Riverside is a city in, and the county seat of, Riverside County, California, United States, located in the Inland Empire metropolitan area. It is named for its location beside the Santa Ana River. It is the most populous city in the Inland Empire and in Riverside County, and is located about 50 miles (80 km) east of downtown Los Angeles. It is also part of the Greater Los Angeles area. Riverside is the 58th most populous city in the United States and 12th most populous city in California.
Riverside was founded in the early 1870s. It is the birthplace of the California citrus industry and home of the Mission Inn, the largest Mission Revival Style building in the United States. It is also home to the Riverside National Cemetery.
The University of California, Riverside, is located in the north-eastern part of the city. The university also hosts the Riverside Sports Complex. Other attractions in Riverside include the Fox Performing Arts Center, Museum of Riverside, which houses exhibits and artefacts of local history, the California Museum of Photography, the California Citrus State Historic Park, Castle Park, and the Parent Washington Navel Orange Tree, the last of the two original navel orange trees in California.
Riverside's economy consists largely of light-industry and generates a range of products including aircraft components, automotive parts, gas cylinders, electronic equipment, food products, and medical devices. Supporting the manufacturing sector are several industrial parks, including those in the Hunter Industrial Park, Sycamore Canyon Industrial Park and Airport Industrial Areas. As the county seat of Riverside County and the most populous city in the Inland Empire, Riverside also houses several legal, accounting, engineering, and banking firms. Citrus production and packing houses still exist within the city, but the industry is in decline.
American electronics company Bourns, Inc. is among the companies based in Riverside.
According to the City's 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are: County of Riverside; University of California, Riverside; Riverside Unified School District; Kaiser Permanente; City of Riverside; California Baptist University; Riverside Community Hospital; Alvord Unified School District; UTC Aerospace Systems; Parkview Community Hospital.
Riverside is ranked #133 by the Global Urban Competitiveness Report (GUCR) which evaluates and ranks world cities in the context of economic competitiveness. Riverside was ranked #789 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Riverside has a population of over 331,360 people. Riverside also forms part of the wider Inland Empire (Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario) metropolitan area which has a population of over 4,224,851 people. Riverside is the #291 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 2.7107 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores per 100,000 city residents.