Allen Real Estate Information

A wealthy northern suburb of Dallas, the city of Allen, Texas, is one of the several communities in Collin County that has been experiencing tremendous growth in its population in recent years. The 2000 census put the city's population at right around 45,000; by 2007, an estimate showed that figured had already risen to as high as nearly 78,000 and growing. In addition to the growth in population and in order to meet the demands of this growing population, the city has also seen an increase in real estate and commercial development.

Residents moving to Allen tend to be quite wealthy, with a 2007 estimate of median household income of more than $93,000, which also has helped the value of properties in the city rise in recent years. Allen makes up an area of just over 27 square miles. Before it was settled by Europeans, the area was inhabited by Native Americans of the Caddo and Comanche tribes. White settlers began to arrive in the 1840s to settle the area, though the city did not officially incorporate until 1953.

Most children who reside in Allen will attend school in the Allen Independent School District, which has 15 elementary schools, three middle schools, a freshman center, a high school and an alternate school. Small areas of the Allen are served by the Lovejoy, McKinney and Plano independent school districts. For education after grade school, a campus of the Collin County Community College District is located in the city and situated within Allen High School. When it comes to the local economy, Allen's top 10 employers include: the Allen Independent School District, Presbyterian Hospital, the City of Allen, Graphic Converting, Experian, Sanmina SCI, Celerity, Jack Henry & Associates, Sage Telecommunications and RCL Enterprises/ColorDynamics, all of which employ more than 185 workers.

The city operates five large parks and a number of smaller greenspace and parks areas. The as-yet-unfinished Allen Event Center is set to be completed in late 2009. It will seat 7,500 and be home to the Central Hockey League's Allen Americans. Other attractions include the Allen Philharmonic Symphony, the Allen Civic Ballet, Allen Community Ice Rink, the Allen Senior Recreation Center, the Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium, Ford Pool, Joe Farmer Recreation Center, kidMania playground and spray ground in Celebration Park, and the The Golf Club at Twin Creeks. Shopping can be done at Allen Premium Outlets, Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm and The Village at Allen.