According to the 2006 Census, 61% of the residents of this riding are immigrants; in particular, 40.5% of the total population of the Richmond riding are immigrants from Eastern Asia, which is the highest such percentage for all Canadian federal riding; 14.6% have immigrated from Hong Kong, again the highest such figure for a federal riding.
With respect to visible minority status, 50.2% of the population are Chinese; indeed, it is the riding with the largest Chinese population (56,940) in all of Canada, and also the only federal electoral district where a single visible minority is the majority. In terms of ethnic origin (where multiple responses are counted) the figure for residents of Chinese ethnic origin reaches 55.2%, which is likewise the highest such percentage in Canada.
17.8% of population are native speakers of Cantonese, 15.6% of not otherwise specified Chinese, and 13.4% of Mandarin, thus making Richmond the top riding in each of these categories. The same goes for Chinese varieties as a group, which are the mother tongue for 48.4% of Richmond's population, the highest such percentage for a Canadian federal electoral district. The Richmond riding also holds Canadian records for speakers of Cantonese as a home language (15.8% of the total population), Mandarin as a home language (11.8%), and any language of the other Chinese varieties as a home language (39.7%).
Retail trade and the service sector (professional, scientific, technical services) are the major sources of employment in Richmond. 32% of residents over the age of 25 years have obtained a university certificate or degree. The average family income is over $72,000. Unemployment is around 5.9%. This riding is home to many Asian-themed malls and businesses, such as Aberdeen Centre and is home to the Vancouver International Airport.
Its Member of Parliament is Dr. Alice Wong, a businesswoman and educator. She is a member of the Conservative Party of Canada. During the 40th Parliament, she served as the Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism, and as a member on the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration.