Richmond Is The Official State Capital Of Virginia. Richmond is the fourth biggest city in Virginia and it is situated in the eastern part of the state. Richmond was founded in 1737 by “The Father of Richmond” also known as William Byrd II. Richmond is the third city to be the Virginia State Capital and it was preceded by Jamestown and Williamsburg. Like many cities in Virginia, Virginia State Capital Richmond is a free city, meaning it is not politically part of any county, even though it is located within a county. Richmond gained its status as a free city in 1871; it became the capital of Virginia in 1780. The city is located at an altitude of 167 feet above sea level, and it has an estimated population of 233,170 and covers an area of 62.5 square miles in size.
Situated on the James River, Virginia State Capital Richmond is nicknamed ‘River City’ and is seen as one of the best spots in the state for rafting, kayaking, and other water-based activities. In the year of 1737, William Byrd II requested Major William Mayo to design the town grid, and he named the city Richmond after the Richmond town in England near London. The reason to chosen Richmond was that the view of James River was similar to the view of River Thames on Richmond Hill in the UK. Byrd had spent time in England when he was a youth. The settlement that was laid down was later incorporated as a town in 1742.
The population in State Capital Of Virginia Richmond is predominantly African American who constitutes about 44% of the population, Caucasians form 44% of the population while those reporting a mixed origin form 3.46%, and Asians make up 2.25% of the population. The population in Metro Richmond stands at 1,272,600. The major industries include technology, Bio-sciences, and financial services. The economy of Richmond is driven by government, finance, and Law including banking, and legal firms in the downtown region. Virginia State Capital Richmond is home to the Great Turning Basin for boats, the only triple crossing rail lines in the world and the intersection of two main interstates.
Country: United States
Named for: Richmond, United Kingdom
- Mayor: Levar Stoney (D)
- City: 62.57 sq mi (162.05 km2)
- Land: 59.91 sq mi (155.18 km2)
• Water: 2.66 sq mi (6.88 km2)