Riverside is located in southwest Cleveland and is one of four neighborhoods that make up the West Park community.
The neighborhood has a population of about 4,900 residents. Most of the housing units in the area are single-family homes built after World War II.
Riverside is the site of the Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport – the country’s first municipally-owned airport that covers more than half of the neighborhood’s total land area. Riverside has undergone many infrastructure changes to accommodate airport runway expansions. Areas near the airport have been turned into industrial parks.
The neighborhood also houses the NASA Glenn Research Center – an exhibition center that boosts employment in the community.
Residents in the area also enjoy easy access to public transportation, medical facilities, and top-ranked schools. The neighborhood also has a high population of young professionals and young families who have convenient access to the Metroparks’ Rocky River Reservation.
Riverside has a high population of married couples — both are working– accounting for about 77% of all residents.
Nearly 34% of residents in the area are employed in white-collar jobs. About 35% of employees work in private companies and about 5% work in government.
The most common types of jobs held by residents include sales and office occupations, service occupations, and management occupations.
White residents make up about 54% of the ethnically-diverse neighborhood’s total population. They are followed by Black residents accounting for 22%, and Latino residents accounting for 16%.
TOP Riverside HIGHLIGHTS
Riverside is among the neighborhood’s in Cleveland that are least vulnerable to natural disasters.
The neighborhood, however, had also experienced the effects of heavy rains, heavy snow, and flash floods. In the past, flooding in the area caused damage to properties and the closure of major roads and interjections.
Earthquake risks in the area, meanwhile, are lower than both the Ohio and national averages. The risks of damage from tornadoes are about the same as the Ohio average and are lower than the national average.
Riverside is collaborating with nearby communities to improve coordinated responses to natural disasters and mitigate the impacts of such events.
The average one-way commute in Riverside takes about 23 minutes. This is shorter than the average U.S. commute time of about 26 minutes.
Nearly 85% of employees in Riverside drive their own cars to get to their work stations. About 7% of residents carpool and 3% take public transportation.
Riverside is located near major roads and highways that include interstates 71 and 480 and the Berea Freeway. Driving from the neighborhood to Downtown, Cleveland takes about 16 minutes. Bus rides for the same route take about 1 hour and 19 minutes.
Riverside/Hopkins is among the neighborhoods in Cleveland with crime rates that are relatively higher than the Ohio and national averages.
Overall, the crime rate in the area is 6,038 per 100,000 residents. This crime rate is about 134% higher than or nearly three times the national average.
Riverside’s crime rate is about 3% higher than the Cleveland average. The neighborhood is safer than about 48% of communities in Ohio.
Violent crime rate in the area is 1,493 per 100,000 residents. This is about 292% higher than the national average.
Property crime, meanwhile, happens more frequently in the area at a rate of 4,544 per 100,00 residents. This rate is about 107% higher than the national average.
In Riverside, one has a 1 in 17 chance of being a victim of crime.
SCHOOLS IN Riverside
Many of the public schools serving Riverside are under the jurisdiction of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Riverside students may also attend nearby schools under the Fairview Park City School District and the Berea City School District.
The Cleveland Metropolitan School District manages 102 schools serving over 39,000 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. The district is known for a rigorous curriculum that prioritizes students’ individual learning styles.
The Fairview Park City School District serves over 1,700 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade with a student-teacher ratio of 18:1.
The district belongs to the top 50% of all school districts in Ohio. Schools under the district have a graduation rate of 90 to 94%. Overall, 66% of the school district’s students are proficient in reading and 65% are proficient in math.
The Berea City School District manages seven schools serving over 6,100 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Niche.com ranks the district as the 77th among the most diverse school districts in Ohio.
Riverside Housing 2020
The real estate market in the Riverside neighborhood remains stable as it features affordable homes located near major business hubs, retail establishments, and the airport.
The median property value in the neighborhood is $114,993. This represents an increase of 21.8% from the median property value of $94,400 recorded in 2017. Between 2017 and 2018, the median home value grew by 13.3%, from $94,400 to $107,000. Median home values in the neighborhood are expected to increase by 5.3% within 2021.
The median sales price of homes in Riverside is $118,000. The price per square foot is about $105. Two-bedroom homes in the area can cost up to $101,041 and four-bedroom homes can cost up to $120,000.
In 2017, the median household income in the neighborhood was $44,564.00. This represented an increase of 1.21% from the median household income of $44,033 recorded in 2016.
Riverside Homes for Sale
Riverside is a suburban neighborhood where about 78% of residents own their homes.
Most of the neighborhood’s about 6,000 housing units are located in the north-east area. Many of the properties have about five to six rooms and two to three bedrooms.
Many of Riverside’s single-family homes were built between 1950 and 1969. A number of properties were also built between 1940 to 1949 and 1939 and earlier.
Many of the homes have colonial, traditional styles and others have also incorporated modern upgrades. Home improvements include large living suites, oversized wooden decks, fenced yards, kitchens with marble countertops, and hardwood floors.
Riverside is also home to many apartments and homes for rent that are conveniently located near the Cleveland Hopkins airport, top-ranked schools, and highly-rated medical facilities. Amenities include access to fitness centers, swimming pools, and community parks and clubhouses.