Point Richmond is a waterfront enclave and designated historic district in the city of Richmond.

In the 1970s, Point Richmond was a dusty outpost, shrouded in soot from the nearby Chevron refinery -- emissions have been drastically cut since then -- and bustling with bare-knuckle biker bars and beer-soaked bungalows.

But today, the neighborhood is affluent and sophisticated, with demographics that stand in stark contrast to the rest of the city.

  • Population: Point Richmond, 3,435; Richmond, 103,701

  • Median age: Point Richmond, 51; Richmond, 35

  • Ethnicity: Point Richmond -- 74 percent white, 8 percent black, 14 percent Latino; Richmond -- 31 percent white, 27 percent black, 40 percent Latino

    Hillside homes look toward the bay in the Point Richmond area of Richmond, Calif. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. (Kristopher Skinner/Staff)
    Hillside homes look toward the bay in the Point Richmond area of Richmond, Calif. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. (Kristopher Skinner/Staff)

  • Median household income: Point Richmond, $80,500; Richmond, $54,554

  • City Council members-to-constituent ratio: Point Richmond, 1 per 1,145; Richmond, 1 per 34,567

    Amenities

    Point Richmond is also a cultural and commercial hub in the city. Washington School is largely attended by kids from the Richmond flatlands, not Point Richmond. The restaurants draw from all over West County and Marin. The Masquers Theatre is Richmond's only community theater and draws patrons from the region.

    The Richmond Yacht Club is Richmond's largest yacht club. The Point Richmond Summer Music Festival series and Miller Knox Regional Shoreline, the "Plunge" indoor swimming facility and the Golden State Model Railroad Museum are all draws, as is Point Richmond Acoustic. The Bay Trail cuts through Point Richmond, and throngs of bicyclers stop in and refuel.

    In the summer, there is a farmers market every Wednesday.

    "At the end of the day, Point Richmond should be celebrated as a community that works, that invites all to participate in its ambience, its services and its attractions," said Councilman Tom Butt, a resident and business and property owner in Point Richmond.