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3 College Freshman

Local Area: The local area is enjoyable. The restaurants are pretty good. However, there are not many places that are close for entertainment. One may have to drive quite awhile in order to enjoy themselves.

3 College Junior

Local Area: Richmond is a pretty town, although there isn't a lot to do.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: There are cute places and fun events, but unless you're from a similarly small town, Richmond will not strike you as lively. It has its gems, but you have to find them.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Earlham is well known in the community, and there are some events that are fun to go to (like the Spring festival), but otherwise it's not much to look at.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: The intown is charming and offers some local charm.


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Often referred to as the "Earlham bubble," the campus can feel like an oasis from the harsh world some days and an overscrowded desert island on others. When family and friends come to visit, students can be hard-pressed to find a cool hangout to take them to off campus. Richmond is truly devoid of good ethnic food and urban culture, but don't think you're totally stranded. With an open mind, you'll come to appreciate the grounding effect of a bike ride around town. Don't let the abundant conservative bumper stickers get you down. Despite the general contrast in political leanings between Earlham students and Richmond dwellers, if you walk down the sidewalk with a smile, you'll be greeted with the same. Volunteering in the community is also a great way to help bridge the Richmond-Earlham divide. With jaw-droppingly low literacy rates and increasing unemployment in the area, your efforts will not go unappreciated.

Those addicted to metropolitan culture, a happening music scene, or ethnic food should look elsewhere, or tighten their belts for the long haul. Keep in mind, Earlham is only for you if you can stand not seeing your place of residence on your favorite band's touring schedule for four years. But when it comes right down to it, Earlham wouldn't be Earlham if we were transplanted to New York City or San Francisco. Come to Earlham if you're willing to forego urban comforts in exchange for a close-knit campus community. If nothing else, commiserating about the dismal lack of atmosphere can be a point of bonding among the student body and new faculty.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Richmond was settled in 1806 by North Carolina Quakers and was a stop on the Underground Railroad.
  2. National Road (now U.S. 40) was the path for westward traveling pioneers and became the first interstate highway in the early 1800s.
  3. The Gennett Record Company of Richmond began recording jazz in 1916, and over the next 30 years, it attracted the likes of Hoagy Carmichael, Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey, and Jelly Roll Morton.
  4. William Jennings Bryan recorded portions of his "Cross of Gold" speech in Richmond.
  5. Labor Day weekend through October you can get lost at McMaze Indiana, a multi-acre cornfield carved into a maze in the shape of Indiana.
Notable Natives
  • Micajah Henley – inventor of the roller skate
  • Charles Francis Jenkins – inventor of the first motion-picture machine, the Phantoscope
Points of Interest
  • Cardinal Greenway
  • Cope Environmental Center
  • Glen Miller Park
  • Hayes Arboretum
  • Middlefork Reservoir
  • Whitewater Valley Gorge Park
Shopping Centers
Richmond Square Mall
Movie Theaters
Kerasotes Show Place 11
4713 National Road E.
(765) 962-8078
Major Sports Teams
  • Indiana Pacers: NBA
  • Indianapolis Colts: NFL
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Cincinnati: OH: 1 hour, 25minutes
  • Dayton: OH: 50 minutes
  • Indianapolis: IN: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 15 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 17 responses

  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 6% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 71% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 18% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 6% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 16 responses

  • 6% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 50% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 44% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 16 responses

  • 6% Totally.
  • 50% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 44% No way.


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