Introduction to Allen, Texas

Allen, Texas, in Collin county, is 6 miles N of Plano, Texas (center to center) and 22 miles N of Dallas, Texas. The city is regarded as a suburb of Dallas. It's situated near the notable Telecom Corridor. Residence have easy access to regional transportation. High-tech, defense, telecommunications and medical are some of the city's prominent industries.

Allen History

The Caddo and Comanche Indians were the original inhabitants. Non-natives began to arrive in the 1840's and the Indians moved westward as the settlers arrived. Allen was part of the Peter's Colony Land Grant. The city was named in tribute to Ebenezer Allen, a former Attorney General for the state of Texas. In 1872 the Houston and Texas Central Railroad arrived. One of the first Texas train robberies occurred in Allen in 1878. The city was incorporated in 1953. Beginning with the late 1960's the population increased substantially.

Allen Attractions

  • Montgomery Farm includes upscale restaurants and shopping locations
  • Allen Historic Dam
  • Allen Philharmonic Symphony
  • Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium
  • John Clark Field
  • Heard Natural Science Museum
  • Collin County History Museum

Nearby activities and attractions include the Heritage Farmstead Museum which features a Victorian farmhouse and other historic buildings. The county features two hot air balloon festivals. The Rounup on the Range is a poplar event. The Arbor Hills Nature Preserve includes a trail that traverses through scenic meadows and passes by waterfalls. It features a variety of wildlife and picnic areas. Lake Lavon provides opportunities for boating, swimming and camping.

Allen Activities

Allen has an extensive hiking and nature trail system and numerous recreational facilities. Residents enjoy the Joe Farmer Recreation Center. Golfing enthusiasts enjoy the numerous golf courses in the area including the Chase Oaks, Ridgeview Ranch and the Plantation golf clubs.


Total Population 92,502
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 6.9%
Employed Population 16+ 47,214
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 61.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 53%
Median Earnings25+ $55,971
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,795
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,442


Median Family Income $113,559
% Above Poverty Level 94.5%
% Below Poverty Level 5.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 7.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.9%
% Using Public Transportation 1.9%


People Living Alone 14.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,261
Median House Value $220,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 38.4%
US/American 0.1%
English 9.3%
Irish 10.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Allen Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles N of Plano, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 22 miles N of Dallas, Texas
County Collin
Standard Zip Codes 75002, 75013
Phone Area Codes 972
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.103
Longitude -96.67

Allen Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station MC KINNEY 3 S
Distance 5.4 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 53 F
Apr Temp 51 to 73 F
Jul Temp 72 to 93 F
Oct Temp 53 to 76 F
Annual Precip 41 inches
Distance 11.9 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 53 F
Apr Temp 51 to 75 F
Jul Temp 71 to 94 F
Oct Temp 53 to 78 F
Annual Precip 40 inches
Distance 41.3 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 51 F
Apr Temp 52 to 73 F
Jul Temp 73 to 93 F
Oct Temp 54 to 75 F
Annual Precip 42 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Fairview 8,109 $104,434

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Allen Public Libraries

Allen Public Library
Allen, Texas
(972) 727-0190
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Allen Hospitals

(Government - Federal)
(972) 747-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

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