Carrollton, Texas

Carrollton, Texas

Dallas suburb | city_name = Carrollton
NW = Lewisville
N = The Colony
NE = Plano
W = Coppell
E = Dallas
SW = Irving
S = Farmers Branch
SE = Addison
Infobox Settlement
official_name = Carrollton, Texas
settlement_type = City
nickname =

mapsize = 250px
map_caption = Location in Dallas County and the state of Texas

imagesize =
image_caption = The Carrollton Municipal Complex

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map_caption1 =
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = Texas
subdivision_type2 = Counties
subdivision_name2 = Denton, Dallas, Collin
government_type =
leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = Ron Bransoncite news |first=Stephanie |last=Sandoval |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Challenger Ron Branson ousts Becky Miller in Carrollton mayor's race |url= |work= |publisher=Dallas Morning News |date=2008-05-11 |accessdate=2008-05-12 ]
established_date =
area_magnitude = 1 E7
area_total_sq_mi = 36.6
area_land_sq_mi = 36.5
area_water_sq_mi = 0.2
area_water_percent = 0.49
area_urban_km2 =
area_total_km2 = 94.9
area_land_km2 = 94.5
area_water_km2 = 0.5
elevation_m = 161
elevation_ft = 528
latd = 32 |latm = 59 |lats = 24 |latNS = N
longd = 96 |longm = 53 |longs = 36 |longEW = W
population_as_of = 2008
population_metro = 6,003,967
population_total = 109576 (city proper)
population_density_km2 = 1160.1
timezone = Central
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = Central
utc_offset_DST = -5
latitude = 32°59'24" N
longitude = 96°53'36" W
website =
postal_code_type = ZIP codes
postal_code = 75006, 75007, 75008, 75010
area_code = 972
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 48-13024GR|2
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 1332207GR|3
footnotes =

Carrollton is a city in Denton County in the U.S. state of Texas. As of 2005, census estimates the city's total population to be 122,699. [ American FactFinder] - [ U.S. Census Bureau] - [ Carrollton, Texas] . Retrieved 4 February 2007.] Carrollton is a suburb of Dallas.The city of Carrollton has been named to America's 2006 Top 100 Places to Live for 2006 by Relocate America. [ [ Relocate America] - [ Carrollton, Texas] . Retrieved 8 November 2006.] Also, in 2006, Carrollton was selected as the 19th best place to live in the United States by "Money" magazine. []


The area was first settled in 1842 by William and Mary Larner on a site within the Peters' Colony grant. In 1844, the A. W. Perry family claimed land in the area around Trinity Mills, where, in partnership with Wade H. Witt, a mill was established.Handbook of Texas|id=CC/hdc1|name=Carrollton, Texas. By Joan Jenkins Perez. Retrieved 4 February 2007.]

The English colony, a group of families in the northeastern area of settlement which crossed into Denton County, was home to large landowners including the Furneaux, Jackson, Morgan, and Rowe families. It is most likely that Carrollton was named for Carrollton, Illinois, the original home of many of these settlers.

Early on, Carrollton's livelihood was exclusively agricultural, but following the construction of the Dallas-Wichita Railroad through Trinity Mills in 1878, the community began to grow in its industrial significance. Carrollton's significance was further strengthened when the railroad was extended to Denton in 1880 by Jay Gould (who sold the line to the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (the Katy) in 1881). By 1885, Carrollton had flour mills, cotton gins, two churches, a school, and a population of 150. The St. Louis Southwestern Railway (Cotton Belt) crossed the Katy in 1888 and the town became a shipping center for livestock, cotton, cottonseed, and grain, helping the town surpass Trinity Mills to the north.

In 1913 Carrollton was officially incorporated, and W. F. Vinson was elected mayor. A gravel industry that began in Carrollton in 1912 transformed the city, by the late 1940s, to a "grain and gravel" town. The city also supported a brick plant, a dairy industry, and National Metal Products established itself in the city in 1946.

Post-World War II, the city grew rapidly. In 1950 its population stood at 1,610, and it grew to 4,242 in 1960 and 13,855 in 1970. At this point, significant suburban growth began spilling out of north Dallas and the city grew tremendously between 1970 and 1980, with a documented growth of 193% to 40,595 inhabitants. By 1983, the population was 52,000, by 1990, it had reached 82,169, and by 2000 the population had grown to 109,576. 2005 estimates place the population of Carrollton at 122,699.

Geography and environment

Carrollton is located at coor dms|32|59|24|N|96|53|36|W|city (32.990092, -96.893277)GR|1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 36.6 square miles (94.9 km²), of which, 36.5 square miles (94.5 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (0.49%) is water.


The estimated population as of January 2007 stands at 120,150 with 39,136 households(2000), and 28,921 (2000) families residing in the city. The population density was 3,004.7 people per square mile (1,160.1/km²). There were 40,458 housing units at an average density of 1,109.4/sq mi (428.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 71.88% White, 6.26% African American, 0.46% Native American, 10.90% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 7.71% from other races, and 2.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 19.53% of the population.

There are 39,136 households. Of these, 41.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.1% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.1% were non-families. 20.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.25.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.3% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 37.1% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 5.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 98.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $62,406, and the median income for a family was $68,672. Males had a median income of $45,469 versus $32,997 for females. The per capita income for the city was $26,746. About 4.1% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.4% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.


The city houses headquarters for

*FastSigns International
*Heelys, Inc.
*Sam Pack Ford
*Home Interiors and Gifts Inc.
*Accor North America

Law and government

The City of Carrollton has a City Council that consists of seven members and a Mayor, the current Mayor of Carrollton is Ron Branson. The City Council is responsible for establishing city policies, considering city resolutions and ordinances, appointing citizens to various city boards and commissions, adopting the city's Comprehensive Plan and annual budget, approving or rejecting zoning changes, and meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month. [ [ Mayor/City Council ] ]


Most of Carrollton is a part of the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District. Dallas Independent School District also serves a small portion of Carrollton in the south, along with the Lewisville Independent School District in the north.

The DISD portion is served partially by Jerry R. Junkins Elementary School, Walker Middle School, and W. T. White High School.

Notable residents

Deron Williams - Attended Arbor Creek M.S. - Point Guard - Utah Jazz

Travis Wilson - Attended Creekview H.S. - Wide Receiver - Cleveland Browns []

Jason Maxiell - Attended Newman Smith High School [] - Power Forward- Detroit Pistons

Robert Matthew "Vanilla Ice" Van Winkle - attended [R. L. Turner High School]

Taylor Teagarden - Attended Creekview High School - Catcher - Texas Rangers []


External links

* [ City of Carrollton official website]
* []
*handbookoftexas|name=Carrollton, Texas|id=CC/hdc1

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