Allen residents enjoy a wholesome community atmosphere with something for everyone. Historically part of the Peter’s Colony Land Grant from the Republic of Texas, Allen was situated along a railroad and stagecoach line. In fact, the first train robbery in Texas took place in Allen in 1878. Today, Allen is linked to Dallas by US 75, giving commuters fast, convenient access to the city.
Allen has gained national accolades for its family-friendly environment, affordability, and quality of life. Among other things, Allen was named one of the best places to live in Texas, one of the safest cities in Texas, and one of the best cities for young families. For a full list of Allen’s recent accolades, click here.
With a population around 90,000, Allen maintains a small-town feel, despite being a part of the larger DFW metroplex. The median age of the city is 35, with a median household income of $101,000. A highly educated community, 96% of Allen adults have a high school diploma, and 52% have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Allen schools have earned national recognition and maintain a strong commitment to high quality education and excellent staff-to-student ratios. Allen High School’s marching band, the Allen Eagle Escadrille, is the largest high school band in the world and has performed in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland, and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
Chase Oaks Golf Club offers 27 holes of championship golf surrounded by trees, creeks, lakes and hills, and is annually ranked in the Top 10 North Texas Courses by PGA members. The Edge at Allen Station Park is the largest outdoor facility of its kind, featuring a concrete skate park, two roller-hockey rinks, BMX track, and visitor center.
The Allen Event Center, which just celebrated its 5th birthday, is a 188,000 square foot venue for concerts, trade shows, professional sporting events, community ceremonies and the Central Hockey League’s newest franchise, the Allen Americans.The Event Centers hosts an average of 100 events per year, creating revenue for Allen restaurants, retail stores, and hotels.