Allen is ranked as the 4th best place to live in the Dallas / Fort Worth Area. It has an overall rank of A+ for lifestyle and A+ for Allen ISD. The Texas Education Agency's ranking information is in this link.
Allen is located just north of West Plano, about 20 miles north of downtown Dallas along HWY 75. Although Allen has been a small town for over 100 years, it was sparsely populated until the 1990’s when it boomed as Plano began to run out of land that could be developed. The population now stands at approximately 80,000.
Allen is primarily a bedroom community to the Dallas area with moderately priced to expensive homes of all styles and sizes. The Allen Independent School District is excellent and organized around individual neighborhood
The lifestyle is family and community oriented with most neighborhoods having their own elementary schools, pools, community organizations and playgrounds. Most homes in Allen date from the 1990’s and 2000’s with neighborhoods still being built in the northern and eastern western sections of town.
It is easy to find any type of shopping in Allen at The Village at Allen, Watters Creek, Allen Premium Outlets and the Village at Fairview. Six other shopping centers are scattered around town.