Key findings

  • Richmond has a Livability Score of 72/100, which is considered excellent
  • Richmond crime rates are 96% higher than the Virginia average
  • Cost of living in Richmond is 6% lower than the Virginia average
  • Richmond real estate prices are 20% lower than the Virginia average
  • Rental prices in Richmond are 19% lower than the Virginia average

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      Richmond, VA

      Richmond, Virginia, is the state's capital city, and it has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years thanks to a smart urban revitalization plan led by the local government. The resurgence of the central business district has seen an influx of exciting restaurants, locally owned shops, and great nightlife spots that are bringing people back to the city in droves. With a population of over 200,000, the city is home to two major universities. Both the Richmond Spiders and Virginia Commonwealth Rams have large campuses in the heart of the city. Richmond enjoys a reputation as one of the best academic institutions in the state.

      Mayomont is perhaps the most well-known residence in the Richmond area, and the home's historic character has been carefully preserved to give today's visitors a true feel for what life was like in Richmond during tobacco's leading days. You can tour the grounds and gardens on your own or take a guided tour of the entire estate to gain a greater appreciate for this landmark. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts showcases a great display of works from some of this era's most popular and influential artists. It is an attraction that can easily take up a full afternoon for those who appreciate modern art. Touring the Virginia State Capitol Building is another attraction that should be high on the list for anyone who is relocating to the area in search of a home to buy or rent.

      The Fan District, Oregon Hill, and Ginter Park are some of the nicer areas in the city for those who are in the market. Crime is a problem in certain parts of Richmond, so you will want to make sure that you work with a realtor who knows the area if this is a concern for you. The cost of homes in Richmond is much lower than what you will find in the northern half of the state. This lets homeowners find a number of beautiful Victorian homes in their budget.

      Traffic in Richmond can be heavy at times, but it is still relatively light in comparison to what you will find as your travel north up Interstate 95. The Greater Richmond Transit Company offers public transit service to those who choose to ditch their car for a more environmentally friendly commute. Richmond also has a large number of paths for cyclists. In fact, the city has even hosted a World Cycling Championship Event in the recent past.

      Capital One Financial, the VCU Health System, and the public school district are some of the largest employers in the city. State government naturally has a large number of jobs as well given that Richmond is the capital city.

      Top Rated Schools in Richmond

      Name Grades Students Proficiency
      Nuckols Farm Elementary SchoolPK - 559996%
      Richmond Community High9 - 1223695%
      Tuckahoe Elementary SchoolPK - 565894%
      Mills E. Godwin High9 - 121,82894%
      Open High9 - 1218194%
      Gayton Elementary SchoolPK - 554493%
      Pocahontas Middle6 - 897992%
      Short Pump Elementary SchoolPK - 556792%
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      Richmond Reviews

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      This is a racist place
      I moved here from Alabama (known for racism). When I came to Richmond, I expected this place to be less racist and more tolerant but I have had many racist experiences here from white people. In fact, I would say the racism is just about the same as Alabama. Furthermore, I find myself very bored in this city. I always find myself traveling to other cities such as D.C. I can't wait to leave this place and finally find a place that is not filled with racist people.
      13 -29
      Lots to Offer
      Richmond's main attraction is the quality of life available. I live outside of the city on acreage, but can be anywhere in a half hour drive. We have many of the benefits of a big city with less of the hassles. LOTS of things to do on weekends....activities on the James River,Monument 10K, Shamrock the Block, Folk Festival, food trucks at Hardywood Brewery, summer concerts at Innsbruck. Plus we are a short drive from beach, mountains, or DC. Easy train ride to DC or NYC. The restaurant scene in the city is outstanding. And not just high end places...lots of delicious offerings for all budgets. Plenty of variety and creativity in the dining here. Affordable housing both in city limits and outside. New places right in the city popping up every day. Warehouses turning into very cool loft apartments. All the shopping you could need.One of my favorite parts of Richmond is the diversity. It's a great town for millennials and families. Fantastic churches where we all come together. Come visit Hill City Church.....not just old white people. Mainly young people of all different races. Love it.That being said, anyone who lives in Richmond should read "Richmond's Unhealed History." This is the former capitol of the Confederacy and the racial wounds are deep. The economic disparity lives on. Poverty in Richmond is real and small pockets of Richmond contain some of the mostly deeply impoverished people in the U.S. Of course, this isn't unique to our city. Finally, traffic around Richmond on I-95 is a bear during the summer. I-95 connects the entire East Coast so woe to you if you have drive on it on a Sunday afternoon. My family strategically avoids it as much as possible. And Richmond is 100 percent a driving culture. It would be difficult to live here without a car.
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      Where dreams go to die
      Moving from DC to Richmond was the worst thing that ever happened to me in my life. If you are looking for a great environment, greater job opportunities, and a high education, you won't find it here. This city is where people's hopes, dreams, and life aspirations go to die. Anyone who says otherwise is lying straight to your face, and is more than likely a long time resident, as the half-wit people of Richmond like to pretend the city isn't a rotting cesspool. If you are thinking about moving here, don't. For the love of everything in this universe, don't. If you are currently living in Richmond, get out while you still can. This place is a dead end city.
      7 -25
      Stay away from downtown
      I just had the most frustrating experience of all of my travels to experience the Civil War history. The only reason is the City of Richmond. STAY OUTSIDE OF DOWNTOWN - DON'T STAY IN THE CITY. The amenities are over rated and expensive. The hotels (Berkeley) are presented as historic. They are just OLD and you will feel it. Parking is non existent. The parking police lurk behind trees waiting for you to step away a moment. Areas around the museum aren't safe.STAY IN THE BURBS AND DRIVE IN. KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE, YOUR EXPERIENCE POSITIVE. STAY AWAY.
      3 -5
      Richmond, VA: Rich in Nature and Fun
      Richmond, VA is a fun and exciting city to live in, with lots of historical sites nearby. I love this city because of its subtropical weather, it has hot summers and short, milder winters making the city quite sunny and warm all year round. Since my family moved to Richmond from New York, we were glad to be waking up to warm, sunny mornings instead of cold grey ones on most days. Richmond is definitely much cheaper than New York as far as social spending is concerned and offers all kinds of cuisines, including delicious and affordable Greek and Chinese restaurants, plus lots of entertainment and natural space.

      Shopping in Richmond offers lots of variety, there are several branded stores here including a huge apple store and branded wear including Louis Vuitton and Coach. Richmond has lots of smaller shopping strips and 6 huge malls, Chesterfield Towne Center, Regency Square, Stony Point Fashion Park, Short Pump Town Center, Virginia Center Commons, and Southpark Mall. I find the shopping here pretty decent although the malls are not as glamorous or provide as much variety as malls in New York.

      There are many things to do over the weekend and the great thing about Richmond is that entertainment is quite affordable and there are always coupons and discounts that can be availed at the Virginia Museum of Arts and the Maymont Center. Richmond is also very green and walking to the nearest stores and centers in the residential areas is quite safe and fun and the communities are quite close knit and have local churches, schools and clubs. There are several parks and trails that make the city a great place to live for families. For those who enjoy night life, Richmond has quite a few restaurants and coffee shops open around the clock. There are quite a few night clubs and live music restaurants including a must try on Walnut Aly called Alley Katz.
      7 -1
      Richmond, Virginia - A Great Place to Live
      The city of Richmond is not only the capital of the state of Virginia, it is also one of the most historic cities in all of America. But is has also been called the perfect blend of old and new by the residents who love living there. Currently, Richmond has become a large cosmopolitan center. The city of Richmond offers so many opportunities to see great attractions in entertainment and other areas. One option for visitors is to take a relaxing cruise along the scenic James River. The "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech of Patrick Henry is always a huge draw for history buffs. Richmond has some buildings with rich history like the Berkeley Plantation, which was actually the home of signer of the Declaration of Independence and Virginia Governor, Benjamin Harrison, and his son President William Henry Harrison. Also, Maymont is the only Victorian estate in the country that is still fully intact.

      Richmond is a large, bustling city that, unlike most other American cities, also has a rich history, great attractions and restaurants that adds to living in or visiting the city.
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      Source: The Richmond, VA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).