The northern edge of the neighborhood is part of the Hawthorne District.
Richmond is named after Dr. Richmond Kelly, son of an early immigrant from Kentucky who held one of the donation land claims in the area, Rev. Clinton Kelly.
The Richmond neighborhood is home to Richmond Elementary School, the first of three which comprise the Japanese Magnet Program of Portland Public Schools JMP students continue on to Mt. Tabor Middle School and then to Grant High School in the Grant Park neighborhood.