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Riviera Beach is a census-designated place and a neighborhood within Pasadena in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States. The population was 12,677 at the 2010 U.S. census.
Riviera Beach natives do not pronounce the name the way it is spelled. Rather, it is pronounced as "revere", as in Paul Revere, and "uh". It is also called "The Beach" by people in and around the area especially those who live on the abundant water front. Other nicknames for this area include, "Gods Country" and "Pasadena's Premier Waterfront Community"
Riviera Beach is located at 39°09′43″N 76°31′05″W, on the southwest shore of the tidal Patapsco River, the waterway which forms Baltimore's harbor to the northwest. The community is bounded by two tidal inlets of the Patapsco, Rock Creek to the southeast and Stoney Creek to the northwest.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2), of which 2.6 square miles (6.8 km2) is land and 0.58 square miles (1.5 km2), or 17.96%, is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 12,677 people, 4,817 households, and 3,373 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 4,759.8 people per square mile (1,835.8/km2). There were 5,098 housing units at an average density of 1,855.9/sq mi (715.8/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 91.6% White, 4.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.7% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.8% of the population.