Richmond, Virginia is home to around 150,000 people within the city limits. Those limits include the Counties of Henrico and Chesterfield. The surrounding counties and the City’s population combine to make the Metro region home to nearly a million residents. All of those who live in the capital city are serviced by an international airport, Amtrak trains, and I-95 which goes through the center of the City. Richmond also plays host to two annual NASCAR races at the Richmond International Raceway.

The City has a significant place in American history as the former Capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War. There are a number of Civil War landmarks throughout the City such as Hollywood Cemetery, Museum of the Confederacy, the Confederate White House and Tredegar Iron Works. Richmond’s location in conjunction with the Mason Dixon Line provided an ideal location for Northern troops to invade the newly formed Southern coalition. Richmond is also home to Jackson Ward, which was a significant place for black merchants to do business in the early twentieth century, which was then segregated Southern city.

Richmond has lot of cultural events throughout the year at anyone of its numerous performing arts venues. These include the Landmark Theater, the Richmond Convention Center, as well as the newly completed Richmond CenterStage. CenterStage is home to the Richmond Ballet, Richmond Symphony Orchestra and other city-wide performing artists.

Richmond is also proud to boast a number of Fortune 500 company headquarters: Performance Food Group, Genworth Financial, Owens & Minor, CarMax, Dominion Resources, and Markel to name a few. These companies, plus the numerous state agencies based in Richmond provide the City with a diverse economy.

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