“Give me liberty or give me death!” In 1775, this unifying declaration was made by Founding Father Patrick Henry, in Richmond, the capital city of Virginia. Henry’s famous words would become the motto of the Revolutionary War, which started soon after.
Today, with a population of 218,000, Richmond is experiencing more revolutionary changes as the influx of younger residents is creating a modern vibe to this historic city. There is a lot to see and do in Richmond. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy swimming, boating and rafting in the rapids of the mighty James River. Bikers and walkers can head out to the Virginia Capital Trail, a 52-mile paved trail that connects Richmond and Jamestown.
The city holds numerous annual festivals, including the Watermelon Festival, the 2nd Street Festival and the Greek Festival, all offering opportunities for food, music and fun. Downtown Richmond is vibrant, with restaurants and bars all within easy walking distance. Over 30 craft breweries can be found in Richmond, and there are numerous historic museums and performance venues located in the heart of the city. For a little retail therapy, discover trendy boutiques, antique shops and the farmer's market in downtown Richmond.
Richmond’s economy is also vibrant and the area has seen an increase in semiconductor firms, which have made the city a central point of the East Coast's Silicon industry. The city is known as a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Insurance and banking institutions, government agencies and health facilities also contribute largely to the economic stability in the region. Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Richmond are located here, offering diversity and energy to the city, as well as employment to many of Richmond’s residents.
Richmond is the home base of many well-known artists, including singers D’Angelo and Jason Mraz and actors Shirley MacLaine and Warren Beatty.
The median home value in Richmond is $210,103, and there are some great neighborhoods from which to choose. The Fan is an eclectic neighborhood and home to students, young families and empty nesters. Woodland Heights is known for both its diverse architecture and population, with quiet parks and winding streets just steps away. Bellevue neighborhood features Cape Cod and Craftsman single-family homes, with several restaurants nearby.
A wonderful balance between city and peaceful suburb, both historic and modern, the revolutionary city of Richmond certainly offers something for everyone.