Richmond, VA
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Richmond is a relatively large city located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 227,032 people and 107 constituent neighborhoods, Richmond is the fifth largest community in Virginia.

Richmond is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (12.58%), management occupations (10.25%), and sales jobs (10.07%).

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 made interesting by being both a reasonably big city and having a major college student population: students here will find that the city provides a lot of amenities, culture, and opportunities for them. Richmond is more than just a college town, however, though the thousands of students certainly are a major part of the character of the city, as well as a contributor to the local economy.

Not only is Richmond a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Richmond is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Richmond a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

Richmond has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Richmond has quite a high level of public transit users. Richmond’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

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: 36.69% of adults in Richmond have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Richmond in 2010 was $29,011, which is upper middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $116,044 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 English, German, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.

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