Many of the people who moved to Richmond were black and came from the Midwest and South.Most of the white men were overseas at war, and this opened up new opportunities for ethnic minorities and women.Under the Mc Laughlin Administration, Richmond was the largest city in the United States served by a Green Party mayor. The largest, Richmond, Virginia, is the namesake of the California city.The name "Richmond" appears to predate actual incorporation by more than fifty years.
It remained in operation until 1993 when it was replaced by the modern Richmond Medical Center hospital, that has subsequently expanded to a large multiple building campus.
This has led to funding of improvements in the form of state grants.
The city borders San Francisco Bay to the southwest and San Pablo Bay to the northwest, and includes Brooks Island and the Brother Islands entirely, and half of Red Rock Island.
Standard Oil set up operations here in 1901, including a what is now the Chevron Richmond Refinery and tank farm, which are still operated by Chevron.
There is a pier into San Francisco Bay south of Point Molate for oil tankers.