Richmond, CA
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Richmond is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 110,040 people and 24 constituent neighborhoods, Richmond is the 61st largest community in California.

Housing costs in Richmond are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Richmond is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Richmond is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Richmond who work in office and administrative support (12.78%), sales jobs (9.37%), and maintenance occupations (9.04%).

One of the nice things about Richmond is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

One downside of living in Richmond is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Richmond, the average commute to work is 34.55 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Richmond use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Richmond‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the subway. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The percentage of people in Richmond who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 27.26% of adults in Richmond have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Richmond in 2010 was $27,812, which is middle income relative to California, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $111,248 for a family of four. However, Richmond contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Richmond is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Richmond home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Richmond, accounting for 42.04% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Richmond residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Richmond include German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.

Richmond also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 35.27%.

The most common language spoken in Richmond is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.