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|— City —|
|Dallas County and the state of Texas|
|Counties||Denton, Dallas, Collin|
|• City Council||Mayor Matthew Marchant (R)
|• City Manager||Leonard Martin|
|• City||37.1 sq mi (96.1 km2)|
|• Land||36.3 sq mi (94.0 km2)|
|• Water||0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2) 2.19%|
|Elevation||528 ft (161 m)|
|• Density||3,200/sq mi ( 1,200/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||Central (UTC-5)|
|ZIP codes||75006, 75007, 75008, 750|
|GNIS feature ID||1332207|
Carrollton is a city in Denton County, Dallas County and Collin County in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the city's population was 119,097 making it the twenty-third most populous city in the state of Texas. Carrollton is a suburb of Dallas and in 2006 was named to America's "Top 100 Places to Live" by Relocate America. Also in 2006, Carrollton was selected as the 19th best place to live in the United States by Money magazine. In 2008 it was named by Money magazine the 15th best place to live among small cities.
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.
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.
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, cottonseed, and grain, helping the town surpass Trinity Mills to the north.
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.
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.
Geography and environment 
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.
Carrollton is located in portions of three counties: Dallas County, Denton County and Collin County.
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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.
As of the 2010 census, the total population was 119,097, with 43,299 households and 31,073 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,209.8 people per square mile (1,239.3/km2). There were 45,508 housing units at an average density of 1,253.7 per square mile (484.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 63.6% White, 8.4% African American, 0.6% Native American, 13.4% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 10.8% some other race, and 3.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 30.0% of the population.
There were 43,299 households at the 2010 census. Of these, 35.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.8% were headed by married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.2% were non-families. 22.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74, and the average family size was 3.25.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 29.7% from 25 to 44, 27.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.6 years. For every 100 females there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.4 males.
At the 2000 census, the median income for a household in the city was $62,406, and the median income for a family was $68,672. Males had a median income of $45,469 versus $32,997 for females. The per capita income for the city was $26,746. About 4.1% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.4% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.
Local government 
According to the city’s most recent Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the city’s various funds had $164.0 million in Revenues, $149.2 million in expenditures, $750 million in total assets, $228.0 million in total liabilities, and $96.5 million in cash and investments.
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|1||Halliburton Energy Services||1,302|
|3||Hilton Reservations Worldwide||900|
|4||Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton||700|
|7||Accor North America||514|
The city houses headquarters for:
- FASTSIGNS International, Inc.
- Heelys, Inc.
- Motel 6
- RUF (US outlet)
- Home Interiors and Gifts Inc.
- Accor North America
- Sandy Lake Amusement Park
STMicroelectronics has its regional U.S. headquarters in Carrollton; the company had acquired the Carrollton office in 1987. In December 2009 the company announced that it would move its U.S. headquarters to Coppell, near Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. After the move occurs in the second quarter of 2010, the company plans to close the Carrollton office.
Law and government 
The City of Carrollton has a City Council that consists of seven members and a Mayor, the current Mayor of Carrollton is Matthew Marchant. The City Council is responsible for establishing city policies, considering city resolutions and ordinances, appointing citizens to various city boards and commissions, adopting the city's Comprehensive Plan and annual budget, approving or rejecting zoning changes, and meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month.
Most of Carrollton is a part of the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District. Dallas Independent School District also serves a small portion of Carrollton in the south, along with the Lewisville Independent School District in the north.
Private schools in the area include The Saint Anthony School.
Notable residents 
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- Rhema Marvanne, child gospel singer featured in the movie Machine Gun Preacher
- Jason Maxiell, Detroit Pistons forward player, attended Newman Smith High School
- Noah Ringer, Taekwondo champion and The Last Airbender actor
- Melissa Rycroft, former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader and Dancing with the Stars and The Bachelor contestant
- Taylor Teagarden, Baltimore Orioles catcher, attended Creekview High School
- Robert Matthew "Vanilla Ice" Van Winkle - attended Newman Smith High School
- Deron Williams, point guard for the Brooklyn Nets, attended Arbor Creek Middle School
- Travis Wilson, wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, attended Creekview High School
Sister cities 
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- Fastsigns International, Inc. Moves to Largar Facility in Carrollton, TX
- Sheryl Jean (April 25, 2011). "Carrollton-based Heelys tries to get back on track". The Dallas Morning News.
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- Mayor/City Council
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- Michael Small, Carlton Stowers. "After Hiding Under a Blanket of Tall Tales, Vanilla Ice Wakes Up as Rap's Van Winkle". People magazine.
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