Richardson, a thriving suburb of Dallas and home of The University of Dallas, was ranked the 18th best place to live in the United States by Money magazine in 2008. In 2009, Businessweek praised Richardson as the second best city in Texas to raise kids. Apartment renters living in Richardson are guaranteed to be the envy of their neighbors from nearby towns, due to Richardson's unbeatable quality of life, state of the art Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts and thriving employment opportunities.
In the 1840's, settlers first arrived in the Richardson area, although the town wasn't officially chartered until 1873. Today, Richardson has a thriving population of over 100,000 residents and something to offer everyone. If you're a nature enthusiast, you'll be pleased to know that the Texas Recreation and Park Society recently awarded Richardson a medal for excellence in the field of recreation and park management.
Richardson is also renowned as a thriving center for arts, culture, and music. Every year, Richardson hosts an annual Cottonwood Art Festival. Walk through tents and browse local artists' work for sale as you listen to blues, country, folk, jazz, rock and swing bands perform onstage.
Fans of theatre and the arts will flock to the The Eisemann Center, built in 2002, which has put the city of Richardson on the map as a leading town for its state of the art performing arts program. The building has also received acclaim for the style of architecture and the facility's commitment to serving the greater Richardson community.
In terms of public transportation, Richardson residents and visitors can access local festivals and the greater downtown area via bike and walking trails. The city provides public transportation services including public buses and train rides through the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system, which serves Richardson and 12 surrounding towns.
Students renting apartments in Richardson have a variety of community colleges and four universities to choose from, including the University of Texas at Dallas, Collin County Community College District, and Richland College of the Dallas County Community College District.
For Richardson apartment renters looking for work, the city is home to three dominant industries, including telecommunications, public education, and insurance. The top employers include AT&T, State Farm Insurance, and The University of Texas at Dallas.