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Top Places To Live: Richardson Texas

About forty minutes away from the heart of Dallas Texas, Richardson is a thriving community that is great for families who are in search of a wonderful neighborhood with excellent public schools. Richardson is consistently ranked in the top 20 best places to live by Money Magazine due to its thriving culture, good education system, and low crime rate. Its one of the top 5 in Texas itself. Richardson has a population of approximately 100,000, with steady growth throughout the last decade. The boundaries of the city cover 28 square miles and several thousand businesses are located within them, covering Dallas and Collins County.

Richardson is a high-traffic transportation hub, with 4 DART rail stations located throughout the neighborhood. It is ideally situated between the “All-American City” Plano and Dallas. It is known for its high concentration of telecom industries, with Nortel, Texas Instruments, and many other companies having a major presence in the area. And Richardson is a vibrant city with its own cultural events. Every year the city holds the Cottonwood Festival, where more than 200 award-winning craftsmen and artists put their work on exhibit to the general populace.

The Richardson Independent School District is the primary school system, having three high schools located within the boundaries of Richardson itself. Richardson High and Lloyd V. Berkner High earn a distinguished rating of 8 out of 10 with GreatSchools, while Pearce High earns a 9 out of 10. (all based on standardized test rankings). The Plano Independent School District also services part of the area, the part that is based in Collins County. Both school districts have attained distinguished honors through the Blue Ribbon Schools program, a nationwide rankings institution.

As to the crime rate, Richardson compares favorably to the rest of Texas, and very favorably to the rest of Dallas county. With a property crime rate of 3.06%, it is under half the Dallas average and also superior to the state average. Richardson also has a violent crime rate of 0.23%, which is half the state average and a third of the Dallas average.

Overall, Richardson is a thriving city, having grown more than 10% over the past decade and ready for still more. The cost of living is decent for an urban area, only 1% higher than the US average. And with home prices poised to rise, there is no better time to check it out.

By Ashlee Pannell: A Dallas Real Estate Broker, With Nu Home Source Realty a Dallas Texas Real Estate Company. We are Home of the 20% Commission rebate to most of our buyers. Ask about our bucks for buyers program. (C) Copyright, Nu Home Source Realty LLC. All rights reserved

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