The animated television series King of the Hill was created by former Garland resident Mike Judge, who used elements of Garland as an inspiration for its setting — the fictional (and similar-sounding) town of Arlen.
Other former and current Garland residents who have gained national and international recognition include singer LeAnn Rimes, actress Crystal Bernard, musician Dean Sams of the band Lonestar, singer Amber Dotson and Rockabilly Hall of Fame inductee Gene Summers.
Garland has also had its share of sports stars including NFL and former Texas A&M linebacker Keith Mitchell, NFL placekicker Mac Percival, NFL All-Pro Bobby Boyd, NFL safety Melvin Bullitt, NFL cornerback Jacob Lacey and NBA players Mookie Blaylock and Ricky Pierce. Judy Trammell, the head choreographer for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, resides in Garland.
Some episodes of the Chuck Norris television series Walker, Texas Ranger were filmed in Garland, as well as some scenes for the Fox Network series Prison Break. Garland has a street called Star Trek Lane, the first official place name of the Star Trek television series created by Gene Roddenberry (who was born in El Paso, Texas).
- Median Age: 33.4
- Population Growth (2000-2013): 8.70%
- Population Density: 4,109 people per square mile
- Students Passing STARR K-11: 80%
- Average SAT Score: 1433
- Students Taking SAT/ACT: 57.00%
- Instruction Spending Per Student: $3,853
- Violent Crime Rate: 2.34 per 1,000 residents
- Non-Violent Crime Rate: 37.53 per 1,000 residents
- Average Price of Homes Sold (2013): $139,395
- Sales Price Change (2011-2013): 23.40%
- Owner-Occupied Homes: 65.20%
- Walkability (New York City is an 88): 36