Allen Texas was selected as one of the Top 10 Best Suburbs to live in by Forbes as well as Family Circle, Money and D Magazine. Its proximity to Dallas and other major cities as well as DFW airport and Love Field make it the perfect all around location. You can get a lot of house for your money here along with bigger yards, top rated schools and exciting events. There is something for everyone here, scroll down to see the beautiful homes available here!
Some interesting facts…
- Population: 89,640
- Median age: 34.7
- Land area of the City: 27.11 square miles
- Average rainfall: 41.0 inches
- Average temperature: 62.83°F
- Parks & Trails: Nearly 800 acres of developed park land and nearly 50 miles of hiking and nature trails
- Restaurants: 200+
- Hotels: Seven (830 guest rooms and more than 25,000 square feet of adjustable meeting space)
- Police protection: 1 station located at 215 McDermott Drive, and 3 storefront locations located at Allen Premium Outlets, a Simon Center; The Village at Allen; and Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm.
A Rich Heritage
Allen’s history and heritage dates back to prior to the 1800s when the region was inhabited by Caddo and Comanche Indian tribes. As European immigrants began arriving in the 1840s, these tribes migrated west. A historic marker commemorating one of the final conflicts between settlers and native tribes can be found along State Highway 5 and Rowlett Creek near the existing railroad.
The immigrants were in search of free land and arrived by traveling the Texas Road and the Central National Road constructed by the Republic of Texas. A stage line ran from Bonham through McKinney to Allen and Plano, crossing Rowlett Creek where SH 5 exists now. Allen was part of the Peter’s Colony Land Grant from the Republic of Texas to the Texas Emigration and Land Company.
The original township was laid out according to the Houston and Texas Central Railroad (H&TC), constructed in 1872. In 1918, the H&TC built a combination freight/passenger depot in the Allen Central Business District. The first train robbery in Texas took place on February 22, 1878, when Sam Bass and his associates pillaged the train. Today’s The Heritage Center and Museum is a replica of that original depot.
Allen is also home to one of the only remaining stone dams in the United States used as a water station for the H&TC railway. The remaining site includes the stone dam, a foundation for a pump house and a foundation for a water tower which is designated by the Texas Historical Commission as a State Archaeological Landmark.
The City incorporated in 1953 and has experienced many growth spurts over the last 60 years bringing the population from as low as 400 to its current inhabitants of close to 86,000. Courtesy of Allen Visitors Bureau
Where Eagles Soar
AISD has been ranked as the sixth best school district in Texas, according to Niche.com. The website, which calculates the rankings based on data from the U.S. Department of Education and survey responses from families, also listed AISD as the 33rd best district in the nation.
Other Niche rankings include:
- Districts with the Best Teachers in Texas – #6 of 984
- Safest School Districts in Texas – #9 of 985
- Best Places to Teach in Texas – #12 of 981
- Best School Districts in Dallas-Fort Worth Area – #4 of 72
- Best School Districts in Collin County – #1 of 14
- Districts with the Best Teachers in Collin County – #1 of 14
Niche also rates individual campuses, and Allen High School was named the 41st best public high school in Texas out of 1,523 schools. Nationally, AHS ranked near the top 3% of the best public high schools out of nearly 18,000 campuses.
In Niche’s list of the best public elementary schools in Texas, four of the top five schools are from AISD: #1 Kerr, #2 Evans, #4 Bolin, and #5 Boon. A total of nine elementary schools were named in the top 25 in the state.
All three middle schools were listed in the top 50 in Texas, with Ereckson at #10, Ford at #16, and Curtis at #33.
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