Bà Rịa is located 90 km east-south-east of Ho Chi Minh City, 20 km northwest of the petroleum city of Vũng Tàu. Bà Rịa borders Châu Đức District and part of Tân Thành District to the north, Vũng Tàu to the south, Long Điền District to the east, Tân Thành District to the west. Bà Rịa has an area of 197.5 km², including seven urban wards (phường) (Long Toàn, Phước Hiệp, Phước Hưng, Phước Nguyên, Phước Trung, Long Hương, Kim Dinh), 3 rural communes (xã) (Hòa Long, Tân Hưng, Long Phước). As of 2011, the town has 122,424 inhabitants, the density is 3500 hab/km².
The city was promoted from the town of Bà Rịa in 22 August 2012. The town was founded on 2 June 1994 from the split of district of Châu Thành into districts of Châu Đức, Tân Thành, and Bà Rịa town. Many provincial agencies have been relocated from Vũng Tàu to Bà Rịa. Bà Rịa is the de facto provincial seat but officially Vũng Tàu is still the de jure province's capital. By 2007, This city is 3rd-class municipality in Vietnam.
Bà Rịa is an important transport hub of the province. The Route 51, Road 52 and Road 56. Bà Rịa is situated about 48 km southeast of the planned Long Thanh International Airport National Route 51 (Vietnam). Bà Rịa has Bà Rịa Secres Port. It is connected to Xuân Lộc by road.
- "Ba Ria town will be upgraded to city" (Vietnamese) VnEconomy July 16, 2012 ដកស្រង់នៅថ្ងៃ July 20, 2012CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)