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:
- Alessandro Heights (Homes)
- Hawarden Hills (Homes)
- Orangecrest (Homes)
- Mission Grove (Homes)
- Victoria (Homes)
- Arlington Heights (Homes)
- Canyon Crest (Homes)
- Canyon Springs (Homes)
- Grand (Homes)
- 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
Median Income: $161,286
Median Home Value: $560,267
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.
More on Alessandro Heights: Real Estate | Data
2. Hawarden Hills
Median Income: $135,944
Median Home Value: $508,300
Median Income: $107,853
Median Home Value: $343,467
4. Mission Grove
Median Income: $109,121
Median Home Value: $348,500
Median Income: $85,220
Median Home Value: $294,922
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.
More on Victoria: Real Estate | Data
6. Arlington Heights
Median Income: $73,522
Median Home Value: $317,914
7. Canyon Crest
Median Income: $83,814
Median Home Value: $336,221
8. Canyon Springs
Median Income: $74,319
Median Home Value: $244,700
Median Income: $63,677
Median Home Value: $219,917
10. Arlington South
Median Income: $72,450
Median Home Value: $263,500
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:
- Hunter Industrial Park
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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Riverside
|12||La Sierra South||12,034|
|14||La Sierra Hills||6,324|
|18||La Sierra Acres||10,856|
|26||Hunter Industrial Park||5,817|