Rising from the ashes of the Civil War, Richmond literally had to rebuild from the ground up. Most noted for having been the capital of the Confederacy, the city celebrates a heritage of more than 400 years. This was where Patrick Henry delivered his "Give me liberty or give me death" speech as support for the American Revolution gained speed, and this is where, in 1990, Douglas Wilder, Virginia's first African-American governor, took office. Today, the City of Richmond hums with energy, embracing a diversity of people, neighborhoods, businesses and activities. You can immerse yourself in its history through world-class museums, embark upon an up-scale shopping expedition, take in the ballet or a minor league baseball game and wrack your brain trying to choose from among a wide variety of scrumptious dining options.

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In Richmond, capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia, home prices have maintained a steady increase of about 3% annually over the past few years. Analysts attribute this to the city's low unemployment rate and ongoing job stability in government, education, finance and manufacturing positions. The Richmond Region is made up of the city itself plus four counties: Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and New Kent. Each offers a mix of housing opportunities, from cottages and condos to residential, single-family homes and stunning mansions.

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