Richardson October 2021

A Diversifying


White residents still make up the bulk of the city’s population; however, that group saw the smallest percent increase between 2010 and 2020. This map shows the percent of residents who identied as white in Richardson in 2020. POPULATION

Percent of white residents

Paul Voelker said. Commercial milestones, such as the opening of CityLine, are also behind the shift. “If you combine a good place to live, great neighborhoods, jobs and then nally access to those jobs … that’s where our growth came from,” he said. Ameltingpot Richardson has long been known as a haven for people of various cultures, Voelker said. Having a diverse set of residents is advantageous for the city, he added. “I can live around people that are dierent from me ... and not have to travel the world,” Voelker said. “I can have a business here with people that think dierently and solve problems in dierent ways.” The largest percent change in racial demographics occurred within the Black and African American commu- nity. The number of residents who fall into this category increased by more than 53%, from8,238 to 12,615, accord- ing to the bureau. The city’s share of Asian residents grew by nearly 37%, and residents who identify as Hispanic or Latino increased by nearly 30%. White res- idents still make up the bulk of the city’s population but saw only a less than 5% change over the decade. The Richardson Police Department has made an eort to build in-roads with the city’s growing Hispanic/ Latino population in recent years. The purpose of its Unidos program is to not only build trust with Span- ish-speaking residents but to also give them the necessary tools to avoid becoming victims of a crime, said Ocer Raul Reyes, coordinator of the program and the department’s Latino community liaison. “One of the topics we’ve talked about is how to buy a house,” he said.

6079% 80%+ 4059% 19% or less 2039%



White Black/African American Asian Hispanic/Latino Other

The number of residents of color saw signicant increases across the board between 2010 and 2020.





8,283 14,929 15,849 2,562

Total 99,223



20,412 20,528 5,628

Total 119,469



“So, what does that have to do with police business? And the reality is: nothing and everything. No, we don’t sell houses. But at the same time, we don’t want people to get scammed for $25,000 and then we have to … try to nd who the scammer is.” Another groupworking to build rela- tionships among residents is the Rich- ardson Interfaith Alliance, which seeks to foster a sense of respect among members of various faiths. “Most of the time we have these communication barriers and misun- derstandings, and through education and increased awareness, we should be able to … not just talk about religion but also act upon it,” said Niranjan Hanumanna, chair of the alliance. Hanumanna said his group has grown from20 faith-based groups to 40

such groups since itwas formed in 2012. India Association of North Texas, which is headquartered in Richardson and has around 40,000 regular mem- bers, works to promote Indian culture by hosting events and seminars. It also connects Asian and Indian residents to various resources, such as vaccina- tions and mental health care. President of the association Shailesh Shah said residents who identify as Indian or Asian choose to live in Rich- ardson because of the city’s high qual- ity infrastructure, competitive home prices and renowned school district. In June, Richardson residents elected Aren Shamsul to City Coun- cil. Shamsul, who emigrated from Bangladesh to the U.S., has lived in Richardson since 2005, according to his online biography.

“Richardson has provided much to our family,” Shamsul said in his bio. “Transparent government, good infra- structure, strong [emergency medical services], re and police protection, and great city parks, to name a few.” Addressingequity in schools Richardson ISD has also become more diverse since 2010. According to the Texas Education Agency, students of color make up about 70% of the dis- trict, while white students make up roughly 29%. In response, the district has invested time andmoney into adapting curricu- lum and resources to support students of color, said Angie Lee, executive director of RISD’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Department, formed in 2017. The district recently implemented a

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