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moving to Richmond

We hope you'll agree that life in Richmond offers families of all sizes a unique quality of life. You can learn more about the capital region in this section.

a blend of history, arts and modern amenities

Not many cities can boast the rich blend of history, arts and modern amenities that can be found in Richmond, Virginia. Add to that a laid-back lifestyle, vibrant neighborhoods, a strong business community, an ideal location and temperate weather, and you’ve found the "best medium-sized city in the South."

recent accolades

  • Virginia is the #1 Best State to do Business In (for the third year in a row) — Forbes, August 2008

  • Richmond is the seventh Best Place for Business & Careers Among the 200 Largest Metro Areas - Forbes, April 2008

  • Money magazine named Richmond, VA "the best medium-sized city in the South in which to live."

  • In 2005, the Richmond Region was ranked 23rd on Inc. magazine's list of America's top 25 large metro areas for doing business.

  • Richmond is one of the South's Top 10 Places for the Creative Class — Southern Business & Development, Winter 2007

  • The Richmond area is a Five-Star Metro Area for Knowledge Workers — Expansion Management, April 12, 2007

  • The Richmond region is one of the top five Best Places to Live and Work in America according to BestJobsUSA.com.

a great location

Within two hours of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, Richmond is not only centrally located in Virginia, but also along the East Coast. In fact, it is the middle point between Boston and Atlanta. More than 50 percent of the country’s population is within a 750-mile radius.

The Greater Richmond Region is comprised of the city of Richmond and three surrounding counties with the following approximate populations:

  • City of Richmond: 205,533

  • Chesterfield: 320,277

  • Hanover: 100,342

  • Henrico: 310,445

  • Other Outlying Counties: 304,300

This compares with a statewide population of approximately 7.5 million people.

With a premier location, residents can travel easily, but most people find everything they enjoy close to home. Richmond offers a myriad of arts and entertainment venues, professional and college sports, friendly neighborhoods, historic sites and trendy shopping venues.

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