Richmond is a city located near the center of Fort Bend County, on the outskirts of the Houston metro area. Its history goes back to 1837 when it was first established. Residents can enjoy year-round warm weather and the southern culture Texas is known for.
Climate and Geography
The climate in Texas is generally classified as humid subtropical with hot, humid summers and mild winters with no snowfall. As part of Coastal Texas, the proximity to the Gulf of Mexico has an influence on the city's temperature and precipitation. Richmond averages 49 inches of rain and 205 sunny days per year.
Richmond lies in the Gulf Coastal Plains region of Texas, which means the surrounding terrain is mostly gently rolling hills that slope gradually toward the coast. The Brazos River makes up the northern border of the city.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Residents can learn about Richmond's history at the George Ranch Historical Site or Fort Bend Museum, and they can indulge in the great local bar scene by visiting Braman Winery and Brewery, Fullbrook Ale Works, or Texian Brewing Co.
Residents can also visit Houston, only a 40-minute drive away, to enjoy all of the metropolitan dining, entertainment, and shopping the city has to offer.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The cost of living in Richmond is somewhat high, primarily due to factors like housing and transportation being higher than both state and national average.
Texas residents do not pay income tax so retiring taxpayers do not need to worry about having to pay any tax on their retirement income. Furthermore, residents who are 65+ may qualify for a homestead exemption, benefit from a tax ceiling for school taxes, and defer property taxes.
Richmond’s residents have access to high quality health care within 20 miles of the city. Area hospital include Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist West Hospital, Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, and the Menninger Clinic-Texas, which are all regarded as high performing or nationally ranked by U.S. News.