Where is Riverside County?

Stretching across 7,208 square miles of Southern California land, Riverside County has been called one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. The county shares a border with four California counties: San Bernardino County to the north, Orange County to the west, and San Diego/Imperial counties to the south. To the east, the Riverside County boundary is the California/Arizona state border. Although Riverside County does not share a border with Los Angeles County, the two are separated by a small section of land on the southwest corner of San Bernardino County.

Riverside County Cities, Geography and Landscape

The Riverside County name is derived from its county seat, the city of Riverside. Located approximately one hour east of Los Angeles, Riverside features a large number of historic homes throughout many neighborhoods, with a distinctly urban feel at its city center. As a result, it has been called one of the most “livable” mid-sized cities in the United States.

The landscape of Riverside includes citrus groves and agriculturally rich land in its less developed areas; the mild climate and close proximity to the Santa Ana River have supported established tree growth and other vegetation in developed areas. Beyond Riverside and the neighboring cities of Corona, Lake Elsinore, Moreno Valley, and Temecula, the remainder of Riverside County is largely made up of developed cities on a naturally rural landscape.

These cities include:

Canyon Lake
Cherry Valley
French Valley
Sun City
San Jacinto

Additionally, Riverside County encompasses the Coachella Valley area, which includes the cities of Palm Springs, Cabazon, Cathedral City, and Coachella. There, the desert landscape is peppered by both indigenous and hand planted vegetation (most notably palm trees) in developed areas, and Joshua trees in undeveloped areas. A large portion of Joshua Tree National Park is located in Riverside County.

Riverside County Lifestyle: Employment, Industry, and Housing

As with the remainder of the Inland Empire region (the area encompassing Riverside and San Bernardino counties), the Riverside County population has risen dramatically over the past decade, nearly doubling in the interim between the 2000 and 2010 U.S. Census. At present, the population  of Riverside County is determined to be 2,125,440.

In conjunction with the real estate boom of the early 2000s, migration to Riverside County led to an increase in industry growth, employment opportunities, and affordable housing within the county. The comprehensive freeway system provides portals of interconnectivity from Riverside County to the remainder of Southern California, making the common practice of commuting to a neighboring county appealing to many professionals. Those who wish to work locally may find opportunities in a  variety of industries, including manufacturing, healthcare and retail, among others. Frequently, civic and government employment opportunities are also available.

As stated, Riverside County’s most rural communities have been subject to major development efforts in recent years, ensuring that nearly every city contains an adequate real estate inventory. Suburban housing tracts are a staple throughout the majority of the county, due to new home construction that characterized the 1990s to early 2000s.

While neighborhoods of this type are arguably a popular choice among homebuyers and renters, older Riverside County homes for sale are appealing to those who desire a more established neighborhood. In the cities of Riverside, Temecula, and Palm Springs, older homes that evoke the city heritage are normally among the most expensive offerings on the market; while in the remainder of the county, they are typically the most affordable.

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