12 Reasons Why Richmond Is An Amazing City To Live In

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Richmond, British Columbia is an absolutely amazing city to live in.

With an estimated population of 198,309 people with 60% being immigrants, it’s a city that’s truly diverse and always has exciting things to check explore.


Asides from their diverse population, Richmond offers quality cuisine, endless economic growth and some beautiful outdoor spots.

Here are 12 reasons why Richmond is an amazing city to live in.

International cuisine

Photo: Chop Steakhouse & Bar – Richmond / Facebook

Whether you’re looking for Chinese, Indian, Japanese, or Greek, you’ll find this all and much more. More than half the city’s population is of Asian descent, which has built a community that’s rich with endless flavours.

Some popular restaurants include:

  • Steveston Seafood House
  • Steveston Pizza Co.
  • Flying Beaver Bar & Grill
  • Shanghai River
  • Alley BBQ Restaurant
  • Chop Steakhouse

University Options


Photo: Kwantlen Polytechnic University / Facebook

The city is home to two university campuses. They are Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) and Trinity Western University (TWU). KPU offers bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations in more than 120 programs.

With a wide array of undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree-completion programs, TWU equips leaders of character and competence to make a positive impact in the lives of others.

Langara College is also located nearby, just outside of Richmond.

High School Options

All of Richmond’s neighbourhoods are situated near a high school. It allows families to feel comfortable knowing they can find a school for their children no matter what.

The Richmond School District consists of 48 schools comprised of 38 elementary schools and 10 secondary schools.

The secondary schools include:

  • Boyd
  • Burnett
  • Cambie
  • MacNeill
  • McMath
  • McNair
  • McRoberts
  • Richmond
  • Palmer
  • Steveston-London

Beautiful Parks & Trails


Photo: @cityofrichmondparks / Instagram

In total, Richmond boasts 1950 acres (789 ha) of park land and 73 kilometres of trails and 60 kilometres of on road cycling paths. An extensive system of 145 parks provides sports and recreation amenities in every neighbourhood and contributes to the quality of life in Richmond.

These include:

  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard Park – historic shipyard, museum and waterfront park
  • Garden City Park – adventure play, arboretum and pond
  • Garry Point Park – waterfront location with spectacular views
  • Imperial Landing Park – long boardwalk, fishing piers and observation tower
  • London Heritage Farm – historic farmhouse and park overlooking the Fraser River
  • Middle Arm Waterfront Greenway Park – piers, amphitheatre and multiple play areas
  • Minoru Park – premier sports facilities, walking paths and peaceful lakes
  • Paulik Neighbourhood Park – perennial garden, public art and playground area
  • Richmond Nature Park – over 200 acres of bog forest, pond and Nature House
  • Terra Nova Rural Park & Natural Area – boardwalks, trails, heritage buildings and agricultural activities

Outdoor sports fields & community centres


Photo: @richmondoval / Instagram

The city has done an amazing job to ensure people can easily access fitness facilities and take part in them conveniently. Numerous basketball courts, soccer fields, football fields, ice rinks and tennis courts are available across the city.

Large shopping centres


Photo: Ann Hung / Flickr

Richmond Centre, Lansdowne Centre and McArthurGlen Designer Outlet are available in the city. With over a combined 200+ stores, all three malls offer a premier shopping mall experience, which includes numerous brand names.

Endless real estate development

Buildings keep going up and more people are moving to Richmond now than ever before. From houses to condominiums, numerous real estate projects are shaping the future of the city.

Richmond Centre and Lansdowne Centre are both set to undergo huge transformations that will shape the local landscape.

Plenty of job options

Photo: Google Maps

This is another area that has been impacted by the recent real estate development in Richmond. From lawyer offices to dentists, numerous professions can now operate out of Richmond.

Local hospital


Photo: Richmond Hospital Foundation / Facebook

Richmond General Hospital first opened on February 26th, 1966 with 132 beds. It’s the only hospital in Richmond and is a large community hospital with 200 beds serving the needs of residents in Richmond, Delta, as well as travellers using the Vancouver International Airport and BC Ferries. It is also a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of British Columbia.

Easy access to nearby cities


Photo: Ted McGrath / 604 Now Flickr Pool

Richmond is centrally located and near Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and Delta. Major highways, bridges and public transportation options connect people easily to these surrounding municipalities.

Home to a major airport


PHOTO: Vancouver International Airport

Richmond is home to Vancouver International Airport (YVR). It’s located on Sea Island, which is about 12 km from Downtown Vancouver. It is the second busiest airport in Canada by aircraft movements (306,799) and passengers (24.0 million).

YVR is a world class airport that has won numerous awards. It won the Skytrax Best North American Airport award in 2007 and 2010 through 2018, for a record 9 consecutive years.

It’s A Waterfront City


Photo: Clayton Perry Photoworks / 604 Now Flickr Pool

There’s beautiful bodies of water surrounding the entire city. From Steveston to Terra Nova Adventure Playground, there’s a handful of spots to relax by the waterfront. It has features numerous waterfront patios to take advantage of.


Guest Author

This article was submitted by guest author Lana Baras.

As a passionate and charismatic realtor in the Metro Vancouver area, Lana has steadily built a reputation of being a qualified agent. Lana specializes in all facets of the real estate business, whether it be navigating the way for first timers, handling investors, finding a small home in town, or providing help in the luxury market.

She knows and has experienced it all, after being a buyer agent for more than four years, helping many families find a great home to live in.

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