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The City of Richmond & Counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico



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:

Greater Richmond

  • 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, 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.

  • Richmond named one of the top 10 big cities to live and work, by Credit Donkey, December 2013.

  • One of the "Top Destinations of 2014" for travel, by Frommer's, December 2013.

  • Richmond ranked 8th among top Digital Cities with population between 125,000 and 250,000 by Digital Communities, November 2013.

  • Ranked 3rd  among "The Most Creative Mid-Sized Cities in America" by Movoto, November 2013.

  • Richmond named among Top 100 Best Places to Live by, October 2013.

  • Richmond named one of "10 Up And Coming Cities for Entrepreneurs" by, September 2013.

  • Richmond ranked one of the 10 most affordable big cities for renters,, September 2013.

  • Richmond named a 'Hot U.S. City' for Jobs and Culture, by the Daily Beast, July 2013.

  • Ranked among the 50 Best U.S. Cities for Employment Satisfaction, by Glassdoor, July 2013.

  • Richmond ranked among the Top 50 Military Friendly Cities®, by Victory Media, May 2013.

  • Ranked No. 9 among large cities for financial activities jobs, by New Geography, December, 2014.

  • Ranked 25th Best City for Job Growth among large sized cities by New Geography, May  2013.

  • One of the 10 Best Cities for Finding Employment, by, April 2013.

  • One of the Top Cities for Business Growth among 100 metro areas, rated by the Wall Street Journal's, April 2013.

  • Ranked one of the Top 10 Mid-Sized American Cities of the Future in Foreign Direct Investment (fDi) Magazine’s North American Cities of the Future 2013/14, April 2013.

  • Richmond received grade "B+" in overall Small Business Friendliness by, April 2013.

  • Richmond was named the 5th Best City for Jobs by, March 2013.

  • Richmond ranked in the top 10 metro areas for the fastest-growing wages paid to workers in professional, technical, and scientific services in a study by New Geography, February 2013.


  • 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 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, April 2013.

  • United States Chamber of Commerce Commends Virginia as America's "Most Livable State" in Annual Enterprising States Rankings, June 15, 2012.

  • Virginia ranked 1st among Top 10 Competitive States of 2011 by Site Selection Magazine, May 2012.

  • Virginia has the 4th best business climate in the nation, according to Site Selection Magazine.

  • Virginia named Top State in Which to Make a Living, by, March 20, 2012.

  • Virginia ranked second among Top 10 Pro-Business States for 2012 by Pollina Corporate Real Estate.  Virginia has held one of the top three places in the last nine years and was the only state in the South to break the top 10 in 2012.

  • Virginia ranked number seven among America’s ten smartest states, by, February 2011.


  • 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, July 2013.

  • Carytown's Need Supply Co. is one of "The 25 Best Men's Stores in America" according to GQ Magazine, March 21, 2012. It’s the only place in Richmond, or Virginia, on the list.

  • Richmond-based Astyra Corp. is one of the nation's fastest-growing inner-city small companies in new ranking of 2012 Inner City 100.

  • Ashland ranked one of the nation’s 50 Best Places to Raise Your Kids, according to, October 2011.

  • Chesterfield and Hanover counties are among America's 100 Best Communities for Young People, by America's Promise Alliance, October 2011.

  • Midlothian is ranked among the top 10 Perfect Suburbs in America by, August 2011.

  • Hanover County ranked as the nation’s 10th Best Place to Get Ahead, based on employment and income growth, by, February 2, 2010.

  • Short Pump was named to ‘Most Educated Places in America’ list, by NerdWallet, August 2015.

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