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Located in the Blue Water Area of the Thumb Region of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, Richmond is an outer suburb of the Detroit Metro Region.

Adjacent to Richmond and Lenox townships in Macomb County, as well as Columbus and Casco townships in St. Clair County, the city is mostly in Macomb County, with a small portion extending east into St. Clair County.

Cities and villages within twenty miles of Richmond include Memphis, New Haven, Armada, New Baltimore, Emmett, Romeo, St. Clair, Marysville, Marine City, and Mt. Clemens. The center of Detroit is more than forty miles from the center of Richmond.

Muttonville is a neighborhood in the southeastern section of Richmond, bordering Casco Township. It was named for its slaughterhouse, which primarily processed sheep into mutton.

Richmond has three major parks: Beebe Street Memorial Park, Bailey Park, and Glerk Park. Beebe Street Memorial Park is comprised of 38.5 acres and includes five baseball fields and an outdoor swimming pool, while the others are two acres and one acre, respectively. Bailey Park has a baseball field, a soccer field, and four tennis courts.

The city is a starting point for the Macomb Orchard Trail, a 23.5-mile rail-trail following the former track of the Michigan Air Line Railway, previously owned by the Canadian National Railway. Owned and maintained by Macomb County, the trail runs from Richmond to Dequindre Road, where it connects with the Clinton River Trail.

Richmond also has a local library, and Richmond Community Theatre, a local theater group.

Headquartered in Richmond, the Richmond Community School District provides a public K-12 curriculum to students in the city, as well as areas of Richmond, Lenox, Casco, and Columbus townships. Also located in the city are St. Augustine and St. Peters, being Catholic and Lutheran elementary schools, respectively.

First appearing on a census roll in 1880 with a population of 750, Richmond has never declined in population and had a population of 5,878 at the time of the 2020 census.

The settlement was originally known as Ridgeway, for its high ridge or Ridge Road, and was renamed Lenox after the township that was organized in 1837, and a post office was established under that name on April 6, 1848, with Mason Harris as postmaster.

In 1879, Beebe's Corners became part of Lenox and, in 1835, Lenox merged with Richmond, which was named for Richmond, Ontario County, New York, the hometown of Philip Cudworth, who became postmaster of Richmond on August 20, 1840.

Richmond was incorporated as a village in 1879, and became a city in 1966.

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