Nationally recognized publications consistently rank Virginia and the Richmond region as top locations to do business and to live, work and play. Below is a collection of recent accolades organized by location:
Richmond named a top destination for food travel in 2016, by National Geographic, January 2016.
Richmond ranked at No. 3 on international list of Best Places to Travel in 2016, Travel + Leisure magazine, November 2015.
Richmond ranked as the “Most Artistic Mid-Sized City in America," according to Gogobot study, November 2015.
Richmond listed third on the "The Top 10 Cities for Millennial Entrepreneurs," by Thumbtack, September 2015.
Richmond ranked 3rd on the 10 Best Places to Start a Business, Inc. magazine, Aug. 2015.
Richmond named 'the southern food destination you need to know about,' by Conde Nast Traveler, July 2015.
Ranked 4th among the Top 10 Mid-Sized American Cities of the Future in Foreign Direct Investment (fDi) Magazine’s North American Cities of the Future 2015/16, April 2015.
Richmond came in at No. 1 on the list of top 10 most popular U.S. cities to visit this summer, by American Express Travel, May 14, 2015.
Richmond ranked among the 10 Best Cities To Relocate To In The U.S., by The Huffington Post, April 29, 2015.
Richmond named one of "50 Best Places to live in America" by Men's Journal, April 2015.
Richmond ranked second among "America's Top 5 Cities To Keep On Your Radar," by Huffington Post, September 2014.
One of the South's top 10 outstanding cities to relocate your HQ, Southern Business & Development, September 2014.
Richmond ranked among the top 10 cities for finding a job in accounting or finance, according to Accounting Principals, August 2014.
Richmond region is the "most content area" in America, according to the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research, July 2014.
Richmond finished as the 10th best city for overall small business friendliness in the country, earning an A grade, by Thumbtack.com, June 2014.
Richmond named top 'Affordable Summer Driving Destination' by CBS This Morning, May 2014.
Richmond ranked 4th among "Cities you should explore on 2 wheels," by Buzzfeed, April 2014.
Richmond named one of the country’s 10 hottest housing markets, by CNN Money, Jan. 2014
Richmond ranked one of the top 20 fittest cities in America, by the ACSM's American Fitness Index, Jan. 22, 2014.
Ranked No. 9 among large cities for financial activities jobs, by New Geography, December, 2014.
Virginia ranked No. 4 Best State to Make a Living in 2015, by Forbes.com, June 2015.
Virginia ranked 3rd best state for peak average Internet connection speed, according to Akamai Technologies Inc., July 2015. Worldwide, Virginia has the fifth-fastest peak broadband speed by region.
Virginia named one of the 'top 10 states for encouraging innovation' by Consumer Electronics Association, April 2015.
Virginia is the nation’s 5th-best state for retirees, according to a study published by CNN Money, March 2015.
Virginia ranked one of the “Best States for Business” in 2014 by Forbes.com. Virginia took the first place six times since 2006, and ranked 2nd in 2012, 2011 and 2010.
Virginia ranked No. 5 in CNBC list of "Best States for Business" in 2013. For the last five years, Virginia was one of the top three states in America for business. CNBC ranks the states in 10 categories, including workforce, quality of life, infrastructure, education, business friendliness and access to capital.
Virginia was awarded a Silver Shovel in the 5+ to 10 million population category by Area Development magazine in 2013. The award recognizes states' innovative economic development policies that attracted new employers in 2012, as well as catalyzing investments in facility and operating expansions by existing local businesses, driving significant in-state job growth.
Virginia ranked seventh best state for business in Chief Executive Magazine’s 2013 survey of CEOs, May 2013. Factors included taxation, regulation, workforce and quality of life.
Virginia ranked in the top 10 states for growth of its women-owned businesses in an annual survey by American Express OPEN, April 2013.
Virginia ranked as a Top State for Performance, Innovation and Talent, by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, April 2013.
Virginia received grade "A" in overall Small Business Friendliness by Thumbtack.com, April 2013.
Short Pump was named to ‘Most Educated Places in America’ list, by NerdWallet, August 2015.
Richmond ranked among "10 Most Walkable Mid-Sized Cities of 2015," by Redfin, August 2015.
Chesterfield County ranked first among Top 10 Best Cities to Locate Your Warehouse, in the study by The Boyd Co., May 13, 2015.
Richmond's Fan District among top 10 "Great Neighborhoods," by the American Planning Association, October 2014.
Richmond's Church Hill has been named an "Up and Coming Neighborhood" by USA TODAY, May 2014.
Henrico's Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden selected 2nd most beautiful public garden in North America, by USA Today, April 2014.
Glen Allen was named the best place in Virginia to raise a young family, while Bon Air and Mechanicsville rated in the top 10, by NerdWallet.com, July 2013.