The city is a suburb in the Metro Detroit area, located along the shore of the Detroit River. It measures 11.4 km² (4.4 square miles) in area. Riverview incorporated as a village in 1922 and as a city in 1959. Northfolk Southern and Canadian National railroads provide rail service to the City. There are 6 schools located in Riverview: 5 public schools and 1 private school. The public schools are Riverview Community High School, Seitz Middle School, Forest Elementary School, Huntington Elementary School and Memorial Elementary School. The private school is Gabriel Richard High School.
There were 5,352 households out of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.1% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.3% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the city the population was spread out with 21.3% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 19.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 87.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $47,623, and the median income for a family was $61,007. Males had a median income of $51,944 versus $31,295 for females. The per capita income for the city was $25,460. About 3.0% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.4% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.