How Safe Is Riverside for Travel?

Riverside, United States
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Riverside is a city in Riverside County in California.

It has a hometown feel and amazing people.

The great thing about this city is that it offers a variety of extremely fun things to do: during some months, it is possible to surf in the morning, do some water skiing at noon, ride sand rails in the afternoon, and snow ski at night — all in one day.

The arts and culture here are non-stop, with something for everyone: Arts walk, Festival of Lights, Mission Inn, Heritage House, California Citrus Park to name just a few.

Riverside is pretty much what is called “a bedroom community”, as there is not as much nightlife as in neighboring communities such an Orange County, and because a lot of people commute to and from work.

Warnings & Dangers in Riverside

Overall Risk


Riverside is usually thought of as a safe city. Most areas of the city that are visited by tourists are safe, and most of the unsafe areas are places of no interest to tourists, mostly of residential nature.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Taxis and other means of transportation are, overall safe to use in Riverside, apart from pickpockets and petty thieves in buses, trains, and stations that may try to steal from you while it's crowded.

Pickpockets Risk


Pickpockets aren't a serious issue in Riverside though you can run into an occasional bag snatcher. Remain vigilant at all times and leave your most valuable belongings in your accommodation.

Natural Disasters Risk


The most prominent natural disasters are earthquakes, fires, and floods. However, earthquakes are still the most feared and most common form of natural hazards in California.

Mugging Risk


Extra caution, especially at night, should be used in some of the neighborhoods in Riverside because they're known for somewhat high rates of crime.

Terrorism Risk


Excluding isolated mass shootings, Riverside hasn't been the target of any terrorist attacks recently, but the attacks shouldn't be ruled out. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Scams Risk


There aren't many scams in Riverside. Still, be wary of people trying to distract you to steal from you and of people overcharging you for various services. We advise you to be extremely careful when handling money and around ATMs.

Women Travelers Risk


Riverside is somewhat safe for female solo travelers. There are no issues that would endanger females specifically but general caution is advised. Following basic precaution measures should minimize the chances of anything going wrong.

So... How Safe Is Riverside Really?

Riverside is, for the most part, and in some ways, considered a safe city.

It is like any other city in that it has its bad areas and good areas.

The best area of Riverside is the Canyon Crest area, as well as the Mission Grove and Orangecrest areas.

Canyon Crest Drive, Alessandro Blvd, and Trautwein Rd are the best places to be around Riverside.

The area around the campus is good but can be dangerous at night, as well as East Riverside in general.

Downtown is also good and has many nice places to visit.

It is a big city so it varies where you go; just be as careful as you would in any other place.

There is a couple of places that could be considered dangerous areas and where homeless people hang out but the police in Riverside are pretty efficient about watching out in those areas.

Sometimes, good neighborhoods have problems and are more frequently targeted because they look like they have more.

If you’re thinking about moving just do your homework, check out the place during the day and at least once at night and follow your gut instinct.

How Does Riverside Compare?

CitySafety Index
St Louis58
Los Angeles56
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)43
Sofia (Bulgaria)73
Siem Reap (Cambodia)63

Useful Information

  • Visas - The US is famous for its harsh policy for acquiring a tourist, let alone a resident visa. The US embassies usually ask for interviews before granting tourist visas, and tourists usually have to pay up to 160 USD to get a visa. If you are not sure about your visa status, contact your local US embassy for further information.
  • Currency - The United States dollar is the official currency in Riverside. Credit and debit cards are accepted nearly everywhere, and ATMs are widely available. The prices vary but since it's California, you should add a few extra dollars to your daily budget.
  • Weather - Riverside is influenced by the local steppe climate, which means that the summers are hot, arid, and clear and the winters are long, cool. During the year, there is little rainfall in Riverside.
  • Airports - Riverside Municipal Airport is the busiest airport serving the city of Riverside. It located some 6 km southwest of downtown Riverside, the county seat of Riverside County, California.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Riverside, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Riverside Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan -4° C
Feb -1° C
Mar 5° C
Apr 11° C
May 17° C
Jun 21° C
Jul 23° C
Aug 23° C
Sep 19° C
Oct 12° C
Nov 5° C
Dec -3° C
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2 Reviews on Riverside

  1. M
    Michelle says:

    Riverside residence review

    I liked your article and your right about Canyon Crest and Mission Grove also Wood Crest those Community are growing because more family are moving there also new homes are being built as we speak. Some home that are off of Van Buren (one of our busiest boulevard) because it can take you from the 91 to 60 freeway and more) the new homes are beautiful and over look Riverside. Our homeless community is growning but one church here is building little homes on their property that offer those who are willing to get off the street and commit to having a better life. Our mayor said that Riverside will be offering the homeless housing also. But most of our homeless live in our river bottom. You will like living here if you are raising a family because family I everything here

  2. J
    Jackson says:

    Will come back every 2-3 years

    Riverside was such a surprising experience. It’s hard to explain it in words but I had so much fun. Just like it says here, I was able to do some surfing in the morning, then go for some water skiing then ride sand rails and then, at night, I went snow skiing. All on the same day. I did this for 3 days because I loved it so much! I will come back here every 2-3 years.

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