Allen, TX
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Allen is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Texas. With a population of 98,143 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Allen is the 39th largest community in Texas. Allen has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Allen, where the median household income is $103,051.00.

Allen home prices are not only among the most expensive in Texas, but Allen real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Allen is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.61% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Allen is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Allen who work in management occupations (17.70%), sales jobs (13.67%), and office and administrative support (11.29%).

Also of interest is that Allen has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.86% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Because of many things, Allen is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Allen really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Allen perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Allen, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Allen is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 53.01% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Allen in 2010 was $40,714, which is wealthy relative to Texas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $162,856 for a family of four.

Allen is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Allen home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Allen residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Allen also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.06% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Allen include Irish, English, Italian, and Scottish.

Allen also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 18.11%.

The most common language spoken in Allen is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.