The 10 Best Riverside, CA Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth 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.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Riverside for 2019:

  1. Orangecrest (Homes)
  2. Victoria (Homes)
  3. Alessandro Heights (Homes)
  4. Hawarden Hills (Homes)
  5. Mission Grove (Homes)
  6. Canyon Crest (Homes)
  7. Wood Streets (Homes)
  8. Presidential Park (Homes)
  9. La Sierra Hills (Homes)
  10. Ramona (Homes)

So what’s the best neighborhood to live in Riverside for 2019? 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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How we determined the best Riverside hoods in 2019

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.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 18,304
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $386,283 (4th best)
Median Income: $108,689 (4th best)
More on Orangecrest: Homes For Sale | Data

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9.5
/10

Population: 9,762
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $328,322 (7th best)
Median Income: $93,431 (6th 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

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 3,412
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $638,733 (1st best)
Median Income: $166,143 (1st 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.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

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

Mission Grove Riverside, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 10,116
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $398,583 (3rd best)
Median Income: $121,652 (3rd best)
More on Mission Grove: Homes For Sale | Data

Canyon Crest Riverside, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 16,329
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $375,300 (5th best)
Median Income: $88,863 (7th best)
More on Canyon Crest: Homes For Sale | Data

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

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 6,979
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $308,125 (8th best)
Median Income: $76,018 (9th best)
More on Wood Streets: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,172
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 12)
Median Home Value: $242,100 (14th best)
Median Income: $56,316 (18th best)
More on Presidential Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 6,096
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $294,300 (10th best)
Median Income: $72,326 (10th best)
More on La Sierra Hills: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 26,130
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $218,559 (20th best)
Median Income: $57,952 (16th best)
More on Ramona: Homes For Sale | Data

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 2019

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

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