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Richmond comprises most of the islands in the Fraser River delta, the largest and most populated island being Lulu Island.
The city of Richmond includes all but a small portion of Lulu Island (the Queensborough neighbourhood at the far eastern tip is part of the city of New Westminster).
Richmond is located on Lulu Island at the mouth of the Fraser River, and also encompasses adjacent Sea Island and some smaller uninhabited islets to the north and south.
Neighbouring communities are Vancouver and Burnaby to the north, New Westminster to the east, and Delta to the south. The Township of Richmond was named by Founding Father John Wesley Sexsmith after his birthplace The Township of Richmond, Lennox County, Ontario.
Cranberries and blueberries are the dominant crops grown.
The Township of Richmond, Lennox County, Ontario was named for Governor General for British North America, Charles Lennox, 4th Duke of Richmond, Richmond, Yorkshire, England.
The first published reference to "Richmond" was a pamphlet about the local farmstead established on Sea Island by Hugh Mc Roberts.
Richmond has an immigrant population of 60%, the highest in Canada.
Richmond is the location of Vancouver International Airport and was the site of the long track speed skating events during the 2010 Winter Olympics.