Riverside, California Population 2022

317,224
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Riverside is a city located in Riverside County California. It is also the county seat of Riverside County. With a 2020 population of 317,224, it is the 13th largest city in California and the 64th largest city in the United States. Riverside is currently growing at a rate of 0.35% annually but its population has decreased by -3.16% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 327,569 in 2020. Spanning over 82 miles, Riverside has a population density of 3,904 people per square mile.

The average household income in Riverside is $85,486 with a poverty rate of 13.24%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Riverside is 31.6 years, 30.7 years for males, and 32.6 years for females.

Riverside was first founded during the 1800s, and it is most known for its role within California’s citrus industry.

Riverside Population Statistics

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.

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 Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Riversidewas:

  • White: 52.81%
  • Other race: 24.15%
  • Asian: 8.74%
  • Two or more races: 7.26%
  • Black or African American: 5.89%
  • Native American: 0.84%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.30%
The current population of Riverside, California is 317,224 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 327,569.

Riverside, California Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Riverside Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Riverside Population by Race

Riverside Population Pyramid 2022

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Riverside Median Age

31.8


Total

30.8


Male

33.1


Female

Riverside Adults

There are 248,964 adults, (36,271 of whom are seniors) in Riverside.

Riverside Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

17.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

37

Child Dependency Ratio

Riverside Sex Ratio

Female

164,336

50.17%

Male

163,233

49.83%

Riverside Population by Age

Riverside Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Riverside Household Types

54.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Riverside Households and Families

3.94

Average Family Size

3.44

Average Household Size

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Riverside Households by Type

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Riverside Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Riverside Educational Attainment by Race

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 93.42%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 52.05%.

Riverside Educational Attainment by Race

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$37,768

Average Earnings

$41,832

Average Male

$32,970

Average Female

Riverside Earnings by Educational Attainment

Riverside Language by Age

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Riverside Language

53.99% of Riverside residents speak only English, while 46.01% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 36.87% of the population.

Riverside Language

Riverside Poverty by Race

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13.24%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.54%

Male Poverty Rate

13.94%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Riverside

The race most likely to be in poverty in Riverside is Islander, with 20.82% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Riverside is Multiple, with 12.10% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.18%. Among those working part-time, it was 14.89%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.06%.

Riverside Poverty

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Riverside Poverty Rate by Education

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Riverside Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Riverside Income by Household Type

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Income by Household Type

Riverside Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

42.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.6%

Male Marriage Rate

40.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Riverside Married by Age and Sex

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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

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Riverside Marital Status

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11,597

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

Riverside Veterans by War

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Riverside Veterans by Age

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Riverside Veterans by Race

Riverside Veterans by Education

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8.71%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.96%

Veteran Disability Rate

Riverside Veterans by Education

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62.6%

Labor Force Participation

58.5%

Employment Rate

6.5%

Unemployment Rate

Riverside Employment by Age

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Riverside Employment by Race

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Riverside Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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63.85%

Born in Riverside

77.31%

Native Born

22.69%

Foreign Born

10.93%

Non Citizen

11.76%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

77.31% of Riverside residents were born in the United States, with 63.85% having been born in California. 10.93% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Riverside Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected

Riverside Population by Year