THE 10 BEST Neighborhoods In Riverside For 2020

We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Riverside are the best of the best.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Riverside.
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Do you like your neighborhood?

Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors?

No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Riverside, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits -- less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Riverside neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Riverside are the best. If you're in one of the places we're about to highlight, odds are you know you've got it made. So, if you're thinking of moving to California and Riverside is on the top of your list, check out our best neighborhoods to live in.

So what's the best neighborhood to live in Riverside for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Orangecrest looks to be the best Riverside neighborhood to live in.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Riverside that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you're interested in the worst neighborhoods in Riverside.

Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Riverside

Population: 18,304
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $386,283 (Fourth best)
Median Income: $108,689 (Fourth best)
More on Orangecrest: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 9,762
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $328,322 (Seventh best)
Median Income: $93,431 (Sixth best)
More on Victoria: Homes For Sale | Data

Victoria Avenue is a divided scenic road in Riverside, California, that cuts through an area referred to as the greenbelt. Originally developed in 1892 to connect the Arlington Heights area to downtown Riverside, the road became a popular tourist attraction because of the many trees and exotic plants used to landscape the route. Beyond the landscaping, the road was surrounded by navel orange groves, the crop that spurred Riverside's growth. Many of the groves still exist today.

Alessandro Heights Riverside, CA

Population: 3,412
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $638,733 (First best)
Median Income: $166,143 (First best)
More on Alessandro Heights: Homes For Sale | Data

Alessandro is an unincorporated community in Riverside County, California. Alessandro is located on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, 9 miles east of Riverside. It lies at an elevation of 1535 feet.

Population: 2,610
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $569,125 (Second best)
Median Income: $148,704 (Second best)
More on Hawarden Hills: Homes For Sale | Data

Mission Grove Riverside, CA

Population: 10,116
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $398,583 (Third best)
Median Income: $121,652 (Third best)
More on Mission Grove: Homes For Sale | Data

Canyon Crest Riverside, CA

Population: 16,329
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $375,300 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $88,863 (Seventh best)
More on Canyon Crest: Homes For Sale | Data

Canyon Crest is one of the largest and most diverse neighborhoods of Riverside.

Population: 6,979
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $308,125 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $76,018 (Ninth best)
More on Wood Streets: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 5,172
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 9)
Median Home Value: $242,100 (14th best)
Median Income: $56,316 (18th best)
More on Presidential Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 6,096
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $294,300 (Tenth best)
Median Income: $72,326 (Tenth best)
More on La Sierra Hills: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 26,130
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $218,559 (20th best)
Median Income: $57,952 (16th best)
More on Ramona: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Best Riverside, CA Neighborhoods In 2020

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Riverside, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 28 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the "Best City Neighborhood In Riverside." We're lookin' at you, Orangecrest.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Riverside, California has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Riverside

If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Riverside where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Riverside aren't all good. Hunter Industrial Park takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Riverside.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Riverside For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Orangecrest 18,304 $386,283 $108,689
2 Victoria 9,762 $328,322 $93,431
3 Alessandro Heights 3,412 $638,733 $166,143
4 Hawarden Hills 2,610 $569,125 $148,704
5 Mission Grove 10,116 $398,583 $121,652
6 Canyon Crest 16,329 $375,300 $88,863
7 Wood Streets 6,979 $308,125 $76,018
8 Presidential Park 5,172 $242,100 $56,316
9 La Sierra Hills 6,096 $294,300 $72,326
10 Ramona 26,130 $218,559 $57,952
11 Airport 10,548 $222,071 $52,192
12 Arlanza 23,378 $212,180 $47,786
13 Arlington South 4,657 $296,050 $71,106
14 La Sierra 36,203 $226,343 $56,462
15 Grand 6,845 $264,300 $79,562
16 Arlington Heights 4,600 $330,957 $69,934
17 Magnolia Center 14,443 $240,823 $54,135
18 La Sierra Acres 11,211 $225,038 $53,180
19 La Sierra South 12,524 $274,850 $71,682
20 Canyon Springs 3,041 $281,767 $94,038
21 Northside 8,824 $229,940 $62,907
22 Casablanca 4,036 $206,580 $47,177
23 Sycamore Canyon Park 244 $153,550 $59,818
24 Arlington 12,300 $196,489 $46,568
25 Downtown 10,620 $211,008 $51,283
26 Eastside 15,851 $194,519 $53,294
27 University 18,761 $137,785 $41,778
28 Hunter Industrial Park 5,679 $140,071 $43,003

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.