Thinking of moving to California but can’t afford to even breathe in places like LA or San Francisco?
Well, listen up, because you’re in for a treat.
Riverside California may just be the perfect place for you if you want a lot of the benefits of living in the sunshine state, without all of the downsides.
But just because you won’t have all of the downsides doesn’t mean that none exists. That’s why in this video, I’ll tell you all the pros and cons of living in Riverside California so you can make an informed decision.
Unlike the many dreamers who move to LA to become professional actors only to become professional panhandlers.
Let’s get started.
Con #4, Air quality
Unless you plan on living in a bubble-like Sandy Cheeks, you might want to avoid Riverside.
Because the air quality in Riverside leaves much to be desired.
And if you’re wanting to know where to point the blame, look no further than Los Angeles. Plenty of the smog from the city of failed dreams works its way over to Riverside.
Effectively creating air conditions that would make even Captain Planet throw in the towel.
But there is an upside to this. Considering that Riverside is an agricultural town, once you make your way out of the city, you’ll be greeted by tons of fresh air and open spaces.
However, once you head back to the city, you’ll most certainly run into…
Con #3, Traffic
I hope the inside of your car is very comfortable because if you move to Riverside, you’ll be spending a lot of time in it.
Riverside is currently home to over 330,000 residents. And about 100,000 of them all commute to work in the morning.
Listen, it doesn’t take a psychic to predict that a good amount of road rage will be in your future if you make the move.
But honestly, with the current rise in work-from-home jobs, this probably isn’t as big of a con as it used to be.
So I’d recommend definitely getting one of those jobs if you’ve got your sights set on Riverside.
Otherwise, I’d recommend getting a self-driving Tesla so you can at least binge Netflix as you give hours of your life away to the highway.
Con #2, Urban sprawl
To be honest, I didn’t even know what this term meant before making this list.
I’d like to thank my community college for the severe lack of education that I graduated with.
Anyway, just in case you were educated by high school dropouts like I was, the definition of urban scrawl is the uncontrollable expansion of urban areas.
And my friends, that description most definitely fits Riverside.
This city has miles and miles of concrete and strip malls. And with everything spread so far apart, you’ll most certainly need a car to get around.
In fact, I’ve found the best way to avoid getting lost in this city is to use the homeless as landmarks.
Speaking of which.
Con #1, Homelessness
Let’s go ahead and talk about the malnourished elephant in the room.
You may not know this, but the rate of unemployment is very high in Riverside. And with high unemployment comes the unemployed.
This problem is beginning to be so bad that many are now referring to Riverside as the second coming of Los Angeles.
Many long-term residents can be heard describing the good ol’ days. When Riverside was one of the most loveable cities in California.
But with many of the homeless people in California moving their tents to Riverside, that version of the city is quickly becoming a distant memory.
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Ok, now let’s check out some pros of living in Riverside.
Pro #4, Cost of living
This is probably one of the best pros on the list.
Because when you think of living in California, it’s almost impossible not to recoil at how expensive it is.
And that’s what makes Riverside such a compelling offer. You get many of the benefits of living in California without its biggest con.
When you compare the cost of living in Riverside to places like LA or San Francisco, there’s really no competition.
Riverside is just less expensive across the board. So if you’re committed to the California lifestyle, you should seriously consider it.
Pro #3, Weather
If you like consistent warm weather and sunshine, then Riverside is the place for you.
Like just about any other city in California, the weather is a huge selling point. Although, many ppl who live here often complain the lack of diversity can get boring.
But I think that’s a little like a rich person complaining that money can’t buy happiness. I kind of want to see for myself.
When you have weather like this, it makes you want to go outside and appreciate the outdoors.
Fortunately, Riverside is the perfect place to do so.
Pro #2, Plenty of space
As I said earlier in this video, Riverside is an agricultural city.
And as such, there’s enough farmland and open space to make even the most strong-willed agoraphobic completely lose their mind.
The downside to this is that the city isn’t as pronounced as, say, Los Angeles. So if you like huge cities, then Riverside will be a downer.
But if you like moderately sized cities with a small-town feel, you’ll be in heaven. But note, this version of heaven does have an awful lot of homeless people. So, I guess it’s more like purgatory.
Pro #1, Location
If I had to choose one compelling reason to move to Riverside California, it would be that the city is centrally located.
Meaning you will be able to get to high-traffic areas such as Los Angeles, Anaheim, and Big Bear Lake in roughly an hour, give or take.
Let those other suckers pay those high LA prices just so they can smell Shia LaBeouf’s B.O. While sharp, community college-educated folks like us save all that money, while still being close enough to get all of those big-city benefits.
Think about it. Deep down you know I’m right.