Located northwest of Dallas, Carrollton is an older, established community with diverse neighborhoods that are the cornerstone of the city’s character. The wide variety of housing, community partnerships and activities enhance residents’ lifestyles. The city’s gently rolling hills are marked with a mixture of older and newer homes, as well as an increasing number of major corporations and a recent explosion of retail centers.

Carrollton’s prime location and accessibility makes it a good choice for businesses as well. The city is surrounded by major highways, airports, three rail freight carriers, and is designated as a Foreign Trade Zone. Carrollton’s progressive city government has made sure that the city plan ensures development flourishes throughout the city’s 37 square miles while its reputation as an excellent place for families is sustained.

Newcomers are finding that they can get more for their money here. Carrollton is among the state’s most rapidly growing cities, but home prices here are comparatively more reasonable than in other area communities north of Dallas, such as Plano. Three inde- pendent school districts serve Carrollton, with the majority of students attending school in Carrollton/ Farmers Branch Independent School District. School-age children also attend Dallas Independent School District and the Lewisville Independent School District.

Named by Relocate America as one of “America’s Top 100 Places to Live,” Carrollton has also been recognized nation- ally as a “Kid Friendly City,” and “Tree City USA.” Residents here enjoy living in   a community with parks, excellent shopping, professional medical services, civic opportunities and their choice of many places of worship.

Carrollton is also home  to  award-win-  ning sports complexes, schools, libraries, hike-and-bike trails and many other leisure activities. Golf enthusiasts can make a tee time at Indian Creek Golf Club and take advantage of playing on its two unique 18-hole golf courses. The 40-acre Elm Fork Nature Preserve is also located here, with  its beautiful, scenic forestland. A visit to Old Downtown Carrollton is a trip back in time: quaint little retail shops and excellent restaurants surround the downtown square. Families will enjoy a visit to Sandy Lake Amusement Park: tiny in size but big on charm, the park has about 20 different rides, paddle boat rides; a huge swimming pool, and acres of baseball grounds, miniature golf and volleyball courts.