These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Riverside


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:

  1. Orangecrest
  2. Alessandro Heights
  3. Hawarden Hills
  4. Mission Grove
  5. Victoria
  6. Canyon Crest
  7. Arlington South
  8. Wood Streets
  9. Arlington Heights
  10. Magnolia Center

Read on to see how we determined the places around Riverside that deserve a little bragging rights.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Riverside?

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, Orangecrest.

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.

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1. Orangecrest

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,560
Median Home Price: $337,300
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,971
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%

2. Alessandro Heights

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,268
Median Home Price: $579,800
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,408
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%

3. Hawarden Hills

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,864
Median Home Price: $564,175
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,408
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%

4. Mission Grove

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,237
Median Home Price: $346,983
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,726
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%

5. Victoria

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,831
Median Home Price: $318,278
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,726
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%

6. Canyon Crest

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,578
Median Home Price: $342,514
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,337
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%

7. Arlington South

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,732
Median Home Price: $263,450
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,742
Unemployment Rate: 7.6%

8. Wood Streets

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,284
Median Home Price: $264,088
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,685
Unemployment Rate: 10.5%

9. Arlington Heights

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,166
Median Home Price: $319,214
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,437
Unemployment Rate: 8.0%

10. Magnolia Center

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,081
Median Home Price: $225,200
Crimes Per 100K People: 4,322
Unemployment Rate: 8.3%

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. Hunter Industrial Park
  2. Northside
  3. Airport

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Riverside

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Orangecrest 1 17,560 $337,300 2,971 6.6%
Alessandro Heights 2 3,268 $579,800 1,408 4.4%
Hawarden Hills 3 2,864 $564,175 1,408 2.9%
Mission Grove 4 9,237 $346,983 2,726 4.8%
Victoria 5 8,831 $318,278 2,726 5.5%
Canyon Crest 6 14,578 $342,514 2,337 6.3%
Arlington South 7 5,732 $263,450 3,742 7.6%
Wood Streets 8 7,284 $264,088 3,685 10.5%
Arlington Heights 9 5,166 $319,214 3,437 8.0%
Magnolia Center 10 14,081 $225,200 4,322 8.3%
La Sierra 11 34,729 $210,695 4,604 8.4%
Canyon Springs 12 3,191 $223,967 4,074 9.4%
Presidential Park 13 4,960 $220,740 4,321 8.9%
La Sierra Hills 14 6,904 $258,283 4,328 10.4%
La Sierra South 15 11,434 $250,150 4,020 10.5%
Downtown 16 10,530 $235,255 4,211 9.5%
Grand 17 5,202 $234,900 3,960 14.0%
La Sierra Acres 18 10,485 $219,362 4,683 8.8%
Ramona 19 25,161 $199,088 4,547 10.0%
Eastside 20 15,957 $217,829 4,747 9.4%
Arlington 21 11,223 $211,356 4,820 9.7%
Casablanca 22 3,974 $220,300 4,687 9.9%
Arlanza 23 23,639 $190,167 5,105 9.4%
University 24 17,240 $211,922 4,710 7.5%
Airport 25 9,994 $176,100 4,989 8.1%
Northside 26 8,947 $179,800 4,721 13.2%
Hunter Industrial Park 27 5,270 $196,371 4,811 9.5%

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