Richmond is centrally located and is south of Lexington on the I-75 corridor. Richmond is one of the fastest growing areas in Kentucky. Several identifiable factors contribute to this growth, such as easy interstate access, proximity to Lexington, lower cost of housing, good employment base, regional university, and cultural and educational opportunities. Richmond tied for the 30th in the Top Micropolitans in nation for new and expanded industry activity in 2010. The City of Richmond is currently the 7th most populous in Kentucky, up from 11th largest in the 2000 census and is the home of Eastern Kentucky University with approximately 17,000 students. Historic downtown Richmond is one of the finest 19th century commercial districts in the Southeast and is a unique blend of small town warmth and friendliness while still having access to the advantages of a big city.