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Richmond- City Information
Richmond is the capital of the state of Virginia. Richmond is the center of the Richmond Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and the Greater Richmond area.
The population was 200,123 in 2007, with an estimated population of 1,212,977 for the Richmond Metropolitan Area making it the third largest in Virginia. As the
capital of Virginia and one of America's most historic cities, Richmond has been called the "perfect blend of old and new." Today, Richmond is a thriving
cosmopolitan center, offering a wealth of cultural, business, entertainment and educational possibilities. Sightseers can set out on a leisurely cruise along the
scenic James River. History buffs can attend a re enactment of Patrick Henry's 'Give me liberty or give me death' speech at St. John's Church or venture back to
the Civil War at Richmond National Battlefield Park, which draws in 200,000+ people annually. Other popular sites include Hollywood Cemetery, Monument Avenue and
the Museum of the Confederacy. As for historic houses, Berkeley Plantation was home to Declaration of Independence signer (and Virginia Governor) Benjamin
Harrison and his son, President William Henry Harrison; and Maymont is the only fully intact Victorian estate in the country. Just a short drive away you'll find
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and Colonial Williamsburg.
The Greater Richmond area was named the third best city for business by MarketWatch in September 2007, ranking behind only the Minneapolis and Denver areas and
just above Boston. The area is home to six Fortune 500 companies, including: electric utility Dominion Resources; CarMax; Owens & Minor; Genworth Financial, the
former insurance arm of GE; MeadWestvaco; and Altria Group. However, only Dominion Resources and MeadWestvaco are headquartered within the city of Richmond; the
others are located in the neighboring counties of Henrico and Hanover. Five Fortune 1000 companies also have their headquarters located in the area. These
include: Brink's; Massey Energy; Universal Corporation; and Markel. Of these, only Massey Energy and Universal Corporation are headquartered within the city of
Richmond. Other Fortune 500 companies, while not headquartered in the area, do have a major presence here. These include SunTrust Bank (based in Atlanta),
Capital One Financial Corporation (officially based in McLean, Virginia, but founded in Richmond with its operations center and most employees in the Richmond
area), and the medical and pharmaceutical giant McKesson (based in San Francisco).
Richmond has a variety of unique and diverse neighborhoods that make up the character of the city. Some unique neighborhoods where you can find apartments to
rent in Richmond and townhomes to rent in Richmond include: Byrd Park, Carver, Carytown Museum District, Church Hill, Court End, East End, The Fan District,
Fulton Hill, Jackson Ward, Manchester, Newtowne West, North Side, Oregon Hill, Randolph, The River District, Shockoe Bottom, Three Corners District, Tobacco Row,
Shockoe Slip, Southside, West End, Union Hill and Westover Hills. All of these neighborhoods are great choices for apartments for rent in Richmond, houses for
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Richmond Culture and Living
Richmond has a significant art community, and the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts is consistently ranked as one of the best in the nation.
In addition to many art venues associated with the university, there are also several attractions nearby, including the Library of Virginia, the Valentine
Richmond History Center, the Virginia Historical Society, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Richmond Symphony, and the Richmond Ballet. The Byrd Theatre in
Carytown is a classical movie theater from the 1920s era that still features second-run movies on a regular basis, and is popular among the college student
population, particularly because of its low ticket price of $1.99. The Science Museum of Virginia, is also located on Broad Street near the Fan district. It is
housed in the neoclassical Union Station, designed by Beaux Arts trained John Russell Pope in 1919. Adjacent to the Science Museum is the Richmond Children's
Museum, a fun-filled museum with many hands-on activities. As the former Capital of the Confederate States of America, Richmond is home to many museums and
battlefields of the American Civil War. The Museum of the Confederacy, located near the Virginia State Capitol and within the Medical College of Virginia Campus
of Virginia Commonwealth University, is in Court End along with the Davis Mansion, also known as the White House of the Confederacy; both today feature a wide
variety of objects and material from the era. Near the riverfront is the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, the Civil War Battlefields National Park
Visitors Center, and the Virginia War Memorial. There is a former slave trail along the river that leads to Ancarrow's Boat Ramp and Historic Site. The National
Park Service's Richmond Civil War Visitor Center, in the Tredegar Iron Works, has three floors of exhibits and artifacts, films, a bookstore, picnic areas and
The city operates one of the oldest municipal park systems in the country. The park system began when the city council voted in 1851 to acquire 7.5 acres, now
known as Monroe Park. Today, Monroe Park sits adjacent to the Virginia Commonwealth University campus and is one of more than 40 parks comprising a total of more
than 1,500 acres.
Several parks are located along the James River, and the James River Parks System offers bike trails, hiking and nature trails, and many scenic overlooks along
the river's route through the city. The mountain bike trail system in James River and Forest Hill parks is considered by professional riders to be one of the best
urban trail systems in the country. The trails are used as part of the Xterra East Championship course for both the running and mountain biking portions of the
off road triathlon.
Richmond Colleges and Universities
The Richmond area has many major institutions of higher education, including Virginia Commonwealth University (public), Stratford University(private),
University of Richmond (private), Virginia Union University (private), Union Theological Seminary & Presbyterian School of Christian Education (private), and the
Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond (private). Several community colleges are found in the metro area, including J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College and
John Tyler Community College (Chesterfield County). In addition, there are several Technical Colleges in Richmond including ITT Technical Institute, ECPI College
of Technology and Beta Tech. Virginia State University is located about 20 miles south of Richmond, in the suburb of Ettrick, just outside of Petersburg.
Randolph Macon College is located about 15 miles north of Richmond, in the incorporated town of Ashland.If you are a student in Richmond, you will need to find
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