Riverside, California


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During the late 1700s and early 1800s, the Cahuilla and Serrano people lived in the area along the Santa Ana River which would eventually become Riverside.  The settlement was named for its location beside this river.  The city of Riverside was originally incorporated on October 11th, 1883 and then chartered on March 5th, 1907.

The modern day city of Riverside, according to a March 2015 estimate by the US census bureau, has a population of 321,786 people.  This makes it the 12th largest city in the state of California by population, and the 59th largest city by population in the United States.  Riverside is part of the Greater Los Angeles Area.  The Greater Los Angeles Area, according to a 2014 estimate, has a population of 18,550,288 people, which makes it the second largest metropolitan area in the country, following the New York metropolitan area.  The Greater Los Angeles Area is one of the largest urban agglomerations in the world.

Riverside is famous for being the birthplace of the California citrus industry.  Today, however, the largest employer in the city is the County of Riverside, which is responsible for 11,187 jobs.  The Riverside Unified School District comes in a distant second, with 5,580 employees.  The third largest employer in the city is the University of California, Riverside.  UC Riverside employs 5,497 people.

The University of California, Riverside was established in 1954, and as of 2014, had a $179.7 million endowment.  UC Riverside is a public research university and one of 10 general campuses for the University of California system.  As of 2014, UC Riverside had a total of 21,669 students enrolled in its programs.  Its sports teams are nicknamed ‘The Highlanders’.

Riverside is also famous for being the location for The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa.  Generally considered to be the largest Mission Revival Style building in the United States, the Mission Inn was built between 1902 and 1932.  It is Riverside Landmark #1, California Historical Landmark #761, is a U.S. National Historic Landmark, and is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  Although primarily an example of the Mission Revival Style of architecture, the Mission Inn also contains influences of other styles such as Spanish Gothic, Moorish Revival, Spanish Colonial, Spanish Colonial Revival, Renaissance Revival, and Mediterranean Revival.

The Riverside National Cemetery, built in 1976, covers 921 acres (373 ha), which makes it the third largest cemetery currently managed by the National Cemetery Administration.  The Riverside National Cemetery is dedicated to the interment of United States military personnel, and is considered the most active cemetery in the National Cemetery Administration’s system, based on the number of interments, since the year 2000.  As of 2014, there are 228,000 graves within the Riverside National Cemetery.

On a brighter note, the city of Riverside is also home to the University of California, Riverside Museum of Photography, California Citrus State Historic Park, and the Parent Washington Navel Orange Tree, which is the last of the two original navel orange trees in the state of California.  Riverside also hosts the Fox Performing Arts Center, which originally opened in 1929.

Riverside does not have any professional sports teams.  However, the University of California, Riverside’s college teams, the ‘Highlanders’, are always a dependable attraction.  The UC Riverside men’s baseball team plays at the Riverside Sports Complex.  They have been National Champions of Division II twice.  The men’s basketball Highlanders play in the UC Riverside Student Recreation Center and were
NCAA Tournament runners-up in 1995.

Own a small business in the Riverside area?  Are you thinking about starting one?  These resources may be able to help you:

Apply for a Business License in Riverside

Riverside Business

Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce

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