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Educated and Trained Workforce

Richmond has a young and highly skilled workforce. Tailored training programs are available from both Texas State Technical College - Brazos Campus and Wharton County Junior College. Businesses locating in Richmond can rest assured knowing that active and engaged educational partners are producing trained workers and are ready and able to create customized training programs that meet their needs. 

A total of 1.5 million workers live within a 45 minute drive time. 40.8% of these workers have achieved a bachelor's degree or higher with another 6.1% holding an Associate degree. 351,915 workers live within a 30 minute drive time. This workforce cohort provides 37.5% of workers with a bachelor's degree or higher with another 6.7% holding an associate degree. 

Prime Commercial Property

Richmond's strategic position in the center of fast growing Fort Bend County offers numerous prime commercial and industrial locations. Richmond has many strategic strengths, including frontage on or close access to major transportation networks that include U.S. 59, U.S. 90 A, and SH-99 The Grand Parkway. These major transportation networks help to bring visitors to Richmond with ease and enables goods to be quickly transported throughout the region efficiently. 

To view listed commercial properties in Richmond, you can click here. Development Corporation of Richmond staff work diligently to maintain a working knowledge of the major commercial properties in the city and are able to offer free site location assistance to businesses interested in locating inside Richmond. To request this free assistance, please contact us.

History and Charm

The City of Richmond was incorporated by the Republic of Texas in 1837 - the same year as Fort Bend County and nearby Houston. The city was founded near the site of Fort Bend, a blockhouse fortification built on a bend of the Brazos River. The area was originally settled by 57 of Stephen F. Austin's original 300 settlers. 

Richmond was called home by several Texas heroes and historical figures that include Mirabeau B. Lamar, Jane Long, and Walter M. Burton. These inhabitants can now be found at their final resting place in the Morton Cemetery located near Richmond's historic downtown.


Richmond's history is full on display when you walk down the charming streets of the historic district. Visitors can find unique shops, restaurants, wine bars, art galleries, and boutiques that inhabit the downtown corridor. Richmond is truly a one-stop location for shoppers and those seeking to step away from the hustle and bustle of the Houston metropolis. 

Quality of Life

Residents of Richmond enjoy a rich quality of life. Richmond's low cost of living mixed with a high performing school district, tree-lined historic streets, master planned communities, and the sweeping bends of the Brazos River have created an unparalleled quality of life.

Public amenities include George Park, Clay Park, and Wessendorf Park which offer jogging trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, basketball courts, football fields, volleyball pits, and soccer fields. The City of Richmond has also created a trail master plan that is designed to connect all major sections of the city into an interconnected system. 

Residents also have access to numerous entertainment options including the George Ranch Historical Park, Downtown Historic Richmond, the Smart Financial Center concert hall, Fort Bend Museum, the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, and the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball's Constellation Field. 

Quality Residential Development

Richmond offers housing options for every lifestyle. Families are able to find homes in established master planned communities, such as Pecan Grove, as well as newly constructed homes in Veranda or River Park West. Active adult communities are also available, such as the Del Webb development. If you're ready to call Richmond home, then we have the house for you. 

Engaged City Leadership 

City leaders recognize that it is important to honor the city's past while also keeping their eyes on the future. The City of Richmond and the Development Corporation of Richmond are actively working to bring quality development to the city which will help to improve the quality of life for its residents. To learn more about how the DCR can assist you in finding your next business location, please contact us

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