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Richmond, Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Richmond is the 5th largest city in Virginia with a population of 223,942 as of July 1, 2017. Richmond ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Richmond is located at latitude 37.5314 and longitude -77.476 in Richmond (city) County. The formal boundaries for the City of Richmond (see map below) encompass a land area of 59.82 sq. miles and a water area of 2.66 sq. miles. Richmond (city) County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 210 feet.

The City of Richmond (GNIS ID: 1789073) has a C7 Census Class Code which indicates an incorporated place that is independent of any county. 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 Richmond population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Richmond: Manchester, None Such, Richmond City, Shoccoe's, Shockoe.

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Richmond, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 223,942
Daytime Population: Workers 178,268
Daytime Population: Residents 117,099
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 295,367
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.32
Population in Households 210,424
Population in Familes 131,838
Population in Group Qrtrs 13,518
Population Density2 3,743
Diversity Index3 64


Median Household Income $39,550
Average Household Income $62,506
Per Capita Income $27,476


Total Housing Units 107,319 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 37,938 (35.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 57,064 (53.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 12,317 (11.5%)
Median Home Value $203,425
Average Home Value $286,590


Total Households 95,002
Average Household Size 2.21
Family Households 44,219
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.28% 1.21%
Households 1.19% 1.21%
Families 0.94% 1.04%
Median Household Income   0.93%
Per Capita Income   2.46%

Richmond, VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Richmond to the other 593 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 5 99th
Population Density # 61 90th
Diversity Index # 107 82nd
Median Household Income # 447 25th
Per Capita Income # 272 54th

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