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Welcome to Riverside


Whether you’ll be visiting for a day or longer or if you are already a resident, we’ve designed this resource guide to provide you with useful and timely information to help you take advantage of the many opportunities to enjoy the best Riverside has to offer. Our city leaders, local businesses, the Riverside Convention Center and Visitors Bureau, and the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce are committed to working together to continue making Riverside your destination of choice.

Riverside is strategically located at the crossroads in Southern California offering a blend of small-town charm and hospitality with the vision, energy and creativity of a rapidly developing metropolitan area. The city’s commitment to maintaining quality-of-life amenities is demonstrated by the variety of museums, theaters, fine dining options, array of festivals and markets, and unique shopping experiences for visitors and residents alike.


Ranked as the sixth-largest city in Southern California and the 12th-largest in California, Riverside is a hub of higher education with four internationally recognized universities and colleges located here serving more than 50,000 students.

As the county seat of Riverside County, the city is a vital financial and professional center. Numerous legal, accounting, brokerage, architectural, engineering and technology firms, as well as banking institutions, make Riverside their principal place of business.

The city is currently more than half way through a $1.8 billion initiative called “Riverside Renaissance,” which focuses on vital transportation improvements; infrastructure upgrades; and quality-of-life projects including park enhancements, landscaped medians and expansions in the library system.

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