Richmond, Va.

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The state capital of Virginia ranks seventh in demographics among our midsize cities. The relatively high apartment rents and weak labor market reflect the state of the local economy. Richmond is home to both the Richmond branch of the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which could lead to job prospects for young political science majors. However, with only 3 percent of commuters using public transportation, the region is far from walkable.

#15 Richmond, Va.

POPULATION: 1,215,468
STUDENTS: 88,918
RANKING DETAIL:
#10 COLLEGE EDUCATED
#7 DIVERSITY

Quality of life

#17 CITY ACCESS
#8 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#16 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Economics

#13 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
#5 LABOR FORCE
#16 INNOVATION
#13 RENT

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