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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    D+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
Richmond is a suburb of Oakland with a population of 108,853. Richmond is in Contra Costa County. Living in Richmond offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Richmond there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Richmond and residents tend to be liberal.
About Richmond...
Population
108,853

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$371,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,329
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    50%
  • Own
    50%
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Richmond Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    560.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    15.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    28.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    337.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    345.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,058.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    1,518.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    22%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    23%
    13%

Working in Richmond

Jobs
C
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$61,045
National
$55,322
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Richmond Reviews

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There is a lot of crime in Richmond and so I would like to see a crack down on crime; especially the minor home robberies in the Richmond Annex Area. Also, there could be more garden and green space for residents; such as along the Ohlone trail for children to walk to. We have too many fast food restaurants and there needs to be money poured into the poor areas of Richmond. There is a lot of graffiti and run down buildings and it probably makes the residents not feel so great to see this when they are walking around their town. The upside to Richmond is its proximity to El Cerrito, Berkeley, Albany, Oakland and San Francisco. All these East bay communities have a lot to offer for family life. Great choice of restaurants, movies, shopping in walking distance!
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With all of the odds against Richmond, I still love it here. I was born and raised here. Yes, I agree, much needs to change but, Richmond is still a great city. Richmond is also very misunderstood, underestimated and a hidden gem. This diamond in the rough has a very rich history. In 1919, the city had the largest winery, four Richmond Shipyards and Martin Luther King, Jr. had planned to visit Richmond just prior to his assassination. Richmond may be a small city but, boy is it a beauty!
There is community activism. There are shops and places to visit, mostly in Point Richmond, but also in other parts of the city. There are many restaurants with very tasty & authentic Mexican cuisine especially. The public schools could be better, but Richmond High and Verde Elementary have gardening programs. There are many community garden locations and youth programs through local organizations. It has two nearby BART stations. Depending on which neighborhood you live in, it can be an overall good place to live.