Riverside’s natural beauty and warmer temperatures make it an excellent place to retire during your Golden Years. With an average temperature in the mid 60s, you can enjoy the outdoors all year long in your new Riverside home.
If you are moving to Riverside to enjoy your retirement, you will be thrilled to know the city is growing. The population in 2010 was 303,871 and the 2015 estimate shows a 6.1 percent increase to 322,424 residents, according to the Census Bureau. Of the 2010 figures, 8.6 percent of the population is senior citizens, age 65 and over. 50.6 percent are females – a number comparable to the national average.
Of the 2010 figures, 56.5 percent of residents identify as white, 49 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 7.4 percent as Asian, 7 percent as black or African-American, 1.1 percent as American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.4 percent Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander. 5.1 percent identify as two or more races and 22.9 percent of the population was born outside of the country with as many as 41.7 percent of Riverside residents speaking a language other than English while at home.
California weather is reason alone to retire to the state. The average temperature is 65.45 degrees F. The average high temperature is 79.5 degrees and the average low temperature is 51.4 degrees. The coldest month tends to be December with an average high in the mid 60s and an average low in the lower 40s. The hottest month is August with highs in the mid 90s.
The average annual precipitation (rainfall) is 10.32 inches. January and February tend to receive over two inches of rain each month.
Flash floods and earthquakes can be a problem for residents in the Riverside area. If you are purchasing your home, or moving into a residential care facility, confirm that the structure is reinforced to handle the effects of an earthquake. This can mean reinforcing the walls and foundation, anchoring the structure to the foundation, and installing flexible connectors to all gas appliances.
FEMA suggests if you live in a flash flood area to be prepared to seek higher ground in the event of a flood. Listen closely to local emergency broadcasts to stay updated on the storm’s progress. You may want to consider purchasing flood insurance if it is available in your area.
Riverside County Parks protect six plant communities. You can visit the Oak Woodland, Grassland, Vernal Pools, Chaparral, Coastal Sage Scrub, and Riparian Wetland. Other plants and trees include sand verbena, chamise, red shanks, California maidenhair fern, white alder, western ragweed, false indigo, coulter's snapdragon, climbing snapdragon, big berry Manzanita, prickly poppy, rainbow Manzanita, coyote brush, seep willow, and desert marigold.
Riverside has plenty of wild animals scampering about the city as well as the outskirts, including bats, skunks, raccoons, beavers, bats, snakes, pigeons, swallows, woodpeckers, voles, opossums, and insects. Other birds include the grey butcherbird, white-faced heron, laughing kookaburra, and the Indian myna.
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