Area Code 804

Where Is Area Code 804?

Updated: February 24th 2021

Area code 804 is the area code for the east-central portion of Virginia, which includes the Richmond metropolitan area. Area code 804 is located in the Eastern Time Zone and covers 27 counties of Virginia. Area code 804 was put into use in 1973 and was created from a split of area code 703. Area code 804 was split in 1996 to form area code 757 and split again in 2001 to form area code 434.

Richmond is an independent city located in the Piedmont region of Virginia; an independent city is administratively independent of any county. Along with being the capital of Virginia, Richmond is the fourth most populous city in the state. Bordering the James River and situated at the intersections of Interstate 95 and Interstate 64, Richmond is roughly 109 miles south of Washington D.C. Richmond has a humid subtropical climate, characterized by hot, humid summers and mild winters. Going back in history, the area was inhabited by Powhatan Native Americans until 1607 when a party of English under Captain Christopher Newport arrived. William Byrd I was granted the land at the falls of the James River in 1673; when he died in 1704, his son William Byrd II inherited the land. The land at the falls of the James River quickly developed, which led William Mayo to lay out the original town grid for the town of Richmond in 1737. Since William Byrd II provided the land, he named the town after Richmond, England. The state capital was moved from Williamsburg to Richmond in 1780 and Richmond was incorporated as a city in 1782.

Richmond has a population of 204,214 and the racial makeup of the city is 50.6% African American, 40.8% White, 6.3% Hispanic, and 2.3% Asian (2010 Census). Unfortunately the crime rate is so high that Richmond is among the top ten most dangerous cities in Virginia.

Richmond's strategic location on the James River helped it develop a diversified economy that is mainly centered on finance, government, and law. In addition to being home to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, four of the largest law firms in the United States are headquartered in Richmond. Downtown Richmond is home to the James Monroe Building and SunTrust Plaza, the second and third tallest buildings in Virginia. Universities in the city include Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Richmond, and Virginia Union University. Unfortunately there are no major league professional sports teams based in Richmond. For fans of auto racing, the city is home to the Richmond Raceway; all of its events are held at night.

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Richmond has a diverse and acclaimed restaurant scene, which is why it has been named one of the tastiest cities in America. A hot spot in the city is Carytown, an urban retail district that features over 200 offices, shops, and restaurants. One of the biggest and most popular festivals in the city is the Richmond Folk Festival. The festival draws visitors from across the country to downtown Richmond's riverfront to celebrate American culture through music, crafts, storytelling, and ethnic and regional foods. One of Richmond’s most popular tourist attractions is the Maymont, a 100-acre American estate that features the Maymont Mansion, a nature center, a carriage collection, and Italian and Japanese gardens. Another popular tourist attraction is the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, an art museum that has been open since 1936 and currently ranks as one of the top ten comprehensive art museums in the country. The city is also home to one of the nation’s best botanical gardens, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Other points of interest in Richmond include the Hollywood Cemetery, the Virginia State Capitol, the White House and Museum of the Confederacy, the Virginia Holocaust Museum, the Edgar Allan Poe Museum, and the Science Museum of Virginia. When it comes to outdoor recreation, the James River is renowned for kayaking, canoeing, and white-water rafting. There are also several parks located along the James River that contain bike and nature trails.

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