The city of Carrollton is located roughly eighteen miles north of the city of Dallas on the Interstate Highway I-35. It is surrounded by several Texas communities; Coppell to the west, Addison to the east and Farmer's branch to the south. Due to its central location, it is part of three Texas counties: Dallas, Collin and Denton. Carrollton City is technically a suburb of Dallas and as such is considered a part of the Forth Worth-Dallas metropolitan area. The Texas State Highways 121 and 190 also service Carrollton City.
It is believed that the city was named after Carrollton, Illinois, the birthplace of some of it's earliest settlers. It was initially settled during the year 1840 and was incorporated by 1913. In the beginning it was exclusively an agricultural community, but when the railway lines ran through the city of Carrollton in 1888 it became a shipping hub for livestock, grain, gravel, cotton and cottonseed. Carrollton City grew significantly at the end of the second World War and was later enhanced by the surplus of people arriving from North Dallas.
Carrollton draws a wide variety of different businesses because of it's central location and business cost advantages. More than 5,000 businesses are situated in the city of Carrollton with most of them being involved with wholesale, manufacturing and construction trades, finance, insurance, or real estate.
The amount of developed park land is currently more than 1,230 acres, making it among the highest park land per capita in the area. The city provides various amenities to its people, including two recreation centers, two swimming facilities, homestead museum, a senior center, tennis center, and an amphitheater. There are various playing fields, playgrounds, biking and hiking trails, and picnic areas scattered all over the city of Carrollton. Carrollton City boasts two of the top municipal golf courses within the state.
The city's economy is kept relatively stable with a largely diversified economic base. Within the labor force, there are presently over 71,000 people. Carrollton City is home to various small business enterprises, which creates an entrepreneurial community.
Within the city of Carrollton; there are some world class art galleries and museums, an opera, a theater, a ballet and a symphony. Sixty acres are devoted purely to the Dallas Arts District, making it the largest downtown arts district within the United States.
Within a 100-mile radius are roughly 100 public and private golf courses and over 50 different lakes.
There are various unique boutiques within the city of Carrollton which sell an eclectic assortment of gifts. Furthermore, there are over 25 major shopping malls and 30 antique districts located within the city of Carrollton. There are also several nearby malls, like for example Dallas Galleria, The Shops at Willow bend and the Stonebriar Mall. Moreover, the 1.9 million square foot Grapevine Mills Outlet mall is located close by.