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The Richmond Region

“RVA” has become a common name for the Greater Richmond Region among locals, connoting a sense of pride and affection. Ours is a growing region of more than 1,000,000 people living in urban, suburban and rural communities spanning 2,165 miles.

A Capital Place

We are the capital region of the Commonwealth, boasting the residence of the Virginia State Capitol, the U.S. Courthouse for the Eastern District, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. The presence of these governmental institutions, joined by the 5th District Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, is just one element of our region’s growing economic base.

7 x Fortune 500

RVA is home to seven Fortune 500 company headquarters and ranks second for total number of firms compared to our peer cities.  Our regional population is growing at a manageable pace – 30 people per day – proving we are an attractive location for new and long-time residents.

Transit Hub

We are uniquely positioned in the Commonwealth and on the east coast, as several of the most heavily traveled highways transverse the region, including Interstate 64 (which runs east-west) and 95 (which runs north-south), and our own comprehensive regional network of bypasses, spurs and several non-interstate expressways.


Additionally, we are home to several major rail lines that carry both freight and passengers. Our road networks, rail system and riverways make the region an attractive location and hub for commerce, logistics and transport. The Richmond Marine Terminal, operated by the Port of Virginia, is the international deep water terminal located on the James River. It is 100 river miles from the Hampton Roads Terminals and provides a navigable shipping lane connecting people and goods internationally and throughout the country.

Award-Winning Lifestyle

RVA offers a rich landscape of natural and cultural assets, making our region not just a great place to work, but also an inviting place for everyone to live, play and visit.

Skyline from Belle Isle (14a) - (c) Chuck Gates