Best Cities 2010: Richmond, VA

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Best Cities 2010: Richmond, VA

From Nascar to the Edgar Allan Poe Museum and the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden — Richmond has something for everyone.

City: Richmond

State: Virginia

Best Cities Overall Rank: 43

About Richmond: Richmond has something for everyone from Nascar races to the Edgar Allan Poe Museum to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

Richmond has three quality children’s hospitals and low air pollution, ranking it 89 amongst our cities for health.

County: Richmond

Population: 202,002

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitor’s bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Richmond Times-Dispatch

Richmond blogs: Saving Our Way, Short Pump Preppy, Mommy Gourmet

Richmond‘s Facebook page: Visit Richmond on Facebook 

Richmond‘s Twitter page: Visit Richmond on Twitter 


Education rank: 31

High School graduation rate 2008: 65.79%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 6

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 2.97

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 12

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 5.94

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 266

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 19.8

Total Expenditures Per Student: $13,155


Health rank: 1

Quality children’s hospitals: 3

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 1.49

Quality Pediatricians: 1

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0.49

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0


Safety rank: 82

Violent Crimes, 2008: 1588

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 786.13

Sex Offenders: 3831

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 1896


Economy rank: 11

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 20.89      

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 8.5      

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 1066.57

Median Home Sale Price: $213,700                   

5-Year Home Value Index: 2.84%          

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 8.20%


Recreation Rank:  45

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 2823          

Parkland per 100,000: 1397.51