Richardson is an affluent inner suburb of Dallas with a high concentration of telecommunication companies along what is known as the Telecom Corridor including some of the world's largest such as AT&T, Verizon, Ericsson, Cisco systems, Samsung, Texas Instruments to name a few. The University of Texas at Dallas and BlueCross BlueSheild Of Texas headquarters are also based in Richardson. Richardson is considered to be the second largest employment center in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Major area highways and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system allow convenient access for workers commuting to Richardson from neighboring Dallas suburbs.
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Past and Present
Richardson is a principal city in Dallas and Collin counties in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 99,223. In 2014 the population was estimated to be 108,617.
Settlers from Kentucky and Tennessee came to the Richardson area in the 1840s. The original location was located near the present-day Richland College. After the Civil War The center of town shifted to the northwest to be near the newly built railroad. The town was chartered in 1873 and named after the railroad contractor E.H. Richardson. A schoolhouse was built in 1914 and is now the current administrative office for the Richardson Independent School District. The present-day Greenville Avenue was completed in 1924 and brought increased traffic and growth. In 1925 the town incorporated and elected a mayor.
In 2014 Richardson was named America's 17th Best City to Live In by 24/7 Wall St. based on crime, economy, education, housing, environment and leisure infrastructure.
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).