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Accolades for Allen:

Family Circle Names Allen on America's 10 Best Towns for Families
(June 2013) Family Circle Magazine, the leading lifestyle brand that celebrates the health and well-being of family, named Allen as one of America's 10 Best Towns for Families. The brand’s seventh annual list, based on the results of an exclusive survey, reveals the country’s top towns that provide affordable housing options, green public spaces, strong school systems and neighbors to count on. The 10 Best Towns for Families was featured in the August 2013 issue.

Allen Parks and Recreation Named National Finalist for Gold Medal
(June 2013) The City of Allen’s Parks and Recreation Department was named one of four national finalists for the National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management in the Class III (population 50,001 to 100,000) category. The overall winner of the award will be announced in October at the 2013 Congress and Exposition in Houston.

Founded in 1965, the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Gold Medal Awards program honors communities in the U.S. that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program and professional development.

Allen Ranks Money's Best Places to Live
(August 2012) Allen was named among MONEY magazine’s “Best Places to Live 2012”. The city was rated at number 13 and one of only two Texas cities to break the top 25. Cities are ranked based on several factors including job growth, home affordability, safety, school quality, arts and leisure, and several ease-of-living criteria. Other factors include the fiscal strength of the local governments as well as in-person visits and interviews with residents. Allen continues to move up in the annual rankings – from No. 16 in 2010 and No. 20 in 2008.

Money magazine attributes the top ranking to popular attractions such as Allen Event Center, the over 5 million square feet of retail shopping and the new Allen High School stadium.

Allen Ranks 9th Safest City in US for a Third Time
(December 2011) - For the third time in four years, Allen is ranked among the 10 safest cities in the United States. A City Crime Rankings study, published by CQ Press, a unit of Congressional Quarterly Inc., was based on the FBI’s 2010 statistics report.

Nationwide, Allen is ranked 9th overall (cities with a population of more than 75,000) and 8th in their population category (cities with a population between 75,000 and 99,999). In the CQ report, Allen was listed first in Texas, making it the safest city in Texas.


Forbes.com Ranks Allen 19th Best Place to Move
(July 2009) - Forbes.com released it's "In Depth: America's 25 Best Places to Move" and ranked Allen as number 19. Forbes.com rankings compare the number of people in cities who were born out of state or abroad, who had moved there from a great distance, and who had moved based on their career. Forbes.com also compared population growth, family incomes, executives and professional jobs and home values.

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