If the job market is a consideration when you move, the major industries and employment categories of the region are services; retail trade; manufacturing; state government; finance, insurance and real estate; local government; construction; wholesale trade; transportation and public utilities and federal government. Within the manufacturing field, the majority of workers are in the tobacco industry. Other important manufacturing categories are chemicals, printing and publishing, paper, and wood manufactures. They say this economic diversity, typical of the entire Richmond-Petersburg region, helps to insulate it from economic fluctuations. The region's location also allows it to benefit from growth in other regions of Virginia and the state as a whole.
A Move to The Leisurely Side of Richmond
But lets not focus the move all on work. Arts, architecture and a bike-friendly attitude are just a few reasons Travel + Leisure, one of the most trusted voices in travel, named Richmond a best place to travel in 2016. The editors looked for exciting places that were floating under the radar, but starting to rise; those with dynamic cultural and historic assets and ample quality-of-life amenities. Buzz-worthy shopping destinations like Carytown's Need Supply Co., and Church Hill culinary favorites Dutch & Co., the Roosevelt and Sub Rosa Bakery were cited as reasons for the nod.
With a growing craft beer scene built around national powerhouses Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and Stone Brewing, and a 50-mile bike path in the Virginia Capital Trail, Travel + Leisure has dubbed the Richmond region a perfect weekend getaway. Paddling or rafting the James River, mountain biking over 20 miles of urban trails and savoring farm-to-table cuisine helped land Richmond on Travel + Leisure's list as a great place to visit or to live.
With more than 400 years of American heritage, you can enjoy and learn in the historic Richmond Region. For example, Patrick Henry's famous "Give me liberty or give me death" speech was delivered here. It is the former capital of the Confederacy. The first American hospital and U.S. canal system are in Richmond. America's first African-American governor was elected here. All these milestones took place here, lending to the Region's highly distinguished historical profile.
But the full breadth of the Richmond region extends far beyond historic sites and illustrious figures from the past. Today, the Region sets a modern precedent by blending upscale shopping, fabulous restaurants, world-renowned museums and fun for all ages. More than five million visitors come to the Region each year.