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Allen, Texas

Allen, Texas
City of Allen
Flag of Allen, Texas
Location of Allen in Collin County, Texas
Location of Allen in Collin County, Texas
Country  United States of America
State  Texas
County Collin
 • Type Council-Manager
 • City Council Mayor Steve Terrell
Baine Brooks
Gary L. Caplinger
Joey Herald
Kurt Kizer
Ross Obermeyer
Robin L. Sedlacek
 • City Manager Peter H. Vargas
 • Total 27.1 sq mi (70.2 km2)
 • Land 27.1 sq mi (70.2 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 659 ft (201 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 84,246
 • Estimate (2013)[3] 92,020
 • Density 3,108/sq mi (1,200.1/km2)
 • White 64.92%
 • Asian 12.79%
 • Hispanic 11.21%
 • Black 8.18%
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 75002, 75013
Area code(s) 972, 469, 214
FIPS code 48-01924[5]
GNIS feature ID 1329377[6]

Allen is a city in Collin County, Texas, a northern suburb of Dallas. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a total population of 84,246.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Climate 2.1
  • Demographics 3
  • Government 4
    • Local government 4.1
  • Education 5
    • Colleges 5.1
    • Public schools 5.2
  • Economy 6
  • Sports 7
  • Notable people 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


Allen Water Station was built for the railroad in 1874.

The Allen area was previously home to the Caddo, Comanche, and other indigenous peoples. The first immigrants from the United States and Europe arrived in the early 1840s.[7] The town was established by the Houston and Central Texas Railroad and named in 1872 for Ebenezer Allen, a state politician and railroad promoter.[8] The railroad allowed sale of crops across the country before they rotted, causing a shift from the previous cattle-based agriculture.[9] On February 22, 1878,[7] a gang led by Sam Bass committed in Allen what is said to be Texas's first train robbery.[8]

From 1908 through 1948, Allen was a stop along the Texas Traction Company's interurban line from Denison to Dallas. Allen was a small town of a few hundred residents when it was incorporated in 1953. Since this time, it has grown dramatically due to the construction of U.S. Route 75, the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, and the development of nearby Dallas and Plano.[7][8]


According to the City of Allen, the city has a total area of 27.1 square miles (70 km2). None of the area is covered with water except the small ponds scattered throughout the city.


Allen is part of the humid subtropical region.


As of the 2010 Census, the city had a population of 84,246 people. The racial makeup of the city was 64.9% White, 8.4% African American, 0.5% Native American, 13.9% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 2.9% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 16.2% of the population.

There were 14,205 households out of which 55.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.6% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.2% were non-families. 11.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.07 and the average family size was 3.35.

In the city the population was spread out with 34.9% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 40.7% from 25 to 44, 16.2% from 45 to 64, and 2.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 99.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city in 2007 was $93,392, and the median income for a family was $100,736.


Local government

According to the city’s most recent Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the city’s various funds had $160.9 million in Revenues, $105.6 million in expenditures, $654.8 million in total assets, $125.6 million in total liabilities, and $42.5 million in cash and investments.[12]

The structure of the management and coordination of city services is:[12]

Mayor Steve Terrell
City Department Director
City Manager Peter H. Vargas
Assistant City Manager Shelli Siemer
Assistant City Manager Eric Ellwanger
Chief Financial Officer Kevin Hammeke
Director of Human Resources Monika Kretschmer
Director of Public and Media Relations Teresa Forsyth Warren
City Secretary Shelley George
Director of Community Services Steve Massey
Director of Economic Development Dan Bowman
Director of Engineering Chris Flanigan
Fire Chief Bill Hawley
Police Chief Brian Harvey
Director of Information Technology Sid Hudson
Director of Library Jeff Timbs
Director of Parks and Recreation Tim Dentler
Director of Community Development Bo Bass

The city of Allen is a voluntary member of the North Central Texas Council of Governments association, the purpose of which is to coordinate individual and collective local governments and facilitate regional solutions, eliminate unnecessary duplication, and enable joint decisions.



Allen hosts a campus of Collin College, which is located inside Allen High School.

Public schools

Allen High School's Eagle Stadium.

The Allen Independent School District has 17 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, 1 freshman center, 1 Alternative Education Center, and 1 high school (Allen High School). Allen ISD serves almost all of Allen.

Small portions of the Allen city limits extend into Lovejoy, McKinney, and Plano ISDs. In the fall of 2006, new 9th grade high school students in the Lovejoy ISD boundaries began attending the newly opened Lovejoy High School.[13] The school became a full 4-year high school in the 2009-10 school year.

Allen High School's football team has won the 5A Div 1 state championship on multiple occasions. They defeated Fort Bend Hightower 21–14, winning the 2008 Championship.[14][15] Allen High School became State Champions again in 2012 winning 35-21 against Lamar High School at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. They repeated as state champions in 2013, defeating Pearland High School by a score of 63-28 and capping their first 16-0 record in school history.[16] Eagle Stadium opened on August 31, 2012.[17]

The Allen Eagle Escadrille, Allen High School's marching band with more than 750 members, participated in the 1994 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland,[18] the 1995 and 1999 Texas Gubernatorial Parades, the 1997 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, and marched in the 117th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California on January 2, 2006.[19] They were also a recipient of the Sudler Shield Award by the John Phillip Sousa Foundation in 2004.[20]


In 1992, Allen citizens approved the creation of the Allen Economic Development Corporation, which is funded by a 0.5% sales tax.[21] According to the City's 2014 Facts & Figures,[22] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees % of Total City Employment
1 Allen Independent School District 2,502 5.01%
2 The Village at Allen and Fairview 2160 4.33%
3 Allen Premium Outlets 1000 2.00%
4 Watters Creek at Montgomery Farms 1000 2.00%
5 Experian 955 1.91%
6 City of Allen 809 1.62%
7 Frontier Communications 693 1.39%
8 Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital 670 1.34%
9 Jack Henry & Associates 569 1.14%
10 PFSweb 400 0.80%


An Allen Americans hockey game at Allen Event Center.

In October 2004, the City of Allen purchased Chase Oaks Golf Club in Plano, Texas, adjacent to the southern city limits of the City of Allen. Chase Oaks, since renamed The Courses at Watters Creek, is a public golf course, and residents are entitled to discounted fees.[23]

A multi-purpose arena, the 7,500-seat Allen Event Center, was completed in November 2009.[24] It is home to the ECHL's Allen Americans, the Texas Revolution who play in the Champions Indoor Football league, and the Dallas Sidekicks of the Major Arena Soccer League.[25][26]

Notable people


  1. ^ "City of Allen - Facts & Figures" (PDF). City of Allen Department of Planning & Development. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  2. ^ "Allen city, Texas - Population Finder". United States Census Bureau, Population Division. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  3. ^ "State and County Quick Facts".  
  4. ^ "HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-10-07. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  6. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  7. ^ a b c "History". City of Allen. Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  8. ^ a b c Minor, David. "Allen, TX".  
  9. ^ Gilliam, Burton (narrator); Keener, Tom (history compiler); Kaufmann, Mark (director and editor) (2003). "A Short History of Allen, Texas". Tales of Allen. Event occurs at 4:01–4:42. Allen City Television. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  10. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b City of Allen CAFR Retrieved 2009-08-17
  13. ^ [2]
  14. ^ "UIL Football State Champions".  
  15. ^ Jackson, Dallas (2008-12-22). "High School State Champions 2008".  
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  17. ^ "Allen HS facility cost $60 million".  
  19. ^ "Allen’s growth puts it on the map".  
  20. ^ "K&G Leiden wint Sudler Shield". December 19, 2005. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
  21. ^ "About Allen EDC". Allen Economic Development Corporation. Retrieved 2014-10-07. 
  22. ^ "Facts & Figures 2014" (PDF). City of Allen. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  23. ^ "Chase Oaks Golf Club". City of Allen Department of Parks & Recreation. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  24. ^ Hageland, Kevin (2009-11-05). "There is no S in Allen Event Center". Allen American. Retrieved 2011-06-05. 
  25. ^ Stoler, Steve (2010-08-16). "City leaders: Allen Event Center not generating enough events". WFAA-TV. Retrieved 2011-06-05. 
  26. ^ Carlisle, Candace (2011-05-03). "Allen Wranglers to announce new ownership". Dallas Business Journal. Retrieved 2011-06-05. 
  27. ^ "Texas Women's Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  28. ^ "Scott Sanford's Biography". Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  29. ^ "Steven Terrell". Seattle Seahawks. 

External links

  • City of Allen official website
  • ACTV - Allen City Television
  • Allen ISD Website
  • Allen, TX from the Handbook of Texas Online
  • Allen, TX demographic data
  • Collin County Texas
  • The Dallas Morning NewsHeadlines for Allen from
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