Riverbank, California

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Riverbank, California
Downtown Riverbank (Third Street)
Downtown Riverbank (Third Street)
Official seal of Riverbank, California
City of Action
Location in Stanislaus County and the state of California
Location in Stanislaus County and the state of California
Riverbank, California is located in the United States
Riverbank, California
Riverbank, California
Location in the United States
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
IncorporatedAugust 23, 1922[1]
 • TypeCity
 • MayorRichard O'Brien
 • Total4.10 sq mi (10.61 km2)
 • Land4.07 sq mi (10.54 km2)
 • Water0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)  0.59%
86 ft (43 m)
 • Total22,678
 • Estimate 
 • Density6,113.27/sq mi (2,360.22/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code209
FIPS code06-61068
GNIS feature ID1659518

Riverbank is a city in Stanislaus County, California, United States. The population was 24,623 at the 2020 census, up from 15,826 at the 2000 census. Incorporated on August 23, 1922, Riverbank's official slogan is "City of Action."[4] It is part of the Modesto Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Riverbank was founded as a ferry crossing, and was established as a town with the coming of the San Francisco and San Joaquin Valley Railroad, which was soon acquired by the Santa Fe Railroad. It is named for its location on the Stanislaus River.[5]


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.[6]


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.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[7]


At the 2020 census Riverbank had a population of 24,623. The racial makeup of Riverbank was 16,620 (67.5%) White, 443 (1.8%) African American, 196 (0.8%) Native American, 1,378 (5.6%) Asian, 49 (0.2%) Pacific Islander, 7,805 (31.7%) from other races, and 3,176 (12.9%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14,355 persons (58.3%).[8]

There were 6,579 households, 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 one person and 358 (5.4%) had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 3.42. There were 5,367 families (81.6% of households); the average family size was 3.76. (This Information was gathered from the 2010 Census due to lack of information on the official 2020 report)

The age distribution was 1,822 people (7.4%) under the age of 5, 6,943 people (28.2%) under the age of 18, and 2,659 people (10.8%) who were 65 or older. The Female persons percent came up to be 51.6%, or 12,705 people.

The Owner-occupied housing unit rate from 2016-2020 was 66%. The median value of owner-occupied housing units throughout those years $318,800. The median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2016-2020 was around $1,711. The median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2016-2020 was around $530. Lastly the median gross rent during those 4 years came up to be around $1,244.


Store and gas station in Riverbank, 1940. Photo by Dorothea Lange.

At the 2000 census there were 15,826 people in 4,544 households, including 3,821 families, in the city. The population density was 5,091.7 inhabitants per square mile (1,965.9/km2). There were 4,698 housing units at an average density of 1,511.5 per square mile (583.6/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%.[9]

Of the 4,544 households 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 households were one person and 4.2% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 3.45 and the average family size was 3.73.

The age distribution was 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% 65 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 family income 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.

Arts and culture[edit]

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

The Riverbank Cheese and Wine Festival is an annual event each October, featuring wine and cheese tasting, arts and crafts, and vendors.[10]

Riverbank's downtown was remodeled in 2009.[11] New attractions include a downtown plaza with a mural and statue of a cable ferry operator.


In the California State Legislature, Riverbank is in the 5th Senate District, represented by Democrat Susan Eggman, and the 12th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Damon Connolly.[12]

In the United States House of Representatives, Riverbank is in California's 10th congressional district, represented by Democrat Mark DeSaulnier.[13]


Elementary schools[edit]

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

Middle schools[edit]

  • Cardozo Middle School

High schools[edit]

Other schools[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 used to be owned by the Santa Fe Railway (ATSF).

Amtrak had a station in Riverbank which also served nearby Modesto, California; it was replaced by Modesto station on November 1, 1999,[14] and was destroyed by fire in 2005.

The Stanislaus Regional Transit Authority operates one bus route in Riverside.

Public safety[edit]

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

Notable people[edit]

Sister cities[edit]

City State/Province Country Population
Fuyang[16][17] Zhejiang  China 659,000
Tamazula de Gordiano[16] Jalisco  Mexico 41,121
Fürstenfeld[18] Styria  Austria 5,986


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  2. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  3. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ "Riverbank, California - The city of action". Business View Magazine. 2019-02-21. Retrieved 2020-08-19.
  5. ^ Capace, Nancy (1999). Encyclopedia of California. North American Book Dist LLC. Page 391. ISBN 9780403093182.
  6. ^ Santos, Robert LeRoy (2002). "Chronology of Stanislaus County History Through 1912 With Bibliography". Archived from the original on 2006-06-23. Retrieved 2006-06-13.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Riverbank city". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  10. ^ Clark, Pat (September 28, 2022). "Ready to celebrate wine and cheese? When, where, and other fests coming to Modesto region". The Modesto Bee.
  11. ^ "Downtown Full of Action". Riverbank News. September 30, 2009.
  12. ^ "Statewide Database". Regents of the University of California. Archived from the original on February 1, 2015. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
  13. ^ "California's 10th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved September 28, 2014.
  14. ^ Riverbank Amtrak Station (USA RailGuide -- TrainWeb)
  15. ^ Edited by Ilan Stavans (1996). Oscar "Zeta" Acosta: The Uncollected Works. Arte Publico. ISBN 9781611922431. {{cite book}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  16. ^ a b "Sister City US Listings - California". Archived from the original on 14 March 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  17. ^ "Memorandum of Friendly Exchanges Between Fuyang City of the People's Republic of China And City of Riverbank, California, United States of America" (PDF). Sister Cities International. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  18. ^ The name of "Furstenfeld, Austria" is on the mural in downtown Riverbank, CA.

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