Riverside is a city in, and the county seat of, Riverside County, California, United States, located in the Inland Empire metropolitan area. It is so named because of its location next to the Santa Ana River. Sixty miles east of Los Angeles, Riverside is the largest city in the county, with more than 336,000 residents. Known for its citrus industry, an entire empire was built around the sweet and tasty navel orange.
The area is semi-arid to arid with dry valleys surrounded by desert mountain ranges. Most of the valley floor to the west is developed. As they move east, coastal grasses and bushes give way to desert foliage, which includes scrubs, creosote shrubs, and cacti. The climate varies depending on altitude and distance from the Pacific Ocean.
Summers are warm in the western part of the counties to extremely hot and dry to the east. The afternoons, consistent with the desert climate and with a little marine cooling, are comfortable. Winters are mild and mostly dry, but most annual rainfall, including rainfall, occurs during this season. There are a few days each winter with temperatures below freezing, but many winters are frost-free.
Snow is rare, but it can appear. Members receive 10 FREE city profile downloads per month, unlimited access to our calculator and detailed cost-of-living analysis, unlimited access to our DataEngine and more. In the California state legislature, the city of Riverside is in the 31st Senate District, represented by Democrat Richard Roth. Riverside is the 61st largest city in the United States, the twelfth largest city in California, and the largest city in the Inland Empire metropolitan area of California.
As the seat of Riverside County and the most populous city in the Inland Empire, Riverside is also home to several law, accounting, engineering and banking firms. Riverside Municipal Airport is an airport within the city limits of Riverside, but it has no commercial airline service. Riverside is the 61st most populous city in the United States and the twelfth most populous city in California.