North Richland Hills, TX


By: Jane Dunkelberg

Type: General Entry

Published: 1976

Updated: March 23, 2019


North Richland Hills is on State highways 26, 183, and 820, eight miles west of the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and eight miles northeast of downtown Fort Worth in northeastern Tarrant County. The town is part of the Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area. The area was agricultural until 1950, when Clarence Jones developed his farm into a residential area and named it North Richland Hills, in imitation of an adjacent successful development to the south. The city was incorporated by election on April 25, 1953. During the 1980s North Richland Hills had a broad business base, manufacturing everything from computers (Tandy Advanced Products) to mattresses (Ohio Sealy). Other businesses included Walker Construction Company, Sanger Harris (Foley's retail), Graham Magnetics (magnetic tape), Bates Containers, Allied Northeast Bank, Interfirst Bank, and the Bank of North Texas. The Mid-Cities Daily News and the North Hills News were the local papers. In 1990 the Birdville Independent School District had six elementary schools, one junior high, and one senior high in North Richland Hills. In addition, there were several denominational schools, and twenty-two churches representing ten faiths. The city boundary ran through the northeast campus of Tarrant County Junior College. A municipal complex built in 1960 and expanded in 1987 housed the police department, the water department, and the city administration. A second civic center of 87,000 square feet housed the city library and the Parks and Recreation Department; the theater in the building was home to the North East Fine Arts League. In 1958 North Richland Hills had an estimated population of 7,000. Its population increased steadily, until by 1970 it was estimated at 15,735. In 1978 the population was 23,265, and by 1990 it had risen to 38,959. In the early 1990s North Richland Hills had a council-manager form of city government. By 2000 the population reached 55,635.

Jane West and Stephen Dunkelberg, North Richland Hills, Texas: A Proud Heritage (Fort Worth: North Richland Hills Sesquicentennial Committee, 1985). Thelma Ray, The History of Birdville (Fort Worth, 1965).

Places:
  • Communities
  • Dallas/Fort Worth Region
  • North Texas

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Jane Dunkelberg, “North Richland Hills, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed August 15, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/north-richland-hills-tx.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

1976
March 23, 2019

This entry belongs to the following Handbook Special Projects:


Place
North Richland Hills
Currently Exists
Yes
Place Type
Town
USGS ID
2411278
Town Fields
  • Has post office: Yes
  • Is Incorporated: Yes
Belongs to
  • Tarrant County
Coordinates
  • Latitude: 32.86040940°
  • Longitude: -97.21794400°
Population Counts
People Year
8,662 1960
16,514 1970
30,592 1980
45,895 1990
55,635 2000
63,343 2010
70,980 2019