Riverside, California, City and Higher Education Information

Riverside residents have access to numerous universities, 2-year colleges and career and specialty schools in the area. Find out more about Riverside, including its population, industries and schools below.

About Riverside

Riverside, California, is a fast-growing city bordering Los Angeles County. Riverside has a diverse population of 319,500 residents as of 2014 U.S. census estimates. The population was 57% white, 49% Hispanic, almost 7.5% Asian and 7% African American, according to 2010 census data.

Riverside is known for its mild weather, navel orange orchards and thriving economy. It is home to Benedict Castle, Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park, California Museum of Photography and March Field Air Museum.

The city's new convention center opened in 2014, and residents have access to a golf club, country club and performing arts center that holds live jazz, classical, comedy and dance performances. Downtown Riverside offers shops and restaurants, and the city has about ten other retail centers.

Institutions of Higher Education

Riverside has various postsecondary institutions, and residents can find an additional two dozen colleges and schools within 15 miles of the city.

The University of California has a campus in Riverside that enrolls almost 21,500 students, as of Fall 2014. It was ranked 58th on U.S. News & World Report's 2016 list of top public schools and offers around 100 bachelor's degrees, 50 master's programs and 40 Ph.D. programs.

Riverside City College is found in the city as well and offers certificate and associate's degree programs to around 18,500 students. California Baptist University is a private, non-profit university that is ranked 39th among regional universities in the West, according to 2016 U.S. News rankings. It offers bachelor's and master's degrees.

Other schools in the area include Loma Linda University, La Sierra University, Moreno Valley College and University of Redlands. California State University-San Bernardino is located about 15 miles away.

Industry and Employment Info

According to the City of Riverside's Office of Economic Development, the key industries here are manufacturing, agriculture, health care, retail, restaurants, technology, and professional services. Major employers in Riverside include the University of California - Riverside, the Riverside Unified School District, the City of Riverside, Pacific Bell - AT&T, and Kaiser Permanente, a health care organization.

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