His daughter chose this name because the view across the Fraser River reminded her of Richmond, north of Sydney, Australia. Hugh Boyd, wife of the first reeve of Richmond, was told that the name came from her birthplace, Richmond, England.The Township of Richmond, British Columbia incorporated on November 10, 1879.The old fishing village of Steveston on the southwestern tip of Lulu Island is now home to several museums and heritage sites, as well as a working harbour for fishing boats.
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There is a possibility that, during an earthquake, the dykes could rupture and the alluvial soil may liquefy, causing extensive damage.
Richmond is also at risk of a major flood if the Fraser River has an unusually high spring freshet.
Recreational trails run along the tops of many of the dykes, and Richmond also supports about 1,400 acres (5.7 km Because of the high water table, very few houses in Richmond have basements and until the late 1980s, very few buildings were above 3 storeys high.
Also, because of proximity to the airport, current building regulations limit the height of buildings to 150 feet (46 m). Because it is not as close to the mountains, it actually receives 30% less rain than neighbouring Vancouver.
Both Steveston and Burkeville were independent villages until they were annexed by Richmond.
Since all of Richmond occupies islands in a river delta, the city has plenty of rich, alluvial soil for agriculture, and was one of the first areas in British Columbia to be farmed by Europeans in the 19th century.
Other Asian Canadians in Richmond include Indo-Canadians, Filipino Canadians and Japanese Canadians.
Richmond's Japanese community has a long history in Steveston dating back to the 1800s.
On December 3, 1990, Richmond was designated as a City.
The first Town Hall, the Agricultural Hall and the Methodist Church (now Minoru Chapel), were built at the corner of No.17 (River) Rd and No.20 (Cambie) Rd near the main settlement on the northwestern tip of Lulu Island at North Arm.
Richmond's 2016 population of 198,309 makes it the fourth largest city in British Columbia, after Vancouver (631,486), Surrey (517,887) and Burnaby (232,755).