RVA superlatives

Richmond has the most superlatives (per capita). This post is for  putting them all in one place.



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21 thoughts on “RVA superlatives”

  1. Nice trove here –> http://www.lovewhatyoufind.com/play/accolades/


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

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

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

    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.

    United States Chamber of Commerce Commends Virginia as America’s “Most Livable State” in Annual Enterprising States Rankings, June 15, 2012.

    One of the 10 best U.S. cities to live, work and make movies, according to MovieMaker, Winter 2011.

    Richmond came in at #13 on The Daily Beast’s “Best Cities to Find a Date in 2012” ranking, January 10, 2012.

    Ranked 51st among the Top 100 Healthiest Cities for Women by SELF Magazine, January 11, 2012.

    Richmond is named Best River Town in America by Outside Magazine, September 2012.

  2. June 2014 — USAToday names 10 tastiest doughnut shops in the USA


    Sugar Shack Donuts, Richmond, Va.

    The lovingly designed and run Sugar Shack, opened in June 2013, has won so many fans that they opened a second location in the heart of Downtown Richmond in March 2014. On a given day, the whimsical menu may have some or all of the following: Maple Bacon, Gingerbread, Apple Fritter, Espresso Glazed, Cookie Crumble, Babe Ruth Style, and more. They’re prone to running fun promotions, like the “Freebie o’ the day: April showers bring May flowers. Bring in a flower to score a free house doughnut!”

  3. “The Richmond Region is home to craft breweries and restaurants serving locally made beer on tap. In fact, CraftBeer.com named local favorite, Mekong, as the #1 Great American Beer Bar! Check out our website VisitRichmondVA.com for info on where to grab the best brews in the Region!”

  4. http://richmondvaannouncements.blogspot.com/2014/06/richmond-earns-top-ranking-for-small.html


    The City of Richmond recently received recognition for being a national leader in overall small business friendliness. Finishing as the 10th best city, Richmond earned an A grade for its small business friendly policies and earned an A+ for the friendliness of its licensing rules.

    “Receiving this honor acknowledges the City’s continued efforts to provide quality resources to our local businesses,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “Helping entrepreneurs and local businesses grow and thrive is central to the City’s anti-poverty strategy. By being a ‘business-friendly’ city, we are also creating local jobs and advancing our neighborhood revitalization efforts.”

    Thumbtack, a consumer service headquartered in San Francisco, partnered with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to conduct a survey of more than 12,000 small businesses nationwide. The Thumbtack.com Small Business Friendliness Survey is the largest survey of its kind and is the only survey to obtain data from an extensive, nationwide sample of small business owners to determine the most business-friendly locations.

    Some of the key findings for Richmond include:

    Richmond earned an A+ for the ease of starting a business, and was the easiest place in the southern United States to start one, improving from a B+ last year.

    Richmond excelled in the friendliness of its licensing and its environmental regulations, earning A+ in both categories.

    Richmond was the 6th best city in the nation for starting a small business.

    The full survey results are available at http://www.thumbtack.com/va/richmond. Thumbtack.com and the Kauffman Foundation evaluated most states and 82 cities against one another along more than a dozen metrics that business owners say are critical to a friendly business environment. The full methodology paper can be found at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/b8u0zjwcc99oews/thumbtack%202014%20final%20methodology%20paper.pdf.

  5. http://www.richmond.com/city-life/article_67d162ca-fca3-11e3-a4b3-0017a43b2370.html
    Richmond Is One of the Chillest Cities in America

    We knew it! Whether it’s due to the quantity of PBR we drink or the amount of time we spend lazing on the river, Richmond has made the Top Five List for the Least Stressful Cities according to CNNMoney.

    CNNMoney ranked 55 cities on the “stressors residents face in their daily lives,” using data on everything from unemployment rates to commute times.

    And Richmond came in #51 – making us Number Five for least stressful city in the U.S.

    The Top Five Least Stressed Cities:

    Salt Lake City, Utah
    Rochester, New York
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
    Richmond, Virginia

    CNNMoney cited that our unemployment is the lowest of all 55 metro areas and noted that “work’s not too much of a grind for most residents. Workers spend less time getting to work and fewer hours on the job once they’re there.”

    The article quotes Lesley Bruno from the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce: “We’ve had a lot of people who have moved here from more stressful cities comment on… the light traffic and how their tab at dinner is a lot lower than they’re expecting.”

    Although we do get dinged for not being in the “best shape” due to heavier smoking rates and lower exercise rates.

    Maybe that’s a side effect of being so chill? We don’t know, but we’ll take it.

    On the flip side, New York City, Detroit and Los Angeles are the top three most stressful cities to live in.

    Read the article in full here.

    Stressed Out Cities: How does your city rank?

    Using data on everything from unemployment rates to commute times, CNNMoney ranked 55 major metro areas on the stressors residents face in their daily lives.

    #51 (out of 55) Richmond Virginia

    Population: 1.3 million
    Zen factor: Plenty of jobs
    Stress factor: Unhealthy lifestyles

    A hub of financial and state government jobs, Richmond’s unemployment rate is among the lowest of all 55 metro areas. As a result, less than 12% of residents live below the poverty line.

    And even though there are plenty of jobs, work’s not too much of a grind for most residents. Workers spend less time getting to work and fewer hours on the job once they’re there.

    “We’ve had a lot of people who have moved here from more stressful cities comment on… the light traffic and how their tab at dinner is a lot lower than they’re expecting,” said Lesley Bruno, marketing director at the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce.

    One downside: residents aren’t in the best shape — thanks to an above-average smoking rate and lower-than-average exercise rate. But the city has been working to change that with the mayor’s “Healthy Richmond” campaign, which promotes active lifestyles among residents, Bruno said. There is also a growing cycling community in the city.

  6. We still think we are foodies… this time the headline is “Richmond One of ‘8 Under-the-Radar Foodie Cities’ in the World” … “Guys, in case you’re not paying attention, something remarkable is happening in Richmond dining. If it seems like nary a week goes by without our dining scene getting written-up in some national publication, it’s because it doesn’t. Two weeks ago, the founder of Saveur Mag called Richmond the “next great American food city;” today, U.S. News & World Report via Huffington Post Travel lists Richmond as one of “8 Under-the-Radar Foodie Cities” – in the world. The HuffPost list isn’t a list of Southern cities or mid-size cities and even American cities – it’s a list of foodie cities across the globe, including cities in Peru, Italy and Australia – and only two American cities made the list.” –> http://www.richmond.com/food-drink/dish/article_65a140a2-38ed-11e4-8203-001a4bcf6878.html?fb_action_ids=10153136226825410&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_ref=.VBCpvCWh5PI.like

  7. RVA = happiest city in the USA!!!!! –> http://www.rodalenews.com/happiest-cities

    On your commute, do you see people pleasantly riding along or sitting under a grumpy storm cloud? When you walk to the store, are people laughing nearby or barking angrily at each other? When people ask where you’re from, do you beam with pride or reluctantly admit to your home city?

    Interestingly, how happy life is (or isn’t) in any given city doesn’t seem to affect people’s willingness to relocate there, according to a study from the National Bureau of Economic Research.

    “Our research indicates that people care about more than happiness alone, so other factors may encourage them to stay in a city despite their unhappiness,” says Joshua Gottlieb, PhD, of the University of British Columbia in a press release. “This means that researchers and policy-makers should not consider an increase in reported happiness as an overriding objective.”

    Where does your city stack up?

    10 Happiest Metropolitan Areas
    1. Richmond and Petersburg, VA
    2. Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Newport News, VA
    3. Washington, DC
    4. Raleigh and Durham, NC
    5. Atlanta, GA
    6. Houston, TX
    7. Jacksonville, FL
    8. Nashville, TN
    9. West Palm Beach and Boca Raton, FL
    10. Middlesex, Somerset, and Hunterdon, NJ

    10 Unhappiest Metropolitan Areas
    1. New York, NY
    2. Pittsburgh, PA
    3. Louisville, KY
    4. Milwaukee, WI
    5. Detroit, MI
    6. Indianapolis, IN
    7. St. Louis, MO
    8. Las Vegas, NV
    9. Buffalo, NY
    10. Philadelphia, PA

    1. “Closer to home, once-overlooked spots have proven themselves worthy of another glance. The bike-friendly town of Richmond, Virginia, has standout architecture, a burgeoning art and food scene, and a brand-new design hotel. Detroit’s renewal has been on our radar for a while, and with signs of life springing up in its abandoned buildings—including a hotel that set up shop in a historic fire-department headquarters—it’s finally earned a much-deserved spot on this list. And in San Antonio, the Roman and Williams–designed Hotel Emma, in a former brewhouse, sits at the heart of the restaurant- and shopping-packed Pearl district.”

  8. VMFA = top 20 museums in the USA (by USA Today) –> http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2015/12/14/yelp-museums/77155730/ “No. 19: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Va. Sample reader comment: “Fantastic free museum! VMFA has do much wonderful artwork, historic artifacts, and collections to browse and learn about. It’s a beautiful modern building, the ticketing area is reminiscent of the modern wing of the Art Institute of Chicago.” – Nikki L. yelp.com/biz/virginia-museum-of-fine-arts-richmond”

  9. #13 in Travel & Leisure’s 2017 list of best cities in America for adventure!!!


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