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People in Riverside California United States

There were 93,405 occupied households out of which 44.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.6% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.0% were non-families, 21.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.6% had someone living alone 65 or older. The average household size was 3.15 and average family size 3.70.

As of the census[4] of 2000, the population density was 3,267.2 people per square mile (1,261.5/km²). There were 85,974 housing units at an average density of 1,100.8/sq mi (425.0/km²). It is noteworthy that Riverside has the largest population of Mexican-Americans concentrated in any one city located in the Inland Empire, totaling nearly 150,000.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.1% under the age of 18, 12.9% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 18.0% from 45 to 64, and 9.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 97.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $41,646, and the median income for a family was $47,254. Males had a median income of $36,920 versus $28,328 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,882. About 11.7% of families and 15.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.9% of those under age 18 and 8.0% of those age 65 or over.

The racial makeup of the city was [3] :

Colleges and universities

The city of Riverside is served by several institutions of higher learning:

Public schools

Riverside has two notable institutions of learning for specified student bodies:

The CSD-R varsity football team, the Riverside Bears, had an undefeated season which led to an appearance on a May 2006 segment on ABC's 20/20 news series.[citation needed]

Riverside is served by two school districts. Riverside Unified School District serves eastern Riverside. High schools in that district include:

Continuation high schools include:

  • Abraham Lincoln High School (continuation)
  • Raincross High School (continuation)

Alvord Unified School District serves western Riverside. High schools include:

Continuation schools include:

  • Alvord High School (continuation)

Private schools

  • Notre Dame High School (Roman Catholic)
  • Woodcrest Christian School
  • Bethel Christian School
  • Riverside Christian School
  • La Sierra Academy
  • St. Francis de Sales School
  • St. Catherines of Alexandria
  • St. Thomas the Apostle
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help


The Riverside International Film Festival[15] takes place April 11 - April 20, 2008. The festival includes directors from around the world.

The Riverside Festival of Lights centers around the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, in the downtown area. Decoration of the Inn begins in October and is lighting ceremony takes place the day after Thanksgiving Day. The Inn puts up more than three million lights and hundreds of animated characters. The festival runs through New Years. At the festival, carolers, horse drawn carriage rides, and ice skating all color the event. Restaurants, cafes, and community groups all contribute to the festival which covers several city blocks in the downtown Riverside area.

On September 13, 2008, Riverside also hosted its first LGBT Pride event at White Park, near the Mission Inn.

Notable natives