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Richmond: Virginia's Working Capital


The city of Richmond receives accolades and awards every year for being a best city to do business, live, and play. See below and read full articles.

  • Southern Living Magazine names Richmond one of the South's Best Cities in 2017. Learn more.

  • lists Richmond as one of the top ten up-and-coming tech cities. in 2017. Learn more.

  • Richmond is ranked the 24th best place to live by U.S. News & World Report, February 2017. Learn more.

  • Richmond named to 'Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker, 2017' by MovieMaker. Learn more.

  • Richmond ranked a Top 10 City for Global Trade in the United States by Global Trade Magazine, September 2016.

  • Richmond named one of 20 best places in America to start a business by, August 2016.

  • Richmond named among America's 50 best running cities, by Runner's World, August 2016.

  • Richmond named a top city for creatives, by Thrillist, July 2016.

  • Richmond named a "top destination" for food travel in 2016 by National Geographic.

  • Richmond named the 28th best place to live in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report. March 2016.

  • Richmond earns #3 ranking of "Best Places to Travel in 2016" by Travel & Leisure, December 2015.

  • Richmond ranked 3rd most business-friendly city by Thumbtack. August 2015.

  • Richmond named one of America's 8 Most Overlooked Small Cities. Read More.

  • Richmond named one of 50 Best Places to Live in US by Men's Journal, March 2015. Learn more.

  • Richmond's Main Street Station listed as one of the 11 most beautiful train stations in America by popular lifestyle website Thrillist, March 2015. Learn more.

  • Fitch Ratings assigns a AA+ bond rating to the City of Richmond, November 2014. Learn more.

  • Zagat names Church Hill one of the 10 Hot Food Neighborhoods Around the U.S., October, 2014.

  • Equire Magazine Names Virginia 'The Food Region of 2014' and Rappahhanock, in the city of Richmond as one of the 'Best New Restaurants,' October, 2014.

  • Richmond's Fan District has been named one of the 10 "Great Neighborhoods" for 2014 by the American Planning Association. Learn more.

  • Frommer's Top Ten Destinations for 2014: Richmond, Virginia made one of the only three American spots on this interational list that includes Scotland, Bali, Rio de Janerio and Taiwan. Learn more.

  • America's Top 5 Cities To Keep On Your Radar: Richmond ranked second by Huffington Post in September 2014. Learn more.

  • Richmond is ranked as one of 8 "Under-the-Radar Foodie Cities" by Huffington Post, September 2014. Learn more.

  • Top Outstanding Cities to relocate Your HQ: Listed by Southern Business & Development as one of the South's top outstanding cities to relocate a HQ in September, 2014.

  • Top 10 City to Find a Job in Acounting or Finance: Richmond ranked among the top 10 cities for finding a job in accounting or finance, according to Accounting Principals, August 2014.

  • Maggie Walker Governor's School named one of nation's top schools by online site The Daily Beast, August 2014. Learn more.

  • Richmond region is the "most content area" in America, according to the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research, July 2014.

  • Richmond finished as the 10th best city for overall small business friendliness in the country, earning an A grade, by, June 2014.

  • Richmond named top "Affordable Summer Driving Destination" by CBS This Morning, May 2014.

  • Richmond is among the 15 large U.S. cities with the highest percentage of the population cycling to work, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, May, 2014. Learn more.

  • Richmond's Church Hill neighborhood lands on list of the top 10 up-and-coming neighborhoods around the USA by USA Today, May 2014. Learn more.

  • Richmond ranked 4th among "Cities you should explore on 2 wheels," by Buzzfeed, April 2014.

  • Richmond named one of the country's 10 hottest housing markets, by CNN Money, January 2014.

  • Richmond ranked one of the top 20 fittest cities in America, by the ACSM's American Fitness Index, Jan. 22, 2014.

  • A Top Ten Big City to Live and Work: Richmond named one of the top 10 big cities to live and work by Credit Donkey, December 2013.

  • 5th Best City for Jobs This Spring (2013): ranks Richmond as the 5th best city for job outlook this spring with a net employment outlook of 21%. Learn more.

  • Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities in the USA: Amazon's 2013 list of top 20 cities in the United States includes Richmond at #18. Amazon gathers 9 months od book, magazine, and newspaper sales data to determine which US cities bought the most content on a per capital basis. Learn more.

  • Top 10 Mid-Sized American City of the Future 2013/14: In April, 2013, the city of Richmond was named the 10th top mid-sized American city of the future 2013/2014 by Foreign Direct Investment Magazine. Learn more.

  • A Most Bicycle-Friendly City: In October, 2012, the League of American Bicyclists awarded the city of Richmond its first bronze status among the organization's list of most Bicycl Friendly Communities. Learn more.

  • 8th Best City for Working Mothers: Beating out cities such as Nashville, Austin, Raleigh, and Virginia Beach, calculates the best cities in the country for working mothers based on women's earnings, safety, school districts and more. Read more.

  • South's Best Neighborhoods - Jackson Ward: In the July 2012 issue of Southern Living Magazine, Jackson Ward was named one of the south's best neighborhoods due to its jazz, soul food, African American history and enterprise and current revitalization. Read more.

  • The Best River Town in America: In September, 2012, the city of Richmond was named the Best River Town in America by Outside Magazine due to one-of-a-kind amenities such as the James River Park System, the James River, and all the outside activities, sporting events, and festivals RVA offers. Read more.

City of Richmond
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1500 East Main Street, Suite 400

Richmond, VA 23219