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Overview

Introduction to Richardson, Texas

Richardson is located in Dallas County and is considered to be a suburb of Dallas. Richardson is the location of the Telecom Corridor; a vast technology center which is home to numerous companies that are prominent in the technology industry such as Nortel, Ericsson, AT&T, Tellabs, Alcatel-Lucent and Texas Instruments.

History

The area was inhabited by the Comanche and the Caddo tribes. During the 1840's pioneers from Tennessee and Kentucky moved to Richardson and settled in the area. After the Civil War ended a new railroad was constructed in the region. William J. Wheeler donated a piece of land that became the location of a new town which thrived due to the railroad. He turned down an offer to have the town named after him. The town was named after E.H. Richardson who was a railroad contractor that constructed the railroad which went from Dallas to Denison.

In 1873 Richardson received a charter. The city residents were provided with their first telephones and electric lights in 1910. A schoolhouse made from red bricks was constructed in 1914 and is now the location of the Richardson Independent School District administrative offices. In 1940 the population of Richardson was 740. When World War II ended the population significantly increased. Due primarily to U.S. Highway 75 opening in 1954, Richardson was no longer just an agricultural city but soon became the location of numerous shopping centers and houses.

Transportation

Richardson is served by the Dallas Area Rapid Transport.

Higher Education

The University of Texas at Dallas is situated in Richardson and is located in the Telecom Corridor accompanied by numerous prominent technology corporations. It is prominent in the areas of engineering, cognitive sciences, natural sciences and computer science. The university is well known for its graduate programs in international management, economics as well as political economy. It provides students with the opportunities to obtain master degrees and opportunities in doctoral programs. The university is the location of the renowned Alan G. MacDiarmid Nano Tech Institute.

Historic Richardson

  • The Floyd Family Inn
  • The drug store on Main Street
  • R.P. Harben Drug Store

People

Total Population 106,123
Male Share of the Population 49.9%
Female Share of the Population 50.1%
Senior Citizens 13.5%
Employed Population 16+ 54,353
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 54%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 52%
Median Earnings25+ $47,456
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,100
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,387

Wealth

Median Family Income $89,258
% Above Poverty Level 89.4%
% Below Poverty Level 10.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 7.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation 2.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 24.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,131
Median House Value $197,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 48.1%
US/American 0.1%
English 10.9%
Irish 7.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Richardson Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 11 miles N of Dallas, Texas
County Dallas
Standard Zip Codes 75080, 75081, 75082
P.O. Box Zip Codes 75083, 75085
Phone Area Codes 972
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.948
Longitude -96.729

Richardson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station DALLAS LOVE AP
Distance 9.7 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 55 F
Apr Temp 56 to 77 F
Jul Temp 77 to 96 F
Oct Temp 58 to 79 F
Annual Precip 37 inches
Station LAVON DAM
Distance 15.4 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 53 F
Apr Temp 51 to 75 F
Jul Temp 71 to 94 F
Oct Temp 53 to 78 F
Annual Precip 40 inches
Station WAXAHACHIE
Distance 37.4 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 57 F
Apr Temp 54 to 78 F
Jul Temp 73 to 96 F
Oct Temp 56 to 80 F
Annual Precip 38.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Richardson, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Buckingham (75080)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Addison 15,087 $79,055
Garland 234,213 $55,417

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Richardson Public Libraries

Library
Richardson Public Library
900 CIVIC CENTER DR
Richardson, Texas
(972) 744-4350
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Richardson Hospitals

RICHARDSON REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
401 W CAMPBELL RD
(972) 498-4700
Emergency Service: Yes

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Richardson High Schools

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BERKNER H S
1600 E SPRING VLY RD
469-593-7000
Serves 2,179 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

RICHARDSON H S
1250 W BELT LINE RD
469-593-3000
Serves 1,514 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.6

PEARCE H S
1600 N COIT RD
469-593-5000
Serves 1,502 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

EVOLUTION ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL
1100 BUSINESS PKWY
972-907-3755
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 274 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.8

CHRISTA MCAULIFFE LEARNING CENTER
900 S GREENVILLE AVE
469-593-5800
A Non-traditional School
Serves 91 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.7

P A S S LEARNING CTR
400 E SPRING VLY RD
972-494-8382
A Non-traditional School
Serves 14 students.

JJAEP
400 E SPRING VLY RD
972-293-4504
A Non-traditional School
Serves 13 students.

P A S S LEARNING CTR
400 S GREENVILLE AVE
469-593-5800
A Non-traditional School
Serves 12 students.

DISTRICT H S MAGNET
1250 BELT LINE RD
469-593-3038
A Non-traditional School

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