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Living in Riverside, California:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Riverside, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked nine people living in Riverside what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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Someone moving to Riverside should know the weather here is very hot most of the year. The temperatures can be sweltering, even in Autumn and late Spring. It is almost comparable to the weather in Arizona, which is known for its blazing desert heat. The good news is that you will almost always experience sunshine here!

Riverside, California, is a beautiful city at the eastern edge of the Los Angeles basin. Like many cities in California, we have experienced a surge in population over the last few years. The schools are excellent, however being on the edge of the desert, summers can be brutally hot. But the housing market is the best it’s been in years.

Samantha, says: 2020

Riverside, in Southern California, is called the “City of Arts and Innovation.” There are constantly events such as art walks, movie screenings, plays, and concerts. Riverside is home to the world’s largest paper cup, which is actually made of concrete, not paper. Riverside is also known for its successful history with orange trees. There are many local parks where you can play basketball, tennis, and baseball and children can play in the playgrounds.

Pauline, says: 2020

There are several colleges in the area, so businesses tend to cater to younger adults. The downtown is home to museums, a library, and many unique businesses and events. Housing in my city is expensive and rent is high. I feel that Riverside is a family friendly city because of its numerous parks, city-sponsored family events, and excellent library programs.

Monica, says: 2020

Riverside is a pleasant place, with good schools, a low crime rate, and a vibrant nightlife. We are currently is a phase called the Riverside Renaissance, and ambitious city-wide project to upgrade our roads, parks, and public services. Both the Riverside Plaza and the Tyler Galleria offer shopping opportunities to residents and visitors.

Shelby, says: 2020

You. Need. A. Car. Riverside, like most Southern California cities has terrible public transportation. Once you have a car, head to downtown Riverside and check out the Mission Inn. If it’s near Christmas, go again. It’ll be adorned with limitless Christmas decorations and it’s a sight to be seen.

Katherine, says: 2020

Some sites are Mt. Rubidoux and the Mission Inn. Mt. Rubidoux is a small mountain that many people hike on. The Mission Inn is a hotel with several beautiful architecture styles that has been visited by several U.S. presidents, social leaders, and stars. Every year in December, the Mission Inn hosts a Festival of Lights in which there are many beautiful Christmas lights decorating the hotel and many food vendors around.

Stacey, says: 2020

Riverside is a sunny and growing place with not too much rain. The majority of the people are nice. There are lots of beautiful trees and plenty of parks and recreation for kids and grown ups. Altogether a nice place and retire in.

Nicole, says: 2020

If moving to Riverside, California, know the city is in an ideal location, within two hours of the mountains and the beaches. If you want beaches and city culture, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Orange County are all easy locations. However, if you desire quiet and greenery, Big Bear Lake and Lake Arrowhead are both about an hour’s drive away.

Latisha, says: 2020

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