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, Richmond isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Richmond are a mix 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%).

Richmond is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

In Richmond, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 34.55 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Richmond is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Richmond, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Richmond's cultural character, accounting for 35.27% of the city’s population.

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