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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A
Richmond is a city in Virginia with a population of 223,787. Richmond is in Richmond City County. Living in Richmond offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Richmond there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Richmond.
About Richmond...
Population
223,787

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$220,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$979
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    58%
  • Own
    42%
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Richmond Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    275.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    22.6
    6.1
  • Rape
    33.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    186.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    487.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,834.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    508
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    7%
  • 18-24 years
    13%
  • 25-34 years
    21%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    16%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    22%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%

Working in Richmond

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$45,117
National
$55,322
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I visited Richmond recently to scout it out, as my girlfriend and I are planning on moving here. I was pleasantly surprised! There is an INCREDIBLE amount of history here. Yes, much of it has to do with it being the capital of the Confederacy, but even those statues are being taken down. I like to see the people of Richmond organizing in this way.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts punches way above its weight, and there are beautiful buildings and parks to walk around. It's a geographically small city and it's pretty easy to get around it. There is definitely a lot of cool nightlife, as well.

Richmond is also only 1.5 hours from both mountains and beaches, which is great!

Having said that, one of the biggest issues is crime and poverty. The North and South sides of Richmond are very rough. I'm not even just talking about for us visitors and future residents, but also for the people who actually live there.

Overall though, it's pretty cool, and has much potential!
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Richmond is one of Virginia's largest cities, I would compare Richmond to portland or Boston but smaller in population. Richmond has a lot of coffee shops, tattoo parlors, restaurants, and breweries as well as bicyclists. Richmond is vegan and vegetarian-friendly. There are a lot of live music scene and a few good theatres. Plus it has the beautiful and fun James River. If you are a history buff Richmond has something for you too!
I came to Richmond because I was really impressed with the educational opportunities that were here for my children. Richmond has a rich culture and so many historical sites. There are multiple museums, gardens, homes, and trails that showcase historical battles. There are coffee shops that I am able to sit and just enjoy my espresso while gathering my thoughts for the morning. My children and I walk to various boutiques for quick outings and cafes for a simple lunch. I love that the city is so busy and the rural life is so calming. My family and I are able to get some of everything here!