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Business Climate And Jobs In The North Dallas Suburbs

Updated on September 7, 2016
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Dallas Suburbs: Frisco, McKinney and Allen

A round trip through the upscale Dallas suburbs north of the large city, including Frisco, McKinney, and Allen, covers only 29 miles. As a group, these three suburbs are approximately 40 miles from Dallas.

Carrollton TX, another fast-growing Dallas suburb, is located approximately 19 miles southwest of the first three suburbs mentioned and just about 18 miles northwest of Dallas.

Interestingly, for 2009 - 2012, the numbers of job listings are increasing in the two suburbs furthest away from Dallas: Frisco and McKinney; while job listings have declined somewhat but stabilized in Allen and Carrollton, both located closer to Dallas.

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Carrollton TX is approximately 18 miles southwest of Frisco, the furthest west of the three most northerly located Dallas suburbs mentioned in this Hub. At this distance, Carrollton is also closer to Dallas than the other three locations. Carrollton draws what can be considered "overflow population" from Dallas proper, offering a smaller, convenient bedroom community that enjoys its own share of economic growth and business.

All four of the suburbs discussed here have been named in 2009 to the list of Best Places to Move. Job futures and major job listings are listed below for each locale and for the four suburbs as a whole.

North Dallas Suburbs

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A markerMcKinney -
McKinney, TX, USA
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B markerFrisco -
Frisco, TX, USA
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C markerAllen -
Allen, TX, USA
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D markerCarrollton -
Carrollton, TX, USA
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Business and Job Trends

Highest in-Demand Jobs In the Suburbs

Within 25 miles of Allen, Texas and encompassing all four Dallas suburbs discussed here, we find approximately 80,000 job listings. Nearby Dallas offers additional opportunities.

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Largest Job Listings for the 4-Suburb Area

  1. Sales Associates, Salespersons, Salespeople
  2. Truck Drivers and Small-vehicle delivery drivers
  3. Computer IT professionals at all levels
  4. Shift Leaders - often in Fast Food and Casual Dining
  5. Casual Dining and Fast Food Crew, Managers and Assistants
  6. Physical Therapists
  7. Full Service Restaurant General Managers
  8. Restaurant and Food Service Supervisors
  9. Full-time Shift Managers
  10. Project Managers

Companies Doing the Most Hiring:

  1. Raytheon - Largest employer in McKinney, and part of the NASA Commercial Crew.
  2. UT Southwestern Medical Center
  3. Randalls/Tom Thumb Company: Grocery and retail
  4. County of Dallas
  5. Tenet Healthcare
  6. Fiesta Mart
  7. Scott & White Hospital
  8. Pizza restaurants of several chains
  9. Baylor Health Care
  10. CVS Health & Pharmacy
  11. R.E. Garrison: Truck Drivers
  12. Big M Transportation: Truck Drivers

Frisco, Texas

Named by Forbes Magazine as one of the very best places to work in America.

Frisco, Texas


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FC Dallas vs. LA Galaxy in the 2007 SuperLiga on July 31, 2007 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas
FC Dallas vs. LA Galaxy in the 2007 SuperLiga on July 31, 2007 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas

Largest Employers in Frisco

  1. Frisco Independent School District: Maintains 10% of the city's employed workers.
  2. T-Mobile
  3. City of Frisco
  4. Rodman Excavation
  5. Collin County College
  6. Amerisource Bergen Specialty Group
  7. CLA USA, Inc
  8. IKEA Frisco
  9. Mario Sinacola & Sons Excavating
  10. Target stores


What is now Frisco (formed in 1902) was settled in the early 1800s by European-Americans that found rich agricultural lands. They did this by traveling the well-known Shawnee Trail at the time, up from Austin. American railroads came through around 1850, followed by highway transportation, both of which helped transport and sell the crops grown in Frisco.

The population increased slowly but steadily until 1960, when it began to rapidly expand.

In 2009, the city's population is 97,000 by the city report, and Frisco is one of the Forbes Best Places to Move for Work in America.

Residents have tripled from 2000-2010 and Frisco looks to be able to continuing growing for years to come, considering increasing numbers of job listings in recent years .

Map Of Frisco

A markerFrisco Independent School District -
Frisco Independent School District, TX, USA
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McKinney, Texas

Fast growing, and one of Money Magazine's Best Places To Live.

McKinney, Texas


Largest Employers in McKinney

  1. Raytheon
  2. McKinney Independent School District
  3. Collin County
  4. Wal-Mart
  5. Lattimore Materials
  6. Blockbuster
  7. McKinney Medical Center
  8. City of McKinney
  9. Collin County Community College
  10. Torchmark Company

In 2009, McKinney's population is estimated to be about 121,000 people and the suburb is one the Forbes Best Places to Move for Work in America. It is also one of the Top 10 Fastest Growing Cities in America.

The city has a program since 1980 called “Main Street”, supported by the US National Trust for Historic Preservation. This results in ongoing downtown revitalization, which is important to the continuing growth of McKinney.

Map Of McKinney

A markerRaytheon, 2501 W University Dr, McKinney, TX 75071 -
2501 W University Dr, McKinney, TX 75071, USA
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Allen, Texas

Recognized by Forbes Magazine as a great place to move for work.

Allen, Texas


Largest Employers in Allen

  1. Allen Independent School District: Maintains over 10% of total Allen workers.
  2. Presbyterian Hospital
  3. City of Allen
  4. Graphic Converting
  5. Experian
  6. Sanmina SCI
  7. Celerity, Inc
  8. Jack Henry & Associates
  9. Sage Telecommunications
  10. RCL Enterprises/Color Dynamics


Before whites came into the Allen area, the Caddo and Comanche Nations lived in the land. The moved back West as the whites moved in around 1840. These settlers used the Texas Road and the Central National Road on horseback and be stagecoach.

The Houston and Texas Central Railroad and others followed in the early 1870s and helped spur industrial growth. Later, an Interurban line began operations in 1907 from the suburbs into Dallas for about 4 decades.

By the 1960s, US 75 and truck traffic had replaced the railroads as the number one choice for transport.

Today, the population is estimated to be over 82,000 people and the city is one the Forbes Best Places to Move for Work in America.

Map of Allen

A markerAllen Independent School District -
Allen Independent School District, TX, USA
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Carrollton, Texas

One of the named Best Places to Move for Work in America by Forbes Magazine.

Carrollton, Texas


Largest Employers in Carrollton

  1. STMicroelectronics Semiconductors
  2. Halliburton Energy Services
  3. McKesson Corporation
  4. Hilton Reservations Worldwide: Accommodations
  5. Trinity Medical Center
  6. RealPage
  7. ACCOR North America: Accommodations, various motel/hotel chains.
  8. RIA Computer Software
  9. Western Extrusions Corporation
  10. General Aluminum Corporation

Top Jobs in Carrollton

  1. Project Managers: Computers, IT projects.
  2. Account Executives: Big ticket banking products and investments.
  3. Business Analysts
  4. Occupational Therapists
  5. Administrative Assistants
  6. Sales Representatives
  7. Customer Service Representatives
  8. Physicians in Internal Medicine
  9. Sales Managers
  10. Senior Field Support Engineers


The Carrollton area was first settled by European-Americans or whites around 1842 and 1844, after which a mill was constructed on the site. This included an English families and others who may have come from Carrollton, Illinois.

The town’s economy was agricultural and the Dallas-Wichita Railroad came through after the Civil War, 1878. This lent a hand to budding industries that included flour mills, cotton mills, gravel, and agricultural crops. A metal works was established in town during WWII.

The population began to grow quickly in the 1950s and by the 1980s, an overflow of population from Dallas began to move into Carrollton. In 2015, the population is estimated to be about 130,000 people and the city is one the Forbes Best Places to Move for Work in America.

Map Of Carrollton

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A markerSTMicroelectronics Semiconductors, 750 Canyon Dr #300, Coppell, TX 75019 -
Canyon Dr, Coppell, TX 75019, USA
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B markerHalliburton Energy Services, 2601 E Belt Line Rd, Carrollton, TX 75006 -
2601 E Belt Line Rd, Carrollton, TX 75006, USA
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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from North America

      I've a friend that moved form Texas to Ohio a few years ago, but she is going back at Christmas time, for better job offers.

      Thanks for the comments!

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      Roger Gonzales 8 years ago

      Thanks for a well researched hub. Makes you want to move, specially if you are unemployed.

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      artrush73 8 years ago

      Very interesting Article. thanks for sharing. I'm thinking about moving to Dallas :)

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      benny Faye Douglass 8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      thanks for sharing that very enlightening hub with us. creativeone59