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Richlands, Virginia - Basic Facts

The Town of Richlands had a population of 5,897 as of July 1, 2015. Richlands ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Virginia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Richlands is located at latitude 37.088 and longitude -81.8104 in Tazewell County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Richlands (see map below) encompass a land area of 5.72 sq. miles and a water area of 0.05 sq. miles. Tazewell County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,932 feet.

The Town of Richlands (GNIS ID: 2391387) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Richlands population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Richlands: Richland.

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Richlands, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 5,897
Population in Households 5,878
Population in Familes 4,687
Population in Group Qrtrs 19
Population Density1 1,031
Diversity Index2 7


Total Households 2,605
Average Household Size 2.26
Family Households 1,661
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,979 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,653 (55.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 952 (32.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 374 (12.6%)
Median Home Value $134,773
Average Home Value $155,868


Median Household Income $30,951
Average Household Income $47,549
Per Capita Income $20,903
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.24% 0.21%
Households 0.39% 0.26%
Families 0.34% 0.12%
Median Household Income   2.99%
Per Capita Income   3.08%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

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Richlands, VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Richlands to the other 591 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2015 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 179 70th
Population Density1 # 238 60th
Diversity Index2 # 566 4th
Median Household Income # 546 8th
Per Capita Income # 410 31st

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Virginia Census Data Comparison Tool.