Located roughly 30 miles southwest of Houston, Texas, Richmond is a historic city and the seat of Fort Bend County.
Around 12,000 people call Richmond home, and many families are attracted to Richmond. The city has a low cost of living relative to national trends, considering median property values, and public schools in the area are commonly favorably rated by the Texas Department of Education. There are also reputable private campuses nearby, including religious institutions and early-childhood educational facilities.
Richmond is also one of the most diverse suburbs in Texas, considering the city’s ethnic and socioeconomic statistics. Additionally, young professionals favorably rate this city’s job market and local economy, so the city’s residents also vary greatly in terms of age ranges. Richmond’s crime rates also generally track below national averages.
The city has many local restaurants, nighttime venues, outdoor locations, and family-friendly activities. Plus, Richmond’s location lends itself well to traveling throughout the Houston area for work or pleasure.
Richmond’s population sits at about 12,000.
22% of Richmond residents have some college education or hold an associate’s degree. 12% of the population has a bachelor’s degree, and another 5% of Richmond residents have earned a master’s degree or higher.
58% of Richmond’s population identifies as Hispanic, and 19% of the population is White. Another 15% of residents are African American, while 6% of residents are Asian, and another 1% of residents are biracial or multiracial.
The poverty rate in the city is 25%, and the unemployment rate tracks around 2.1% The median household income averages at $37K, and the median individual income is a little over $23K.
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Seeing as Richmond’s annual average temperature is slightly over 69°F, this area of Texas experiences slightly warmer temperatures than is average in the state. Also, the city’s average temperature is almost 15°F over the country’s average.
Richmond’s warmest months out of the year are usually July and August, considering that temperatures may spike to 95°F and monthly averages are about 84°F. Temperatures start to fall around October, and winter brings low temperatures around 44°F. Additionally, average monthly temperatures during winter near 53°F.
Richmond’s annual average humidity is 73.63%, which is less than Texas’s average and the U.S. average. Also, the city receives around 48 inches of rain annually.
Richmond is located in Fort Bend County, a region that is known to have issued disaster declarations due to hazards from tornadoes, severe tropical storms, flooding, and hurricanes.
In the past, heavy rains dumped about 10 inches of rain in the city and caused massive flooding that severely damaged homes, cars, major roads, and public utilities.
Streets were submerged underwater and the rise in water levels prompted evacuations of residents living near the rivers.
Richmond is also at high risk of damage from tornadoes. The NOAA says, the city records an average of 3 tornadoes every year, and about 207 tornadoes have been recorded in the area since 1950.
The city also has a moderate risk of hurricanes, with a total of about 51 hurricanes recorded in the area since 1930.
Richmond Commute Time
Richmond Commuter Travel Behavior
The reported mean travel time for residents 25 years and over in Richmond is a little under 25 minutes.
Interstate 69 runs south of Richmond, and Interstate 10 can be accessed a short distance north of the city. Well connected and frequented local roadways include Jackson Street, Thompson Road, Austin Street, Golfview Drive, and Richmond Parkway. Additionally, Grand Parkway can be reached just east of the city.
It takes less than an hour and a half to reach Galveston, Texas from Richmond by car, and Sugar Land is less than a 20 minute drive from Richmond as well. For reference, Houston is about a 40 minute drive from the city.
Richmond is among the cities in Texas with crime rates that are slightly lower than the national average.
Overall, the crime rate in the area is about 2,481 per 100,000 residents. This rate is about 4% lower than the national average. Richmond’s crime rate is higher than about 79% of communities in Texas. Richmond is safer than about 30% of cities in the U.S.
Violent crime rate in the area is 379 per 100,000 residents or about the same as the national average.
Property crime rate, meanwhile, is about 2,102 per 100,000 residents. This rate is about 4% lower than the national average.
One has a 1 in 41 chance of being a victim of crime in Richmond.
The safest neighborhoods in the city are located in the southern sections near Thompsons. The neighborhoods with the highest crime rates, meanwhile, are located in the northeastern sections, near Jones Drive.
Richmond, Texas operates under a commission-manager form of government, as the city charter stipulates. This local governmental system involves 4 volunteer commission positions, and each position is elected at-large.
Among other allotted responsibilities, Richmond’s city commission works with the city manager and city mayor to further improve Richmond’s quality of life and adopt municipality ordinances to better serve the community.
Based in nearby Rosenberg, the Central Fort Bend Chamber provides valuable resources and information to new and established businesses across the area. This chamber of commerce offers various programs, events, and goals for the business community within Fort Bend County.
Networking, promotional, developmental, and educational opportunities are regularly scheduled and hosted by this chamber for the benefit of its members.
Richmond’s elected mayor serves on the city commission. The mayor of Richmond is elected at-large to serve for a term of 2 years with no term limits.
As an elected official and volunteer, the city’s mayor oversees the implementation of policies and ordinances approved by the city commission. The mayor also seeks to represent the interests of all Richmond citizens.
Richmond Population 2020
Richmond’s population was 11,679 in 2010, and the population in 2018 was slightly over 12,000. Between 2010-2018, this city’s population change was 3.5%. For reference, Richmond’s population density is 2,978.
The city’s population is about 50% female and 50% male. 33.6 is the median male age, and 33.4 is the median female age.
Richmond’s median age is 33.5, which is under both the state’s median and the U.S. median. Almost 29% of the population is less than 20 years old, and just under 12% are in their 20s. 20.6% of residents are in their 30s, and about 20% are between 40-59.
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Richmond Diversity 2020
66.5% of Richmond residents are White, and 15.2% are Black or African American. 6.5% of the population is Asian, 2.6% is biracial or multiracial, and 8.6% of residents belong to other ethnic backgrounds.
English is the most common language spoken in Richmond, considering 52.2% of the population only speaks this language. At 40.6%, a sizable number of residents are fluent in Spanish. Another 6.5% of the population speaks an Indo-European language.
Richmond has a high population of foreign born residents, seeing as 23.4% of residents were born outside of the U.S. To compare, this is 6.4% over Texas’s average.
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Richmond Education 2020
Richmond contains 22 elementaries, 6 middle schools, and 5 high schools. Richmond has a high school dropout rate of 32%, which is almost double the state’s dropout rate. Around 68% of Richmond residents over 25 years old have either a GED or a high school diploma.
15.7% of the adult population has attended some college courses, while 6.7% have an associate’s degree. 17% of residents have a bachelor’s degree, and 4.9% of residents have a graduate or professional degree. Meanwhile, 3.1% of residents have a doctorate degree.
90% of students living in Richmond are enrolled in public schools, and 10% are enrolled in private schools.
Richmond Educational Attainment of Adults (25 years and over)
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SCHOOLS IN Richmond
Students within Richmond’s corporate city limits are directed to public schools in Lamar Consolidated Independent School District, also referred to as Lamar CISD. This school district serves an estimated 43% of Fort Bend County and educates around 27,000 students.
Founded in 1947, Lamar CISD has been titled an H.E.B. Excellence in Education School District, and this school district receives some of the highest possible academic ratings by the Texas Education Agency. Lamar CISD includes National Blue Ribbon award winning elementary schools, acclaimed middle schools and junior high campuses, and highly rated high schools.
Specifically, there are 23 elementary schools in this district, 4 middle schools, 5 junior high campuses, and 5 9-12 high schools. Richmond students are directed to Jane Long Elementary, T. L. Pink Elementary, Smith Elementary School, Wessendorff Middle, Lamar Junior High, and Lamar Consolidated High School.
There are also religious campuses and private schools in Richmond and surrounding areas available to the city’s students.
Richmond Housing 2020
The estimated median value of a Richmond property is $167K, which is considered almost average for the United States as a whole. Richmond is a balanced market, seeing as buyers and sellers are about equal in number.
16.9% of properties in Richmond are worth under $58K, and another 12.7% of properties range between $58K-$116K. Another 25.8% of the city’s real estate ranges between $116K-$233K, and at 31.5%, a sizable amount of properties range between $233K-$349K.
From there, 11.1% of properties are worth even higher sums, specifically between $349K-$465K. Another 1.8% of properties vary between $465K-$581K, and less than 1% of other Richmond properties are worth between $581K-$872K.
Richmond’s real estate appreciation rates track as above average between January 2010 and January 2020. During this span of time, real estate in the city appreciated 39.12%. This divides into an annual average real estate appreciation rate of 3.36%.
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Richmond Homes for Sale
Richmond’s housing options widely vary. At 54.6%, many properties in the city are owner-occupied, while 45.4% are rented. The vacancy rate is about 8.6%.
About 70% of residences in Richmond are single family detached homes, and another 25.5% of properties are apartment complexes. An estimated 5% of other housing options in the city are smaller apartment buildings, which indicates that there are little to no attached properties in Richmond.
Less than 1% of properties in the city were built in or before 1939, and 20.9% of housing options were constructed between 1940-1969. At 58.5%, the bulk of residences were built between 1970-1999, and 19.8% of residences were built in or after 2000.
Around 17.6% of Richmond properties have 1 bedroom layouts, while 25.5% have 2 bedroom layouts. Another 40.1% of residences have 3 bedrooms, while 11.8% of residences have 4 bedrooms. 5% of properties have 5 or more bedrooms.
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Richmond Economy 2020
Richmond’s per capita income is estimated to be $19,421, and the average resident salary is $41K per year. The city’s median household income is slightly over $37K.
3.7% of Richmond residents make below $15K annually, while almost 25% of residents earn $15K-$25K annually. 26.6% of the city’s population makes $25K-$35K, and 14.5% earns between $35K-$50K. Another 18.8% of residents make between $50K-$65K, while 6.1% earn $65K-$75K. 2.2% of the population makes $75K-$100K, and 3.7% earns over $100K each year.
Richmond’s overall poverty rate is 25.3%, and 3.4% of people in this area are unemployed.
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Cost of Living
Richmond is among the cities in Texas with a cost of living that is slightly lower than both the state and national averages.
The cost of living in the city is about 4% lower than the Texas average, and about 13% lower than the national average.
With a diverse range of housing options, master-planned communities, and median home values of more than $266,000, housing costs in the city are about 40% lower than the national average.
One can expect to pay for food and groceries expenses that are about 13% lower than the national average, while prices of goods and services are about 4% higher than the national average.
The costs of transportation are about 4% lower than the national average, while utilities costs are about 8% higher than the national average. Healthcare in the city is fairly affordable, at prices that are 9% lower than the national average.
Richmond Poverty By Age and Gender
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Richmond contains over 100 neighborhoods, including neighborhoods like Hillcrest, one of the wealthiest in the city, Winston Terrace, known for its mid-century houses, and Mud Alley, where many nighttime venues are located.
Northwestern neighborhoods have the highest cost of living in the city. This corner has a median real estate price of $320K, which is more expensive than 84.3% of Texas neighborhoods and 68.1% of neighborhoods in the country. This area also has the lowest crime rate in Richmond.
Southern neighborhoods are more affordable, though their crime rate is less favorable. This corner of Richmond has a median real estate price of $271K, which is more costly than over 78% of neighborhoods in the state and 61% of neighborhoods nationally.
That said, southwestern Richmond neighborhoods are the most affordable, seeing as they have a median real estate price of $167K. This number is more affordable than 47.7% of other Texas neighborhoods and 61.8% of neighborhoods nationally.