Riverside is located in the Inland Empire metropolitan area in California, and is the capital of Riverside County. It is known as ‘The City of Arts and Innovation’, thanks to the city’s commitment to the arts and the number of institutions present in the area, whilst the city is also used frequently as a location for filming movies and television shows. Expats living in Riverside will be able to enjoy sights which include the California Citrus State Historic Park, where a number of citrus fruits can be seen, the March Field Air Museum with over 70 military aircraft on display, the California Museum of Photography, Riverside Sports Complex and many others. Expats living in Riverside are also within easy reach of Los Angeles, and can take advantage of the city’s retail and leisure offering. Riverside is also home to a number of festivals that expatriates in Riverside may enjoy, including The Riverside Dickens Festival, Riverside Airshow and the Riverside Festival of Lights.
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The cost of living in Riverside is lower than the US average, and there are a number of affordable housing options for expats moving to Riverside who are looking to buy or rent property. Riverside is described as having a ‘semi-arid Mediterranean’ climate, which features dry, hot summers whilst winters are generally mild and more prone to rainfall. The city is easily connected to other parts of Los Angeles as well as California through road and rail, whilst the Riverside itself has a wide bus network. Expatriates in Riverside will find that a number of universities are located in the city, including California Baptist University and California Southern Law School, whilst there are a number of public and private schools for any expatriate moving to Riverside with their family. To get detailed information from fellow expats about relocating to California, as well as seek advice about moving to Riverside, expatriates should join InterNations and interact with others via its growing online community pages.
Expatriates working in Riverside will be able to find employment in a number of areas including finance, healthcare, education and in public services whilst there are also opportunities to commute to nearby cities for work. Other areas where an expat may find work in Riverside include retail and leisure, with a number of shopping centers located in the city as well as many bars and restaurants. Expatriates seeking work in Riverside will benefit from joining InterNations where they can network and communicate with fellow expats who may be able to help them find information about working in the city as well as provide information and advice about other aspects of moving to Riverside. In this way, InterNations aims to make the settling in process and life abroad easier and help you get to grips with your new city quickly.