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Moving Here

Whether you're relocating for a job or seeking a better school for the kids, it's easy to find yourself at home in Allen. We've been named among the 10 Best Towns for Families, Best Places to Live (Money Magazine, Aug. 2012), Top 10 Dallas Suburbs and Safest Cities in the U.S. (City Crime Rankings, 2011). Allen offers a friendly community with exceptional schools, excellent city services and a nationally-recognized parks and recreation program. With four premier shopping destinations, an award-winning golf course, nearly 200 restaurants and our own 7,000-seat arena, our city boasts something for everyone.

We hope the following resources help make your move as smooth as possible. Welcome to Allen!

Schools
  • The City of Allen is serviced by three independent public school districts. These districts operate independently from the City of Allen, guided by their own administrations and funded by their own taxes. Students are zoned for a particular district based on their address.

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Transportation
  • TAPS Public Transit provides on-demand, shared ride service to any resident in its 7-county service area, including the city of Allen. TAPS also offers three fixed bus routes in Allen, including one that connects to the Dallas-Area Rapid Transit (DART) station in downtown Plano.
  • The North Texas Tollway Authority operates toll roads in Dallas-Fort Worth. Any driver may use a toll road, but those with a prepaid toll tag pay lower rates. With the exception of select toll booths surrounding DFW airport, booths are unmanned and activity is tracked by license plate readers. Drivers are then mailed a bill detailing their toll road usage and fees.

Utilities
  • Powertochoose.org provides a database of electric providers and fact sheets on each plan. Regardless of the company or plan selected, one of three companies will manage the electrical infrastructure (such as power lines) for your residence (OncorConServ or Grayson-Collin Electric Co-Op). You will not receive a separate bill from these infrastructure providers; however, it is important to note who services your area in case of an outage.
  • Gas service is provided by either Atmos Energy or CoServ Gas.
  • Internet, telephone, and premium television providers include AT&TDISHTime Warner CableVerizon and Grande Communications.
  • Trash and Recycling billing is handled by the City of Allen. Service begins automatically when new residents request water and sewer service.
  • Water and Sewer service is handled by the City of Allen.

Pets and Animals
  • Dogs, cats and ferrets must be registered with the City of Allen and receive regular rabies vaccinations. Dogs and cats must wear a collar with vaccination and city registration tags at all times. The Allen Animal Shelter handles all pet registrations.
  • The City of Allen does not require pets to be micro chipped. However, the Allen Animal Shelter offers micro chipping service to all pets for a small fee.

Taxes and Appraisals
  • The sales tax rate for the City of Allen is 8.25%.
  • Property taxes are collected by the Collin County Tax Office. Property taxes are based on the property's appraised value.
  • The Collin Central Appraisal District appraises all property in Collin County to determine value. Appraisals happen every year.
  • Like Collin County and the state of Texas, the City of Allen does not collect an income tax.

Voting
  • To vote in Texas, you must be registered at least 30 days prior to an election. As a resident of Collin County, you can find voter registration and election information through the Collin County Elections Office.
  • Additional information is available at votetexas.gov. Find local election information through the City Secretary's Office.

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