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Best Cities 2010: Riverside, CA

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Best Cities 2010: Riverside, CA

Home of 52 parks (and the first navel orange tree), Riverside, California offers outdoor sports and fun

City: Riverside


State: California


Best Cities Overall Rank: 79


About Riverside:


Vitamin C rocks! The first navel orange tree in the U.S. was grown in Riverside, CA.


Take a break with the kids and check out one of the 52 parks in Riverside, which cover more than 2,700 acres and allow residents and visitors to enjoy a variety of sporting and outdoor activities.


County: Riverside


Population: 295,357


Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitors’ bureau website


Newspaper with the largest circulation: Riverside Press-Enterprise


Riverside blogs:


Momarama
Riverside Art Museum
Apartment by the Riverside


Riverside‘s Facebook page: Follow Riverside on Facebook


Riverside‘s Twitter page: Follow Riverside on Twitter


 


Education rank: 98


High School graduation rate 2008: 86.20%


Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 2


Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0.68


NEAYC-accredited preschools: 5


NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 1.69


NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 253


Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 24.30


Total Expenditures Per Student: $9,674


 


Health rank: 99


Quality children’s hospitals: 0


Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0


Quality Pediatricians: 1


Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0.34


Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 24


 


Safety rank: 27


Violent Crimes, 2008: 1,922


Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 650.74


Sex Offenders: 386


Sex Offenders per 100,000: 130.69


 


Economy rank: 98


Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 29.30


Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 15


Best Performing Cities Job Index: 991.97


Median Home Sale Price: $198,200


5-Year Home Value Index: -11.59%


Percent of homes sold for a loss: 49.79%


 


Recreation Rank: 60


Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 2,905


Parkland per 100,000: 983.556


 


Photo courtesy of Bent Corydon