Richardson is a city in Dallas and Collin counties in the State of Texas. Richardson is an affluent inner suburb of Dallas and home of The University of Texas at Dallas and the Telecom Corridor with a high concentration of telecommunications companies.
In 2006, Richardson was ranked as the 15th best place to live in the United States by Money magazine. This ranked Richardson the 3rd best place to live in Texas. In 2007, the Morgan Quitno 14th Annual America’s Safest and Most Dangerous Cities Awards pronounced Richardson the 69th safest city in America. In the same study Richardson ranked the 5th safest city in Texas. In 2008, Richardson was ranked as the 18th best place to live in the United States by Money magazine. This ranked Richardson the 4th best place to live in Texas. In 2009, Business Week’s annual report on the “Best Places to Raise Kids,” ranked Richardson 2nd in Texas. Richardson was the first North Texas city recognized as a best workplace for commuters by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Department of Transportation in 2004. As of 2010 the city has continued to be recognized every year since 2004. In 2011 the Texas Recreation and Park Society awarded Richardson with the Texas Gold Medal for excellence in the field of recreation and park management.
The city is served by the Richardson Independent School District (RISD), except for the portion of the city in Collin County, which is served by the Plano Independent School District (PISD). Twenty-one RISD schools have officially been named to the Texas Business and Education Coalition’s (TBEC) Honor Roll for 2008, the second consecutive year RISD has led the state of Texas in Honor Roll Campuses. The RISD and PISD have many Blue Ribbon Schools.
Richardson is a fast commute to downtown Dallas or the Plano/Frisco area, with lots of aff ordable single-family homes, good schools, and a diverse population. DFW’s Chinatown is here, and there is a large Asian Indian immigrant community. The desire for community and culture are behind several popular festivals, as well as the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts. The city has been lauded for being a best workplace for commuters (location is everything) and for excellence in recreation and parks management. As if that weren’t enough, it’s been called the “fifth happiest midsize city in America” by real estate blog Movoto.com.