Allen has 27.10 square miles within its boundaries, all in Collin County, one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. Average elevation of Allen is 670 feet above sea level. For the interesting story of Allen's history, watch these videos (Part 1 and Part 2).
The average home value in Allen is $210,684; apartment rent in the 18 apartment complexes ranges from $525 to $1590. The median Allen household income is about $104,174. Although Allen was the site for the first train robbery in Texas in 1878 (video), it has now been ranked in top 10 safest cities in the country.
Allen's retail base expanded with the 100-shop Allen Premium Outlets Mall, the unique, resort-style mixed-use development of Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm, and The Village at Allen (as well as its across-the-street neighbor The Village at Fairview anchored by major retail stores). The Village at Allen is home to the 7,500-seat Allen Event Center, a hedgerow maze in the shape of Texas, and Canine Commons Dog Park, as well as many retail and eating establishments. For visitors, Allen offers 7 hotels.
Allen ISD, with an enrollment of about 18,000, has a commitment to excellence in education, and its 21 schools offer many innovative programs to Allen students. The Allen Eagle Escadrille, Allen High School's marching band, is the largest high school band in the world, with about 650 members including marching band, drill team, and color guard. Some residents of Allen are served by the Lovejoy ISD, McKinney ISD, or the Plano ISD as well. For higher education, the Central Park Campus of Collin College is only a few miles away in McKinney, and a Collin College facility for admissions and advising has been opened on the Allen High School campus.
For sports and recreation, Allen offers a public recreation/fitness center, 2 public golf courses (Chase Oaks and Twin Creeks), tennis, swimming year-round at the city's natatorium, and other team sports. The Allen Community Ice Rink is a full-size state-of-the-art ice rink offering ice skating and hockey lessons (video). The Allen Event Center (video)is home to the Allen Americans, a Central Hockey League team. The Edge at Allen Station Park is a popular, premier in-ground concrete skate park plus 2 roller-hockey rinks, and a BMX track (video). It is the largest facility of its kind in Texas. For fishing, boating, and water sports, area lakes are within close driving distance. Allen has 24 developed public parks covering 893 acres. One of these community parks is home to the new Allen Veterans Memorial (video).
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