Richmond, VA
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Richmond is a relatively large city located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 223,170 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.

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.

A lot of people in Richmond take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Richmond, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.

The education level of Richmond citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 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 German, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.

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