Riverside, California Population 2020

336,285

Riverside is a city located in California. With a 2020 population of 336,285, it is the 11th largest city in California and the 57th largest city in the United States. Riverside is currently growing at a rate of 0.93% annually and its population has increased by 10.67% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 303,871 in 2010. Spanning over 82 miles, Riverside has a population density of 4,138 people per square mile.

The average household income in Riverside is $81,959 with a poverty rate of 15.63%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,308 per month, and the median house value is $344,700. The median age in Riverside is 31.4 years, 30.7 years for males, and 32.3 years for females. For every 100 females there are 97.4 males.

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 Riverside was:

  • White: 60.89%
  • Other race: 19.60%
  • Asian: 7.39%
  • Black or African American: 6.20%
  • Two or more races: 4.84%
  • Native American: 0.82%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.25%
The current population of Riverside, California is 336,285, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 330,063.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 303,871.

Riverside, California Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20204,726,23051,9301.10%
20194,674,30051,9401.11%
20184,622,36051,9301.12%
20174,570,43053,6901.17%
20164,516,74051,5101.14%
20154,465,23046,5001.04%
20144,418,73046,8201.06%
20134,371,91035,7500.82%
20124,336,16040,8200.94%
20114,295,34052,7801.23%
20104,242,5600.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White197,25960.89%
Some Other Race63,47619.60%
Asian23,9387.39%
Black or African American20,0986.20%
Two or More Races15,6814.84%
American Indian and Alaska Native2,6580.82%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander8250.25%

Riverside Population Pyramid 2020

Riverside Median Age

31.4


Total

30.7


Male

32.3


Female

Riverside Adults

There are 246,012 adults, (33,695 of whom are seniors) in Riverside.

Riverside Age Dependency

52.6

Age Dependency Ratio

15.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Riverside Sex Ratio

Female

164,109

50.66%

Male

159,826

49.34%

Riverside Households and Families

Riverside Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Riverside Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married67.8%32.2%
All54%46%
Male43.3%56.7%
Female40.1%59.9%
Non Family39.2%60.8%

54.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All90,8663.4154
Married45,6044.0967.8
Non Family24,8541.5239.2
Female14,1974.2840.1
Male6,2114.0543.3

3.96

Average Family Size

3.41

Average Household Size

7.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Riverside Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade19,4239.75%
9th to 12th Grade19,9139.99%
High School Graduate52,39926.29%
Some College47,55923.86%
Associates Degree14,9077.48%
Bachelors Degree26,63113.36%
Graduate Degree18,4639.26%

Riverside Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic93,98863,15510,674
White72,99367,78222,342
Other Race36,01023,3963,714
Asian14,33912,7047,112
Black13,07811,9363,683
Multiple Races6,6275,7551,590
Native American1,6851,359248
Islander59751870

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 92.86%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 49.60%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$35,224$39,344$30,242
Less Than High School$23,997$28,133$18,240
High School Grad$30,579$35,066$25,856
Some College$35,863$42,872$29,338
Bachelors Degree$50,134$58,198$42,625
Graduate Degree$76,541$82,281$69,370

$35,224

Average Earnings

$39,344

Average Male

$30,242

Average Female

Riverside Language

Riverside Language by Age

Riverside Language

56.46% of Riverside residents speak only English, while 43.54% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 35.76% of the population.

Riverside Poverty

Riverside Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic167,86230,04317.90%
Other61,48710,81017.58%
White94,7038,9819.48%
Black19,0904,30422.55%
Asian20,7083,86518.66%
Multiple14,7062,28415.53%
Native2,58764725.01%
Islander73917423.55%

15.63%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.87%

Male Poverty Rate

16.37%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Riverside

The race most likely to be in poverty in Riverside is Native, with 25.01% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Riverside is White, with 9.48% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.39%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.96%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 24.39%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School21.68%
High School12.54%
Some College9.95%
Bachelors or Greater6.04%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed33.91%
Male Unemployed28.28%
Female Employed7.82%
Male Employed7.25%

Riverside Income

Riverside Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$65,313$81,959
Families$73,652$89,844
Married Families$85,354$104,197
Non Families$36,874$53,060

Riverside Marital Status

Riverside Marital Status

Marriage Rates

41.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.0%

Male Marriage Rate

39.7%

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

12,269

Number of Veterans

11,330

Male Veterans

939

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam4,260
Second Gulf War2,367
First Gulf War2,299
Korea950
World War II368
Age Group Veterans
65 to 742,920
35 to 542,779
75+2,580
55 to 642,298
18 to 341,692
Name Veterans % of Total
White8,7175.73%
Hispanic2,9452.45%
Black1,78111.15%
Other1,0902.42%
2 or More3243.45%
Asian3121.52%
Indian452.29%

$Riverside Veterans by Education

8.15%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.89%

Veteran Disability Rate

Riverside Employment Status

63.5%

Labor Force Participation

58.3%

Employment Rate

8.1%

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

62.87%

Born in California

77.30%

Native Born

22.70%

Foreign Born

12.11%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

77.30% of Riverside residents were born in the United States, with 62.87% having been born in California. 12.11% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020336,2853,1110.93%
2019333,1743,1110.94%
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%