Richmond is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia, in the United States. It is an independent city and not part of any county. Richmond is the center of the Richmond Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Greater Richmond area. The population within the city limits was 204,000 in 2010, with an estimated population of 1,250,000 for the Richmond Metropolitan Area— making it the third largest in Virginia. Richmond's economy is primarily driven by law, finance, and government, with federal, state, and local governmental agencies, as well as notable legal and banking firms, located in the downtown area.
Dominion Resources, CarMax, and Genworth Financial, are among the Fortune 500 companies, along with Massey Energy and Universal Corporation are under the Fortune 1000 companies, are headquartered in the city, with others in the metropolitan area. Tourism is also important, as many historic sites are in or nearby the city.