QUALITY OF LIFE
QUALITY OF LIFE
Group rafting on the James River
There’s a reason U.S. News & World Report recognized Richmond, Virginia, as one of the Top 100 Places to Live - the quality of life can’t be beat.
Arts & Culture
Identify. Reconsider. Dive deeper. From historic sites that speak to our past to the murals that honor our present to the Institute of Contemporary Art that ushers in our future, Richmond’s arts and culture scene is alive and bursting with creativity. See for yourself at one of the 15 galleries throughout the city or the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, a free, world-class art museum open 365 days a year.
Dining & Nightlife
Grab a plate, fork, and pint, and discover why Richmond is named one of the top food destinations in the U.S. by Yelp. Sample your way through the Richmond Beer Trail or experience culinary mastery at one of the many award-winning restaurants in our city. Catch a show at the Altria Theater, or pop over to Babes of Carytown and enjoy karaoke or live music.
Whether you want to wind down or rev up, you’ll find something your speed in Richmond. Stop and smell the roses at the 100-acre historic estate Maymont or learn something new as you wander the Virginia Museum of History and Culture or The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia. Kick it up a gear with a trip to our surrounding counties to visit the Richmond Raceway or Kings Dominion.
Sports & Outdoors
You don’t have to go far to find adventure in Richmond. Paddle your way down the James River to enjoy nature in calm flatwater or take on Class IV rapids through downtown. If you’d rather stay dry, explore our 600-acre James River Park System or take a spin along the Virginia Capital Trail. Get your head in the game to cheer on the Richmond Flying Squirrels minor league baseball team and the Richmond Kickers USL League One soccer team. Or try something new and sign up for an event hosted by Sports Backers – a local nonprofit helping to improve the quality of life for all Richmonders.
Events & Festivals
There is so much year-round fun to be had in Richmond. Find your groove at The Richmond Folk Festival, where more than 200,000 people gather annually to hear musicians from around the world. Raise a glass at the Virginia Wine Expo, a premier destination wine and food event with attendance in the thousands. And be sure to check out Dominion Energy Riverrock, the nation’s premier outdoor sports and music festival.
What would all this fun be worth without your health? As a Richmond resident, rest easy knowing that you and your loved ones are in good hands when it comes to wellness. The 4,100 physicians and 19 acute care and specialty hospitals in our region are here for you in your time of need. The expansive HCA Virginia network is praised for its bedside manner, earning 22 Unit of Distinction Awards for Nursing Excellence in 2022. VCU Health, a top 100 hospital in the U.S., is constantly at the forefront of medicine. And for the little ones, the Children’s Hospital of Richmond provides world-class pediatric care.
Want to learn more about the outstanding quality of life in Richmond, Virginia? Reach out to Richmond Economic Development.
DIRECTOR OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
SENIOR DEPUTY DIRECTOR
BUSINESS RETENTION & EXPANSION