Founded in 1870 by John W. North, the city of Riverside, California is located 60 miles east of Los Angeles in the heart of the Inland Empire. Riverside, a thriving metropolitan area covering 81.5 square miles, has a current population of just under 315,000 residents and is the 12th largest city in California. Riverside's history in the citrus industry, and the city founders' desire to create a city dedicated to "furthering education and culture" laid a strong foundation for a city that values community involvement and historic preservation. Riverside could also be considered as a College Town since we have 4 universities and colleges located within the city boundaries. The University of California, California Baptist University, La Sierra University, and Riverside Community College all add to Riverside's diverse population. We are an award winning city with awards from Conde Nast, USA Today, Newsweek, and Inc. Magazine to name a few. We love living in Riverside, you will too!