Richmond, Virginia - Hipster City Guide & Travel Tips (2023)

Richmond, the capital of Virginia, is a small capital city with lots of street art, fine restaurants and plentyof entertainment options. It’s a college town as well, so you’ll find a lot of great activities for young people. During my recent visit to Richmond, I explored the vegan life, the coffee culture, the queer bars, drag shows and the peaceful (and colorful!) street life.

From the empty streets and the dark corners that probably inspired some of the tales of Edgar Allan Poe to the colorful, hipster areas with alternative bookstores, vintage shopsand museums, Richmond is a bit both young and old. Even when the architecture is a reminder of the historical past of slavery and war, Richmond today celebrates its diversity and mixed population with pride, including LGBT families, migrants and hundreds of students from theUnited States and abroad.

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  • Church Hill – Home to the famous church where Patrick Henry stated “Give me liberty, or give me death…”, the Church Hill neighborhood today the center of Richmond’s foodie scene. Popular local restaurants and even some cheap eats like Do & Pig Show, Proper Pie, Metzger and The Roosevelt are some of the foodie hotspots. Make sure to try a cream soad at Roaring Pines.
  • Richmond, Virginia - Hipster City Guide & Travel Tips (2)Carytown –Just south of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Carytown has a funky and alternative arts vibe. On the western end of Cary Street, you’ll find a lot of quirky shops—probably the most famous being Mongrel—Richmond’s uncommon gift shop. Thrift and vintage shops selling bric-a-brac are all in the area, while other high-end shops (and plenty of street art) are also nearby. Need Supply provides high-end fashion and men’s lifestyle products. There’s a reason locals refer to Carytown as the “Mile of Style.” Also worth checking out isBabes of Carytown—a Southern pub with food, drag shows, karaoke and even an outdoor volleyball court.
  • Museum District & The Fan –Richmond’s Museum District, predictably, is home to the city’s biggest museum: the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The nearby surrounding streets, in particular Monumental Avenue and Hanover Avenue (in the distinct neighborhood, The Fan) are great examples of the city’s traditional architecture—picket fences, flags draped from the wrap-around porches, it’s all just so very American!
  • Scott’s Addition –Part of Richmond’s rapidly growing and changing cityscape, Scott’s Addition is fast becoming a hip hangout. Formerly the industrial neighborhood, it’s nowRichmond’s unofficial “beverage district” home to multiple craft breweries and even a distillery.The neighborhood’s commitment to the independent arts is also strong, as Scott’s Addition is home to the non-profit art studio Studio Two Three and the RichmondTriangle Players—an LGBT theater group running programs year-round. Diversity Thrift, Richmond’s LGBT thrift shop is also in the neighborhood.

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Richmond is fast-becoming a food and drink hotspot thanks to a lot of independent owners. There are even nine different food tours operating in Richmond, through Real Richmond Food Tours. Finding a good bite to eat isn’t so difficult, but below were some of my favorite restaurants and cafés

  • Richmond, Virginia - Hipster City Guide & Travel Tips (4)The Daily Kitchen & Bar Located in Richmond’s trendy foodie district of Carytown, this casual eatery is on a mission to serve healthy, organic foods—but you’d never know it! You’ll find everything from Caesar salads to fish tacos on the menu, plus a sleek bar and a stylish interior.
  • Rappahannock Oyster Company Virginia has this thing with oysters, many coming from the famousChesapeake Bay. And in Richmond, the best oysters are available here at Rappahannock Oyster Company’s restaurant.
  • Richmond, Virginia - Hipster City Guide & Travel Tips (5)Lamplighter Roasting Co. One of Richmond’s many hipster coffee spots, Lamplighter also serves as a meeting and work space for a lot of the local university students. There are three different cafés across Richmond.
  • Crossroads Coffee A funky all-daycafé that serves your classic American dishes and desserts, but like the best places in Richmond, they’ve also got a healthy selection of craft beer available on draft. Try the ice cream, too!
  • Perly’s Restaurant A Jewish deli just around the corner from the Linden Row Inn, they serve your basic deli bites and dinners in a retro-style, casual eatery. Crowded on weekends!
  • Heritage Restaurant Relocated from New Jersey, the Heritage Restaurant has made a name for itself in Richmond’s culinary scene thanks to a creative and locally-sourced menu.
  • Village Café A local institution around since the 1950s, the Village Café is right in the heart of Richmond’s arts university district, so expect to see some funky locals.
  • Insomnia Cookies A Virginia chain of cookie shops known for their late-night deliveries. Yum! They even have a cookie tracker on their website for those that are extra-impatient…

Richmond has more than 20 different craft breweries making it a surprisingly great destination for brewery fans—even if the local brew of choice is more often than not a cheap PBR (you’ve got the college students to thank for that). Check out richmondbeertrail.com for more brewery and pub information from Richmond. But thankfully it’s not all about beer in Richmond; the city is also home to craft distilleries such as Reservoir Distillery which produces bourbon, wheat and rye whiskies.

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  • Babe’s of Carytown One of Richmond’s iconic LGBT hotspots, it’s got a bit of everything going on. Whether it’s Southern pub-style food, cheap drinks, drag shows, karaoke r even line dancing, there’s a fun and lively energy here.
  • Ardent Craft Ales While it’s one of Richmond’s many new craft breweries, Ardent Craft Alesalso have a beer garden and tap room on the premises so it’s a good place to hang out as well.
  • Strange MatterIt’s an underground bar and restaurant and while they serve food (including many vegan options), it’s more of a nightlife spot. You’ll find arcade games and booths for seating. Friendly bartenders will happily make beer recommendations depending what’s on tap and there’s a great queer-friendly vibe inside.

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As part of the state tourism campaign Virginia for Lovers, Richmond is a place that doesn’t hide its gay and queer influences. You can have a great brunch surrounded by lip-singing drag queens at Godfreys, enjoy a queer theater show—dramas and comedies—at the Richmond Triangle Players or enjoy a beer in one of Richmond’s handful of LGBTbars, including Barcode or Babes (of Carytown).

Virginia Pride takes place in Richmond in September with live music acts and local vendors. Since 2014, Richmond Region Tourism has actively promoted LGBT tourism to the city through the OutRVA program. On the Richmond is Out website, you’ll find a comprehensive travel guide for LGBT tourism with everything from the quirkiest hotels to the best nightlife.Keep an eye out for the OutRVA stickers which you’ll find in many of Richmond’s gay and LGBT bars.

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The Valentine museum also includes in its permanent collection the LGBT prideflag which once flew on the Virginia Capitol. Look for queer-themed exhibitions at Richmond’s art museums as well through their special exhibitions.

Bars & Clubs

  • Richmond, Virginia - Hipster City Guide & Travel Tips (7)Godfrey’sGodfrey’s is a popular gay hotspot, but every Sunday it comes alive with their Drag Brunch (reservations required). They’ll put on up to two shows each Sunday. It’s often a lot of bachelorette parties, but you’ll find some LGBT people hanging around as well, and certainly on weekend evenings when it’s open as a bar and club.
  • Babe’s of CarytownOne of Richmond’s iconic LGBT hotspots, it’s got a bit of everything going on. Whether it’s Southern pub-style food, cheap drinks, drag shows, karaoke r even line dancing, there’s a fun and lively energy here.
  • Richmond, Virginia - Hipster City Guide & Travel Tips (8)Barcode In the center of Richmond, Barcode is one of the city’s few gay bars. Just across the street you’ll find a large gay-themed wall mural, and inside, a cozy environment with a mix of people of all ages. You’ll findpool tables and a friendly, social atmosphere.

Activities

  • Richmond, Virginia - Hipster City Guide & Travel Tips (9)Richmond Triangle PlayersRichmond Triangle Players delivers adventurous and entertaining theater as the leading voice in the community’s explorations of equality, identity, affection and family, across sexual orientation and gender spectrums.
  • Richmond, Virginia - Hipster City Guide & Travel Tips (10)Diversity Thrift One of Richmond’s largest thrift stores, Diversity Thrift has a little bit (0r a lot) of just about everything—furniture, record albums, books, men’s and women’s clothing, shoes and jewelry. The shop opened in 2000 and has grown into one of Richmond’s best shops. Proceeds from the donated items go back to the local community’s LGBT center, Diversity Richmond. The building, like so many other in Richmond, is plastered in colorful street art, and as part of the LGBT center attached to the thrift shop, many LGBT community events take place there.
  • The ValentineYou might think a museum called The Valentine will be all about love. And you know what? It almost is! The Valentine is Richmond’s city museumwhich documents, collects and preserves Richmond’s 400-year history. Operating for the past century, their exhibitionsfocus on the diverse stories from the region’s history. It’s the type of place locals visit on a school trip, but with their temporary exhibitions on display, it’s also worthy of a visit by tourists. In fact, the museum currently has an exhibition on now until September 4, 2017 called “One Love: LGBT Families” which features photographs of local LGBT families
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    “One Love” exhibit at The Valentine. Photo by Michael Simon

    The Valentine Richmond has adiverse and unique history. The Valentine specializes in about 400 years of Richmond history, told with the artifacts of its residents, historical documents and photographs, and many installations. The photograph collection, for example, includes topics like the Civil War, portraits of famous Virginians and the fascinating world of Richmond’s buildings and places. During 2017, the temporary exhibition One Love, located in the basement is focusing on LGBT families, showing the diversity of Richmond’s inhabitants and challenging closed-minded definitions of what a family really is. Moreover, for those who are unable to visit the place – I mean physically – the Valentine offers online exhibitions, a series of past exhibitions hosted with Google Cultural Institute.

  • Richmond, Virginia - Hipster City Guide & Travel Tips (12)Edgar Allan Poe Museum Do you love black cats and good storytelling? The Edgar Allan Poe Museum is a must. You can work around this little venue and wonder the rooms with furniture and pictures belonging to Poe or to his family, telling the story of his favorite spots with the city and the tragic events that inspired many of his writings. With an internal garden that host a sculpture of Poe and an open casket for your creepy selfies, you will probably feel that you are being watched (by the two black cats that own this place). The museum offers also drawings and temporary exhibitions showing artworks inspired by Poe, some of these created by local artists and for sale. The little shop inside the museum also holds a lot of Poe’s writings, dark objects for mysterious presents and scary-yet-trendy fashion items.
  • Virginia Museum of Fine ArtsLocated in the Museum District of Richmond, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is a great place to enjoy the masters of the classical and contemporary art world and to explore the new emerging talents as well. During my visit, an exhibition dedicated to Edvard Munch and highlighting its influence in American artists Jasper Johns, “Love, Loss, and the Cycle of Life” was a travel in itself. But beyond excellent temporary exhbitions (with a fee), the permanent collection displays East Asian, African, American, European and Ancient American art, all with a free admission policy. The Fabergé collection, the largest outside Russia, is one of the main attractions. Walk around the old and new buildings of the VMFA and explore one of the largest museum in North America.
  • VCU Institute for Contemporary Arts – coming soon!

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  • Richmond, Virginia - Hipster City Guide & Travel Tips (14)Mongrel For over 25 years, Mongrel has been Richmond’s uncommon card and gift store. Customers find a shop filled with life choices – for home, body, mind and soul. Whether you have hours to spend, or if you’re on the run, Mongrel is a Carytown destination and has been voted ‘the best’ in shopping year after year. It’s got a little bit of everything and definitely worth a browse!
  • Richmond, Virginia - Hipster City Guide & Travel Tips (15)Chop Suey BooksJust across from Mongrel, also in Carytown, the Chop Suey Bookstore sells used books and other funky products.
  • Need Supply Co. For a bit more upscale shopping, the Need Supply Co. (also in Carytown—there’s a reason they call it the “Mile of Style”!) has a great selection of fashion and beauty products, as well as vintage goods. It’s a lifestyle shop with a solid mix of both men’s and women’s products.

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Richmond is a city that’s spread out over several different neighborhoods and districts. You’ll likely need a rental car to get around, though there is regular public transportation. Many hotels are situated in the city center, walking distance to the shops, cafes and restaurants along East Broad Street, between Carytown in the west and the State Capitol Building in the east.

Recommended Hotels

  • Linden Row Inn
  • Quirk Hotel
  • The Jefferson Hotel
  • Richmond, Virginia - Hipster City Guide & Travel Tips (17)Richmond Mural ProjectWith artists coming from graffiti meccas to those from Perú or The Netherlands, various locations around Richmond have become a living canvas. The Richmond Mural Project is a yearly event with the fantastic goal of creating over 100 murals by artists from all over the globe. The artworks are located in public streets in neighborhoods like Monroe Ward, Churchill Hill or the Museum District. You can explore the collection on foot or with a bike.

Check the city’s official tourism website for additional Richmond travel recommendations.

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FAQs

Is Richmond VA hipster? ›

Richmond Is a Hipster's Paradise

One of the most hipster-friendly cities in America!

Is Richmond VA a walkable city? ›

Richmond is an incredibly walkable and bicycle-friendly city, where the need for a car isn't always necessary. The city has a network of sidewalks that make it easy to walk or bike from one neighborhood to another, and Richmond has a bus-based public transportation system.

Where do people hang out in Richmond VA? ›

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What is the best time to travel through Richmond VA? ›

The best time to visit Richmond is from April through June. Not only will you experience pleasant temperatures, but you'll also encounter few crowds as area colleges wind down for the summer.

What is the coolest city in Virginia? ›

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What is Richmond best known for? ›

Virginia State Capitol

In 1861, following Virginia's secession from the Union, Richmond became the capital of the Confederacy. The city's capitol building subsequently became the home of both the state's General Assembly as well as the Confederate Congress.

What is Richmond city known for? ›

Richmond is a city of culture, nature, food, and more! There are infinite things to do in RVA, from dining at James Beard-nominated restaurants to white water rafting down the mighty James River, from visiting world-class museums to attending incredible ethnic festivals.

Is Richmond worth visiting? ›

If you're passing through Virginia, you have to check out the artsy and historic capitol city of Richmond, Virginia. After all, it must be worth visiting as Lonely Planet named it one of their top 10 underrated cities to visit in 2018! That makes a weekend in Richmond a perfect featured weekend getaway.

Does Richmond VA have a nightlife? ›

We have dance clubs, corner bars and little black dress places. We have hip hop and alt music and lines of people waiting to get into shows. Head to a Cuban dance club to learn to salsa over mojitos. Take on the Richmond Beer Trail.

Is Richmond VA a foodie town? ›

Because in recent years, Richmond has been thriving as a culinary destination – thanks to a cool crop of locally-based chefs, sommeliers, and restaurateurs, all of whom are elevating the local dining scene to buzzy new heights.

What city in Virginia has the best nightlife? ›

Norfolk. This is definitely the biggest place in our top 10 with 242,803 thrill loving people. Both the nightlife and music venues ranked well here, and there were few fast food restaurants to bore those with a refined palate.

What is the coldest month in Richmond VA? ›

Richmond's coldest month is January when the average temperature overnight is 27.6°F. In July, the warmest month, the average day time temperature rises to 87.5°F.

Can you walk through Richmond Park at night? ›

Richmond Park is open to vehicles from 7:00 am in the summer and 7:30 am in the winter. Vehicle gates close at dusk all year round. Pedestrian gates are open 24 hours except during the six week deer culls from November to early December and February to early March.

Is Richmond Va cheap? ›

The Richmond, VA cost of living index is 94.9.

That means it's 5.1% more affordable than the U.S. average. Groceries and transportation expenses are about 10% below the U.S. average, but the Richmond housing index is only 84.2. By comparison, the cost of living in Virginia is about 4% higher than the national average.

What is the number 1 attraction in Virginia? ›

1. Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive. In the center of Virginia, Shenandoah National Park protects portions of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which range in height between 2,000 and 4,000 feet.

What is the prettiest mountain town in Virginia? ›

Roanoke, Virginia

One of the best Virginia mountain towns, Roanoke, is located in the southwest area of the Blue Ridge Mountains. For those interested in arts and culture this is the town for you!

What is a good salary in Richmond VA? ›

Most salaries in Richmond range between $51,137 (25th percentile) to $84,560 (75th percentile) annually. Of course, salaries will vary depending on your occupation, experience, and many other factors.

How do I spend a weekend in Richmond VA? ›

Here are our top picks for places to visit if you want to spend a weekend in Richmond.
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  1. Millie's Diner.
  2. Virginia Holocaust Museum.
  3. Edgar Allan Poe Museum.
  4. Take a Stroll Along the Canal Walk.
  5. Old Original Bookbinder's Seafood and Steakhouse.
  6. Libby Hill.
  7. Bev's Homemade Ice Cream and Café
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Is Richmond upper class? ›

Richmond itself is very upper-class - houses on the Green sell for upwards for £1.5million, and a lot of people there are obviously upper-class (or upper middle-class). Some are nice, but some REALLY think they're better than you. Castelnau is quite upper-class in some places. Twickenham is all kinds of middle-class.

Why do people love Richmond? ›

EXPLORE VIRGINIA'S CAPITAL CITY

Richmond is more than a city – it's a way of life. RVA is packed full of culture, American heritage, and more! A Part Of History – Many historical sites, monuments, and events started here. Iconic Scenery – Home to breathtaking views and amazing places.

Why is Richmond called spiders? ›

It is most likely the team took the nickname from the Cleveland Spiders who, at the time, were highly successful. To this day, Richmond is the only university in the United States with the spider as its official nickname.

What do you call someone from Richmond? ›

A resident of Lawrence, Mass., is a "Lawrencian," but a resident of Lawrence, Kan., is a "Lawrentian."Someone from Norfolk is a "Norfolkian" in Virginia but a "Nor-folkan" in Nebraska. A person from Richmond, Calif., is a "Richmondite," while one from Richmond, Va., is a "Richmonder."

Why is Richmond Virginia famous? ›

The present city of Richmond was founded in 1737. It became the capital of the Colony and Dominion of Virginia in 1780, replacing Williamsburg. During the Revolutionary War period, several notable events occurred in the city, including Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty, or give me death!"

What percent of Richmond is white? ›

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Richmond, VA are Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (47.5%), White (Non-Hispanic) (40.4%), White (Hispanic) (4.99%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.92%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.13%).

Is there a lot to do in Richmond VA? ›

The city is jam packed with attractions including, some of the leading art museums in the country, science and technology museums and public parks and gardens. The colorful shopping district of Carytown and the open-air mall of Short Pump Town Center offer some great choices for retail therapy in the city.

What is the safest part of Richmond? ›

The safest neighborhoods in Richmond are Bellevue, The Museum District, The Fan, Westover Hills, Byrd Park, and Three Chopt.

Is there a lot to do in Richmond? ›

Top Attractions in Richmond
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  • Hollywood Cemetery. 1,424. ...
  • White House of the Confederacy. 1,261. ...
  • Science Museum of Virginia. 451.

Is Richmond artsy? ›

Richmond has a deep and rich culture, wrenched from history, art, diversity and unleashed creativity. You'll feel it as soon as you get here. There's a lot more than eye candy in this beautiful place.

What is there to do in Richmond at night? ›

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Does Richmond VA have a downtown? ›

Downtown Richmond is home to cultural institutions and experiences like the Richmond Ballet and Symphony, the Arts District, RVA First Fridays and over 150 murals.

What is Virginia famous for food wise? ›

When it comes to Virginia cuisine, our food is as intertwined with history as it is taste. Virginia is known for its southern-style fare including oysters, peanuts, BBQ, country ham, blue crabs, trout, apples, and Brunswick stew.

Where is the foodie capital of the world? ›

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What is the number 2 attraction in Virginia? ›

2: Colonial Williamsburg

A unique and exciting living history museum, Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia is a place where the whole family can enjoy a combination of education, excitement, adventure and fun.

What is a ghost town in Virginia? ›

One such place is the forgotten town of Union Level. Visit this ghost town in Virginia today and you'll find only remnants of buildings and homes that were once filled with families and residents in the early 19th century. It's equal parts fascinating, eerie, and intriguing.

What is the racial makeup of Richmond VA? ›

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Does it snow a lot in Richmond VA? ›

The average high temperature during the Richmond winter season is under 55°F. Does it snow in Richmond Virginia? Yes, but Richmond gets below-average snowfall. You'll get about 11” of annual Richmond snow, but it usually melts within a day or two.

What is the rainiest month in Virginia? ›

The month with the most rain in Virginia is June, with an average rainfall of 3.8 inches. The rainless period of the year lasts for 3.8 months, from November 23 to March 18. The month with the least rain in Virginia is January, with an average rainfall of 0.0 inches.

What should I wear to Richmond Park? ›

The tracks are uneven and often get quite muddy so walking boots or wellies are essential in the wet months. In summer, bring plenty of water, as some areas of the park are exposed and offer little shelter from the sun.

Can you drink alcohol in Richmond Park? ›

No alcoholic beverages are to be dispensed, sold or consumed in the park at any time. No vehicles are permitted to be on the grass at any time.

How long does it take to walk around the whole of Richmond Park? ›

Tamsin Trail | Best for seeing Richmond Park

You will walk around 7.35 miles, it normally takes around 3 hours to complete, but it might take you more if you decide to stop and admire the views in great spots such as King Henry's Mound or Sawyer's Hill, which would make you to do a short detour, but totally worth it!

How posh is Richmond? ›

The Royal Borough of Richmond upon Thames is one of London's most expensive areas, with house prices sitting significantly above the London average. The Royal Borough of Richmond upon Thames is one of London's most expensive areas, with house prices sitting significantly above the London average.

Why is Richmond so cool? ›

EXPLORE VIRGINIA'S CAPITAL CITY

RVA is packed full of culture, American heritage, and more! A Part Of History – Many historical sites, monuments, and events started here. Iconic Scenery – Home to breathtaking views and amazing places.

Is Richmond a cool place to live? ›

Richmond is truly brimming with fun and is a vibrant, creative city. It's also home to several universities like Virginia Commonwealth University and The University of Richmond.

What style houses are in Richmond? ›

Italianate | Architectural Styles of Richmond
  • Low-pitched roofs.
  • Overhanging eaves that have heavy decorative brackets.
  • Round-headed windows with hood mouldings that stop partially down the window jamb with a decorated “label stop.”
  • Arcaded (closed off with several columns) porches.
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What is the city of Richmond known for? ›

Richmond is more than the political capital of Virginia — it's also the arts and culture capital. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, one of the nation's top art museums, attracts high-profile exhibitions of work by internationally renowned artists.

Why is it called the Fan in Richmond? ›

The Fan is a district of Richmond, Virginia, so named because of the "fan" shape of the array of streets that extend west from Belvidere Street, on the eastern edge of Monroe Park, westward to Arthur Ashe Boulevard.

Is Richmond prestigious? ›

University of Richmond's 2022-2023 Rankings

University of Richmond is ranked #18 out of 210 National Liberal Arts Colleges. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

Is Richmond gentrified? ›

Neighborhood Change in the City of Richmond

In Richmond, gentrification has been pretty significant in neighborhoods such as Jackson Ward, Church Hill, and more recently, the city's Northside. As each of these neighborhoods have undergone gentrification, both physical and cultural displacement have occurred.

Is Richmond an expensive city? ›

The Richmond, VA cost of living index is 94.9.

That means it's 5.1% more affordable than the U.S. average. Groceries and transportation expenses are about 10% below the U.S. average, but the Richmond housing index is only 84.2. By comparison, the cost of living in Virginia is about 4% higher than the national average.

Is living in Richmond expensive? ›

The cost of living in Richmond, VA is 6% lower than the state average and 4% lower than the national average. Richmond, VA housing is 10% cheaper than the U.S average, while utilities are about 3% pricier.

What industry is Richmond Va known for? ›

Today the city is known for a diverse set of industry clusters. A powerhouse in the financial, medical, biotechnology, knowledge-based services, manufacturing and transportation industries, the city is an attractive location for new businesses who want to be near top companies in these sectors.

Is housing expensive in Richmond? ›

Richmond's housing expenses are 11% lower than the national average and the utility prices are 4% higher than the national average. Transportation expenses like bus fares and gas prices are 5% lower than the national average.

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