Key Companies in Richmond

Wallethub Richmond
Niche Richmond
Wallethub Richmond
Carmax, Goochland County

Carmax, Goochland County

Regional Highlights

Greater Richmond has a population of 1.1 million, and comprises seven counties (Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan) and the City of Richmond, offering a unique combination of affordability and quality of life in urban, suburban, and rural settings. The Richmond MSA population is nearly 1.3 million.

Home to an array of industries and seven Fortune 500 headquarters, including DuPont’s largest manufacturing plant in the world, the area is a magnet for talent. CityLab ranked Richmond #6 for large metro areas with the fastest growth in the creative class, drawing a workforce that flocks to the region for diverse job opportunities and its renowned culture and recreation. 

Access World Class Talent at a Competitive Cost

The Greater Richmond story is one of ingenuity and growth. Strategically located in the heart of Virginia, Greater Richmond is already capitalizing on its unique combination of affordability and high quality of life to attract the caliber of talent that companies are seeking. Once a region defined principally by its southern charm and history, Greater Richmond has grown into a thriving, dynamic, revitalized metro, revered for its natural beauty and lively art scene. Here, employees enjoy an unparalleled set of amenities, including diverse housing options that satisfy all preferences and budgets, easy commutes, access to a great K-12 school system, and an array of cultural, recreational, and outdoor activities.

Read About the Greater Richmond Region in Virginia Economic Review

GlaxoSmithKline GSK, Richmond

GlaxoSmithKline GSK, Richmond

PrideFest, Richmond

PrideFest, Richmond

A Prideful Workforce

Companies in the Richmond Region gain a prideful workforce. For two consecutive years, Richmond earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index based on laws and policies that impact the LGBTQIA+ community.

We’ve found that being headquartered in Richmond has helped us attract top talent with diverse ideas to fuel our growth.

Jennifer Bartusiak Public Relations Manager, CarMax


As Virginia’s capital region, Richmond’s strong transportation infrastructure connects Richmond to the Mid-Atlantic region, the U.S., and the world.

Greater Richmond
Downtown Richmond

Downtown Richmond

  • CSX and Norfolk Southern provide freight rail service, with rail lines radiating in all directions from Richmond. Passenger rail service is provided by Amtrak, providing multiple daily trains to and from Washington, D.C., New York, and beyond from two area stations.
  • James River Barge Service serves the Richmond Marine Terminal, which connects to The Port of Virginia in Hampton Roads.
  • Richmond International Airport (RIC) provides passenger and cargo services to major domestic destinations and connecting service to points around the globe. Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), one of the nation’s largest international airports, is within 100 miles.
  • More than 100 motor freight companies and brokers serve the area, including specialists in heavy hauling, overdimensional loads, and liquid or dry bulk.
  • Fast shipping access is readily available with a UPS Freight home office, as well as FedEx and UPS regional hubs in the City of Richmond. More than 40 courier service companies can handle scheduled and rush, local, intrastate, and interstate deliveries.

Talent Development in Richmond

Nearly 30 regional institutions of higher education, including Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Union University, Virginia State University, the University of Richmond, and Randolph-Macon College, train and supply the next generation of skilled professionals, enabling Richmond to attract and retain businesses of all sizes.

Higher Education

Richmond is home to 16 degree-granting institutions of higher education.

  • University of Richmond: As a top 25 liberal arts university, UR celebrates the ideas of a changing and evolving world, preparing its students to lead it. Beginning Fall 2020, computer science majors may choose to add a concentration in Data Science and Statistics, building the strong analytic skills needed to work in today’s world. UR also offers a coding boot camp that prepares students with in-demand skills needed to advance or start a career in coding, data analytics, or cybersecurity.
  • VCU: Ranked a top 100 research university, VCU is a place where discovery and creativity go hand in hand. VCU’s Department of Computer Science has 14 research labs, covering topics ranging from cybersecurity, to algorithms, data mining, and software engineering. In addition, VCU is one of just 20 universities nationwide, and the only school in Virginia, in the prestigious Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Consortium giving undergraduate engineering students opportunities to work with graduate students and faculty on innovative, large-scale research projects.
  • Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA): A joint partnership between John Tyler Community College and Reynolds Community College, CCWA is dedicated to providing world-class, non-credit, and custom-designed instruction, consulting, skills assessments, and educational programs and services to both the public and private sectors.


CodeRVA: An innovative, regional, public high school in central Virginia focused on preparing students for college and careers in computer science and coding. The computer science-focused school serves up to 400 students from 12 school districts in the region.

Maggie Walker Governor’s School: The #8 Public High School in the United States according to Niche is a public regional magnet high school located in Richmond.

Sabra Dipping Company

Virginia’s success in food and beverage processing is evidenced by the major global food products companies that have located here and continue to expand in the Commonwealth. Virginia’s accessibility to some of the country’s most populated metro areas makes it a prime location for companies that need to get product to market quickly.

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Home to nearly 700 data centers, Virginia boasts one of the largest data center markets in the world, thanks to the Commonwealth’s access to a robust fiber and power network that matches or exceeds virtually every domestic market and most major financial centers around the globe. With approximately 70% of the world’s internet traffic passing through Virginia, the Commonwealth’s sophisticated IT infrastructure is second to none.

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AvePoint announced in January 2016 the opening of an office in Richmond to serve as a primary operations center for the company. A four-time Microsoft Partner of the Year, AvePoint has been named to the Inc. 500|5000 six times and the Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ five times.

RTS Labs

RTS Labs is a team of builders specializing in custom software for growth-stage and middle-market companies. Founded in 2010 with two people, the company plans to grow to 200 employees in the next few years.


In 2016, CoStar Group announced plans to invest over $8M to locate its single-biggest operations and global research center in the City of Richmond, creating over 700 jobs. With a bounty of recent college graduates and a competitive cost of living, the Commonwealth’s capital city checked all the boxes for CoStar’s research headquarters.

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Living in Richmond


Once a region defined principally by its southern charm and history, Richmond has grown into a thriving, cosmopolitan destination, revered for its natural beauty and amenities.

Richmond offers the entertainment and recreational opportunities of a much larger metro area, with the accessibility, atmosphere, and traffic of a smaller city, providing an ideal and affordable location to raise a family and grow a business and career.

The region offers an extensive variety of arts and cultural activities that serve to enrich its well-known history, including state museums like the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Science Museum of Virginia, and a full array of theatre, opera, symphony, comedy, concerts, and other productions.

Ardent Craft Ales

Ardent Craft Ales

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Henrico

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Henrico