North Richland Hills, Texas

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North Richland Hills, Texas
City of North Richland Hills
One of the welcoming signs on Boulevard 26.
One of the welcoming signs on Boulevard 26.
Flag of North Richland Hills, Texas
Official seal of North Richland Hills, Texas
Coat of arms of North Richland Hills, Texas
"The City of Choice"
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
CountryUnited States
State Texas
County Tarrant
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • City CouncilMayor Oscar Trevino
Tito Rodriguez
Rita Wright Oujesky
Suzy Compton
Mason Orr
Patrick Faram
Scott Turnage
Kelvin Deupree
 • City ManagerMark Hindman
 • Total18.21 sq mi (47.16 km2)
 • Land18.43 sq mi (47.74 km2)
 • Water0.04 sq mi (0.11 km2)  0.16%
604 ft (184 m)
 • Total69,917
 • Estimate 
 • Density576.06/sq mi (1,492/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
76053-54,[4][5] 76117, 76184, 76180, 76182
Area code817
FIPS code48-52356
GNIS feature ID1375190[6]

North Richland Hills, commonly known as NRH, is a city inside Tarrant County, Texas, United States, and a mid-to-high end suburb of Fort Worth. The population was 69,917 at the 2020 census,[2] 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,[7] and in 2016, the Dallas Morning News ranked North Richland Hills #9 on its list of best Dallas–Fort Worth neighborhoods.[8] 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.

NRH notably houses the headquarters of HealthMarkets. North Richland Hills features popular businesses and locations, including the NRH20 Water Park, Medical City North Hills, and its own state-of-the-art public library. Additionally, NRH is surrounded by numerous communities, such as Haltom City, Keller, Hurst, and Southlake. It also housed the now-demolished North Hills Mall, which ceased operations in 2004. As of 2016, that site is now the new location of the North Richland Hills City Hall. In 2012, North Richland Hills was ranked at #44 as one of the Best Dallas Suburbs according to D Magazine.[9]


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 the southwest boundary of North Richland Hills) 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 into 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 at 55,635, and rise to 63,343 at the 2010 census. In 2020, the population was at 69,917.


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:[10]

City Department Director
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.


Top employers[edit]

According to the City's 2021 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[11]

# Employer # of Employees
1 Santander Consumer USA 1,500
2 City of North Richland Hills 820
3 Birdville Independent School District 751
4 Walmart 740
5 Medical City North Hills 615
6 Tarrant County College (Northeast Campus) 492
7 HealthMarkets 452
8 Stericycle 400
9 Tyson Foods 380
10 Prestige Ameritech 300

The city is also home to the state's largest Ford dealership,[12] Five Star Ford, which employs over 250 people.


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).[13]

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.[14]

Notable people[edit]


Historical population
2021 (est.)70,209[3]0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[17]
2020 Census[2]

2020 census[edit]

North Richland Hills racial composition[18]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 45,240 64.71%
Black or African American (NH) 4,724 6.76%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 263 0.38%
Asian (NH) 2,918 4.17%
Pacific Islander (NH) 183 0.26%
Some Other Race (NH) 269 0.38%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 3,162 4.52%
Hispanic or Latino 13,158 18.82%
Total 69,917

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 69,917 people, 27,200 households, and 18,919 families residing in the city.

2010 census[edit]

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.


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 (of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth), 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.

Public services[edit]

North Richland Hills Fire Department / Emergency Medical Services[edit]

The North Richland Hills Fire Department (NRHFD), also called the North Richland Hills Fire-Rescue (NRHFR), is a public health service geared towards combating uncontrolled fires. In addition to its role as a fire department, it acts like a traditional EMS service, and is dispatched to a wide range of medical emergencies unrelated to fires. To accomplish this mix of roles, all NRHFD staff are cross trained as firefighters and paramedics; likewise, all vehicles that they employ carry advanced life support equipment.[21][22]

The department is currently recognized as a “Best Practices” department by the Texas Fire Chiefs Association.[23]


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  3. ^ a b "City and Town Population Totals: 2020-2021". United States Census Bureau. December 15, 2022. Retrieved December 15, 2022.
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  10. ^ City of North Richland Hills CAFR Retrieved July 20, 2009
  11. ^ "City of North Richland Hills 2021 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report" (PDF). December 15, 2022. p. 149.
  12. ^ "Five Star Ford - Largest Ford Dealership Dallas Texas Area". Retrieved May 4, 2022.
  13. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  14. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): North Richland Hills city, Texas". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 1, 2011.
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  16. ^ Rosiak, Todd (June 8, 2015). "Brewers draft outfielder Trent Clark in first round". Retrieved May 4, 2022.
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  20. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". Retrieved May 18, 2022.
  21. ^ "Why does a fire truck respond with the ambulance?". Retrieved April 12, 2022. The City of North Richland Hills prides itself on the delivery of state of the art emergency medical services to our community. The ambulance and fire trucks are staffed by cross trained firefighter/paramedics. A fire truck is dispatched with the ambulance on many calls for various reasons. In some instances, the fire truck may be closer and can initiate medical care before the arrival of the ambulance. North Richland Hills uses very aggressive pre-hospital emergency care treatments and the fire truck and ambulance crews together make a highly efficient team to provide you with an unsurpassed level of care.
  22. ^ "Emergency Medical Services". Retrieved April 12, 2022. All four of our ambulances are licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services as mobile intensive care units (MICUs) and are staffed with firefighters / paramedics. Each fire apparatus is staffed with firefighter / paramedics that carry advanced life support equipment. Occasionally the fire company is the first to arrive at an emergency and this enables us to provide an advanced level of medical care as soon as possible.
  23. ^ "Best Practices". Archived from the original on March 2, 2022. Retrieved April 12, 2022.
  1. ^ Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.[19][20]

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