Richmond city, Virginia

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Richmond city, Virginia

Richmond city, Virginia
Nickname(s):RVA, The River City
- Total:204.214 (2010)
- Density:3.403,6/sq mi (1.317,5/sq km)
Area code(s):804
Time zone:EST (UTC-5)
Summer Time zone:EDT (UTC-4)
- Total:63 sq mi (162 sq km)
- Land:60 sq mi (155 sq km)
- Water:3 sq mi (7 sq km)
- % water:4,32 %

Quick information summary of the Richmond city area.

Richmond city is located in the state of Virginia. It occupies the area of 63 square miles. 3 square miles are water areas and 60 square miles remain for land areas. Center of the Richmond city lies at +37.5313990, -077.4760085 coordinates. According to the 2010 Census, there are 204.214 living in the Richmond city. The racial makeup shows these 3 races as the most frequent : Black or African American (50.6%), White (40.78%) and Some Other Race (3.59%). Median age is 31 for the males and 33 for the females.

Richmond is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia. As an independent city, Richmond does not belong to a county. The city is the center of the Richmond Metropolitan Area and of the Greater Richmond Area.

As of 2010, the population in Richmond was 204,204. The city is located at the fall line of the James River and occupies an area of 62.5 square miles.

Nicknames for Richmond include “RVA” and “The River City.” The official motto is “Sic Itur Ad Astra,” which is Latin for “Thus do we reach the stars.”

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Statistical data for the Richmond city based on the 2010 U.S. Census

Racial makeup

White alone
83,28840.78 %
Black or African American alone
103,34250.60 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
7050.35 %
Asian alone
4,7502.33 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
1580.08 %
Some Other Race alone
7,3313.59 %
Two or More races
4,6402.27 %

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Population break-up based on Counties and Subdivisions in the area

Counties Subdivisions
County (whole county) Richmond city part within the County Subdivision (whole subdivision) Richmond city part within the Subdivision
Richmond city 204.214- Richmond city part204.214
Richmond city 204.214- Richmond city part204.214

Profile of the Richmond city

History of Richmond

The area of present-day Richmond originally belonged to Powhatan tribes. In 1607, when Captain John Smith landed in Jamestown, he sent a group of men to travel down the James River and explore the area. After a week, they came up to an area with waterfalls on the river and a small island. Even though this was the first discovery of Richmond area, it would be another thirty years before the foundation of the first settlement. Attempts were made to establish a fort or a post in the area, but they were futile because of the constant conflicts with the Algonquin tribes who were displaced from the Jamestown area.

A trading post was set up in 1637 at a location where the river became navigable, near present-day Richmond. The owner of the claim offered tax liberation to whoever would come to live there. Not many accepted the offer, but over the years, thanks to other privileges offered to the potential homesteaders, the population grew slowly but steadily. The town of Richmond was officially laid out in 1737. Even though it hosted three very important conventions of the pre-Revolutionary period (including Patrick Henry’s famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech), Richmond grew very slowly, even after it became the capital of Virginia in 1779. The real growth started after the Revolutionary War and in 1782 Richmond was incorporated as a city.

Before the Civil War, Richmond had already become an important port and a major commercial and industrial center. Virginia seceded from the Union in 1861 and Richmond became the capital of the Confederacy. Civil War was hard on the city. It was under siege by the Union troops for four years but never saw an actual battle. In 1865, it was destroyed almost completely when the Confederates set fire to warehouses as they escaped the city.

Still, it seems that the war sparked a new industrial boom in Richmond. Tobacco and iron were still dominant industrial sectors but after the war banking was established as a new large sector in the city.

Racial tensions grew severe in the 20th century, especially in the 1950, when Richmond vehemently fought school desegregation. The complete integration in the city was achieved in the 1970s.

During the 1980s and the 1990s, Richmond made efforts to diversify its economy and to bring in new industries. Today, the city is a large manufacturing center but also a hub for state and federal government, health care, research, trade, banking and transportation. Richmond and its officials and locals continue to work towards making a thriving city of the “New South.”

Geography and Climate

Richmond is located in the Piedmont region of Virginia, at the fall line of the James River (i.e. the highest navigable point at the river). Two other rivers in the city are Appomattox and Chickahominy rivers. The city occupies 62.5 square miles (of which 2.5 square miles is water) and lies in the Eastern Time Zone (UTC-5).

The climate in Richmond is humid subtropical, with mild winters and hot and humid summers. The city is susceptible to flooding, especially due to hurricanes, which are not rare in the area.


At the 2000 Census, the racial makeup in Richmond was 57.2% African American, 38.3% White, 2.6% Hispanic or Latino, 1.3% Asian, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 1.5% from some other race and 1.5% from two or more races.

Richmond used to have very high criminal rates in the 1980s and 1990s and a very high murder rate. In 2004 and 2005 it was ranked as one of the most dangerous cities in the USA. Today the crime rates are declining but they still remain above the national average.

In 200, the median household income in Richmond was $31,121 and the per capita income was $20,337.

Economy and Business

Richmond is home to the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Genworth Financial, CapitalOne, Philip Morris USA and many other banks and financial institutions. It is also home of some of the largest law firms in the country (Williams Mullen, Hunton and Williams, LeClairRyan and others). Other large companies with headquarters in the city include The Martin Agency, CarMax, Dominion Resources, Markel, Universal Corporation, Genworth Financial, Altria Group and others.

Culture and Attractions

Notable museums and monuments in Richmond include Virginia Historical Society, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Science Museum of Virginia, Virginia Center for Architecture, American Civil War Center, Museum of Confederacy, Richmond National Battlefield Park, St. John’s Church, Edgar Allan Poe Museum, as well as many monuments and memorials along the Monument Avenue.

The city has a thriving art community and a strong DIY scene, both for visual arts and for the music. It has a large punk and metal scene, with bands such as Gwar, Lamb of God, Municipal Waste, Avail, Darkest Hour and many others. The city is also home to Virginia Opera, Richmond Symphony and many theatrical companies, such as Barksdale Theatre and Theatre IV.

Major venues in Richmond include the Landmark Theatre, The Leslie Cheek Theater Richmond Center Stage and the National Theater.


Richmond area has several institutions of higher education, most notably the Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Richmond, Virginia Union University, Virginia College, John Tyler Community College and  Union Theological Seminary & Presbyterian School of Christian Education.


The city is served by Richmond International Airport located in Sandston, with nine airlines and over 200 flights daily.

Intercity bus service is provided by Greyhound Bus Lines and Megabus. Greater Richmond Transit Company provides local transit by bus. Passenger rail service is provided by Amtrak.

Major highways in and around Richmond include I-95, I-64 and I-295.

Statistical data for the Richmond city

Data Source : US Census Bureau

Racial makeup

White alone
83,28840.78 %
Black or African American alone
103,34250.60 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
7050.35 %
Asian alone
4,7502.33 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
1580.08 %
Some Other Race alone
7,3313.59 %
Two or More races
4,6402.27 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin

Not Hispanic or Latino
191,41193.73 %
Hispanic or Latino
12,8036.27 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin by Race

Not Hispanic or Latino
191,41193.73 %
White alone
79,81341.70 %
Black or African American alone
102,26453.43 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
5140.27 %
Asian alone
4,6792.44 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
930.05 %
Some Other Race alone
3670.19 %
Two or More races
3,6811.92 %
Hispanic or Latino
12,8036.27 %
White alone
3,47527.14 %
Black or African American alone
1,0788.42 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
1911.49 %
Asian alone
710.55 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
650.51 %
Some Other Race alone
6,96454.39 %
Two or More races
9597.49 %

Median Age by Sex

Both sexes

Household Type

Family households
41,30447.39 %
Husband-wife family
20,91450.63 %
Other family
20,39049.37 %
Male householder, no wife present
3,95519.40 %
Female householder, no husband present
16,43580.60 %
Nonfamily households
45,84752.61 %
Householder living alone
33,02972.04 %
Householder not living alone
12,81827.96 %

Geographical and Cultural Features and Landmarks in the Richmond city - including Historical Features

Distance is calculated from the Richmond city center coordinates

Distance limit:

Random list of Geographic Features located within the radius of 3 miles from the Richmond city center


  • Chippenham Hospital Heliport [2.84 mi] [4.58 km]


  • Richmond Fire Department Station 8 [4.1 mi] [6.59 km]
  • Saint Francis Home Assisted Living Facility [1.53 mi] [2.47 km]
  • Richmond Fire Department Station 13 and Rescue 3 [2.27 mi] [3.66 km]
  • Helping Hand Home for Adults Assisted Living Facility [1.75 mi] [2.82 km]
  • Hull Street Branch Richmond Public Library [1.81 mi] [2.92 km]
  • Ruxton of Westover Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center [0.8 mi] [1.29 km]
  • Richmond Fire Department Station 20 [0.94 mi] [1.51 km]
  • Westover Hills Branch Richmond Public Library [0.97 mi] [1.56 km]
  • Forest View Volunteer Rescue Squad Station 1 [1.24 mi] [2 km]
  • Old Dominion Railway Museum [2.24 mi] [3.6 km]
  • Luther Libby Home [3.22 mi] [5.18 km]


  • Community Baptist Church [1.93 mi] [3.1 km]
  • Union Baptist Church [1.97 mi] [3.16 km]
  • Zion Baptist Church [1.77 mi] [2.85 km]
  • Berryman United Methodist Church [1.16 mi] [1.86 km]
  • Forrest Hill Church of Christ [1.01 mi] [1.62 km]
  • Church of Christ [1 mi] [1.61 km]
  • Crestwood Presbyterian Church [2.51 mi] [4.04 km]
  • Cathedral of Life United Holiness Church [1.91 mi] [3.07 km]
  • Westover Baptist Church [1.19 mi] [1.91 km]
  • First Baptist Church of South Richmond [1.84 mi] [2.96 km]
  • Narroway True Holiness Church [1.97 mi] [3.17 km]
  • Woodland Heights Baptist Church [1.02 mi] [1.64 km]
  • Saint Lukes Episcopal Church [1.66 mi] [2.68 km]
  • Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd [0.87 mi] [1.4 km]
  • Jerusalem Holy Church [2.04 mi] [3.28 km]
  • Jerusalem Holy Church [2.03 mi] [3.27 km]
  • Cathedral Outreach Mission [1.77 mi] [2.85 km]
  • Jahnke Road Baptist Church [1.96 mi] [3.15 km]
  • Greater Brook Road Baptist Church [1.1 mi] [1.76 km]
  • Faith Harvest International Church [2.16 mi] [3.48 km]
  • Tower of Deliverance Church of God in Christ [1.63 mi] [2.62 km]
  • Richmond Christian Center [1.62 mi] [2.61 km]
  • Church of God of Prophecy [1.93 mi] [3.11 km]
  • Forest Hill Presbyterian Church [0.81 mi] [1.3 km]
  • New Canaan Baptist Church [0.95 mi] [1.53 km]
  • New Day Church of God [2.03 mi] [3.27 km]
  • Community Baptist Church [1.86 mi] [2.99 km]
  • Manchester Methodist Church (historical) [2.01 mi] [3.24 km]
  • Bainbridge Street Baptist Church [1.82 mi] [2.93 km]
  • Central United Methodist Church [1.72 mi] [2.77 km]
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church [1.61 mi] [2.58 km]
  • Westover Hills United Methodist Church [0.79 mi] [1.28 km]
  • Bethany Christian Church Disciples of Christ [1.31 mi] [2.1 km]
  • Mount Carmel Baptist Church [3.51 mi] [5.64 km]
  • Granite Church (historical) [1.39 mi] [2.24 km]


  • Interchange 73 [2.76 mi] [4.43 km]


  • Lake Page Dam [3.31 mi] [5.32 km]
  • Hollywood Power Plant Dam [1.01 mi] [1.62 km]


  • Chimborazo Military Hospital (historical) [3.56 mi] [5.73 km]


  • Parkway Plaza Shopping Center [2.17 mi] [3.49 km]
  • Rocketts Landing [3.23 mi] [5.2 km]
  • Hull Street Station [2.21 mi] [3.56 km]
  • Richmond Dueling Grounds (historical) [3.37 mi] [5.42 km]


  • Confederate Navy Yard (historical) [3.09 mi] [4.97 km]


  • Powhatan Playground [3.96 mi] [6.37 km]
  • Carter Jones Park [1.35 mi] [2.17 km]
  • Forest Hill Park [0.85 mi] [1.36 km]
  • Powhite Park [2.92 mi] [4.69 km]
  • Washington Square Park [1.98 mi] [3.19 km]
  • Great Shiplock Park [3.08 mi] [4.96 km]
  • Chimborazo Park [3.56 mi] [5.73 km]
  • Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument [3.28 mi] [5.28 km]
  • Libby Terrace Park [3.23 mi] [5.2 km]

Populated Place

  • Glen Echo Place [3.34 mi] [5.38 km]
  • Woodland Park [1.17 mi] [1.88 km]
  • Westover Heights [2.64 mi] [4.25 km]
  • Manchester [1.89 mi] [3.04 km]
  • Westover Gardens [2.73 mi] [4.39 km]
  • South Richmond [2 mi] [3.22 km]
  • Crestwood Farms [3.7 mi] [5.96 km]
  • Westover Hills [0.92 mi] [1.48 km]
  • Westlake Hills [2.33 mi] [3.75 km]

Post Office

  • Forest Hill Station Richmond Post Office [2.88 mi] [4.64 km]
  • Hull Street Station Richmond Post Office [1.78 mi] [2.86 km]


  • Lake Page [3.4 mi] [5.46 km]
  • Lake Page [3.31 mi] [5.32 km]


  • Commonwealth Christian Academy [1.64 mi] [2.64 km]
  • Elizabeth D Redd Elementary School [1.8 mi] [2.9 km]
  • Patrick Henry Elementary School [1.1 mi] [1.77 km]
  • Blackwell Elementary School [2.05 mi] [3.3 km]
  • Community Training Center [1.5 mi] [2.41 km]
  • Blackwell Primary School [2.08 mi] [3.35 km]
  • Fulton Elementary School [4.06 mi] [6.53 km]
  • Richmond Waldorf School [1.16 mi] [1.87 km]
  • Good Shepherd Episcopal School [0.89 mi] [1.42 km]
  • Genesis Preparatory Academy [1.63 mi] [2.63 km]
  • Bainbridge School [1.69 mi] [2.72 km]
  • Davis School [4.01 mi] [6.46 km]
  • German School (historical) [1.98 mi] [3.19 km]
  • Westover Hills Elementary School [1.14 mi] [1.83 km]
  • Lucille M Brown Middle School [2.18 mi] [3.51 km]
  • Sacred Heart Child Day Center [1.65 mi] [2.66 km]
  • Crestwood Elementary School [3.38 mi] [5.44 km]
  • Onslow Minnis Middle School [3.97 mi] [6.39 km]
  • Franklin Military Academy [3.97 mi] [6.38 km]


  • Gillie Creek [3.27 mi] [5.27 km]
  • Reedy Creek [0.62 mi] [0.99 km]
  • Walker Creek [2.72 mi] [4.38 km]

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