Richmond, VA
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Richmond is a relatively large city located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 220,289 people and 107 constituent neighborhoods, Richmond is the fifth largest community in Virginia.

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 professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Richmond who work in office and administrative support (12.87%), sales jobs (10.57%), and management occupations (9.69%).

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 a nice balance between life in a moderately big city and the interesting diversions and culture that come from having a big college student population. The thousands of students who arrive on campus every fall will find that Richmond has plenty of amenities and opportunities for them, while residents of Richmond enjoy the lectures, music, art, and economic trickle-down that colleges typically provide. "Town and Gown" complement each other in Richmond.

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 population of Richmond is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 35.38% of adults in Richmond have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Richmond in 2010 was $27,860, which is upper middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $111,440 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 Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Richmond include German, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.

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