North Richland Hills Is The Third Largest City In Tarrant County – And Could Be Your Home

If you’ve looked in Fort Worth and Arlington and haven’t found a place to call home, maybe you need to expand your search to include some of the suburbs. North Richland Hills claimed a population of more 63,000 people at the 2010 census, making the place the third largest city in Tarrant County. Have you considered making it your home?

Chosen as one of the top 100 places to live in America by Money magazine in 2006, the city has only improved since then. Plus, it’s served by the respected Birdville ISD and Keller ISD and is home to a number of businesses and attractions too.

Getting To Know NRH

The city that locals often simply call NRH was founded in 1848 when W.S. Peters made an agreement to bring 600 families to the area as part of a land grant. Tarrant County was formed in 1849, and adjacent Birdville became its county seat. For more than 100 years, the area was a rural ranching and farming area.

That changed in 1952 when Clarence Jones began dividing up his 268-acre dairy farm into a housing addition along present-day Cummings Drive. The following year, there was a movement to make the area part of Richland Hills, but that didn’t happen. Instead, the 500 people of Jones Farm voted to incorporate as their own city and named it North Richland Hills. Early streets were named for local families. Later streets were named for cars. In 1960, the growing town annexed nearby Smithfield. The population has steadily grown ever since.

Perhaps what makes North Richland Hills unique among Fort Worth suburbs today is the number of things there are to see and do in the town. There’s the popular NRH20 water park, the hockey and other sports played at NYTEX Sports Center plus The Maker Spot, NRH Centre and more. There are trails, parks, public art installations and cultural events like the Sounds of Spring Concert series too.

So Much, So Close To Fort Worth

When you choose to live in North Richland Hills, you get excellent convenience to Fort Worth – but aren’t dependent on it. This northeastern suburb of Fort Worth has plenty of shopping, dining, attractions and greenspace to make it a self-sufficient community, so you don’t have to visit Fort Worth every evening or weekend to find something to do. But you’re close enough that you can if you want to.

When choosing a home of your own in North Texas, it’s easy to get stuck on Fort Worth, a great place to live. But there are great places to live all over the Metroplex that are just as nice. Why not expand your home search to include a few Fort Worth suburbs like North Richland Hills?

The following two tabs change content below.
Marion Zygadlo is broker/owner of Buyer's Choice Realtors, an exclusive buyer’s agency. For over 22 years, Marion has specialized in representing ONLY homebuyers and protecting your best interests. There is no additional charge for his services since he receives his fee from the listing agent. If you want an agent on your side who also has architectural and construction experience, choose Buyer's Choice Realtors. Call (817) 817-735-4848 or email

Speak Your Mind