When I go there, I see Richmond, VA. This is not surprising. The site is obviously using data from your IP address to generate location-specific data. But, relax. That’s about as close as it can target you; and even that may not be entirely accurate, depending on the location of your ISP.
I get a link to Midlothian, TX which is the home of my ISP. When I click the link, there are 3 photos of the cement kilns near the city blowing out potentially toxic smoke (they have a license to burn toxic materials in their kilns - a point of much contention amongst the downwind residents). I guess this pretty much shows that city-data is not just a shill for the cities it profiles.
Somewhat curious - it handed me San Rafael, CA. Usually, things mapping my IP hand me Santa Rosa, which is indeed the location of my ISP, and about 30 mi from San Rafael. To compare, you can enter your IP into a locator site like this one:
Looking up your ISP’s address based on DNS records is the easy thing to do.
There are some other commercially available services which attempt to maintain databases of finer grained information gleaned from sites which asked users to input their physical location. They can then make guesses for a given IP based on the volunteered information for similar IPs.
One such service is here:
Their own description of how it works:
I wonder how many sites are providing them with IP / postal address pairs. Do online retailers sell billing address / IP combinations to outfits like this?