Richmond is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 107,571 people and 24 constituent neighborhoods, Richmond is the 61st largest community in California.
Unlike some cities, Richmond isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Richmond are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Richmond is a city of service providers, sales and office workers and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Richmond who work in office and administrative support (12.16%), maintenance occupations (9.72%) and sales jobs (9.52%).
One thing noticeable about Richmond, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Richmond is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Richmond a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
One of the nice things about Richmond is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
One downside of living in Richmond is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Richmond, the average commute to work is 31.96 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
For the size of the city, public transportation in Richmond is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit). For Richmond, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
Richmond Information and Demographics
In terms of college education, Richmond is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 26.22% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor’s degree. The per capita income in Richmond in 2010 was $25,722, which is middle income relative to California, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $102,888 for a family of four. However, Richmond contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Richmond is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Richmond home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Richmond residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Richmond also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 39.35% of the city residents. The main ancestry of people in Richmond is German.
In addition, Richmond has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (32.66%). The languages spoken by people in Richmond are also diverse. These are tabulated as the languages people preferentially speak when they are at home with their families. The most common language spoken in Richmond is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish, Chinese and Tagalog.