By GreatSchools Staff
Education quality score: 78.62
Median home price: $91,540
Tradition is important in this friendly Houston suburb that touts one of our list's most diverse populations: 51.2% white, 10.55% African American, 3.53% Asian, and 58.71% Hispanic (of all races). Richmond — founded in 1822 — has a graveyard chock-full of Lone Star characters: Jane Long (aka "the mother of Texas"), Deaf Smith (spy, scout, and Texas Ranger), and Mirabeau Lamar (second president of the Texas Republic). Beyond its 14 baseball fields and fire department parade with a 1925 Model T pumper truck and Dalmatian mascot, Richmond’s most amazing attraction has to be Hilmar G. Moore, who, as the nation's longest-termed mayor, has held office since 1949.
Guided by this bluntly honest and fiscally frugal octogenarian, the students of Richmond have thrived. Five of its elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school all have robust GreatSchools 9 ratings, with highly praised teachers, impressive sports and science programs, and enthusiastic parental involvement. The mayor's longevity and expertise are duplicated in the faculty: 49.2% have been there for 10 or more years, with 27.9% wielding advanced degrees. In Richmond experience creates excellence.
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