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Allen

Wikipedia says:

The town was established by the Houston and Central Texas Railroad and named in 1872 for Ebenezer Allen, a state politician and railroad promoter. The railroad allowed sale of crops across the country before they rotted, causing a shift from the previous cattle-based agriculture. On February 22, 1878, a gang led by Sam Bass committed in Allen what is said to be Texas’s first train robbery.

Demographics

  • Median Age: 35
  • Population Growth (2000-2013): 111.30%
  • Population Density: 3,500 people per square mile

Schools

  • Students Passing STARR K-11: 93%
  • Average SAT Score: 1588
  • Students Taking SAT/ACT: 81.70%
  • Instruction Spending Per Student: $4,157

Crime

  • Violent Crime Rate: 0.62 per 1,000 residents
  • Non-Violent Crime Rate: 16 per 1,000 residents

Real Estate

  • Average Price of Homes Sold (2013): $278,844
  • Sales Price Change (2011-2013): 12.60%
  • Owner-Occupied Homes: 79.40%

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