Riverbank, California

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City of Riverbank
City
Downtown Riverbank (Third Street)
Downtown Riverbank (Third Street)
Official seal of City of Riverbank
Seal
Motto: The City of Action
Location in Stanislaus County and the state of California
Location in Stanislaus County and the state of California
Coordinates: 37°43′53″N 120°56′37″W / 37.73139°N 120.94361°W / 37.73139; -120.94361Coordinates: 37°43′53″N 120°56′37″W / 37.73139°N 120.94361°W / 37.73139; -120.94361
Country  United States
State  California
County Stanislaus
Incorporated August 23, 1922[1]
Government
 • Type City
 • Mayor Richard O'Brien
Area[2]
 • Total 4.116 sq mi (10.661 km2)
 • Land 4.092 sq mi (10.599 km2)
 • Water 0.024 sq mi (0.062 km2)  0.59%
Elevation 141 ft (43 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 22,678
 • Density 5,500/sq mi (2,100/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 95367
Area code(s) 209
FIPS code 06-61068
GNIS feature ID 1659518
Website www.riverbank.org

Riverbank is a city in Stanislaus County, California, United States. The population was 22,678 at the 2010 census, up from 15,826 at the 2000 census. Incorporated on August 23, 1922, Riverbank's official slogan is "The City of Action." It is part of the Modesto Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Riverbank was originally founded as a ferry, but was established as a town with the coming of the Santa Fe Railroad.

The town holds a Cheese & Wine Exposition each October.

History[edit]

In the 1850s, the Riverbank area was known as Burneyville. Major James Burney, sheriff of Mariposa, established the Burneyville Ferry over the Stanislaus River at the site of the modern bridge in Riverbank.[3]

Downtown revitalization[edit]

Riverbank's downtown was remodeled in 2009.[4] New attractions include a downtown plaza with a mural and statue of a cable ferry operator.

The Riverbank Branch Library on Santa Fe Street is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography[edit]

Riverbank is located at 37°43′53″N 120°56′37″W / 37.73139°N 120.94361°W / 37.73139; -120.94361 (37.731272, -120.943653).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.1 square miles (11 km2), of which, 4.1 square miles (11 km2) of it is land and 0.02 square miles (0.052 km2) of it (0.59%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

2010[edit]

The 2010 United States Census[6] reported that Riverbank had a population of 22,678. The population density was 5,509.4 people per square mile (2,127.2/km²). The racial makeup of Riverbank was 14,951 (65.9%) White, 480 (2.1%) African American, 269 (1.2%) Native American, 770 (3.4%) Asian, 88 (0.4%) Pacific Islander, 4,949 (21.8%) from other races, and 1,171 (5.2%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11,822 persons (52.1%).

The Census reported that 22,510 people (99.3% of the population) lived in households, 96 (0.4%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 72 (0.3%) were institutionalized.

There were 6,579 households, out of which 3,380 (51.4%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 4,053 (61.6%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 880 (13.4%) had a female householder with no husband present, 434 (6.6%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 413 (6.3%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 42 (0.6%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 923 households (14.0%) were made up of individuals and 358 (5.4%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.42. There were 5,367 families (81.6% of all households); the average family size was 3.76.

The population was spread out with 7,044 people (31.1%) under the age of 18, 2,217 people (9.8%) aged 18 to 24, 6,633 people (29.2%) aged 25 to 44, 4,891 people (21.6%) aged 45 to 64, and 1,893 people (8.3%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31.0 years. For every 100 females there were 99.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.6 males.

There were 7,069 housing units at an average density of 1,717.3 per square mile (663.1/km²), of which 4,753 (72.2%) were owner-occupied, and 1,826 (27.8%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.8%; the rental vacancy rate was 7.0%. 15,965 people (70.4% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 6,545 people (28.9%) lived in rental housing units.

2000[edit]

Store and gas station in Riverbank, 1940

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 15,826 people, 4,544 households, and 3,821 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,091.7 people per square mile (1,964.8/km²). There were 4,698 housing units at an average density of 1,511.5 per square mile (583.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 66.85% White, 1.53% African American, 1.43% Native American, 1.31% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 24.03% from other races, and 4.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 45.91% of the population.

There were 4,544 households out of which 49.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.0% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.9% were non-families. 11.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.45 and the average family size was 3.73.

In the city the population was spread out with 33.9% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 18.2% from 45 to 64, and 7.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 97.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $44,668, and the median income for a family was $47,411. Males had a median income of $36,370 versus $29,012 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,972. About 9.3% of families and 12.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.8% of those under age 18 and 4.9% of those age 65 or over.

The California State Department of Finance estimates the population of Riverbank as of January 1, 2006 to be 21,215 people, an estimated 34.1% increase since 2000.

Politics[edit]

In the California State Legislature, Riverbank is located in the 14th Senate District, represented by Republican Tom Berryhill, and in the 25th Assembly District, represented by Republican Kristin Olsen. Federally, Riverbank is located in California's 19th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +10[8] and is represented by Republican Jeff Denham.

Transportation[edit]

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway locomotive in Riverbank

The BNSF Railway has a mainline running through Riverbank and serves as the BNSF's principal line linking Northern California with the Los Angeles-Chicago mainline. The line was previously owned by the Santa Fe Railway (ATSF).

Amtrak had a station in Riverbank which also served nearby Modesto, California; it was closed on November 1, 1999,[9] and burned to the ground accidentally in 2005.

Stanislaus Regional Transit (StaRT) provides fixed route and dial-a-ride service throughout the county, which enables Riverbank residents to travel to other areas of the county, as well as to Modesto, which is served by Amtrak's San Joaquin passenger train. Greyhound bus service is also available in Modesto.

Events[edit]

Each year during the second weekend of October, the annual Cheese & Wine Exposition is held. The two-day event features wine and cheese tasting, carnival games, and arts and crafts booths. The Expo draws thousands of people from surrounding towns and agricultural areas.

Public safety[edit]

The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department provides police services to the city.

Schools[edit]

Elementary schools

  • California Avenue Elementary School
  • Crossroads Elementary School
  • Mesa Verde Elementary School

Middle schools

  • Cardozo Middle School

High schools

Other schools

Climate[edit]

Winter temperatures range from the mid 40s to the high 60s, summer temperatures from the 50s to the 100s.

Sister cities[edit]

City State/Province Country Population
Fuyang[10] Guangdong  China 97,000
Tamazula de Gordiano[10] Jalisco  Mexico 41,121
Fürstenfeld[11] Styria  Austria 5,986

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "California Cities by Incorporation Date" (Word). California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ U.S. Census
  3. ^ Santos, Robert LeRoy (2002). "Chronology of Stanislaus County History Through 1912 With Bibliography". Retrieved 2006-06-13. 
  4. ^ "Downtown Full of Action". Riverbank News. September 30, 2009. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Riverbank city". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ "Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest?". Campaign Legal Center Blog. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  9. ^ Riverbank Amtrak Station (USA RailGuide -- TrainWeb)
  10. ^ a b "Sister City US Listings - California". Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  11. ^ The name of "Furstenfeld, Austria" is on the mural in downtown Riverbank, CA.
  12. ^ Edited by Ilan Stavans (1996). Oscar "Zeta" Acosta: The Uncollected Works. Arte Publico. 

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