Richmond is located close to downtown Vancouver and is home to Vancouver International Airport. Richmond was recently named "The Healthiest City in Canada" in a Canadian Living study, and is easily accessible via the Arthur Laing Bridge, Oak Street Bridge, and Knight Street Bridge. Richmond is about a 30-minute drive from the Tsawwassen BC Ferry Terminal and the US border, and it is well served by the Canada Line rapid transit system.
Richmond is British Columbia's fourth most populous city, is also known for its abundance of restaurants that cater to the most discerning palates. According to ChineseRestaurantAwards.com Richmond has been dubbed "the best Chinese food outside of China" by the New York Times and Gourmet Magazine. Richmond is also a foodie's paradise, with seafood, Thai, sushi, Mediterranean, and Canadian cuisine. Richmond is ideal for families looking for close proximity to shops, services, and restaurants, as well as the City of Vancouver. It is a popular destination for new Canadians from China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. The Richmond School Board operates 11 secondary and 37 elementary schools in Richmond's neighbourhoods, providing high-quality education.
The entire city is at risk of flooding. Richmond is about one metre above sea level and is vulnerable to flooding from the Fraser River. To protect Richmond, a massive 49-kilometer-long system of dykes was built.
Buildings are limited - Because of the risks of flooding, most Richmond homes do not have basements, and buildings cannot be taller than 46 feet due to the airport's proximity.
Richmond gets about 30% less rain than Vancouver because it is farther away from the mountains.
Richmond has a population of 218,307 people, making it the fourth largest city in British Columbia, after Vancouver, Surrey, and Burnaby.
Richmond is home to the two largest Buddhist temples in North America: the International Buddhist Temple and the Ling Yen Mountain Temple.
Richmond is home to approximately 47% of BC's cranberry acreage, making it one of the city's two most important crops (along with blueberries).
Storybrooke is another name for Richmond. The ABC TV show Once Upon a Time is filmed in Richmond, and anyone who has seen the fictitious town of Storybrooke will recognise the streets of Steveston.
Richmond has two sister cities: Pierrefonds, Quebec, Canada, and Wakayama, Japan.
It has a very impressive port. The port of Steveston is the largest commercial fishing harbour in Canada, with approximately 600 boats based there.
Because of the large number of canning factories in the area, Steveston was also known as Salmonopolis.