Since its founding more than four hundred years ago, Richmond has been the strategic center of commerce, innovation, and decision-making in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Richmond MSA offers low business costs, a pro-business climate, robust financial programs, and a smart, creative workforce with solid education and experience in the technical, scientific, and creative professions. With its strategic location in the midpoint of the East Coast, it is positioned to serve northern and southern cities alike. The growing Richmond metropolitan area has a population of over 1.3 million and is recognized as the third largest MSA in the Commonwealth. The region includes not only Virginia’s capital city, but also the vibrant counties of Chesterfield, Hanover, and Henrico.
The city is diverse, with many finance, life sciences, knowledge-based and advanced manufacturing firms calling Richmond home.
The 5th District Federal Reserve Bank and a District Federal Court are located in the CBD. From creative and educational powerhouses like The Martin Agency and four top colleges and universities such as the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University, to cutting-edge energy and health companies like Dominion Resources and Bon Secours, Richmond is teeming with talent, innovation, and business success stories.
Recently, Richmond was named the best small city of the future, the 4th best city for commuters, and the #1 digital city by leading publications such as the Wall Street Journal and Kiplinger.com. With one of the highest concentrations for Fortune 500 and 1000 companies of any city in the country, coupled with over 677,000 workers, many with advanced degrees, Richmond is a vibrant area for doing business.