Living and working in Riverside

In 2016, Riverside was named on as the ninth best place (out of 20) to live in America if you want to be happy at work.

In 2014, Riverside was named America’s eighth “coolest” city by Forbes magazine. Rankings were based on average age of residents, diversity, and the range of arts, culture and recreations on offer.

Riverside is the birthplace of California's citrus industry and today offers residents a combination of big city amenities and small-town charm. At slightly more than 300,000 residents, the City of Arts and Innovation is the hub of Southern California's Inland Empire, providing easy access to the beaches and family attractions of Orange County, the desert landscape of Palm Springs, the culture and sites of Los Angeles, and skiing and hiking in the nearby mountains. The city has been home to the University of California, Riverside (UCR), since 1954. Today, UCR enrolls more than 22,000 students, 900 instructional faculty and is the second-largest employer in Riverside County.

Riverside experiences a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters. Temperatures in the summer generally average in the 90s and can sometimes exceed 100 degrees but with very low humidity. January, the coldest month, averages high and low temperatures of 68 and 43 degrees. August is typically the hottest month, and averages highs of 95-100 degrees and lows of 64 degrees. 

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