North Richland Hills, Texas

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City of North Richland Hills, Texas
Location of North Richland Hills in Tarrant County, Texas
Location of North Richland Hills in Tarrant County, Texas
Coordinates: 32°51′20″N 97°13′5″W / 32.85556°N 97.21806°W / 32.85556; -97.21806Coordinates: 32°51′20″N 97°13′5″W / 32.85556°N 97.21806°W / 32.85556; -97.21806
Country United States United States
State Texas Texas
County Tarrant
 • Type Council-Manager
 • City Council Mayor Oscar Trevino
Tito Rodriguez
Rita Wright Oujesky
Tom Lombard
Tim Barth
David Whitson
Scott Turnage
Tim Welch
 • 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)
Population (2013)[1]
 • Total 67,317
 • Density 3,700/sq mi (1,400/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 76118, 76180, 76182
Area code(s) 817
FIPS code 48-52356
GNIS feature ID 1375190[2]

North Richland Hills is a city in Tarrant County, Texas, United States, and a suburb of Fort Worth. The population was 63,343 at the 2010 census,[3] 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.[4] Major streets and highways include Davis Boulevard, Mid Cities Boulevard, Bedford-Euless Road, Loop-820, North Tarrant Parkway, Precinct Line Road and many more. It is home to the Birdville Independent School District and parts of the Keller Independent School District.


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 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.


Local government[edit]

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:[5]

City Department Director
City Manager Mark Hindman
Assistant City Manager Karen Bostic
Assistant 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 Larry Koonce, CPA, CGFM


According to the City's Economic Development Department,[6] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Santander Consumer USA, Inc. 1,577
2 North Hills Hospital 785
3 HealthMarkets 607
4 Tyson Prepared Foods 425
5 Con-Way Freight Inc. 290
6 Silverleaf Resort 280
7 A to Z Therapy 194
8 Bates Container 187
9 Impel Management Service 150
10 Heartland 150


North Richland Hills is located at 32°51′20″N 97°13′5″W / 32.85556°N 97.21806°W / 32.85556; -97.21806 (32.855666, -97.218184).[7]

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.[8]

Surrounding Cities[edit]

Here is the list of cities surrounding North Richland Hills whom which are entirely located in Tarrant County, they can be seen from here also.[9]

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

Notable people[edit]

  • Kambri Crews, author of Burn Down the Ground: A Memoir, in which North Richland Hills is featured
  • 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
  • Lee T. Anderson, attorney/activist in Fort Worth, TX. A graduate of Richland High School, he garnished all Mid-Cities honorable mention as a bullpen catcher and a trainer for the Lady Rebel Drill Team. He was voted most likely to "Never leave the Hills over looking Watauga." Holds a degree from Texas Tech University and a law degree from Texas Wesleyan University (The Texas A&M Law School of Downtown Fort Worth, TX). Considered among family and neighbors as an "oil tycoon," Lee turned his attention to helping the downtrodden by putting his law degree to use. He still resides in North Richland Hills and can be found giving free legal advice at the Starbucks on Rufe Snow. Quoted as saying, "Why would I ever leave the suburbs?" Lee T. is the true "Prince of NRH."
  • Billy Mayberry, cattle baron/oil tycoon, known for keeping the "Fort Worth Nightlife Alive," Bill or "Billy," is a graduate of Richland High School. After graduation he ventured into Louisiana State University, where he learned the ropes and spent six years in the bayous of Louisiana. Returned to Fort Worth for a spell at TWU before heading to chase the gas fields of Ohio. While making his money on a day by day basis, Billy again returned to Fort Worth to learn from noted geologist Joey Joslin. Famed for his mineral acquisitions in Haskell County and various other oil patches in Texas, Bill has remained a major player in the industry. He currently resides in Downtown Fort Worth where his glass never runs dry. Quoted as saying "Dallas wouldn't be able to handle me." His close relationship with Lee T. Anderson, another North Richland Hills native, still continues and benefits the joint-venture of Anderberry Resources Enterprises Corporation, Inc.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 8,662
1970 16,514 90.6%
1980 30,592 85.2%
1990 45,895 50.0%
2000 55,635 21.2%
2010 63,343 13.9%
Est. 2013 67,317 6.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
2013 Estimate[11]

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 Religion[edit]

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.

Private schools in North Richland Hills include Fort Worth Christian School, St. John the Apostle Catholic School, North Park Christian Academy and North Richland Hills Montessori.

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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