Welcome to Richmond Virginia.
This city is the capital of Virginia and is most known for its historical significance and a recent uptick in popularity.
Plenty of people have decided to move to this city. And that might make you think that the living experience here is all sunshine and rainbows.
But nothing could be further from the truth…
Richmond does have much about it to love. But it has just as much to despise. That’s why I’ve decided to reveal the not-so-talked-about pros and cons of living in the city.
So if you’re ready to take the red pill, then follow me.
I’ll show you just how deep the rabbit hole goes.
Con #4, Allergies
If you are someone who struggles with bumble-bee-booty-powder, otherwise known as pollen, then you might want to leave your nose at home.
Because Richmond is terrible for people with allergies.
It’s been voted the 4th worst city in the country for allergy sufferers. And this effect is even greater for people moving from the west coast.
So if this sounds like you, you might want to AH-choose another place to live.
Con #3, Cost of living
Richmond is becoming a hot spot for people to move.
We’ll get into the reasons why shortly. But for now, let’s talk about why it’s a not-so-ideal situation for newcomers.
And that is due to scarcity.
You see, when more and more people move to a city like Richmond. It creates scarcity of goods.
And as we all learned in microeconomics. Or if you’re like me, what you learned by cheating off a cute girl named Sydney’s homework, is that when demand surpasses supply, prices go up.
And this has created a scenario where the cost of living is 2.5% higher than the national average in Richmond.
Granted, this isn’t that bad. Some other cities in the US are much more expensive. But it is worth noting.
And Sydney, baby girl if you’re reading this, I miss you.
Con #2, Crime rate
The good thing about living in Virginia is that the crime rate isn’t too bad.
However, the same can’t be said for Richmond Virginia.
In this godforsaken city, the crime rate is 17% higher than the national average. Making the city akin to the ugly stepsister of other cities in the state.
But as long as you pick a good area to live in, you should be just fine.
However, if something goes wrong with this next con, where you live in Richmond won’t matter. It’ll be pretty much guaranteed a ticket to the pearly gates.
Con #1, Nuclear power plants
You heard that right.
Virginia is the home of 4 total nuclear power plants. And get this. 2 of those nuclear facilities are located in Richmond.
Listen, I don’t know if you’ve ever seen Chornobyl. But if you plan on living in Richmond, do yourself a favor and do not watch it.
I honestly don’t see how people in this city sleep knowing that a sleeping giant is in their backyard.
I mean, that’s like moving to Pompeii and just trusting that the volcano won’t erupt.
We all know how that played out last time…
Or at least, Sydney does…I didn’t pay attention in History class either.
Anyway, if that doesn’t bother you too much I say roll the dice and pray that Homer Simpson isn’t on duty.
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Ok, now let’s check out some pros of living in Richmond.
Pro #4, Job opportunities
Ever wonder why they call the city Rich-mond.
Well, it could possibly be due to the enormous amount of job opportunities in the city.
Richmond is considered to have the 15th fastest-growing job market in the nation. Meaning if you decide to move there, you should have no problem getting paid.
But before you hop in your car to move to greener pastures, keep in mind that the unemployment rate here is slightly higher than the national average.
So just make sure you actually have a skill or certification that will make being gainfully employed quite easy.
Pro #3, Rich history
When I say that the city has a rich history, I don’t mean that the city’s forefathers all made a fortune off the slave trade.
Even though that happens to be true…
Shame on you Richmond.
But given that this city played an instrumental role in America’s past, it’s a great place to learn about the nation’s history.
Even if what you’ll learn are lessons of what not to do.
But if you’re new to the city, I’d recommend checking out some of the cannons from the Civil War and the Capitol building that Thomas Jefferson designed.
Or you can check out a civil war reenactment and throw tomatoes at those playing the part of the confederacy.
I always get a kick out of that.
Pro #2, Healthcare
If you’re someone suffering from a chronic illness, I have good news!
No, you’re not cured…
I probably should’ve phrased that differently.
But if healthcare is a concern for you at all, you’ll be happy to learn that Richmond has fantastic healthcare.
Virginia has around 100 hospitals and a good number of them are located in Richmond. Spotting a hospital here is like spotting a 7/11–there’s pretty much one on every corner.
And the hospitals in Richmond, and by extension the whole state of Virginia, have been known to have very high ratings.
Just know that if there ever is a radiation leak from the Nuclear Power Plants, you’ll be in good hands.
Probably mutant hands, but hands nonetheless.
Pro #1, Social scene
If you fancy yourself an extrovert, then you’ll love the social scene in Richmond.
There are plenty of activities to keep you entertained. Weekly live music, food festivals, museums and much more.
And did I mention the restaurants here are amazing?
Some of my fattest friends live in Richmond.
It’s really the perfect place to extend your waistline and shorten your lifespan all while keeping a smile on your face.
And what can be better than that?