Richmond, Virginia, is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Located at the intersections of Interstates 95 and 64, it truly is the heart of Old Dominion. Richmond's population is over 190,000, and the metro area population is approximately 1.2 million, making this an ideal area for a wealth of opportunities. Whether you're looking for shopping or sports, homes or history, cuisine or culture, Richmond has something for everyone. With daytime and nighttime entertainment, more than 60 attractions, 11 malls, four distinct seasons, and more than 400 years of history dating back to the second successful English settlement, no place can reach out and touch history like Richmond.
Richmond's economy is driven primarily, by law, finance and government, and it's one of only 12 cities in the United States to be home to a Federal Reserve Bank. Greater Richmond is also home to nine Fortune 500 companies, including Dominion Resources, Performance Food Group, Brinks Company and LandAmerica Financial Group. There are also 13 Fortune 1000 companies located in Richmond.
Other major businesses with a strong presence include Philip Morris USA, Wachovia Securities, SunTrust Banks Incorporated and DuPont. Richmond is also home to the rapidly developing Virginia BioTechnology Research Park, an incubator facility for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. While all this and the Richmond International Airport make doing business in Richmond a global experience, Richmond also runs deep with small, successful local businesses like Ukrop's Super Market, a regional, family owned chain.
With four distinct seasons, there is never a bad time to see Richmond. If you want to shop, the hardest part will be choosing among all the malls, including Stony Point Fashion Park, one of two open-air malls.
History is everywhere in Richmond, from restored plantations and homes to top-notch museums like the American Civil War Center. Other museums include the Virginia Museum of Fine Art and the Children's Museum of Richmond. Family fun continues with the Metro Richmond Zoo and Kings Dominion, with over 200 rides.
Nature plays a big role in the atmosphere of the area. The Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens and the Maymont Estate -- a 100-acre Victorian home with landscapes and gardens -- top the list of must-see places. For the art-loving crowd, aside from great local theaters, comedy clubs and world-class concerts, there is the Richmond Ballet, the Richmond Symphony, the Virginia Opera and the outdoor Shakespearean Festival.
If you like sports, you will like Richmond. With several minor league teams such as the Richmond Kickers and the Richmond Renegades, along with the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams and the University of Richmond Spiders, there is plenty to watch. Richmond International Raceway hosts two annual NASCAR Nextel Cup races, and Colonial Downs hosts the Virginia Derby each year. Richmond also hosts the Xterra off-road triathlon. With over 900 restaurants that cover the full scope of history, culture, cuisine and cost, Richmond offers something for everyone.
The city of Richmond operates 31 elementary schools, nine middle schools, and eight high schools, with a student population of more than 25,000 students. There are also many private, college preparatory schools in Richmond, as well as the home of the Maggie L Walker Governor's School, a highly esteemed regional magnet high school. Richmond also offers a large array of higher education institutions, including the University of Richmond (private), Virginia Commonwealth University (public), Virginia Union University (private) and several community colleges in the metro area. Near by are also the College of William and Mary, Virginia State University and Randolph-Macon College.