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Overview

Introduction to Richmond, Virginia

Incorporated as a city in 1782, Richmond is the capital of Virginia. Richmond is located in eastern Virginia, 60 miles west of the Chesapeake Bay, and 100 miles south of Washington, DC.

In 1607, Captain James Smith and 120 men were the first Europeans to visit the falls on the James River where present day Richmond stands. The first settlement to survive began in 1644, with the construction of Fort Charles. Its inhabitants traded with the Powhatan Indians for pelts and tobacco. The settlement became a town in 1742.

Precipitation is about 43.9 inches per year. Snowfalls average 12.5 inches annually. Temperatures reach 90 degrees an average of 34 days each summer. July average daily high and low temperatures are 87.5 and 68.3 degrees Fahrenheit. January average daily highs and lows are 45.3 and 27.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Richmond, and their lines of business are:

  • Dominion Resources - utilities
  • Genworth Financial - insurance
  • Performance Food Group - wholesale food and grocery
  • The Brink's Company - security
  • CSX - railroad
  • LandAmerica Financial - real estate transaction services
  • Circuit City Group - electronics retailer
  • CarMax - used car retailer

Arts and Leisure

Cultural, Historical and Leisure attractions include:

  • The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
  • The Hand Workshop Art Center
  • The Edgar Allan Poe Museum
  • The Pine Camp Arts & Community Center Gallery
  • The Elegba Folklore Society
  • The Richmond Symphony
  • The Richmond Philharmonic
  • The Richmond Ballet
  • The Virginia Opera
  • The Barksdale Theatre
  • The Firehouse Theater
  • The Landmark Theater
  • The Ethyl Imax Dome and Planetarium
  • The Science Museum of Virginia
  • The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Sports Teams in Richmond include:

  • The Richmond Braves, a Triple A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves
  • The Richmond Kickers of the United Soccer League's Second Division
  • The Richmond Bandits of the American Indoor Football League

People

Total Population 213,735
Male Share of the Population 47.6%
Female Share of the Population 52.4%
Senior Citizens 11.4%
Employed Population 16+ 101,820
Age of the Population 33

Families

% of people married 26.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 36%
Median Earnings25+ $31,453
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,430
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,675

Wealth

Median Family Income $50,307
% Above Poverty Level 74.5%
% Below Poverty Level 25.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 4.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7%
% Using Public Transportation 5.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 41.7%
Median Gross Rent $896
Median House Value $193,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 54.1%
US/American 0%
English 8.3%
Irish 6.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Richmond Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 91 miles NW of Virginia Beach, Virginia
County
Metro Area Richmond - Petersburg
Standard Zip Codes 23219, 23220, 23221, 23222, 23223, 23224, 23225, 23226, 23227, 23228, 23229, 23230, 23231, 23232, 23233, 23234, 23235, 23236, 23237, 23238, 23249, 23250, 23294, 23298
P.O. Box Zip Codes 23173, 23218, 23240, 23241, 23242, 23255, 23260, 23261, 23284, 23285
Company Zip Codes 23269, 23272, 23273, 23274, 23275, 23276, 23278, 23279, 23280, 23282, 23286, 23288, 23289, 23290, 23291, 23292, 23293, 23295, 23297
Phone Area Codes 804
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.55
Longitude -77.47

Richmond Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station RICHMOND BYRD INTL AP
Distance 8.7 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 45 F
Apr Temp 45 to 69 F
Jul Temp 68 to 88 F
Oct Temp 47 to 69 F
Annual Precip 43.9 inches
Station ASHLAND
Distance 13.9 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 46 F
Apr Temp 43 to 70 F
Jul Temp 66 to 87 F
Oct Temp 46 to 69 F
Annual Precip 44 inches
Station CROZIER
Distance 24 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 46 F
Apr Temp 41 to 70 F
Jul Temp 65 to 89 F
Oct Temp 43 to 70 F
Annual Precip 44 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ashland 7,298 $60,357
Colonial Heights 17,515 $63,657
Glen Allen 15,007 $80,319
Hopewell 22,279 $51,489
Mechanicsville 37,210 $86,568
Petersburg 32,123 $38,388

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Richmond Public Libraries

Library
Henrico County Public Library
1001 N. LABURNUM AVENUE
Richmond, Virginia
(804) 222-1643
Library Web Site
Richmond Public Library
101 EAST FRANKLIN STREET
Richmond, Virginia
(804) 646-4256
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Richmond Hospitals

RETREAT HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
2621 GROVE AVENUE
(804) 254-5100
Emergency Service: Yes

BON SECOURS - RICHMOND COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1500 N. 28TH STREET
(804) 225-1700
Emergency Service: Yes

BON SECOURS - ST MARYS HOSPITAL OF RICHMOND
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
5801 BREMO RD
(804) 281-8206
Emergency Service: Yes

HENRICO DOCTORS' HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
1602 SKIPWITH ROAD
(804) 289-4500
Emergency Service: Yes

CJW MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
1401 JOHNSTON WILLIS DRIVE
(804) 323-8800
Emergency Service: Yes

VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY HEALTH SYSTEM
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
1250 EAST MARSHALL STREET
(804) 828-9000
Emergency Service: Yes

Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center
(VA)
1201 Broad Rock Boulevard
(804) 675-5000 or (800) 784-8381
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Richmond High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

HERMITAGE HIGH
8301 HUNGARY SPRING RD
804-756-3000
A Magnet School.
Serves 2,114 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

GODWIN HIGH
2101 PUMP RD
804-750-2600
A Magnet School.
Serves 2,035 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.6

VARINA HIGH
7053 MESSER RD
804-226-8700
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,747 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.5

MONACAN HIGH
11501 SMOKETREE DR
804-378-2480
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,740 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

MEADOWBROOK HIGH
4901 COGBILL RD
804-743-3675
Serves 1,632 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.8

FREEMAN HIGH
8701 THREE CHOPT RD
804-673-3700
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,619 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.3

TUCKER HIGH
2910 PARHAM RD
804-527-4600
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,554 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

HENRICO HIGH
302 AZALEA AVE
804-228-2700
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,470 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.5

HUGUENOT HIGH
7945 FOREST HILL AVE
804-320-7967
Serves 1,209 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

GEORGE WYTHE HIGH
4314 CRUTCHFIELD ST
804-780-5037
A Title I School.
Serves 1,143 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.7

JOHN MARSHALL HIGH
4225 OLD BROOK RD
804-780-6052
Serves 915 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.6

THOMAS JEFFERSON HIGH
4100 W GRACE ST
804-780-6028
Serves 725 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

JOHN F. KENNEDY HIGH
2300 COOL LANE
804-780-4449
A Title I School.
Serves 705 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

ARMSTRONG HIGH
1611 N 31ST ST
804-780-4017
A Title I School.
Serves 603 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

ADULT CAREER DEV. CTR.
119 W LEIGH ST
804-780-4388
A Non-traditional School
Serves 524 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.4

RICHMOND COMMUNITY HIGH
5800 PATTERSON AVE
804-285-1015
Serves 212 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.5

OPEN HIGH
600 S PINE ST
804-780-4661
Serves 177 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

FRANKLIN MILITARY
1611 N 31ST ST
804-780-8526
A Title I School.
Serves 151 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.6

AMELIA STREET SP ED
1821 AMELIA ST
804-780-6275
A Special Education School
Serves 118 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2.3

RICHMOND ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
100 W. BAKER ST.
804-780-4641
A Non-traditional School
Serves 107 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.7

VIRGINIA TREATMENT CTR.
515 N 11TH STREET
804-828-2676
A Special Education School

RICHMOND JUVENILE DETENTION HOME
1700 N. 17TH ST.
804-646-3470
A Non-traditional School

MAGGIE L. WALKER GOV SCH
1000 N. LOMBARDY ST.
804-354-6800
A Magnet School.

RICHMOND HOSPITAL EP.
VMI BDLG
804-828-0426
A Special Education School

HENRICO JUVENILE DETENTION HOME
4201 E. PARHAM RD.
804-556-4214
A Non-traditional School

METRO RICHMOND ALTERNATIVE ED
C/O RICHMOND CITY PUBLIC SCHLS
804-780-7810
A Non-traditional School

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St. Paul's Church c1901.

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St. Paul's Church c1901.

Jefferson Hotel between 1910 and 1920

Hotel Ruegers between 1910 and 1920

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