North Richland Hills, Texas
North Richland Hills is a city inside Tarrant County, Texas, United States, and a mid-to-high end suburb of Fort Worth. The population was 63,343 at the 2010 census, making it the third largest city in Tarrant County. In 2006, North Richland Hills was selected as one of the "Top 100 Best Places to live in America" according to Money magazine  and in 2016, the Dallas Morning News ranked North Richland Hills #9 on its list of best Dallas-Fort Worth neighborhoods. Major streets and highways include FM 1938 (Davis Boulevard), Mid Cities Boulevard, Bedford-Euless Road, Interstate Highway 820, North Tarrant Parkway, FM 3029 (Precinct Line Road) and TX SH 26. It is home to the Birdville Independent School District and the northern portion is served by Keller ISD.
North Richland Hills, Texas
|City of North Richland Hills|
One of the welcoming signs on Boulevard 26.
"The City of Choice"
|• City Council||Mayor Oscar Trevino|
Rita Wright Oujesky
|• City Manager||Mark Hindman|
|• Total||18.2 sq mi (47.2 km2)|
|• Land||18.16 sq mi (47.1 km2)|
|• Water||0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2) 0.16%|
|Elevation||604 ft (184 m)|
|• Density||3,900/sq mi (1,500/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1375190|
NRH notably houses the headquarters of HealthMarkets. North Richland Hills features popular businesses and locations including the NRH20 Water Park, Medical City North Hills, its own state of the art public library and is surrounded by communities including Haltom City, Keller, Hurst, and Southlake. It also housed the now-demolished North Hills Mall (now the new location of the NRH City Hall as of 2016) which ceased operations in 2004. Respectively in 2012, North Richland Hills was ranked at #44 as one of the Best Dallas Suburbs according to D Magazine.
The community began when W.S. Peters agreed to bring 600 families into the area within a three-year period as part of a land grant. Families began arriving in the summer of 1848. In 1849, Tarrant County was established and named for General Edward H. Tarrant. The community of Birdville (adjacent to what is now North Richland Hills' southwest boundary) was named the first county seat. The area remained a rural farming and ranching community for more than 100 years.
In 1952, Clarence Jones began to subdivide his 268-acre (1.08 km2) dairy farm into a suburban addition in the area that is now Cummings Drive. In 1953, the North Richland Hills Civic League sought to have the area annexed to Richland Hills, then voted to form their own city when annexation was denied. An election was held, and the 268 acres (1.08 km2) of the Jones Farm, with a population of 500, became officially incorporated as the City of North Richland Hills.
The first section of streets in North Richland Hills was named for the local families. The second section, which was added in 1954, was named for automobiles. There were 188 homes in the first part of the subdivision, which was restricted to brick and masonry construction.
By 1957, the North Richland Hills' boundary was within 2 miles (3 km) of Smithfield, and by 1960 Smithfield had been annexed to North Richland Hills. In 1960, the population of North Richland Hills was beginning to rise at 8,662 residents, with that number more than doubling to 16,514 by 1970. The city's population continued to grow at a rapid pace with the 1980 census at 30,592 and the 1990 census reflecting 45,895. In 2000 the population was 55,635, rising to 63,343 at the 2010 census.
North Richland Hills operates under a charter adopted in 1964, which provides for a "Council-Manager" form of government. The Council is composed of a Mayor and seven Council Members elected at large. The Council determines the overall goals and objectives for the City, establishes policies and adopts the City's annual operating budget. The City Manager oversees the day-to-day operations of the City.
The structure of the management and coordination of city services is:
|City Manager||Mark Hindman|
|Assistant City Manager||Karen Bostic|
|Deputy City Manager||Paulette Hartman|
|Director of Public Safety||Jimmy Perdue|
|Managing Director Development Services||Mike Curtis|
|Managing Director Community Services||Vickie Loftice|
|Director of Finance||Mark Mills|
The city of North Richland Hills is a voluntary member of the North Central Texas Council of Governments association, the purpose of which is to coordinate individual and collective local governments and facilitate regional solutions, eliminate unnecessary duplication, and enable joint decisions.
According to the City's Economic Development Department, the top employers in the city are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|1||Santander Consumer USA||1,650|
|2||Medical City North Hills||785|
|5||Tyson Prepared Foods||380|
|6||Smurfit Kappa Bates Container||200|
|7||A to Z Therapy||185|
The city is also home to the state's largest Ford dealership, 5 Star Ford, which employs over 250 people.
North Richland Hills is located at (32.855666, -97.218184).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.2 square miles (47.2 km2), of which 18.2 square miles (47.1 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.24%, is water.
- Lisa Allred, Miss Texas, 1983
- Jo Shannon Baldwin, Miss Texas, 1979
- Mark Brooks, 1996 PGA Champion
- Sandra Brown, author
- Kambri Crews, author of Burn Down the Ground: A Memoir, in which North Richland Hills is featured
- Clint Ford, actor, voice over artist, and writer
- Lieutenant General Phillip J. Ford, USAF retired
- Logan Henderson, actor and singer, known for his role on Nickelodeon's show Big Time Rush
- Alex Lambert, American Idol season 9 top 16 finalist
- Gary Morris, country music artist, actor
- Betty Pariso, IFBB professional bodybuilder
- Michael Skipper, stage actor and producer of Broadway shows On the Waterfront (1995) and Play On! (1997) 
- Lori Smith, Miss Texas, 1977
- Bruce Wood, artistic director / choreographer
- Mike Holloway, winner of Survivor: Worlds Apart, the 30th season of Survivor.
- Trenton Clark, baseball player, drafted by Milwaukee Brewers in the first round of the 2015 MLB Draft
- Craig Lancaster, journalist and novelist whose notable works include 600 Hours of Edward, The Summer Son, Edward Adrift, The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter, This is What I Want.
- Whitney Lynn, artist
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 63,343 people, 24,854 households, and 17,291 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,463.3 people per square mile (1,337.2/km²). There were 26,395 housing units at an average density of 1,443.1 per square mile (557.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 83.8% White, 4.8% African American, 0.7% Native American, 2.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 5.1% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.6% of the population.
There were 24,854 households out of which 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.4% were non-families. 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.03.
In the city, the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 20, 6.3% from 20 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 28.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.1 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.2 males. For every 100 females age 20 and over, there were 90.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $63,806, and the median income for a family was $74,866. The per capita income for the city was $30,890. About 6.6% of families and 7.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.7% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.
Education and religionEdit
Children who live in North Richland Hills attend schools in the Birdville Independent School District. The northernmost part of the city is served by the Keller Independent School District. North Richland Hills has two public high schools: Richland High School and Birdville High School.
The Tarrant County College Northeast Campus is located on the North Richland Hills and Hurst border at 828 Harwood Road.
The city is also home to the largest Church of Christ in the US, the Hills Church of Christ
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