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Richmond, Kentucky Education and City Information

Richmond, Kentucky, is a historical city in Madison County. Home to Eastern Kentucky University, its residents are within easy reach of several other career schools, colleges and universities. Get details on Richmond's history, population, economy and schools.

About Richmond, Kentucky

Founded in 1798 by a Revolutionary War veteran, Richmond, Kentucky, has a population of 33,556 residents, according to U.S. Census estimates for 2014. About 87% of residents are white, 8% are African American and almost 3% are Hispanic, as of 2010 census data. The median household income for residents of this city is $30,295, as of 2010-2014 census data. This is lower than the state median income of $43,342.

Richmond was the site of one of the largest battles fought in Kentucky during the Civil War. Today, residents and visitors can watch reenactments of this battle, take walking or driving tours and visit numerous historic sites that depict events that took place here during the war.

Other attractions include Daniel Boone Monument, Fort Boonesborough State Park, White Hall State Historic Site, Hummel Planetarium and Space Theater, Adventure Falls and Paradise Cove.

Educational Opportunities

Richmond has one postsecondary institution: Eastern Kentucky University. An additional 8 schools can be found within 25 miles of the city. EKU has more than 100 undergraduate degree programs in business, arts and sciences, health science and more. About 30 master's degree programs and doctoral programs in educational leadership, nursing and occupational therapy can also be found at this school, which was ranked 76th among regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.

Berea College is about 13 miles away in Berea. A private, non-profit college, it has bachelor's degree programs and enrolls around 1,600 students. In Wilmore, residents will find Asbury University and Asbury Theological Seminary. Asbury University is a small private college with around 1,900 students. It was ranked third among regional colleges in the South by U.S. News.

A little farther down the road, Lexington, KY, has several colleges, including the University of Kentucky and Bluegrass Community and Technical College.

Economy and Industry Info

Some top employers in Richmond include the Okonite Company, Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes Corp., and Richmond Auto Parts Technology. Mikron Industries, AFG Industries, and EnerSys are also major employers. As of 2012 census data, top industries in the town included accommodation and food service with over 2,700 employees, in addition to healthcare/social assistance and retail trade with nearly 2,500 and 3,000 employees, respectively.


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