All About Living in Richmond, Texas
Richmond was founded in 1837 along a bend in the Brazos River by members of the “Old Three Hundred,” the first settlers to receive land grants in Stephen F. Austin’s original colony. The seat of Fort Bend County, Richmond is infused with history, from the George Park Historical Ranch to a thriving downtown filled with historic buildings and significant landmarks.
Today, more than 14,000 citizens reside in Richmond, enjoying a high quality of life less than an hour from downtown Houston and other major destinations via the Westpark Tollway, Grand Parkway, U.S. 59 South and other major thoroughfares.
Richmond is home to some of the most successful and established master-planned communities in the Houston region, including Pecan Grove Plantation, opened in 1977. Newer and still-active communities include Long Meadow Farms and Sweetgrass – the latter designed for residents ages 55 and up. Offering a lifestyle that encourages health, wellness and sustainability, Harvest Green occupies 1,300 acres in Richmond with more than 30 acres of lakes and waterways, 280 acres of greenbelts and open space, 50 acres of parkland, walkable trails system and central roundabout.
Richmond also has four public parks for community activities, including popular George Park. The city is served by the highly regarded Fort Bend and Lamar school districts. The area also offers outstanding parochial and private schools, with higher education offered by Wharton County Junior College and Texas State Technical College.