Riverside, California Population 2024

334,468

Riverside is a city located in Riverside County California. Riverside has a 2024 population of 334,468. It is also the county seat of Riverside County.Riverside is currently growing at a rate of 2.09% annually and its population has increased by 6.02% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 315,469 in 2020.

The average household income in Riverside is $104,490 with a poverty rate of 12.75%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Riverside is 32.4 years, 31.4 years for males, and 33.5 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 Riverside was:

  • White: 45.25%
  • Other race: 26.59%
  • Two or more races: 12.68%
  • Asian: 8.47%
  • Black or African American: 5.78%
  • Native American: 0.82%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.42%
Land Area (mi²)
81.3 sq mi
Density (mi²)
4,116.10/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
6.02% (18,999)
The current population of Riverside, California is 334,468 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 315,469.

Riverside, California Population 2024

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Riverside Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White143,01945.25%
Other race84,03726.59%
Two or more races40,08212.68%
Asian26,7728.47%
Black or African American18,2645.78%
Native American2,5790.82%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander1,3230.42%
showing: 7 rows

White

Other race

Two or more races

Asian

Black or African American

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Riverside Population by Race

Riverside Population Pyramid 2024

Riverside Median Age

32.4

Total

31.4

Male

33.5

Female

Riverside Adults

There are 241,413 adults, (35,604 of whom are seniors) in Riverside.

Riverside Age Dependency

53.6

Age Dependency Ratio

17.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Riverside Sex Ratio

Female158,71350.21%
Male157,36349.79%

Riverside Population by Age

Riverside Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All90,5403.3255.544.5
Married45,5383.9869.230.8
Non Family23,7641.494060
Female14,6903.954159
Male6,5483.924951
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3.8

Average Family Size

3.32

Average Household Size

55.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Riverside Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Riverside Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Riverside Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 93.73%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 53.25%.

Riverside Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$44,154

Average Earnings

$48,973

Average Male

$38,557

Average Female

Riverside Earnings by Educational Attainment

Riverside Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Riverside Language

53.63% of Riverside residents speak only English, while 46.37% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 37.28% of the population.

Riverside Language

Riverside Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Hispanic169,24122,57913.34%
Other81,75012,10714.81%
White82,7128,42310.18%
Asian22,9424,23918.48%
Multiple38,4834,00810.41%
Black17,2172,27913.24%
Native2,36133114.02%
Islander1,26915412.14%
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12.75%

Overall Poverty Rate

11.85%

Male Poverty Rate

13.66%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Riverside

The race most likely to be in poverty in Riverside is Asian, with 18.48% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Riverside is White, with 10.18% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.99%. Among those working part-time, it was 14.54%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.99%.

Riverside Poverty

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade18.02%
High School11.45%
Some College8.22%
Bachelors or Greater7.02%
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Riverside Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed25.31%
Male Unemployed17.43%
Female Employed6.24%
Male Employed6.01%
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Riverside Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Riverside Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Riverside Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

42.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.4%

Male Marriage Rate

39.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Riverside Married by Age and Sex

male

female

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

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Riverside Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

10,145

Number of Veterans

9,364

Male Veterans

781

Female Veterans

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Riverside Veterans by War

count

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Riverside Veterans by Age

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Riverside Veterans by Race

Riverside Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

8.95%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.09%

Veteran Disability Rate

Riverside Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

64%

Labor Force Participation

60%

Employment Rate

6.1%

Unemployment Rate

Riverside Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Riverside Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Riverside Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

65.39%

Born in Riverside

77.77%

Native Born

22.23%

Foreign Born

10.04%

Non Citizen

12.19%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

77.77% of Riverside residents were born in the United States, with 65.39% having been born in California. 10.04% 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: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
2029368,7286,8521.89%
2028361,8766,8521.93%
2027355,0246,8521.97%
2026348,1726,8522.01%
2025341,3206,8522.05%
2024334,4686,8522.09%
2023327,6166,8522.14%
2022320,7646,8522.18%
2021313,912-1,557-0.49%
2020315,469-14,316-4.34%
2019329,7851,4790.45%
2018328,3062,2390.69%
2017326,0673,0510.94%
2016323,0162,9080.91%
2015320,1083,2741.03%
2014316,8342,6540.84%
2013314,1802,6080.84%
2012311,5722,5750.83%
2011308,9973,5801.17%
2010305,41750,25119.69%
2000255,16628,66112.65%
1990226,50555,91432.78%
1980170,59130,50221.77%
1970140,08955,75766.12%
196084,33237,56880.34%
195046,76412,06834.78%
194034,6965,00016.84%
193029,69610,35553.54%
192019,3414,12927.14%
191015,2127,23990.79%
19007,9733,29070.25%
18904,683
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Riverside Population by Year