Carrollton Texas

City in Texas

Carrollton is a city in DallasDenton, and Collin counties in the U.S. state of Texas.[3] As of the 2020 census, its population was 133,434, making it the 23rd-most populous city in Texas.[6]


The area was first settled by Jared Ford in 1842 by William and Mary Larner on a site within the Peters Colony grant. In 1844, the A. W. Perry family claimed land in the area around Trinity Mills where, in partnership with Wade H. Witt, a mill was established.[7]

The English colony, a group of families in the northeastern area of settlement which crossed into Denton County, was home to large landowners including the Furneaux, Jackson, Morgan, and Rowe families. It is most likely that Carrollton was named for Carrollton, Illinois, the original home of many of these settlers.[7]

Early on, Carrollton’s livelihood was exclusively agricultural, but following the construction of the Dallas-Wichita Railroad through Trinity Mills in 1878, the community began to grow in its industrial significance. Carrollton’s significance was further strengthened when the railroad was extended to Denton in 1880 by Jay Gould, who sold the line to the Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad (the Katy) in 1881. By 1885, Carrollton had flour mills, cotton gins, two churches, a school, and a population of 150. The St. Louis Southwestern Railway (the “Cotton Belt”) crossed the Katy in 1888, and the town became a shipping center for livestock, cotton, cotton seed, and grain, helping the town surpass Trinity Mills to the north.[7]

In 1913, Carrollton was officially incorporated, and W.F. Vinson was elected mayor. A gravel industry that began in Carrollton in 1912 transformed the city, by the late 1940s, to a “grain and gravel” town. The city also supported a brick plant and a dairy industry, and National Metal Products established itself in the city in 1946.[7]

After World War II, the city grew rapidly. In 1950, its population stood at 1,610, and it grew to 4,242 in 1960 and 13,855 in 1970. At this point, significant suburban growth began spilling out of north Dallas, and the city grew tremendously between 1970 and 1980, with a documented growth of 193% to 40,595 inhabitants. By 1983, the population was 52,000, by 1990, it had reached 82,169, and by 2010 the population had grown to 119,097.[8][7]

As a suburb of Dallas, in 2006, Carrollton was included Relocate America’s “Top 100 Places to Live” list.[9] Also in 2006, it was selected as the 19th best place to live in the United States by Money magazine.[10] In 2008, it was named by Money magazine the 15th best place to live among small cities.[11]

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According to the United States Census Bureau, Carrollton has a total area of 37.1 square miles (96.1 km2), of which 36.3 square miles (94.0 km2) is land and 0.81 square miles (2.1 km2), or 2.19%, is water.[12] Carrollton is located in portions of three counties: DallasDenton, and Collin.


On average, the warmest month is July. The highest recorded temperature was 112 °F in 1980. The average coolest month is January. The lowest recorded temperature was 1 °F in 1989. The most precipitation on average occurs in May. Carrollton is considered to have a humid subtropical climate.

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Downtown Carrollton Texas

Downtown Carrollton has a wide selection of restaurants for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. The Shops of Downtown Carrollton can satisfy almost every shopper.

Downtown Carrollton


Elm Fork Nature Preserve Carrollton Texas

The Elm Fork Nature Preserve was purchased in 1861 by the Bramblitt Family as a woodright.

The land was never clear-cut and in 1986 the 40 acres were given to the city of Carrollton as a self-contained ecosystem, virtually undisturbed. The Preserve feature an Interpretive Center with nature education library, which is open for scheduled classes and events. Trails are 365 days a year from dawn to dusk. The Preserve is located one mile west of I-35E on Sandy Lake Road within the McInnish Sports Complex.

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