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City Guide
Moving to Carrollton

So, you're thinking of moving to the Dallas area and don't want to live in the big city? Carrollton might be a good choice for you if you want something nice, suburban, clean and friendly. If you're looking for an apartment, there is a chance you'll find one. You might be pleasantly surprised by the reasonable rents if you're looking for a studio or one bedroom apartment. If you just want a nice place with great access to a big city nearby, you've come to the right place.

While looking for an apartment during your search for a home in Carrollton, you're going to want to compile some necessary documents to turn in with your application. Starting your apartment search prepared helps ensure that you put an application in as soon as possible, and don't miss out on your dream apartment when its rented to someone else who got there first. First of all, you'll want to make copies of your personal ID. Then, you'll want to gather financial info like your bank statements, tax returns, and any other proof of what you have in the bank. You'll also want to get proof of employment to show potential landlords you will have a way to pay their rent, and also reference letters from previous landlords to prove that you will be a good tenant. Finally, make sure that you have a well-stocked bank account. Moving can be rather expensive, and getting your things from one house to another costs a lot of money. You'll want to be able to cover moving expenses, as well as any brokers fees that you might be charged by the person who helps you find an apartment. Additionally, you'll also need to front a lot of money when renting usually at least first and last months rent, sometimes in addition to a security deposit.


Its clear that Carrollton is an awesome place to live, but you have to ask yourself: what else is there to know? The town is a small suburb, but there is a little bit of differentiation in the vibe and community of the city depending on where you end up in it. Read more below to find out what each area of Carrollton is like and whether it will be the right place for you to call home.

Fm 544: It's the town's northeast corner. It's very suburban and almost all single-family homes. There are a few rentals and apartment complexes.

Route 121 and Huffines Blvd: These streets demarcate the northwestern most corner of Carrollton. All of Carrollton is nice, but this part is a tiny bit less expensive than other parts. There are tons of high-rises and apartment buildings here (and also some single-family homes).

Luna Road and Valwood Parkway: These streets section off the southernmost area of Carrollton, and are also by far the least expensive.

Historic Downtown Carrollton: This is the center of the town, and it's full of history and culture. People think its cute and quaint here, and its therefore an idyllic place to live. Come here to get a real taste of Texas culture and to be in the hustle and bustle of somewhere thats not very hustle-bustley.

Living in Carrollton

Living in Carrollton can be like a dream if you're looking for a suburb in a lovely town. But is close enough to get out of town to Dallas. One of the best and most popular ways to do that is to obviously have your own car. Having a car in Carrollton allows you to get around in town easily and also to get out whenever you feel like you want or need to. There is public transportation in the area: DART is Dallas transportation system (Dallas Area Rapid Transit). If you want to take a bus to Dallas, DART has one for you. There is also a train, called the Green Line, which will take you right into the big city. Its therefore not necessary to have your own set of wheels but most residents do recommend it for ease and convenience.

Once you've settled into Carrollton, there are actually plenty of things to do there. Historic Downtown Carrollton is an attraction in itself. People go to shop and dine and just to stroll around, taking in the quaint Texas scenery. For something a little more exciting, check out Sandy Lane Amusement Park. Its a place where locals and people all over the region come to have fun. There is great theme park food there, too, and who doesn't want a pronto pup or funnel cake every once in a while? Blooms Candy and Soda Pop Shop is also a favorite.

For sports lovers, Carrollton has some excellent golf. The Coyote Ridge Golf Club is a favorite with affordable golfing, nice club facilities, and a restaurant. Indian Creek is also a golfing choice a 36-hole daily fee facility situated along the beautiful and scenic Trinity River. If you love pro sports, hop on into Dallas to see the Mavericks play basketball or the Cowboys play football. The Texas Rangers baseball team also plays in the area just southwest of Carrollton in Arlington.

Rent Report

August 2017 Carrollton Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2017 Carrollton Rent Report. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Carrollton rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Carrollton rents increased marginally over the past month

Carrollton rents have increased 0.1% over the past month, and are up significantly by 5.4% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Carrollton stand at $1,070 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,320 for a two-bedroom. This is the eighth straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in November of last year. Carrollton's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.4%, as well as the national average of 2.9%.

Rents rising across the Dallas Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Carrollton, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the Dallas metro, all of them have seen prices rise, and this trend can be seen throughout other areas in the state, as well. Texas as a whole has logged a 1.4% year-over-year growth. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro, as well as the rest of the state.

  • Arlington has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 9.2%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,190, while one-bedrooms go for $960.
  • Over the past month, Mesquite has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with decline of 0.6%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,290, while one-bedrooms go for $1,040.
  • McKinney has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Dallas metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,450; rents increased 0.6% over the past month and 4.5% over the past year.
  • Dallas proper has the least expensive rents in the Dallas metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,110; rents were up 0.6% over the past month and 2.9% over the past year.
  • Looking throughout the rest of the state, Austin is the most expensive of all Texas' major cities outside the Dallas metro, with a median two-bedroom rent of $1,400; of the 10 largest Texas cities that we have data for, 3 have seen rents fall year-over-year, with Houston experiencing the fastest decline (-2.6%).
  • San Antonio, Austin, and Lubbock have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (2.8%, 2.0%, and 1.9%, respectively).

Carrollton rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

As rents have increased in Carrollton, a few large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Carrollton is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

  • Carrollton's median two-bedroom rent of $1,320 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.9% over the past year.
  • While Carrollton's rents rose over the past year, some cities nationwide saw decreases, including Miami (-0.8%) and DC (-0.4%).
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Carrollton than most large cities. Comparably, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,060, which is more than twice the price in Carrollton.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.
City Median 1BR price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
Dallas $890 $1,110 0.6% 2.9%
Fort Worth $910 $1,130 0.8% 5.2%
Arlington $960 $1,190 1.0% 9.2%
Plano $1,140 $1,420 0.6% 1.9%
Garland $980 $1,220 -0.4% 4.2%
Irving $960 $1,190 0.5% 5.4%
Grand Prairie $1,000 $1,240 0.8% 8.7%
Mesquite $1,040 $1,290 -0.6% 7.0%
McKinney $1,160 $1,450 0.6% 4.5%
Carrollton $1,070 $1,320 0.1% 5.4%
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Methodology - Recent Updates:

Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.


Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.