Richmond, Virginia Population 2018

Richmond is a city located in the state of Virginia. It is the capital city and is also one of the most populous in the state. Richmond was first was incorporated in 1742 and later became an independent city in 1871. The city’s population is estimated to be 223,170, reflecting strong growth from its official population of 204,214 taken during the 2010 census. Current numbers make the city the fourth most populous in the state. Richmond is the location of many government agencies for both the state and the nation and has a long and interesting history.

Richmond History

After the settlement of Jamestown, Christopher Newport and other explorers made their way northwest to what is currently Richmond. At the time, the inhabitants were the Powhatans. Plans to settle the area and create a town began in 1737. Just five years later, Richmond was first incorporated as a town. In 1780, it took over the role of state capital from Williamsburg.

Many important historical events occurred in Richmond. The “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech spoken by Patrick Henry was delivered in 1775 by Patrick Henry at St. John’s Church, located in Richmond. The city was destroyed by the British in 1781, but bounced back in just one year. After the war, Richmond took on the role of a major industrial center. Other important historical events occurred during and after the war, including the signing of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom.

The state seceded from the US in 1861 and became part of the Confederate States of America. It was a target for Union armies and required much of the Army of Northern Virginia to defend it. The city continued to thrive. It was a railroad hub, had one of the largest slave markets and also had an arms factory and iron foundry that were critical during the Civil War.

Following the Civil War, Richmond once again bounced back economically. Tobacco was a big part of the economy and it was also the site of the first electric trolley system in the country.

When the 20th century rolled around, the city was the most densely populated in the south. Richmond had a large population of black residents, many of whom became quite successful. In fact, Richmond’s Jackson Ward was nicknamed "Wall Street of Black America" due to the success of these residents. During the early 1900s, the city also began developing performing arts venues and had its own radio station. During the 1960s, more than 700 buildings were built in the downtown area and in 1970, the borders of Richmond expanded to encompass 27 additional square miles.

In recent years, the city has become a center for entertainment and nightlife. Today, the economy is driven by finance, law and government. It is home to one of the US courts of appeals, the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, and multiple Fortune 500 companies.

Richmond Demographics

Over half of Richmond’s population is black, which isn’t surprising given that this race has found great success within the city throughout the years. Just over 40% are white, according to the last US census. Five percent of the population is Asian, while 0.1% are Pacific Islander, 0.3% are Native American, 3.6% are another race, and 2.3% are Mixed.

The city’s total population of over 223,000 is spread across 62.5 square miles, putting the population density at over 3,700 residents per square mile. The city’s total metro area population is over 1.26 million.

Breaking down the population by age shows that almost 22% of the population is under the age of 18. The largest age group is 25 to 44, which makes up almost 32% of the total population. Over 13% are at least 65 years old. Approximately 21% of Richmond’s population lives below the federal poverty line.

Richmond is very diverse when it comes to population and is the location of many historic churches. The city also has religious institutions for Muslims, Hindus, Jews, and other groups.

One of the drawbacks of the city is its history of high crime rates. During the 1990s, the murder rate of Richmond was one of the highest in the nation. During the early 2000s, the city was consistently ranked as one of the most dangerous cities in the US. However, Richmond has seen a decline in its crime rates, dropping 47% between 2004 and 2009. Though these rates remain on the decline, the city still has rates that fall above national and state averages.

Richmond Population Growth

The city of Richmond overall has seen steady growth throughout its history. However, it did experience declining growth during the censuses taken in 1990 and 2000. This could be due to the high crime rate and its ranking as one of the most dangerous cities in America. However, the census taken between 2000 and 2010 showed that the population was on the upswing again, and current estimates show that the population has risen over 9% since the last census taken in 2010. The economic opportunities and a declining crime rate are contributing factors to the city’s population rising once again.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2017227,0321,7440.77%
2016225,2884,3451.97%
2015220,9433,7581.73%
2014217,1853,1731.48%
2013214,0123,1701.50%
2012210,8424,4322.15%
2011206,4102,1691.06%
2010204,2416,4510.32%
2000197,790-5,266-0.26%
1990203,056-16,158-0.76%
1980219,214-30,118-1.28%
1970249,33229,3741.26%
1960219,958-10,352-0.46%
1950230,31037,2681.78%
1940193,04210,1130.54%
1930182,92911,2620.64%
1920171,66744,0393.01%
1910127,62842,5784.14%
190085,0503,6620.44%
189081,38817,7882.50%
188063,60012,5622.22%
187051,03813,1283.02%
186037,91010,3403.24%
185027,5707,4173.18%
184020,1534,0932.30%
183016,0603,9932.90%
182012,0672,3322.17%
18109,7353,9985.43%
18005,7371,9764.31%
17903,7610.00%

Richmond Population in 2018Source: By CoredesatChikai [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
Black or African American105,384
White95,796
Two or More Races7,581
Asian4,606
Some Other Race2,342
American Indian and Alaska Native1,004
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander60

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Richmond Population Pyramid 2018

0%2%4%6%8%10%12% Male Population0%2%4%6%8%10%12% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Richmond Median Age

33.2


Total

32.5


Male

34


Female

Richmond Adults

There are 177,320 adults, (24,929 of which are seniors) in Richmond.

Richmond Age Dependency

42.3

Age Dependency Ratio

16.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

25.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Richmond Sex Ratio

Female

113,837

52.51%

Male

102,936

47.49%

Richmond Households and Families

Richmond Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Richmond Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married73.5%26.5%
All41.4%58.6%
Non Family32.6%67.4%
Male31.9%68.1%
Female27.7%72.3%

41.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Richmond Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All88,9582.3141.4
Non Family48,3201.4332.6
Married21,1752.9973.5
Female15,8883.7827.7
Male3,5753.7331.9

3.21

Average Family Size

2.31

Average Household Size

6.1%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.8%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Richmond Households

Richmond Education

Richmond Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade8,6845.93%
9th to 12th Grade14,75910.07%
High School Graduate33,37222.77%
Some College27,41018.70%
Associates Degree8,5535.84%
Bachelors Degree32,07821.89%
Graduate Degree21,69214.80%

Richmond Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Black68,13052,3699,953
White65,49662,04040,384
Hispanic7,4293,847943
Multiple Races3,3492,867846
Asian2,3452,0571,579
Other Race1,130738212
Native American62339162
Islander291616

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.72%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 67.33%.

Richmond Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,870$34,348$30,364
Less Than High School$18,967$21,093$14,424
High School Grad$22,724$25,004$21,006
Some College$27,798$30,510$26,536
Bachelors Degree$41,929$45,863$39,948
Graduate Degree$56,248$66,960$51,804

$31,870

Average Earnings

$34,348

Average Male

$30,364

Average Female

Richmond Language

Richmond Language by Age

Richmond Language

90.58% of Richmond residents speak only English, while 9.42% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.34% of the population.

Richmond Poverty

Richmond Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black101,79434,39433.79%
White81,85311,23313.72%
Hispanic12,8263,92330.59%
Multiple6,9262,14630.98%
Asian3,5711,00728.20%
Native95353756.35%
Other2,05953425.93%

25.45%

Overall Poverty Rate

23.42%

Male Poverty Rate

27.29%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Richmond

The race most likely to be in poverty in Richmond is Native, with 56.35% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Richmond is White, with 13.72% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.26%. Among those working part-time, it was 32.54%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 38.75%.

Richmond Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School36.06%
High School23.73%
Some College18.41%
Bachelors or Greater6.43%

Richmond Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed62.00%
Male Unemployed40.28%
Female Employed13.68%
Male Employed9.51%

Richmond Income

Richmond Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$41,187$65,472
Families$52,120$86,252
Married Families$91,016$129,979
Non Families$32,038$46,387

Richmond Marital Status

Richmond Marital Status

Marriage Rates

26.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

28.8%

Male Marriage Rate

24.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Richmond Married by Age and Sex

Richmond Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35To44.

Richmond Marital Status by Race

Richmond Veterans

Richmond Veterans by War

12,231

Number of Veterans

10,187

Male Veterans

2,044

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam4,106
First Gulf War2,745
Second Gulf War2,167
Korea950
World War II761

Richmond Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
35 to 543,396
55 to 642,696
65 to 742,386
75+2,270
18 to 341,483

Richmond Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
Black6,7828.31%
White5,0956.09%
Hispanic2933.11%
2 or More2705.66%
Other543.08%
Asian240.57%
Indian60.85%

Richmond Veterans by Education

12.98%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.42%

Veteran Disability Rate

Richmond Employment Status

Richmond Employment by Age

65.6%

Labor Force Participation

59.4%

Employment Rate

9.1%

Unemployment Rate

Richmond Employment by Race

Richmond Employment by Education

Richmond Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

61.96%

Born in Virginia

93.50%

Native Born

6.50%

Foreign Born

4.33%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

93.50% of Richmond residents were born in the United States, with 61.96% having been born in Virginia. 4.33% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.