Richmond is a medium-sized city located in the state of Kentucky. With a population of 34,652 people and 14 constituent neighborhoods, Richmond is the seventh largest community in Kentucky.
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 sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Richmond who work in sales jobs (12.61%), office and administrative support (12.29%), and food service (10.70%).
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 a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Richmond have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Richmond’s economy is one such example of this.
Many people in Richmond take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Richmond citizens for affordable transportation.
The education level of Richmond citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 32.49% of adults in Richmond have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Richmond in 2010 was $19,038, which is middle income relative to Kentucky, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $76,152 for a family of four. However, Richmond contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Richmond also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 32.56% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Richmond is a somewhat 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. Important ancestries of people in Richmond include German, English, Scottish, and Scots-Irish.
The most common language spoken in Richmond is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.