Profile for Richmond, Virginia, VA
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Richmond is an independent city.
It is the state capital and the county seat.
The community was named after town in England
The latitude of Richmond is 37.553N. The longitude is -77.46W.
It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 210 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 194,729.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Richmond demographic reports
Richmond is on the James River
Established by William Byrd II in 1737. Served as Confederate capital from 1861-1865
Public transportation: Greater Richmond Transit Company (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 2,474. The number of murders and homicides was 93. The violent crime rate was 12.4 per 1,000 people.
Ranked fifth most dangerous city in America 2005, by Morgan Quitno Press
Richmond received national attention for October 2002 shooting of a Pennsylvania man outside a local Ponderosa restaurant. The man, one of the victims of the sniper who terrorized suburban Washington, survived
Filming location for:
· 2001 movie, "Hannibal"
· 1991 movie, "True Colors"
Census 2000 highlights: Among major American cities, ranked No. 10 in percentage black population (57.2%)
Well-known residents have included:
· Warren Beatty, actor
· Arthur Ashe, tennis player
· Ray Dandridge, baseball player
· Ellen Glasgow, writer
· Tom Wolfe, author
· Fran Tarkenton, football player, sportscaster
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks, Panera Bread
Local festivals include:
- Down Home Family Reunion - Aug. 17-18, 2007
- Italian Street Festival - Sept. 29-30, 2007
- Que Pasa Festival - Sept. 15, 2007
Dates often change. Check Richmond web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Richmond Symphony, Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation:
James River Park, Pocahontas State Park
Richmond attractions: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Sports teams: Braves (minor league baseball), Kickers (USL soccer), Richmond Renegades (Southern Professional Hockey League)
Historic sites and museums: Museum of the Confederacy, Cold Harbor National Battlefield Park, Richmond National Battlefield Park, Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia, Belle Isle Historic Park
Colleges and universities:
University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Union University
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 136
Riding down to Port Warwick from Richmond, the train begins to pick up speed on the outskirts of the city, past the tobacco factories with their ever-present haze of acrid, sweetish dust and past the rows of uniformly brown clapboard houses which stretch down the hilly street for miles, the hundreds of rooftops all reflecting the pale light of dawn; past the suburban roads still sluggish and sleepy with early morning traffic, and rattling swiftly now over the bridge which separates the last two hills where in the valley below you can see the James River winding beneath its acid-green crust of scum out beside the chemical plants and more rows of clapboard houses and into the woods beyond.
-- Lie Down In Darkness
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Neighborhoods in Richmond include Church Hill ... More neighborhood info
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Sections below provide additional information and links about Richmond demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Richmond City economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Richmond-Petersburg area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 23298 ZIP code.
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Ancestry & family history
7% of Richmond residents report German ancestry, and 6% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Richmond ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Richmond was $20,337, compared with $21,587 nationally.
29% of Richmond residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Richmond festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Down Home Family Reunion - A
- Que Pasa Festival - S
- Italian Street Festival - S
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Historic districts in Richmond include 2900 Block Grove Avenue Historic District, Bon Air Historic District, Boulevard Historic District, Broad Street Commercial Historic District, Carver Industrial Historic District, Church Hill North Historic District, Commonwealth Club Historic District, Fan Area Historic District, Ginter Park Historic District, Jackson Ward Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Richmond, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $452. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $951.
Libraries in Richmond include Belmont Library, Bon Air Library, Broad Rock Library, Dumbarton Area Library, East End Library, Fairfield Area Library, Gayton Branch Library, Ginter Park Library, Hull Street Library, La Prade Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Richmond include Times-Dispatch
TV stations in Richmond include WCVE, WCVW, WRLH, WTVR, WWBT.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WCVE-FM.
Richmond City supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Richmond political report.
Richmond restaurants taking online reservations include Copper Grill - Richmond, Lemaire at the Jefferson Hotel, Morton's, the Steakhouse - Richmond, Old Original Bookbinder's Richmond, The Melting Pot - Richmond, TJ's at the Jefferson Hotel ... View restaurants
The average commute time for Richmond workers is 22 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 50 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Richmond between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 2.5 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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“ Riding down to Port Warwick from Richmond, the train begins to pick up speed on the outskirts of the city, past the tobacco factories with their ever-present haze of acrid, sweetish dust and past the rows of uniformly brown clapboard houses which stretch down the hilly street for miles, the hundreds of rooftops all reflecting the pale light of dawn; past the suburban roads still sluggish and sleepy with early morning traffic, and rattling swiftly now over the bridge which separates the last two hills where in the valley below you can see the James River winding beneath its acid-green crust of scum out beside the chemical plants and more rows of clapboard houses and into the woods beyond. ”
~ Lie Down In Darkness
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