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  1. Public Schools
    C-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A
Richmond is a city in Virginia with a population of 220,892. 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
220,892

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$209,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$942
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    58%
  • Own
    42%
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Richmond Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    247.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    19.5
    6.1
  • Rape
    27.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    221.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    726.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,794.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    394.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    7%
  • 18-24 years
    14%
  • 25-34 years
    21%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    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
$42,356
National
$55,322
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Richmond Reviews

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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!
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Richmond is a two hour drive to DC, the mountains, and the ocean. It's a great location with SO MANY fantastic restaurants and breweries! It's small enough that you can reasonably Uber to different neighborhoods but still have "big city" amenities like live sports, restaurants, and museums/culture
Richmond offers the classic small town charm with all the amenities of a large city. There are many award winning restaurants and a huge craft beer scene. There is always something to do and some kind of festival going on. From the Watermelon Festival to the Richmond Folk Festival to the St Benedict’s Oktoberfest, Richmond offers many events to engage and bring the city together. The city is located along the James River, which offers many majestic views as well as water activities. The city is decorated with history, from the memorials in Hollywood Cemetery to St. John’s Church where Patrick Henry gave his famous speech. In the heart of the city is Virginia Commonwealth University, and patriotism for the Rams is always abundant. Richmond is a vibrant city full of creative and spirited individuals.