Richardson is a city in the Texas state of the United States, located in the counties of Dallas and Collin. 121,323 people lived there in 2019, according to the most recent American Community Survey data available.
Richardson is a Dallas suburb (same as Corinth) that is located in the city's inner suburbs. Dallas is home to many universities, including the University of Dallas and Telecom Corridor, which are close to lots of telecommunications companies. The city also houses Dallas International Airport.
The city of Richardson has more than 5,000 enterprises operating within its 28 square miles, including several of the world's leading telecommunications and networking corporations, such as AT&T and Verizon as well as Samsung, ZTE, MetroPCS, Texas Instruments, Qorvo, and Fujitsu.
Richardson's major employer is the insurance business, which includes the headquarters of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, a regional hub for GEICO, regional offices for United Healthcare, and one of State Farm Insurance's three national regional hubs, all of which are located in the city.
During the 1840s, settlers from Kentucky and Tennessee began arriving in the Richardson area. It was around the current site of Richland College that the settlement grew throughout the 1850s and into the 1860s.
An underground railroad was constructed northwest of the original settlement after the Civil War, repositioning the village's center closer to the railroad. Richardson was established in 1873 and named for Alfred S. Richardson, the secretary of the Houston & Texas Central Railroad, who served as the town's first mayor.
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As of the 2000 census, the city of Richardson had a population of 91,802. When Richardson became a city in 2002, it had four Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) light rail stations, as well as the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts and Corporate Presentations and the adjacent Galatyn Park urban center, which includes a 2-acre public pedestrian plaza, a five-star hotel, and mixed-use development.
It wasn't until November 2006 that the city of Richardson became a "dry city," with no alcohol sales permitted until a local option election was held and passed, allowing the sale of beer and wine at grocery and convenience stores. On October 8, 2008, the Style Network television show Peter Perfect made a stop in Richardson, Texas.
SpiritWear, an apparel and embroidery store in the city's historic downtown area, was renovated as part of the business makeover series. The episode first broadcast on January 22, 2009, and has since been re-aired several times. It was the first episode of the series to be filmed outside of California, and it was also the most expensive.