Carrollton is served by three independent school districts. A large portion of the community's students attend schools within the Carrollton/Farmers Branch Independent School District. The Dallas ISD and the Lewisville ISD serve the rest of Carrollton. There is a strong school/business partnership in the districts with an emphasis on Professional Pathways, a public/private sponsored program to assist employers by offering the necessary training for students in their transition from school to work. Nearby Brookhaven College and the University of Texas at Dallas are sources of higher education.
Economy & Job Growth
The development of railroads in Carrollton brought great change to the area. Carrollton rapidly transformed from a sleepy agricultural community to a center of bustling business and professional activity. As the Dallas/Ft. Worth area grew over the years, the housing markets in surrounding areas boomed as people sought affordable housing. Due to Carrollton's location on Interstate 35, the city has become a popular choice among new families. Thanks to a concerned populace and a progressive city government, Carrollton today is a tremendous success story and a great place to call home.
Commercial, residential and transit-oriented development has made Carrollton a "Business Friendly City" and the only full-service Foreign Trade Zone in the Dallas area. A number of business parks, corporate headquarters, high-end subdivisions and highway corridor enhancements have added to the city's economic growth.
Attractions & Points of Interest
The city is a shopper's paradise with a diverse range of specialty shops, 25 major shopping malls, 30 antique districts and numerous boutiques. Major malls in the area include the Dallas Galleria, Vista Ridge Mall and the 1.9 million-square-foot Grapevine Mills Outlet Mall.
Carrollton Town Square was developed prior to 1900 with buildings that refined commerce and formed the first city center. A gazebo now stands where a fresh spring once flowed through. The area processes an early 20th century charm and continues to be a focal point for many town gatherings.
The city features world-class museums and art galleries, as well as performing arts organizations such as opera, theater, ballet and symphony. Carrollton is also home to The Dallas Arts District, a 60-acre development and the largest downtown arts district in the U.S.
The Dallas/Fort Worth area offers an almost limitless variety of entertainment options, including five major professional sports: Dallas Cowboys football, Dallas Mavericks basketball, Dallas Burn soccer, Dallas Stars hockey and Texas Rangers baseball.
Parks & Recreation
Recreational opportunities in Carrollton are diverse, whether you prefer to spend your time outside or indoors. Residents have more than 50 lakes and 100 public and private golf courses within a 100-mile radius to choose from. Carrollton boasts the largest ratio of parkland in the Metroplex. Each park hosts a number of recreation facilities including several playgrounds, playing fields, hiking and biking trails, tennis courts, picnic areas and fishing ponds. Indian Creek Golf Course has two 18-hole golf courses that are rated among the top 15 municipal courses in the state. Additional facilities in Carrollton include two recreation centers, two public swimming facilities and an amphitheater.