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.

Richmond is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.07% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. 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 (12.53%), sales jobs (10.55%), and management occupations (9.96%).

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.

Combining city textures and college town sensibilities, Richmond really has a nice blend of characteristics. While not a huge city, Richmond is big enough to offer a healthy dose of diversion, opportunity, and amenity to its residents and to the thousands of college students who descend on it every fall. Its size and diversity makes Richmond more than just a college town, but removing the students from the equation would undeniably change Richmond’s character and quality of life.

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 citizens of Richmond are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 36.05% of adults in Richmond have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Richmond in 2010 was $28,023, which is upper middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $112,092 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.