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A+ Richmond Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C- Richmond Cost of Living Cost of living is 7% lower than Virginia
100same as the US average
1088% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Richmond cost of living
C- Richmond Crime Total crime is 60% higher than Virginia
Total crime
3,19816% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3216% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-28%Year over year crime is down
Richmond crime
D- Richmond Employment Household income is 38% lower than Virginia
Median household income
$41,18726% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$29,0113% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%27% higher than the US average
Richmond employment
D+ Richmond Housing Home value is 20% lower than Virginia
Median home value
$199,3008% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$9163% lower than the US average
Home ownership
41%35% lower than the US average
Richmond real estate or Richmond rentals
B+ Richmond Schools HS graduation rate is 7% lower than Virginia
High school grad. rates
79%5% lower than the US average
School test scores
64%31% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:112% lower than the US average
Richmond K-12 schools or Richmond colleges

Living in Richmond, VA

Richmond, Virginia is a highly populated city with a population of 216,773 people. In Richmond, there are 3,618 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. Richmond is mostly populated by White (44%) and Black or African American (49%) ethnic groups. Richmond tends to attract a younger crowd, as the median age of 33 is far below the national average.

Without the right tools, moving to any new town can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Richmond, Virginia could be a good experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like cost of living, weather, education, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Richmond and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Richmond to Virginia and the national average.

Using data and statistics Richmond has received a livability score of 75/100. This score is ranked in the 83rd percentile when compared to all other cities. This is a phenomenal score, as Richmond ranks well in multiple categories! If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Richmond has higher than average grades for the following: amenities (A+) and education (B+). There is at least one category that you should be aware of in Richmond. The following was graded with a concerning score: employment (D-).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Richmond on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Maymont, and The Museum of the Confederacy.

Unemployment rates can range pretty dramatically from one city to another. Knowing that Richmond has an unemployment rate of 0.21% probably means that there are ample job opportunities for you to consider as it is far below the national average.

Assuming that Richmond meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Richmond. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Richmond are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Richmond come in at $199,300, which is 19.8% lower than the Virginia average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Richmond, the home price to income ratio is 4.8, which is 26.3% higher than the Virginia average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Richmond will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Richmond, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 11.9%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 7.6%.

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Compare Richmond, VA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Richmond, VA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Edgewood, Richmond832.8780
Stratford Hills, Richmond825.32,786
University Of Richmond, Richmond826.21,839
Mary Munford, Richmond813.71,463
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Carillon, Richmond812.7560
Colonial Place, Richmond813.72,098
Malvern Gardens, Richmond813.51,494
Sauer's Gardens, Richmond813.51,042

Best Cities Near Richmond, VA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Short Pump, VA8612.927,099
Woodlake, VA8615.67,172
Innsbrook, VA85117,707
Brandermill, VA8513.913,616
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Manchester, VA84210,927
Rockwood, VA847.17,882
Bon Air, VA837.516,957
King and Queen Court House, VA8231.7110
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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.
  • 3 -5
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.
  • 6 0
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.
  • 4 -10
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.
  • 1 -2
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.
  • 2 -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.
  • 2 0
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