Why you'd want to live in Allen
Located in Collin County, Texas, a northern suburb of Dallas, Allen is a dynamic and welcoming community for families, young professionals and retirees. Allen continues to attract national attention for its affordability, safety, abundant employment opportunities, exceptional education, world-class entertainment, unique cultural experiences and nationally-recognized parks and recreation amenities. The high quality of life offered plus a convenient location in the DFW metroplex continues to earn Allen high praise and national “Best of” rankings from The Dallas Morning News, Family Circle, D Magazine, WalletHub, Niche, SafeWise, Forbes and Money Magazine. Allen offers a friendly community with exceptional schools, excellent city services and a nationally-recognized parks and recreation program. With four premier shopping destinations, an award-winning golf course, nearly 200 restaurants and its own 7,000-seat arena, the city boasts something for everyone. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a total population of 84,246. The City of Allen is serviced by three independent public school districts -- Allen, Lovejoy and Plano. These districts operate independently from the City of Allen, guided by their own administrations and funded by their own taxes. Students are zoned for a particular district based on their address.