About Riverside, California
Situated alongside the Santa Ana River and located 60 miles east of Los Angeles, Riverside serves as the inland hub of Southern California. As the fastest growing region in the state, the city has a lot to offer its residents, businesses, and guests. Riverside is the perfect blend of small-town charm and hospitality with the energy and vitality of a cosmopolitan city. From a thriving economy, diverse culture, vibrant downtown, arts and entertainment attractions, and upscale dining and shopping options, it’s easy to see why Riverside has earned accolades like the “Eighth Coolest City in America” according to Forbes magazine.
Riverside Demographics & Other Key Stats:
- 81.51 square miles
- 59th largest city in U.S
- 12th largest in California
- 6th largest in Southern California
- County seat of Riverside County
- Riverside population: 324,722 residents spread out over 28 distinct neighborhoods
- Riverside County population: 2.4 million
- Media age 30.3
- Median household income $61,000
- Median home price $304,200
- 66% of residents own homes
Riverside Reinvents Itself
Over the past few years, Riverside has undergone a $1.6 billion dollar transformation. The “Riverside Renaissance” initiative included a series of investments in infrastructure upgrades, public safety and business expansion in an effort to enhance the quality of life and solidify a reputation for having world class institutions and facilities.
Riverside’s Historic Downtown has been completely transformed and revitalized. The Riverside Convention Center went through a $43+ million renovation which now features over 65,000 square feet of indoor meeting space for Conferences, Banquets, Tradeshows, Sporting Exhibitions & Competitions, Reunions, and Expos. A 15,000 square foot outdoor plaza space was also added.
Additional venues that received restoration included the Riverside Auditorium and Events Center, and the historic Fox Performing Arts Center. The city also built the Riverside Aquatics Complex, Southern California’s first all-deep competition pool and the official training center for elite U.S. Synchronized swimming.
Annual Festivals and Events in Riverside:
The city of Riverside hosts a variety of popular festivals and events throughout the year drawing huge crowds from locals and out-of-towners alike. One of the most celebrated is the “Mission Inn Festival of Lights,” a dazzling holiday spectacle that is now in its 25th year. The event which features more than 400 million twinkling lights, sleigh drawn horse and carriage was ranked by USA Today as the best holiday lighting display in the country. Other notable events include the Dickens Festival, Ghost Walk, Festa Italia, Long Night of Arts and Innovation, and weekly Farmer’s Market, Festival of Trees, Riverside Air Show, and Tamale Festival.
Riverside Arts & Culture
Riverside is home to an abundance of performing arts and cultural centers, stunning art galleries, renowned museums and historical landmarks. For those who enjoy Broadway shows, film festivals, or music concerts, the Fox Performing Arts Center (also known as The Riverside Fox Theater) is the place to be. The Riverside Municipal Auditorium, Black Box Theatre, and Riverside Ballet are also great venues for live entertainment.
The historic Mission Inn Hotel & Spa is one of the most iconic landmarks in Riverside and is the largest Mission Revival Style building in the United States. Originally, an adobe guest house in 1876, the building features a rich history of European decor and stunning architecture.
Tucked away on the streets of downtown, the Mission Inn has been a famous getaway for U.S. presidents, international dignitaries, and celebrities. The Inn continued to attract travelers from all over and was recently listed as one of the “Nation’s Best Historic Hotels” by USA Today’s 10Best.com readers. Conde Nast listed the hotel’s Kelly Spa as one of the “Top 50 Spas in the country.”
Outside of the Mission Inn and heading towards the Riverside County Courthouse is another tourist attraction featuring statues of local and national heroes including, Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, Dosan Ahn Chang Ho, Eliza Tibbets, who planted and bred America’s first naval orange tree; and Ysmael Villegas, Riverside’s first recipient of the Medal of Honor.
History buffs also enjoy the city’s museums, some of which include the Riverside Art Museum which features contemporary and historic Southern California artists;, the California Museum of Photography, and the March Field Air Museum which showcases over 60 classic airplanes including the SR-71 Blackbird.
Downtown Culinary Scene in Riverside:
On Main Street, there are a plethora of fine dining restaurants, coffee shops, day spas, and pubs, within walking distance from world-class hotels and meeting centers. Famous hot spots include Molinos Coffee, Augie’s Coffee, Lift Coffee Roasters, Simple Simon’s Sandwich Shop. Heroes Restaurant & Brewery, Mario’s Ristorante, ProAbition Whiskey Lounge & Restaurant, Mission Martini, Salad Buzz, Magnone Trattoria, Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour Restaurant, and D-Dogs.
Riverside Parks and Recreation
For outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers, Riverside doesn’t disappoint. The city has 59 local parks sprawled across 2,880 acres. There are an array of adventurous activities to partake in, including bike riding through Sycamore Canyon or the Santa Ana River Trail, walking through the University of California Riverside Botanical Gardens, rock climbing on Mount Rubidoux, or strolling through the California Citrus State Historic Park located off Victoria Avenue to catch a glimpse of the orange trees.
Robust Economic Growth
Riverside began as an agricultural colony and has the unique distinction of being the birthplace of California’s citrus industry. The city continues to have a strong agricultural economy to this day with many farm-to-table offerings, farmers markets, and community gardens. Riverside also participates in foreign trade and serves as an inland port for the port of Los Angeles.
Riverside is in its strongest economic position in years. The population is growing, and the area has reached the highest number of employed residents since pre-recession times. Riverside was recently ranked as sixth in job growth in the U.S. with a 2.8 percent annual growth rate. The city has received numerous other accolades touting its economic growth including:
- Best Small Business City by Biz2Credit (2015)
- Ranked 3rd in Economic Performance in CA and 103rd out of 300 internationally by Brookings Institution (2015)
- #1 U.S. City for Small Business by Inc. Magazine (2014)
- #2 Hotspot for Tech Growth by Forbes (2013)
- World’s Intelligent Community of the Year in 2012 by the Intelligent Community Forum
- #3 in America’s 20 Can-Do Cities by Newsweek
- Top 25 City for Business – Executive Outlook Magazine a bright spot in a tough economy.
- #2 in Cities with the Fastest Broadband – Business Insider listed Riverside as #2 of 10 U.S. cities utilizing broadband technology.
Robust economic growth is due in part to the city’s efforts in creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem focused on technology and innovation. High-tech spaces and incubators have sprouted up all over the city to encourage start-ups.
It seems to be working as 100 new businesses are added every month. The area’s main industries are diversified and include education, health, trade, transport and utilities, leisure and hospitality, advanced manufacturing, and construction. For a cutting edge workforce, the city draws from local colleges and universities.
Military Contributions to Regional Economy
Riverside is steeped in rich military history. It is home to two military installations, the March Air Reserve Base (MARB) and the Naval Service Warfare Center, Corona Division. The MARB employs over 8,500 military personnel and pumps $500 into Riverside’s economy. MARB also serves as an operational hub for both the California Air National Guard (CA ANG) and the Air and Marine Operations Center (AMOC). The base is also instrumental in refueling Air Force, Navy, and NATO aircraft and is equipped to deliver troops, cargo, and disaster personnel anywhere in the world.
The Naval Service Warfare Center, Corona Division is a high-tech center for science and engineering and contributes $300 billion to the local economy
Riverside is a Hot Spot for Millennials
In recent years, Riverside has seen a large influx of millennials pour into the region. TIME magazine named Riverside one of the “Top 25 Cities Where Millennials are Moving” and reported a 40 percent increase in young adults aged 25 to 34 between 2010 and 2015 — the largest millennial population growth over a three year period. Riverside was also ranked #6 out of the “10 Happiest Cities for Young Professionals” by Forbes.
One of the biggest draws for Millennials are the educational opportunities in the area. Riverside is home to four internationally recognized colleges and universities including the University of California Riverside, California Baptist University, Riverside City College and La Sierra University. There are 55,000 college students in Riverside, which is more than UCLA and UCLA’s graduate school combined.
Criminal Charges in Riverside County
If you or someone you love is being investigated for criminal activity or has already been arrested and accused of a crime in Riverside, CA, it’s critical to retain competent legal representation as soon as possible. The consequences of a criminal conviction can be life-altering. You could end up going to jail or prison, have to pay expensive fines, and/or face years of probation.
The firm’s principal, David E. Wohl is a veteran criminal defense attorneys with 20 years of experience defending against a wide range of criminal charges in state and federal courts. David Wohl has over 65 jury trials and hundreds of bench trials under his belt and serves as a legal analyst in Kelly’s Court program and America’s News Headquarters program on Fox News.
Over the past two decades, Mr. Wohl has established a formidable reputation in the Riverside legal community and has built professional relationships with key players in the Riverside court system, including prosecutors, judges, and courtroom staff. He understands the inner-workings of the criminal justice system and will work hard to get the charges against you dismissed or seek a favorable plea deal with the prosecuting attorney.
Our Riverside criminal defense attorneys defend clients in a broad range of criminal defense matters throughout Riverside and the surrounding areas, including:
- Driving under the Influence/DUI
- possession, sales, transportation, manufacturing or trafficking of an illegal controlled substance or narcotic.
- murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, assault and battery, and domestic violence.
- shoplifting, petty theft, grand theft, burglary, larceny, arson, and trespassing.
- indecent exposure, lewd conduct, rape, sexual battery, child molestation, possession of child pornography, prostitution, and more.
Crime in Riverside:
Although crime had been declining in Riverside County over the last 10 years, there were increases in violent crime and property crimes in 2016. Violent crime was up 14.1 percent in the first six months of 2016 vs. over the first six months of 2015. Property crimes, including burglary, vehicle theft and larceny were up 3.1 percent in the first six months of 2016. Vehicle theft, in particular, has been an area of concern for residents. The vehicle theft rate is one out of every 210 cars.
The rise in crime may be due in part to an overcrowded jail system that has had to release thousands of inmates early. Also, the passage of Prop. 47 has had an impact on the crime rate as well. This legislation reclassified felony drug and theft crimes as misdemeanors which lead to offenders being released on the spot rather than going to jail.
Safest Cities in Riverside:
Canyon Lake, Murrieta, Eastvale, Wildomar, Porphyry, Highgrove, Woodcrest, Vista Drive/Alessandro Boulevard, Crestmore/Loring Ranch Roads Wood Road/Van Buren Boulevard.
The east side of Riverside is considered to be one of the more dangerous areas. Factors that contribute to the higher crime statistics in this location includes a lower level of education, high unemployment rate, and a high percentage of youth gang members.
Criminal Courthouses in Riverside County
RIVERSIDE HALL OF JUSTICE
4100 Main Street, Riverside, Ca. 92501
RIVERSIDE JUVENILE COURT
9991 County Farm Road, Riverside, Ca. 92503
BANNING JUSTICE CENTER
311 E. Ramsey Street, Banning, Ca. 92220
265 N. Broadway Blythe, Ca. 92225
INDIO JUVENILE COURTHOUSE
47-671 Oasis Street, Indio, Ca. 92201
INDIO LARSON JUSTICE CENTER
46-200 Oasis Street, Indio, Ca. 92201
SOUTHWEST JUSTICE CENTER
30755-D Auld Road, Murrieta, Ca. 92563
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