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Some Facts About Richmond, Virginia

Richmond is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia, a state of the United States. Richmond is an independent city and not part of a county. (Richmond County exists; it is in an unrelated area of Northeast Virginia.)

Richmond is headquarters for seven companies on the 2009 Fortune 500 list.

The 2007 estimated population from the US Census is 200,123 (up from 192,913 in 2006). The "Richmond Metropolitan Area" includes Henrico and Chesterfield counties, with a combined estimated population of 1.1 million. The land area of Richmond is appproximately 60 miles: the US Census estimate for population density on those 60 miles is 3,292.7 per mile.

Richmond is therefore the third largest metropolitan area in Virginia, after "Northern Virginia" (bordering Washington DC) and the "Hampton Roads" area, which includes Norfolk, Hampton Roads and Virginia Beach.

Originally settled in 1607, the present city of Richmond was officially incorporated in 1742, named by William Byrd II who noted that the view of the James River was almost identical to the view of the Thames River outside London at Richmond Hill (if you visit Libby Park and take a look down the hillside toward the James River, you will also see this startling similarity still today).

[Below: Photo of the image at Libby Park showing the scenery on the Thames River from Richmond Hill, the namesake for Richmond, Virginia.]
Richmond Hill Thames

[below: The James River from Libby Park in Richmond Virginia.]
Libby Park View of James River Richmond Virginia

Richmond became the capital of the "Dominion of Virginia" in 1780, named after Elizabeth I (September 7, 1533 – March 24, 1603) of England.

Richmond is considered the Southern tip of the East Coast "Megalopolis" that includes cities Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington DC.


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Richmond City
Pop: 204,214
Size: 62.5 sq miles

Chesterfield Cty
Pop: 316,236
Size: 446 sq miles

Colonial Heights
Pop: 17,411
Size: 8.15 sq miles

Charles City Cty
Pop: 7,256
Size: 204 sq miles

Dinwiddie Cty
Pop: 28,001
Size: 502 sq miles

Goochland Cty
Pop: 21, 717
Size: 290 sq miles

Hanover Cty
Pop: 99,863
Size: 473 sq miles

Henrico County
Pop: 306,935
Size: 245 sq miles

Hopewell City
Pop: 22,591
Size: 11 sq miles

New Kent County
Pop: 18,400
Size: 223 sq miles

Petersburg City
Pop: 32,420
Size: 23.1 sq miles

Powhatan County
Pop: 23,046
Size: 262 sq miles

Prince George Cty
Pop: 35, 725
Size: 266 sq miles

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Richmond Area Links

Historic Richmond Foundation concise overview of the historic architecture of Richmond

Richmond Times-Dispatch Chief newspaper news source for Richmond area

VCU Library Online Richmond History Resources




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