There are a few suburban communities around Richmond which are in reality part of one large area (greater Richmond). But, for some historical reasons, they are unincorporated communities and belong to neighbouring counties of Henrico and Hanover (north of the James River) and Chesterfield County (south of that river).
Nat's hometown, Mechanicsville belongs to Hanover county and, what a surprise! It looks more like a village than a town with total population of 30,464 (2000).
Oftentimes, the BEDROOM COMMUNITIES (places where many people live by night, but work in the nearby larger city), are a different world both politically and culturally from the inner city. Business areas are located along main roads. The rest, that is residential areas look like on my picture :-). I found it very nice and relaxing. Let's hope they can preserve it forever!