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#66. Richardson, TX

Richardson, TX is known as the Telecom Corridor because of its more than 500 tech and telecommunications companies. Sitting just north of Dallas, it is also home to a culturally diverse population that provides a rich landscape of restaurants, activities and shops. There are also plenty of entertainment options, including playing one of 80 retro arcade games at the Free Play Arcade, sipping a beer from Four Bullets Brewery or seeing a show at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts

Top Colleges/Universities: University of Texas at Dallas

Top Industries & Employers: Richardson is the second-largest employment center in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. The city’s four largest employers represent financial services, insurance, telecommunications and public education. 

Weekend Plans: Put the pedal to the metal at the K1 Speed indoor go-kart racing. The go-karts reach up to 45 miles an hour, the fastest in the go-cart industry. 

Favorite Place to Feast: Richardson is known for its sizable Asian communities, giving way to a wide variety of delicious restaurants. One that sticks out is Jeng Chi, with its classic authentic Taiwan and mainland China dishes, complete with handmade noodles and dumplings. 

Beloved Beverage: The Fire and Ice Mule at Tricky Fish is a jalapeño and passion fruit-infused Moscow Mule. 

Outdoorsy Activity: Cottonwood Park is ideal for duck lovers. The park centers around a peaceful duck pond where visitors regularly bring bread to feed the waterfowl. 

Why Your Pet Will Love It, Too: Shady’s Burgers is a pup-friendly restaurant that serves six-layer gourmet burgers, giving you more than enough food to share with your dog. 

Remote Work Perk: Take a coffee break at Eiland Coffee Roasters. The small-batch “artisan coffee roaster” specializes in rare single-estate coffees.

One More Thing … Mike Judge modeled Arlen, the setting forKing of the Hill,after Richardson

– Brittany Anas

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