Nicknames for Richmond include the River City for its proximity to the James River, Fist City for its reputation for violence, or simply the truncated abbreviation RVA. Popular monikers for Richmond are the Old Dominion and Mother of Presidents since many of America’s early presidents were native Virginians.
Richmond has many monuments and memorials notably along its Monument Avenue. Other examples are the Billy “Bojangles” Robinson monument, the 56-bell tower World Ware I Memorial Carillon, and the Virginia War Memorial.
Richmond is susceptible to flooding from the James River, typically caused by hurricanes and tropical storms. Damages to city property can also occur from snow and freezing rain in the winter, and also from severe thunderstorms and infrequent tornadoes during other seasons.
Research website numbeo lacks sufficient data to rank Virginia’s capital city on its comprehensive global quality of life rating which benchmarks 250 cities worldwide. Numbeo does evaluate Richmond on several individual factors. For instance, Richmond ranks well for traffic commute time (fastest 2%), property price to income ratio (lowest 15%) and pollution (cleanest 20%). On the negative side, Richmond rates relatively poorly for health care (worst score), safety (most dangerous 16%) and climate (bottom 43%).
Guinness World Records documents Richmond’s In Your Ear Recording Studios as being the site where American Michael J. Stuart set the record for highest-pitched note ever whistled.
Richmond and its metropolitan area serves as headquarters for four mammoth corporations recognized as belonging to the Forbes Global 2000 world’s biggest companies. These gargantuan businesses are cigarette producer and marketer Altria Group; electric utility Dominion Energy; used-car retailer CarMax; and insurer Genworth Financial.
From an international trade perspective, Virginia exported US$17.915 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2019. Its most valuable exports include coal (11.2% of Virginia’s global total), electronic integrated circuit memories (3.9%), civilian aircraft including engines and other parts (3.4%), road tractors for semi-trailers (2.8%), soya beans (2.7%), printer and copier parts or accessories (2%), non-writing Kraft paper (1.5%), stemmed tobacco (1.3%), cellulose acetate artificial filament (1.2%), solid residues including soya bean oilcake (1.2%) according to United States Census Bureau data.
The non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Richmond was 8.9% at July 2020, up from 3.1% one year earlier.
Capital Facts for Richmond, United States: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Children’s Museum of Richmond, Edgar Allan Poe Museum, Science Museum of Virginia, Siegel Center, The Diamond, Three Lakes Nature Center and Aquarium, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Richmond, United States.
- Shirley MacLaine, Academy Award-winning actress (born Apr. 24, 1934)
- Warren Beatty, Academy Award-winning director & actor (born Mar. 30, 1937)
- Alan Ferguson, music video director (born Aug. 5, 1963)
- D’Angelo, singer-songwriter & music producer (born Feb. 11, 1974)
- Darren Sharper, professional NFL football player (born Nov. 3, 1975)
- Chad Coleman, actor (born Sep. 6, 1974)
- Michael Robinson, professional NFL football player (born Feb. 6, 1983)
- Robert Scianna, world champion cheerleader (born Apr. 15, 1995)
- Aimee Rock, singer-songwriter & guitarist (born Sep. 8, 1960)
- Fran Tarkenton, NFL football quarterback & software executive (born Feb. 3, 1940)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Richmond resident: Richmonder
Population: 232,055 (Richmond) at September 21, 2020
Density: 3,873 people per square mile (1,495 per square kilometer)
Population: 8,626,210 (Virginia) at September 21, 2020
Density: 202 people per square mile (78 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$85.793 billion in 2018 (Richmond)
GDP per person: $67,994
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Richmond: U.S. dollars
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data).
Dilemma X, U.S. Census Bureau metropolitan population estimates July 1, 2016.
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Total Real Gross Domestic Product for Richmond, VA (MSA).
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Unemployment Rate in Richmond, VA (MSA).
Forbes Global 2000, The World’s Biggest Public Companies.
Guinness World Records, Video challenge: American man breaks record for highest note whistled – how high can you go?.
Nations Online, Capital Cities of the USA.
Numbeo, Quality of Life Index by City.
Official Government Website, City of Richmond official website.
United States Census Bureau, Foreign Trade: State by 6-Digit HS Code and Top Countries.
United States Census Bureau, State Population Totals Tables: 2010-2016.
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates.
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only).
Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Community Profile: Greater Richmond, Virginia (See page 2).
Wikimedia Commons, Richmond city flag.
Wikipedia, Richmond, Virginia.
Wikipedia, Greater Richmond Region.
World Population Review, Richmond, Virginia Population.
Richmonders celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.
Richmond’s land area occupies 59.92 square miles (155.2 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 232,055 Richmonders at September 21, 2020.
At the state level, Virginia covers a land area measuring 42,774.2 square miles (110,785.67 square kilometers) home to a population of 8.6 million dwellers.
Richmond’s population density is more concentrated, averaging 3,873 residents per square mile (1,495 per square kilometer).
Zooming out to Virginia’s state boundaries, population density dilutes to an average 202 inhabitants per square mile (78 per square kilometer).