupied Units
Total Housing Units

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Riverside for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 7.7% and the labor force participation rate is 63.1%.

Riverside Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex)
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex)
Non Family Households
Female Householder (no husband) Families
Male Householder (no wife) Families
Married Couple Families
Average Family Size
Average Household Size