Known as the "City of Arts and Innovation," Riverside, California has become a popular place for young families to begin a new life. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that six institutions of higher education are located in Riverside, including the University of California, Riverside. That list also includes trade schools, which could be a good choice for those who are interested in a quicker route into the workforce.
Riverside is known for its commitment to higher education and the arts, plus the affordability of its housing market. And due to its focus on performing arts and sporting events and its many institutions of higher education, residents of Riverside flourish in this affordable California town. To learn more about the economy, life, and many trade schools in Riverside, California, we reached out to Phil Pitchford, Communications Officer for the City of Riverside.
What is the economic outlook in Riverside?
Riverside is enjoying great success economically, with the recent decision by the California Air Resources Board to locate its new $366 million air testing and research facility in Riverside, which will bring 400 high-paying jobs to our city. That cooperative effort by the City of Riverside, the County of Riverside, the University of California, Riverside, and the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce promises to spur other business development in Riverside and is a real boost not just for the City, but also the surrounding region of Inland Southern California. Riverside also continues to benefit from having a locally-owned Riverside Public Utilities, which provides a reliable source of water and electricity to businesses at rates that are lower than in surrounding communities.
What are the top employers in Riverside?
Riverside is home to several large public employers, including:
- The University of California, Riverside
- Riverside Unified School District
- Riverside Community College District
- The City of Riverside
Some of the largest private employers in Riverside include:
- Kaiser Permanente Riverside
- Riverside Community Hospital
- J. Ginger Masonry
- Riverside County Public Health
For a more extensive list, please see here.
Are there any new industries in Riverside?
The City of Riverside has identified a number of businesses that can excel in our city, given our educated workforce, our affordable, reliable and locally-owned water and electric utility and our four local colleges and universities. The Riverside Community and Economic Development Department is actively pursuing opportunities with leaders in these fields. These industries include advanced manufacturing, agriculture and food-related industries, health and medical, professional services, technology and entrepreneurship, and retail and restaurants. More information can be found here.
Why is Riverside a good place for students?
Riverside offers a great variety of educational options for people seeking to continue their education. These options include the University of California, Riverside (UCR), a major research institution that draws students from all of the country and the world; growing institutions like California Baptist University and La Sierra University that enable students to continue their studies in a faith-based environment; and Riverside City College, a two-year school that offers college-transfer programs as well as a variety of technical and other fields of study. With four colleges and universities across our city, Riverside is a college town, with an abundant supply of restaurants and recreational opportunities that students are seeking.
Which colleges or schools in Riverside would you recommend?
It really depends on what field of study a student is seeking to pursue and what each student is trying to get out of the educational process. That decision is unique to each student, but fortunately, in Riverside, we have schools to fit the needs of most students, regardless of their educational and career goals. Which community colleges would you recommend? Riverside City College is our local community college, and recently expanded into a beautiful new building in downtown Riverside. It is part of the Riverside Community College District, which includes campuses in the neighboring cities of Norco and Moreno Valley.
Phil Pitchford, Communications Officer for the City of Riverside
Learn More About Riverside
Education and Earnings
|# Enrolled in College||33,173|
|Median Earnings Without High School Degree||$23,342|
|Median Earnings With High School Degree||$29,806|
|Median Earnings With Associate Degree||$35,362|
|Average Commute Time||30 minutes|
|% Commutes by Walking||3%|
|% Commutes by Bicycle||0.7%|
|% Commutes by Public Transportation||2.4%|
|Median Housing Cost||$1,375|
|Median Gross Rent||$1,249|
|Median House Value||$319,200|
- City of Riverside, California, https://www.riversideca.gov/
- College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
- Interview with Phil Pitchford, Communications Officer for the City of Riverside, April 20, 2016
- State & County QuickFacts, U.S. Census Bureau, Riverside, California, http://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/PST045215/0662000,06065