Moving to Richmond

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

Outdoors activities

  • Class III & IV urban rapids in the entire country, in our mighty James River.
  • Dominion Riverrock in Richmond VA is the nation’s best outdoor and music festival. It includes rock climbing, concerts, mountain biking, trail running and an adventure race.
  • Bike trails: Capital and Greenway trails.
  • Monument 10K in April
  • Segway tour Richmond
  • Richmond Garden Trail
  • Richmond Liberty Trail

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

  • Richmond is a "Top 10 City for Global Trade" in the United States by Global Trade Magazine, September 2016.
  • Richmond named one of "20 best places in America to start a business", by, August 2016.
  • Richmond named among "America's 50 best running cities", by Runner's World, August 2016.
  • Richmond named a "top city for creatives", by Thrillist, July 2016.
  • Richmond number 7 on Travel + Leisure’s "America’s Favorite Places" survey, May 2016
  • Richmond was named "the modern cultural capital of the South" by Men's Journal, April 2016.
  • Virginia is 5th best state for retirement, by, March 2016. 
  • Richmond ranked in the top "Best Places to Live in the USA" by U.S. News, March 2016. 
  • Richmond ranked among "The 10 trendiest U.S. cities that you can still afford to buy in", by, March 2016.
  • Richmond named a top destination for food travel in 2016, by National Geographic, January 2016.
  • Richmond ranked at No. 3 on international list of Best Places to Travel in 2016, Travel + Leisure magazine, November 2015.
  • Richmond ranked as the "Most Artistic Mid-Sized City in America," according to Gogobot study, November 2015.
  • Richmond listed third on the "The Top 10 Cities for Millennial Entrepreneurs," by Thumbtack, September 2015.
  • Richmond ranked 3rd on the "10 Best Places to Start a Business," Inc. magazine, Aug. 2015.
  • Virginia ranked No. 4, "Best State to Make a Living" in 2015, by, June 2015.

Vibrant arts scene

  • Richmond Jazz Fest. The Richmond Jazz Festival is renowned for its dynamic, lively atmosphere, appetizing cuisine and phenomenal lineup with some of the best in jazz, funk and blues, and it attracts over 10,000 fans each year.
  • Richmond Folk Festival. Celebrate the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional crafts, storytelling and food.
  • VCU annual French Film Festival
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
  • ArtoberVA is a month-long celebration of arts and culture held each year in October, in conjunction with National Arts and Humanities month.
  • Edgar Allen Poe museum. Poe’s life, legacy and works.
  • RVA Street Art festival

For the love of food

  • Fire, Flour & Fork. A four day gathering for the food curious. This is Richmond’s largest food event of the year.
  • Broad Appetit on Broad Street. Features small plates from the best local restaurants the Richmond region has to offer.
  • Richmond Annual Bacon Festival.
  • Richmond Real Food Tour. On Carystreet.


  • Richmond’s Magazine 25 Best Restaurants in 2015:
    • Peter Chang China Café
    • Pasture
    • Buckhead’s
    • Heritage
    • Enoteca Sogno
    • Mama J’s
    • Bistro Bobette
    • Lemaire
    • Edo’s Squid
    • Julep’s
    • Saison
    • The Roosevelt
    • Sapori Ristorante
    • Stella’s
    • Maya Mexican Grill
    • Patina Restaurant
    • Tazza Kitchen
    • Amuse
    • Secco Wine Bar
    • Dutch & Co
    • Lehja Indian Delicious
    • Rappahannock
    • Acacia mid-town

      Noteworthy mentions:

    • Pearly’s
    • Taste of India
    • Carena’s
    • Pescado’s
    • Maple & Pine
    • Kuba Kuba Dos
    • Vagabond
    • Be sure to try Shyndigz for freshly made desserts!


Nearby places

  • Shenandoah. The Shenandoah Valley is a beautiful stretch of land in West Virginia and Virginia, bordered by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Appalachians. Take this opportunity to hike part of the Appalachian trail.
  • Washington DC. A great list of things to do: Visit the Capitol Building, the Washington Monument, the White House, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Colonial Williamsburg. Colonial Williamsburg is a lively community returned to its 18th-century appearance.
  • Virginia Beach. Great coastal restaurants, music & fireworks on the beach during the summer, lively boardwalk, adventure park zip-lines and indoor skydiving.