Income/capita NAT. AVG.
Household income NAT. AVG.
Unemployment NAT. AVG.
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Income per capita$29,011$34,967$29,829
Median household income$41,187$66,149$55,322
Median income owner occupied$67,516$82,180$70,586
Median income renter occupied$28,870$42,481$35,192
Median earnings male$28,684$41,712$36,919
Median earnings female$24,608$29,664$26,250
Unemployment rate5.9%3.8%4.7%
Poverty level25.4%11.4%15.1%

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Key findings

  • The income per capita in Richmond is 3% lower than the national average
  • The median household income in Richmond is 26% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Richmond is 27% higher than the national average
  • The poverty level in Richmond is 68% higher than the national average

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      $27,455 $41,187 $82,374
      $44,094 $66,149 $132,298
      $36,877 $55,322 $110,644
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      Richmond median earnings by income bracket

      Richmond employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry9.0%0.8%
      Manufacturing sector6.7%0.3%
      Financial & insurance services6.2%6.3%
      Wholesale & retail services13.1%11.8%
      Public administration5.1%5.6%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities5.6%2.5%
      Education, health & social services17.1%36.8%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      City Population Household Income National Avg.
      Wyndham, VA10,097$145,464162.9%
      Short Pump, VA27,099$111,296101.2%
      Woodlake, VA7,172$98,13577.4%
      Chamberlayne, VA6,086$85,37054.3%
      Innsbrook, VA7,707$84,07252.0%
      Richmond, VA216,773$41,18725.6%

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      City Population Household Income National Avg.
      Richmond Hill, ON215,407n/a 
      Boise, ID218,677$52,2495.6%
      San Bernardino, CA214,581$38,45630.5%
      Des Moines, IA212,859$48,08813.1%
      Birmingham, AL212,424$32,40441.4%
      Richmond, VA216,773$41,18725.6%
      Source: The Richmond, VA employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).