Population: 129,266Median home value: $183,100 90 Ranks better than 99% of areas

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A+ Carrollton Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C- Carrollton Cost of Living Cost of living is 13% higher than Texas
1022% more expensive than the US average
919% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Carrollton cost of living
A Carrollton Crime Total crime is 38% lower than Texas
Total crime
1,87432% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5432% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-20%Year over year crime is down
Carrollton crime
C+ Carrollton Employment Household income is 28% higher than Texas
Median household income
$70,07227% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$33,24811% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%29% lower than the US average
Carrollton employment
A+ Carrollton Housing Home value is 28% higher than Texas
Median home value
$183,1001% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$1,06612% higher than the US average
Home ownership
60%5% lower than the US average
Carrollton real estate or Carrollton rentals
A+ Carrollton Schools HS graduation rate is 7% higher than Texas
High school grad. rates
84%1% higher than the US average
School test scores
80%63% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:110% lower than the US average
Carrollton K-12 schools or Carrollton colleges

Living in Carrollton, TX

Located in the state of Texas, Carrollton is a medium-sized city with a population of 129,266 people. In Carrollton, there are 3,557 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. If we look at the most recent Census, Carrollton is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Carrollton are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 27% of the population also speak Spanish. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 77% of the population considered married and 53% with kids under the age of 18, Carrollton could be considered a very suitable city for families.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new city can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Carrollton, Texas could be a good experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. To help you find the best places to live in and around Carrollton, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, cost of living, employment and more.

Carrollton has a livability score of 89/100 and is ranked #34 in Texas and #52 in the USA. This is a great score, as Carrollton ranks well in multiple categories! Carrollton also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities, which is no small feat! If we dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Carrollton has higher than average grades for the following: amenities (A+), crime (A-), weather (B-), education (A+) and housing (A+).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Carrollton on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Carrollton: Sandy Lake Amusement Park, Coyote Ridge Golf Club, and Carrollton Spa Castle.

Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Carrollton gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 122 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

Knowing that the Carrollton schools rank highly for test scores plays an important factor in deciding if this area is the right place to live. The average school test scores are 80%, which is far higher than the national average.

Finding affordable real estate and apartments for rent in Carrollton can be tricky. Having said that, this area might be the place to get the best of both worlds. Based on factors like home/rental affordability and appreciation rates, this area has received an above average score in the housing category.

Carrollton real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Carrollton. The median home price for Carrollton homes is $183,100, which is 28.3% higher than the Texas average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Carrollton, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.6, which is 0% lower than the Texas average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Carrollton will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Carrollton, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 7.5%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 9.5%.

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Compare Carrollton, TX Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Carrollton, TX

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Far North, Dallas865.2163,453
Northeast Dallas, Dallas7914.2241,397
North Dallas, Dallas799.440,893
Bluffview, Dallas7810.615,001
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Lake Highlands, Dallas7810.755,362
Creek Bend, Garland7812.8145
University Park, Dallas7711.324,259
Highland Park, Dallas7612.38,797

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Worst Municipal Court Systems

I got a ridiculous ticket that should have been a warning, tried fighting it in court but the judge denied. They wanted me to pay $150 the day I went to court which I didn't have until the next day. They basically told me not possible to pay the next fir the same amount, so they hiked up the ticket price by 200%. So In the process of trying to fight the ticket again It went into warrant. They literally make it impossible to pay for a warrant. You can go in And pay either with cash or a money order, or you can pay through a 3rd party website where they charge you a 5% service charge! I've heard through a lot of other people that they never give warnings even fir the smallest things, the police officers are completely full of themselves and only care about ticket quota, this I've personally heard from an ex Carrollton police officer who themselves were tired of working for a corrupt city!
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Looks great but lots of hidden problems within

The city of Carrollton seems to be a good place except for the police department. A lot of their patrol officers are arrogant and hot headed. They are just rude. If the bulb in your blinker light goes out expect to pay a high priced ticket because they have no interest in giving warnings or even just a heads up. The kids are often afraid of them so they don't always seek help from their school recourse officers because the street cops have given such a bad name. It just isn't supo to be like that. Our children should see officers in uniform and think that it's a safe person. It's the opposite. They approach your vehicle very hostile. No matter how light the issue is. If they keep this up Carrollton won't be any different then ferguson mo.
The parks are clean and well maintained. The Carrollton youth football league is a great resourse for little league football, cheerleading, and dance. The cfb school district should reconsider some of their teachers and policies. It seems as tho they are more concerned with the schools curb appeal rather than the education of the students.
It is located close enough to Dallas. However always expect delays due to traffic jams.
The public library and splash park are great places to pass away a day with fun and the rev centers offer a lot of ammonites as well.
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#1 By My Reckoning

While in the Air Force, we had made very good friends with our next door neighbors in Oklahoma, who just happened to have a daughter and son-in-law who lived in Carrollton, TX (The Lord does indeed work in mysterious ways!). So that's where we started our search for a place to live here in DFW. We ended up renting a house in what I guess would be considered North Carrollton in the area of Frankford and Old Denton. We spent the next two years trying to decide where we wanted to buy a home. Funny thing was we looked in all the cities around Carrollton before we realized we really did like it here in Carrollton.

And as fate would have it, we were driving around one day and we saw a new housing addition being started off of Rosemeade between Old Denton and Frankford. We bought our first home in Carrollton in 1998. By this time we had become very comfortable in Carrollton. It felt like home.

There are so many positive aspects to Carrollton that just don't appear in a survey. The city is really in a perfect location here in the North Dallas Suburbs. There are no huge Shopping Malls in Carrollton, though we have easy access to several (Vista Ridge, Willow Bend, and Stonebriar). As for highways, we have I35E which runs along the far west edge of Carrollton, and with the addition of the PGBT tollway, a lot of traffic that used to commute through the city streets of Carrollton, now use the tollway. So there is not the traffic snarls in Carrollton that seem to be prevalent in surrounding cities (for example, Plano traffic is notoriously terrible during rush hour both morning and evening).

The Police Department in Carrollton is one of the best in Texas (statistically), and have a great relationship with the residents. There are numerous Police/Civilian Volunteer organizations, and the Police Department has a significant number of civilians both paid and volunteers in the department.

The schools are also some of the best in Texas. There are two very nice city libraries, several senior citizen centers, and a beautifully restored Old Downtown area.

We recently bought our 'Forever' home here in North Carrollton, and will spend the rest of our lives in the best city in the world!
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Community Oriented - Carrollton, Texas

Now considered a suburb of Dallas, Carrollton, Texas was a thriving community at the time of its incorporation in the early twentieth century. It is still a growing city with several large manufacturing companies and is home to the headquarters of Home Interiors and Carlson Restaurants.

When I visited the city of Carrollton, it looked to be a typical suburban city. There were chain stores, franchised restaurants, strip malls and nail salons. There did seem to be a lot of community pride, with its clean parks and public areas. The schools in the area looked well-maintained, also.

The downtown Carrollton district seemed very quaint and I noticed several nice golf courses in Carrollton. There was also a huge hospital in the city called the Baylor Medical Center. I learned that this hospital employs over seven hundred people.

I cannot say I would recommend Carrollton as a vacation destination. There were no real attractions or historical sites. Having said that, the drive to Dallas from Carrollton is only about 30 minutes, at which point you could enjoy all the benefits of a large city. Carrollton did seem to be a nice place to live and a wonderful place to raise a family. Carrollton is a community that has a lot to offer its citizens.
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