Quality of Life

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Quality EducationMore than 35 award-winning public and private schools call Carrollton home. Carrollton/Farmers Branch ISD, Lewisville ISD, Dallas ISD and Plano ISD are all within the boundaries of the City. Most colleges and universities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are within a 30-minute drive.

Of Carrollton’s population 18 years and older, 34% have attained a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Carrollton’s school population, with more than 23,000 students, consists of approximately 46% elementary students, 18% middle school students, and 36% high school students. Carrollton also has a large private school enrollment with 2,255 students from prekindergarten through high school levels.

Carrollton is served by five nationally recognized public high schools.

  • Creekview High School’s ACT & SAT scores are greater than the National Average
  • Hebron High School earned a top distinction in Reading, Math, and Top 25% Student Progress
  • Newman Smith High School was rated among “America’s Top High Schools” in U.S. News & World Report
  • R.L. Turner High School earned the #1 ranking for Academic Performance by the Educational Resource Group (ERG)
  • Ranchview High School holds an International Baccalaureate World School designation and offers both Middle Years and Diploma Programs.


HealthcareBaylor Medical Center at Carrollton Is an accredited, full-service, 237-bed acute care facility. The Center includes 24-hour emergency services, a Senior Health Care Center, Center for Breast Health, Asthma Center, and a maternity program.

Carrollton's newest addition, Texas Health Hospital, is an accredited, full-service, 50-bed boutique hospital, offering care in an intimate environment.  

Carrollton is also served by two LTAC (long term acute care) hospitals:

  • Regency Hospital of North Dallas and Select Specialty Hospital-Dallas
  • Carrollton is in close proximity to a number of the Dallas area world-class hospitals.

Carrollton provides several choices for rehabilitation, chiropractic, physical and occupational therapy, and
home healthcare services. Urgent care facilities and family clinics are also easily accessible within the City.


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Carrollton has one of the lowest crime rates in Texas and continually sees decreases every year.

CQ Press, a division of SAGE Publications, recently ranked instances of crime in Carrollton 44 points below the national average for cities with populations of 75,000 or more.

Home security experts at Safewise consistently place Carrollton on their Safest Cities in Texas rankings.

  • 8 Fire Stations - newest opened December 2013
  • Fire Rescue had the highest CPR save rate in 2013 among the Dallas area Resuscitation Outcome Consortium (ROC)
  • 160 sworn Carrollton police officers
  • Shared resources from the newly formed North Texas Emergency Communications Center (NTECC) allow for greater peace of mind for residents.


Shopping and Dining: Carrollton enjoys restaurants to whet any appetite all over town. The menu features original fare of Italian, Mexican, Continental, Japanese, Mediterranean, and Thai cuisine. Carrollton’s own Historic Downtown provides ample options for both restaurants and retail. Nearby major malls include the Stonebriar Mall, the Dallas Galleria, The Shops At Willow Bend, Vista Ridge Mall, and the 1.9 million sq.
ft. Grapevine Mills Outlet Mall.

Parks: With more than 1,230 developed acres, Carrollton’s park land per capita is one of the highest in the Metroplex.

Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex: The Rainforest features water platform toys, slides, and a 200-foot lazy river. It has a 50-meter Olympic-size pool and a 25-meter short course, 3 large multi-story slides, and an impressive 600-gallon dump bucket.

W.J. Thomas Splash Park: Come sit under the mature shade trees or picnic on a wooden deck with rolling green lawns and a playground nestled in a quiet neighborhood. Located within easy walking distance from the popular W.J. Thomas and Josey Ranch sports fields, it is the perfect place for free water play and family picnics.

Trails: Carrollton offers 28 miles of trails and walking paths for those who enjoy spending time outdoors or want to utilize them as an alternate means of transportation.

Indian Creek Golf Club: Ranked among the top public golf courses in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Indian Creek Golf Club offers 36 holes of championship golf. The two distinctly different 18-hole courses are situated along the picturesque Trinity River.

Oak Creek Tennis Center: With 12 lighted courts and USPTA Certified professionals on staff, the Tennis Center is a great place for men’s, women’s, mixed, and senior teams to compete.

Fun & Recreation: Carrollton offers two newly remodeled recreation centers. Crosby hosts multiple classes and includes new fitness equipment, a boxing gym, games area, basketball gym, and updated locker and restroom areas. Rosemeade has two gyms, full-sized basketball and volleyball courts, weight and fitness rooms, a dance studio, game room, four racquetball courts, and refreshment areas.

A.W. Perry Homestead Museum: This historic gem gives visitors a glimpse into life as it was in north central Texas at the turn of the 20th Century and offers guided tours, classroom activities, and several annual special events.

Library: Carrollton’s two top-rated public library locations feature a variety of offerings, from reading programs and story times for preschoolers to computer literacy courses for seniors.

Carrollton Senior Center: The newly remodeled and expanded facility includes a dance floor, meeting and exercise rooms, boardwalk piers, a hiking/biking trail, scenic views, and a full-service kitchen. Senior adults ages 50+ have access to a variety of leisure activities and programs.


In addition to the cultural and recreational opportunities in Carrollton, the Dallas-Fort Worth  area offers an endless variety of entertainment options.

Major Art & Cultural Attractions:

  • The Crow Collection of Asian Art
  • Dallas Fair Park
  • Dallas Museum of Art
  • Kimball Art Museum
  • Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
  • Nasher Sculpture Center
  • The Sixth Floor Museum 
  • Stockyards Museum
  • Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame
  • The Women's Museum

 Major Attractions:

  • Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
  • Dallas Farmers Market
  • Dallas Zoo
  • Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
  • Fort Worth Zoo
  • Hurricane Harbor
  • Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie
  • Mesquite Championship Rodeo
  • Six Flags Over Texas
  • State Fair of Texas
  • Stockyards Station
  • Texas Motor Speedway

DFW Professional Sports: 

  • Dallas Cowboys
  • Dallas Mavericks
  • Dallas Stars
  • FC Dallas Soccer
  • Texas Rangers

World class museums and art galleries, as well as performing arts organizations such as opera, theater, ballet and symphony. The Dallas Arts District, a 60-acre development, is the largest downtown arts district in the U.S.

More than 50 lakes and 100 public and private golf courses within a 100-mile radius.

Shopping and fashion mecca with an eclectic array of gifts features 25 major shopping malls, 30 antique districts and numerous boutiques. Nearby major malls include the Stonebriar Mall, the Dallas Galleria, The Shops At Willow Bend, Vista Ridge Mall, and the 1.9 million square foot Grapevine Mills Outlet Mall.