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 109,708 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 (11.33%), sales jobs (9.51%), and maintenance occupations (8.98%).

Also of interest is that Richmond has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

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.

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 32.34 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Richmond is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the subway helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Richmond area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The percentage of people in Richmond who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 25.65% of adults in Richmond have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Richmond in 2010 was $25,769, 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 $103,076 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. The greatest number of Richmond residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Richmond also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 40.59% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Richmond include Irish, English, Italian, and African.

Richmond also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 32.39%.

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