Crime rates might vary within the city by neighborhood. Overall, Riverside's crime rate is below the national average.
There are three major hospitals in the city including Kaiser Permanente, Parkview Hospital, and Riverside Community Hospital. Riverside County General Hospital was torn down in the 90's and replaced with a Lowes Home Improvement Center. Recently-constructed Moreno Valley General Hospital now serves the needs of indigent residents just east of Riverside. Most medical specialites are represented at these hospitals and at local medical clinics and centers within the city. There are also many assisted living facilities in Riverside and the surrounding communities, including some that are relatively new in west Riverside.
As any large metropolitan area in southern California, Riverside suffers from traffic congestion. The Municipal airport serves only light aircraft, so the nearest major airport is 15 miles away in Ontario, CA. Some major carriers, however, do not fly into Ontario, requiring travelers to use Los Angeles International Airport or John Wayne Airport in nearby Santa Ana, CA. Metrolink is is the local commuter train line that services the Riverside and San Bernardino areas. Metrolink was built to address the serious highway congestion in southern California and provides an alternative for southern California commuters. Riverside has an extensive intra-city bus service provided by Riverside Transit Authority; however, Califonia has a long-standing, well-known car culture, and most residents prefer to use their own vehicles despite the congestion.
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- State: CA
- Environment: Suburban,College Town,Small-mid Sized City,
- City Population: 100,001+
- Median age of Population: 25-44
- Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
- Avg July Temperature: 81+
- Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
- Average Home Price (MLS): $300,001-$500,000
- Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
- Total Crime Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
- Cost of Living Index: 111-120 (high)
- Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
- State Sales Tax: Yes
- State Income Tax: Yes
- Name of the Guide: boomer1
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