Make It Richmond: a home for you and your family!
Country living with city amenities makes our town a great place to live! Whether you work locally, in a nearby community, in Kansas City, or retired, check out the benefits of making Richmond your home — then come and visit to see for yourself! Richmond has a wide variety of homes, apartments, and retirement facilities to meet your needs.
Looking to Buy?
The average home within city limits has a median property value of $126,000, which makes home ownership affordable and livable for you (check out our resource library for housing needs). However, numbers only tell part of the story — our tree-lined streets, ample lot sizes, and great neighborhoods add increased value to these properties and your life. Low taxes for both the city and Ray County are another financial plus. Financial institutions in Richmond are available to help with any financing needs as well.
Looking to Rent?
Houses: Houses of all sizes are available to rent, giving you options to rent temporarily while you seek the right home to buy or build or to continue to enjoy the freedom of renting or leasing.
Apartments/Duplexes, etc.: Multi-family housing in Richmond varies from duplexes up through multi-story buildings. There is a wide variety in size and cost to fulfill your preferences.
Special Needs Housing: Apartments for special needs citizens are available through the Ray County Board of Services or privately run groups. Semi-independent living as well as fully staffed facilities are available to those working at Ideal Industries or in the community.
Shirkey Nursing and Rehabilitation Center offers a wide arrray of services for those needing temporary or permanent nursing care: all private rooms, skilled apartments for singles or couples, great activities and care, full time chaplains and social services, and hospice. All their staff work hard to make it your home! Check out their website, then come in for a visit. Whether for you or your loved one, you can trust the care of Shirkey’s.
Oak Ridge Assisted Living is a welcoming and beautiful facility for you to enjoy in your own studio, one bedroom, or two bedroom/two bathroom apartment. Medication supervision and 24 hour staffing may allow you to be more independent while enjoying the great activities, three healthy and tasty meals per day, transportation, and the companionship of friends around you. Oak Ridge also offers memory care facilities. The staff there invite you to come see, in person or with a virtual tour.
Smith Senior Village provides seniors with one and two bedroom apartments, all wheelchair accessible on the ground floor, stove, oven, and refrigerator supplied, a storage area, and available to those within income guidelines. A central meeting room provides facilities for larger get-togethers. These attractive living spaces often have a waiting list, so don’t wait to check it out.
Harvest Hills provides ground floor, 2 bedroom/1 bath apartments, each with a back patio and front entry garage to those 55 years and older within income guidelines. A community building will add laundry facilities, fitness and computer rooms, plus a large gathering area with kitchen.
Other amenities especially serving our senior citizens are:
*Direct Transit, acclaimed to be the best transportation system in the state, can get you to appointments locally or in Kansas City.
*Ray County Senior Center, providing a nutrition program and a wide variety of social and improvement activities.
KCP&L provides electricity for our community and Liberty Utilities provides the natural gas service. The City of Richmond provides safe water and up-to-date sewer through a new, environmentally friendly wastewater treatment plant. Trash services, including recycling, is contracted to Heartland Waste and is a part of your water bill.
Ray County Memorial Hospital is an award winning critical access facility with a variety of both inpatient and outpatient services by general practitioners and specialists, physical and occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, oncology, and many more. RCMH strives to provide quality and highly professional care close to home, family, and friends. In progress is an outpatient addition which will be built debt-free, demonstrating the financial stability of this rural hospital.
Other medical amenities include doctors, pharmacies, chiropractors, massage therapy, a dialysis center, home health, and hospice. More specialized care is only a short drive away in Kansas City. Ray County Ambulance and medical helicopters provide quick medical transport in an emergency.
Many diverse congregations are represented in the churches in Richmond and each have an open door! We are sure you will find a place to grow spiritually and make even more friends.
Richmond RXVI schools provide a rich education for your children from kindergarten to high school graduation. Staff members are eager to fulfill their motto of “Raising standards by education for tomorrow — today.” Two elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school allow for a good and varied learning environment and activities without huge classes.
Close to Richmond are academic and vocational training facilities that are open to students in high school and beyond: Lex LaRay Technical Center in Lexington (both secondary and adult classes), Metropolitan Community Colleges in Kansas City area (closest is Maple Woods, only 35 miles away), University of Missouri-Kansas City, and University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. All offer the advantage of being close enough to your Richmond home to be able to commute to a campus whether you are a full time or part time student.
Your children are top priority, so when you need full or part time child care, there are many choices in Richmond. The Early Childhood Development Center and Head Start, as well as private daycare and preschools, provide full time or part time care.
Richmond wants its citizens to be safe in their homes, so our police and fire departments work to prevent problems as well as provide protection. The police officers are well equipped in both training and equipment, and are friendly contacts with people to help them know officers are there to help — after all, these are OUR neighbors and friends. The full time fire department has a high rating, which not only helps you be safe but gives you a lower rate for your home insurance.
It is easy to come to our town and easy to go from here to the rest of the world! Highway 13 (North and South) is a southern 4 and 2 lane artery to great recreation at Truman and Stockton Lakes, Springfield, and Branson. East and west travelers can use Highway 10 to commute quickly to Kansas City jobs and recreation. The international airport for the region is less than an hour away, with easier access than from many places within the metropolitan area. You can go lots of places from here, but be sure to come back home!
Whether people are trying to rent, buy, sell, or finance a home or apartment, as a tenant, homeowner, or landlord, they need to know the rights and protections provided by the Federal Fair Housing Act, and state and local fair housing laws. It’s equally important for people to know where to file a complaint if they suspect they are a victim of discrimination or predatory lending.
Federal law makes it unlawful to discriminate in housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability or family status (families with children under the age of 18, or who are expecting a child). Broader protections are often provided under state, county, or city laws.
If you feel that your fair housing rights have been violated, you can file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development by calling HUD’s national toll-free hotline, 1-800-669-9777, or file a complaint online here. Missouri residents can contact the Missouri Commission on Human Rights toll-free discrimination complaint hotline, 877-781-4236, or file a complaint online here.
Five-minute video podcast produced by the Missouri Labor Department provides more information on your fair housing rights.