Allen, Texas

Named in MONEY's "Best Places to Live 2017" as #2 in the nation

Allen is 25 miles north of Dallas, Texas. It is named in MONEY’s “Best Places to Live 2017” as #2 in the nation. Family Circle, D Magazine, WalletHub, SafeWise, and Forbes have all given the city praise and high rankings for livability, safety and economics. In 2016, the city won several prestigious awards: the National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management from the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA); the Achievement of Library Excellence Award from the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association; and the Governor’s Community Achievement Award from Keep Texas Beautiful.

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Native American Territory

Before European and American immigrants arrived in Allen, Caddo and Comanche tribes inhabited the region. The tribes migrated west as the early settlers entered the area. They were eventually removed to territory north of the Red River. One of the last known conflicts between early settlers and Native American tribes took place in 1844 along Rowlett Creek, near the existing railroad. A historic marker along State Highway 5 commemorates the event.


European Immigration
In the 1840s immigrants of European descent came to the city in search of free land. They traveled via the Texas Road and the Central Nation Road, constructed by the Republic of Texas. A stage line also ran from Bonham to Allen, crossing Rowlett Creek at the spot where State Highway 5 crosses now. The city was part of the Peter’s Colony Land Grant from the Republic of Texas to the Texas Emigration & Land Company.


Railroad Heritage
The original township was located along the Houston and Texas Central Railroad, which was built in 1872.  The city was named for Ebenezer Allen, a former attorney general of Texas and one of the promoters of the railroad. J.P. Morgan and Company acquired the railroad in 1877; Southern Pacific bought it in 1883. In 1918 the railroad built a freight and passenger depot in the Allen Central Business District.

The first train robbery in Texas took place in this city on February 22, 1878, when Sam Bass and his associates pillaged the train. The city was a short ride from their hideouts in the Elm Trinity brush lands.

In 1907 the Texas Traction Company purchased land on the west side of the Houston and Texas Central Railroad track to build the Interurban line. Texas Traction planned to add Allen as a stop on its route from Denison to Dallas. The work was completed in 1908, but in 1915 a devastating fire destroyed most of the business district between the Interurban tracks and the railroad. The Interurban closed in 1948 and the population of the city declined to 400 in 1950.

Modern Growth
The town was officially incorporated in 1953. Home Rule Status was adopted in 1979 with a council/manager form of government. U.S. Interstate 75 was built in 1960 and had a similar impact on the city’s future as the railroad a century before. Developmental Learning Materials and InteCom, Inc. relocated to the city  in the 1980s, leading the way for many corporate startups and relocations.





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The City of Allen is serviced by three independent public school districts:

Allen ISD

Lovejoy ISD

Plano ISD

These districts operate independently from the city, guided by their own administrations and funded by their own taxes. Students are zoned for a particular district based on their address. View a map of Texas school districts.




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Allen homes or subdivisions that may be available between 251,000 to $500,000

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