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Richmond, Michigan
City of Richmond
Location within Macomb County (bottom) and St. Clair County (top)
Location within Macomb County (bottom) and St. Clair County (top)
Richmond, Michigan is located in Michigan
Richmond, Michigan
Richmond, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Richmond, Michigan is located in the United States
Richmond, Michigan
Richmond, Michigan
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Michigan
Counties Macomb and St. Clair
Settled 1835
Incorporated 1879 (village)
1966 (city)
 • Type Mayor–council
 • Total 2.92 sq mi (7.57 km2)
 • Land 2.89 sq mi (7.48 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.09 km2)
732 ft (223 m)
 • Total 5,735
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,025.28/sq mi (781.89/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s) 586
FIPS code 26-68380
GNIS feature ID 0635886

Richmond is a city within Metro Detroit in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 5,735 at the 2010 census. Most of the city is located in Macomb County, though there is a small portion in neighboring St. Clair County. The city is adjacent to Richmond Township and Lenox Township in Macomb County, although it is administratively autonomous. It is also adjacent to St. Clair County's Columbus Township and Casco Township.


  • Muttonville is located in the southeastern part of the city on the boundary with adjacent Casco Township in St. Clair County at 42°47′47″N 82°44′07″W / 42.79639°N 82.73528°W / 42.79639; -82.73528. It was so named because it was the principal slaughterhouse for what was predominantly a sheep raising area.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.89 square miles (7.49 km2), of which 2.85 square miles (7.38 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.

  • Richmond is considered an outer-ring Detroit suburb and is located within Metro Detroit.
    • It is sometimes considered to be part of the Thumb of Michigan
      • Richmond can also be considered as in the Blue Water Area, a subregion of the Thumb.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 750
1890 1,074 43.2%
1900 1,133 5.5%
1910 1,277 12.7%
1920 1,303 2.0%
1930 1,493 14.6%
1940 1,722 15.3%
1950 2,025 17.6%
1960 2,667 31.7%
1970 3,234 21.3%
1980 3,536 9.3%
1990 4,141 17.1%
2000 4,897 18.3%
2010 5,735 17.1%
2019 (est.) 5,849 2.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 5,735 people living in the city. The population density was 2,012.3 inhabitants per square mile (777.0/km2). There were 2,479 housing units at an average density of 869.8 per square mile (335.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.2% White, 1.0% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 2.6% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.6% of the population.

City history

In 1835, Erastus Beebe set out with two brothers and several other people to create a new city out of a wilderness area in Michigan. He founded Beebe's Corners, which in 1878 agreed to join with the two nearest neighboring communities of Ridgeway and Cooper Town to form the Village of Richmond. In 1879, the Michigan Legislature officially created the village charter. In 1989, the city annexed the Muttonville area of Lenox Township, parts of Richmond Township in Macomb County, and part of Casco and Columbus Townships in St. Clair County.

Arts and recreation

Richmond MI communitytheater
Richmond Community Theater (formerly First Congregational Church)

The city has a local library and a local community theatre (Richmond Community Theatre).

The city has three major parks – Beebe Street Memorial Park, Bailey Park, and Gierk Park. Beebe Street Memorial Park is 38.5 acres (156,000 m2) and includes five baseball fields and an outdoor swimming pool. Bailey Park is a 2-acre (8,100 m2) park with a baseball field, soccer field, and four tennis courts. Gierk Park is approximately one acre and includes a small playground. Various other outdoor recreational facilities can be found adjacent to the public school buildings, St. Augustine Catholic Elementary School, and St. Peter Lutheran School.

The city is a starting point for the Macomb Orchard Trail, which is a 23.5-mile (37.8 km) multi-use, non-motorized trail currently being developed on an abandoned railroad right-of-way in Northern Macomb County. The new trail also connects with the Stony Creek Metropark, Bloomer Park, and the Paint Creek Trail.

Each year the city hosts the Richmond Good Old Days Festival. The bulk of the festival's activities occur at Beebe Street Memorial Park. Major events at past festivals have included the "Little Miss Richmond" pageant, sporting tournaments, demolition derby, figure 8 derby, fair-cross, musical entertainment, craft show, and fireworks. The festival hosts a children's parade and a grand parade. The Detroit News voted the grand parade Michigan's Best Small Town Parade in 2004, 2005, and 2006.

The local paper was the Richmond Review, which was bought out by The Voice.

Historic buildings

The First Congregational Church, home of the Richmond Community Theatre, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the State of Michigan placed a historical marker in front of the Harold and Mabelle Weller House. Kathryn Bishop Eckert's Buildings of Michigan lists St. Augustine Church as an architecturally important building due to its twin steeples, Italian gothic elements, and fieldstone facade.

The Richmond Area Historical and Genealogical Society owns and maintains three historic buildings and one replica building in Bailey Historic Park. The buildings include: 1) a one-room schoolhouse built in 1885 and originally located on School Section Road in Richmond Township; 2) a Grand Trunk Railroad Depot built in the early 1900s and originally located in Hickey, which was in Columbus Township, MI, and 3) the Donley Family Log Cabin and Outhouse, which were built in 1850 and originally located on 29 Mile Road in Lenox Township. The newest building is a replica of a Blacksmith Shop that serves as the Society's museum and office. Grand opening of the blacksmith shop was held in 2009. Check the society's website for current museum display information.


The Richmond Community School District covers areas of Richmond, Lenox, Casco, and Columbus townships. It includes an elementary, middle, and high school. In 2002, it had approximately 2,000 full-time students and a teacher/student ratio of 1:20. St. Augustine is a Catholic Elementary School in the city and St. Peter's is a Lutheran Elementary School in the city.

Notable people

  • Andrea LaFontaine, elected as a Republican state representative in 2010 at the age of 23. She received a great deal of press attention because of her youth.
  • Steve Mazur, lead guitarist for Our lady peace
  • Joseph Cella, former United States Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Nauru. He was raised in Richmond, and is a 1983 graduate of St. Augustine Catholic School in Richmond.
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