Richmond, Virginia

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  • Virginia became a state June 25, 1788, the 10th state admitted to the Union.
  • Richmond became state capital 1780
  • Established: 1737
  • Name Origin: Named for Richmond, England by William Byrd II (1674-1744)

In 1780 Richmond was named capital of Virginia. However, at that time Virginia extended all the way to the Mississippi River. The borders of the state changed in later years.

The Virginia capitol doesn’t have a dome. It looks more like a Roman temple, with beautiful columns. It overlooks the James River and was designed by Thomas Jefferson. Inside is a statue of Robert E. Lee, placed where he stood when he decided to lead the troops of the Confederacy rather than the Union during the Civil War.

In the Edgar Allen Poe Museum, you can see Poe’s drawings of “The Raven,” and on the James River you can ride a paddle-wheeler named “Annabel Lee.”

Nearby is Colonial Williamsburg, Historic Jamestown, and Yorktown, site of the last battle of the Revolutionary War. It’s not far to Washington, DC.

Key Words: temple, James, Jefferson, Lee, Poe, revolution, confederate

Things To Love About Richmond

The atmosphere of colonial times; the houses side by side by side; the gorgeous capitol with the Thomas Jefferson touch; the monuments and trails of history at every corner of every tree-lined street; Patrick Henry in costume and wig; Give Me Liberty!

Blogs To Read About Richmond

Trailing History

Few Will Be Grieved

Right Here In River City

Sophisticated Simplicity

Serious Business

Capital City Basics

  • Population: 202,214, 20th largest in population of the 50 capital cities
  • Population density: 3,415 persons per square mile
  • Land area of city: 59.81 square miles
  • Elevation: 150 feet, 40th highest in elevation of the 50 capital cities
  • Normal high/low temps: January 47/28, July 90/69. Annual rainfall: 44 inches
  • Time Zone: Eastern
  • Water near: James River
  • Mountains near: Appalachian Mountains. Mount Rogers in the southwestern tip of the state is the highest point in Virginia at 5,729 feet.
  • Miles to three nearest State Capitals: Annapolis, MD 143; Raleigh, NC 154; Harrisburg, PA 219
  • Miles to National Capitol in Washington, DC: 107

Population Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 202,214           Population
  • 18.6%              Under 18
  • 11.1%               Over 65
  • 2.3%               Asian
  • 50.6%             Black
  • 6.3%                Hispanic/Latino
  • 0.3%                Native Alaskan or American Indian
  • 0.1%                Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 39.1%              White

Education Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 9.6%                English Not Spoken at Home
  • 80.5%              High School Graduate
  • 32.9%              Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

Economic Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 26.3%              Below Poverty Level
  • $26,584          Per Capita Income
  • $39,201          Median Household Income
  • $204,500       Median Value of Home
  • 44.9%             Home Ownership