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More than 7 million tourists visit the Greater Richmond region each year to explore its rich American history. Patrick Henry gave his famous "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech in Richmond's St. John's Church and, as the former capital of the Confederacy, the metro area was at the epicenter of the Civil War. Modern-day attractions can easily be found in the region as well, including world-class museums, a vibrant food scene and an array of entertainment options, from concerts and theater performances to family-friendly festivals.
The only city in America with whitewater rapids running through its downtown district, Richmond is the seat of Virginia's state government. With a range of housing options, the Richmond metro area – which includes suburban areas in the counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico – appeals to a varied demographic, from young families to retirees.
Downtown Richmond is anchored by Virginia Commonwealth University, which draws a large crowd of younger part-time residents. But this college town, also home to the University of Richmond, has plenty to offer families and older residents, as well. Each of Richmond's neighborhoods exudes a unique personality, from the historic 19th-century homes in Church Hill to rustic farms and suburban communities in the outlying counties.