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
Scott Turnage
John Lewis
Ken Sapp
Tom Lombard
Tim Barth
David Whitson
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 (2010)
 • Total 63,343
 • Density 3,500/sq mi (1,300/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 76118, 76180, 76182
Area code(s) 817
FIPS code 48-52356[1]
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.

According to the city’s most recent Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the city’s various funds had $96.3 million in Revenues, $85.0 million in expenditures, $353.3 million in total assets, $73.0 million in total liabilities, and $40.4 million in cash and investments.[5]

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 Jared Miller
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 Birdville Independent School District 1,127
2 Health Markets 1,000
3 Wal-Mart 895
4 North Hills Hospital 828
5 Santander Consumer USA, Inc. 794
6 City of North Richland Hills 597
7 Tarrant County College – Northeast Campus 505
8 Tyson Prepared Foods 398
9 ATI Career Training Center 309
10 Con-Way Freight Inc. 278


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]

Notable residents[edit]


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%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
Texas Almanac: 1850-2000[10]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 55,635 people, 20,793 households, and 15,407 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,055.8 people per square mile (1,179.6/km²). There were 21,600 housing units at an average density of 1,186.4 per square mile (458.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.48% White, 2.70% African American, 0.54% Native American, 2.65% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 3.39% from other races, and 2.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.48% of the population.

There were 20,793 households out of which 38.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.9% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.9% were non-families. 20.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.2% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 32.6% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 8.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 96.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $56,150, and the median income for a family was $64,718. Males had a median income of $44,548 versus $30,392 for females. The per capita income for the city was $25,516. About 3.1% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.3% of those under age 18 and 7.2% 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. As of 2012, North Richland Hills has two 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 University of Dallas has a Tarrant County Campus in North Richland Hills at 8251 Bedford-Euless Road. 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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