Nicknamed RVA and the River City, Richmond is the state capital for Virginia and is America’s 17th-most highly populated state capital city. Virginia’s capital was named after an affluent suburban town just southeast of London in the United Kingdom.
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.
Virginia shipped U$16.442 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value Virginian exports are soya beans, electronic integrated circuits memory, coal, printer and copier parts or accessories, bleached Kraft paper, civilian aircraft, semi-trailer road tractors and tobacco according to United States Census Bureau data.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Richmond was 4% as of May 3, 2017.
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: 223,170 (Richmond city limits)
Density: 3,571 people per square mile (1,378 per square kilometer)
Population: 1,263,617 (Greater Richmond metropolitan area)
Density: 592 people per square mile (228 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$74.109 billion as of March 2015 (Greater Richmond metropolitan area)
GDP per person: $58,648
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). Accessed on May 31, 2017
Dilemma X, U.S. Census Bureau metropolitan population estimates July 1, 2016. Accessed on May 31, 2017
Forbes Global 2000, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on May 31, 2017
Guinness World Records, Video challenge: American man breaks record for highest note whistled – how high can you go?. Accessed on May 31, 2017
Nations Online, Capital Cities of the USA. Accessed on May 31, 2017
Official Government Website, City of Richmond official website. Accessed on May 31, 2017
United States Census Bureau, Foreign Trade: State by 6-Digit HS Code and Top Countries. Accessed on May 31, 2017
United States Census Bureau, State Population Totals Tables: 2010-2016. Accessed on May 31, 2017
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates. Accessed on May 31, 2017
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only). Accessed on May 31, 2017
Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Community Profile: Greater Richmond, Virginia (See page 2). Accessed on May 31, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, Richmond city flag. Accessed on May 31, 2017
Wikipedia, Richmond, Virginia. Accessed on May 31, 2017
Wikipedia, Greater Richmond Region. Accessed on May 31, 2017
Wikipedia, Virginia. Accessed on May 31, 2017
Within city limits, Richmond occupies 62.5 square miles (162 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 223,170 Richmonders in 2016.
Also called the Greater Richmond Region, Richmond-Peterson or Central Virginia, the Richmond metropolitan area has a land area of 2,136 square miles (5,532.2 square kilometers) with a metropolitan area population of 1.264 million inhabitants.
At the city level, Richmond’s population density is 3,571 residents per square mile (1,378 per square kilometer).
Population density dilutes within the larger Richmond metropolitan area with an average 592 inhabitants per square mile (228 per square kilometer).
Richmonders celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.