These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Riverside, CA For 2018


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

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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 2018:

  1. Alessandro Heights (Homes)
  2. Hawarden Hills (Homes)
  3. Orangecrest (Homes)
  4. Mission Grove (Homes)
  5. Victoria (Homes)
  6. Arlington Heights (Homes)
  7. Canyon Crest (Homes)
  8. Canyon Springs (Homes)
  9. Grand (Homes)
  10. Arlington South (Homes)

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.

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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Riverside for 2018?

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 limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 27 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, Alessandro Heights.

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

1. Alessandro Heights

Population: 3,140
Median Income: $161,286
Median Home Value: $560,267

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2. Hawarden Hills

Population: 2,701
Median Income: $135,944
Median Home Value: $508,300

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3. Orangecrest

Population: 17,681
Median Income: $107,853
Median Home Value: $343,467

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4. Mission Grove

Population: 9,946
Median Income: $109,121
Median Home Value: $348,500

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5. Victoria

Population: 9,485
Median Income: $85,220
Median Home Value: $294,922

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6. Arlington Heights

Population: 4,662
Median Income: $73,522
Median Home Value: $317,914

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7. Canyon Crest

Population: 14,925
Median Income: $83,814
Median Home Value: $336,221

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8. Canyon Springs

Population: 3,298
Median Income: $74,319
Median Home Value: $244,700

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9. Grand

Population: 5,963
Median Income: $63,677
Median Home Value: $219,917

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10. Arlington South

Population: 5,118
Median Income: $72,450
Median Home Value: $263,500

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Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Riverside

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

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Riverside:

  1. University
  2. Hunter Industrial Park
  3. Airport

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Riverside

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
1 Alessandro Heights 3,140 $560,267 1,594 5.8%
2 Hawarden Hills 2,701 $508,300 1,594 5.2%
3 Orangecrest 17,681 $343,467 3,111 6.4%
4 Mission Grove 9,946 $348,500 2,983 5.5%
5 Victoria 9,485 $294,922 3,276 4.0%
6 Arlington Heights 4,662 $317,914 3,615 8.0%
7 Canyon Crest 14,925 $336,221 2,813 7.7%
8 Canyon Springs 3,298 $244,700 4,279 9.9%
9 Grand 5,963 $219,917 4,248 13.6%
10 Arlington South 5,118 $263,500 4,256 7.0%
11 Wood Streets 7,551 $235,150 4,239 9.2%
12 La Sierra South 12,034 $238,440 4,548 11.2%
13 Magnolia Center 14,167 $223,431 4,740 9.6%
14 La Sierra Hills 6,324 $242,367 4,832 8.8%
15 Ramona 26,147 $189,441 5,229 9.3%
16 Northside 9,189 $174,060 5,272 14.5%
17 La Sierra 35,658 $206,052 5,234 9.3%
18 La Sierra Acres 10,856 $195,662 5,418 10.2%
19 Presidential Park 5,043 $203,580 4,756 9.6%
20 Arlington 11,680 $190,911 5,566 9.1%
21 Downtown 10,636 $174,617 5,052 8.6%
22 Casablanca 3,930 $187,120 5,381 8.3%
23 Arlanza 23,661 $179,707 5,761 9.1%
24 Eastside 16,268 $183,331 5,550 9.2%
25 Airport 10,174 $177,971 5,668 8.5%
26 Hunter Industrial Park 5,817 $190,657 5,572 9.9%
27 University 17,002 $147,277 5,750 8.8%

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