Riverside County, California

The Riverside County is a county located in the southeastern part of California. The administrative headquarters ( County Seat) is Riverside. Together with the San Bernardino County, it forms the metropolitan region Inland Empire east of Los Angeles.


Geographically the county almost entirely desert, only in the West Mediterranean climate. On the other hand, there is also the major part of Joshua Tree National Park in the County. The County is primarily because of the low cost of land in popular commuters who work in Los Angeles and San Diego. Together with the San Bernardino County is the Riverside County, the Inland Empire, regionally known as IE

The Riverside County is bordered on the southeast by the Imperial County, on the southwest by the San Diego County, on the west by the Orange County, in the north by the San Bernardino County and on the east by the La Paz County, Arizona. The distance from the easternmost to the westernmost point of the county is about 290 kilometers. The entire state of New Jersey has approximately the same area as the Riverside County. The driving time from headquarters in the eastern city of Riverside Blythe was shown by the Administration in official documents with three hours. The eastern Countygrenze forms of the Colorado River.

With 2,189,641 inhabitants ( census 2010) and an area of ​​18,915 km ², of which 18,667 km ² land area, the population density is 117.3 inhabitants per square kilometer. The Riverside County has been among the 58 counties in California, the fourth highest population and is in the period from 1960 to 2010 one of the fastest growing areas of the state. To the capital Riverside around and on Interstates 10, 15 and 215 are sprawling housing estates.

From the population of the county is often divided into various regions, so only the area is often the west San Gorgonio Pass counted, while the western part of the county of the Mojave or Colorado Desert is attributed to the Inland Empire. However, the County can be due to its size and geographical diversity are divided in many ways.

The Coachella Valley is centrally located, known primarily for leisure and recreation places like Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Rancho Mirage and Desert Hot Springs. However, recently there were special places in the western County who have experienced a rapid growth, as many in the region of Los Angeles commuters employed here in search of affordable housing settled. In the southwest also a considerable influx of population from the metropolitan area of ​​San Diego - Tijuana is recorded. So the local cities Murrieta and Temecula were responsible for 20 % of population growth between 2000 and 2007.



Census-designated places

  • Aguanga
  • Anza
  • Bermuda Dunes
  • Cabazon
  • Cherry Valley
  • Coronita
  • Crestmore Heights
  • Desert Center
  • Desert Edge
  • Desert Palms
  • East Hemet
  • El Cerrito
  • El Sobrante
  • French Valley
  • Garnet
  • Good Hope
  • Greenacres
  • Highgrove
  • Home Gardens
  • Homeland
  • Idyllwild - Pine Cove
  • Indio Hills
  • Lake Mathews
  • Lake Riverside
  • Lakeland Village
  • Lakeview
  • March Air Reserve Base
  • Mead Valley
  • Meadowbrook
  • Mecca
  • Mesa Verde
  • Mountain Center
  • North Shore
  • Nuevo
  • Oasis
  • Ripley
  • Romoland
  • Sky Valley
  • Temescal Valley
  • Thermal
  • Thousand Palms
  • Valle Vista
  • Vista Santa Rosa
  • Warm Springs
  • Whitewater
  • Winchester
  • Woodcrest

Indian reservations

In Riverside County, there are twelve state-recognized Indian reservations. Thus, it is measured by the number along with the Sandoval County in New Mexico in second place behind the San Diego County with 18 reservations.

  • Agua Caliente Indian Reservation
  • Augustine Indian Reservation
  • Cabazon Indian Reservation
  • Cahuilla Indian Reservation
  • Colorado River Indian Reservation ( partly in San Bernardino County and La Paz County (Arizona ) located )
  • Morongo Indian Reservation
  • Pechanga Indian Reservation
  • Ramona Band of Cahuilla
  • Santa Rosa Indian Reservation
  • Soboba Band of Mission Indians
  • Torres -Martinez Indian Reservation ( partly in Imperial County located )
  • Twenty-Nine Palms Indian Reservation ( partly in San Bernardino County located )

Nature Reserves

  • Cleveland National Forest ( partly in San Diego County and Orange County located )
  • Coachella Valley National Wildlife Refuge
  • Joshua Tree National Park ( partly in San Bernardino County located )
  • San Bernardino National Forest ( partly in San Bernardino County located )
  • Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument


The Riverside County was created from parts of San Bernardino County and San Diego County on May 9, 1893. Previously had decided on 2 May of the same year 70 % of the electorate for its foundation and determine the same city Riverside for administrative seat.

On December 25, 1899 and 21 April 1918 in San Jacinto, respectively, a severe earthquake occurred.

Dr. June McCarroll of Indio struck in 1915 for the use of road boundaries, which is why the Riverside County is considered the birthplace of lanes. Later, the County became a significant Kundgebungsort in the time of the Civil rights movements; particularly Riverside's African American dominated districts as well as the locations in the Coachella Valley with a high percentage Hispanics, which were attended by César Chávez, played an important role.

In the early 1980s, the Countyverwaltung against Indian casinos went before, by attempting small arcades of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and Cabazon Band of Mission Indians to close. The indigenous people went Hereupon ago against the administration and were given by the Supreme Court on February 25, 1987 granted the right to operate casinos. In 1988, Congress enacted the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, a law on the links between state administration authorities and Indians. Today, both tribes operate large casino facilities.

Riverside County and the financial crisis 2008-2010

Riverside County is one of the most populous counties of Southern California. The hill next to the highways are covered by satellite towns, villas in endless rows, mostly in shades of beige, brown and ocher. Almost anywhere in the country was more built between 2000 and 2010 than here and almost nowhere in the country in 2009 and 2010, more homes were foreclosed over the years.

Demographic data

According to the census of 2000, there were 1,545,387 people in Riverside County. There were 506 218 households and 372 576 families. The population density was 83 people per square kilometer. The racial the population was composed of 65.58 % White, 6.24 % African American, 1.18 % Native American, 3.69 % Asian, 0.25 % Pacific Islander residents from the and 18.69 % from other races groups; 4.37% were descended from two or more races. 36.21 % of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 506 218 households out of which 38.90 % have children under the age of 18 living with them. 56.50 % were married couples living together, 12.00 % had a female householder with no husband. 26.40 % were non-families. 20.70 % of all households and 9.30% had someone living alone at the age of 65 years or older. The average household size was 2.98 and the average family size was 3.47 persons.

Based on the county the population was spread out with 30.30 % under the age of 18, 9.20 % from 18 to 24, 28.90 % from 25 to 44 years, 18.90 % between 45 and 64 years and 12.70% were 65 years old or older. The average age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 99.10 males, 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.80 males.

The median income for a household was $ 42,887, and the median income for a family was $ 48,409. Males have a median income of $ 38,639, women $ 28,032. The per capita income was $ 18,689. 14.20% percent of the population and 10.70% of families are below the poverty line. 18.50% of those under age 18 and 7.60 % were 65 years or older.