Addison (video), once an area called Peters Colony, is just 10 miles north of downtown Dallas, and has a population of 14,166. The cities of Addison, Carrollton, and Farmers Branch together comprise an area referred to as the Metrocrest.
Addison has 4.35 square miles within its boundaries on the northern edge of Dallas County. Average elevation of Addison is 643 feet above sea level.
The median home value in Addison is $315,394; median household income is $52,782. Addison has 22 apartment complexes with an average apartment rent of $920. Median Addison household size is 1.86. Addison is known for having one of the most progressive fire sprinkler ordinances in the world.
Addison is home to the corporate offices of Mary Kay Cosmetics (also see the Mary Kay Museum) and Pizza Hut. The Addison Airport is the third largest general aviation airport in the United States and houses the Cavanaugh Flight Museum, featuring fully restored historic warbirds, trainers, fighters, jets, and other memorabilia.
Addison has a strong retail base with Galleria Mall. Addison also has more restaurants per capita than any other city west of the Mississippi (more than 170). Belt Line Road in Addison is referred to as "Restaurant Row." There are enough restaurants in Addison that every resident in town could be seated for dinner at the same time! Visitors to Addison can choose from 22 hotels with 4,000 rooms.
The Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD and the Dallas ISD are the school districts that serve Addison. Higher education is also available through the Brookhaven campus of the Dallas County Community College District. The Greenhill School and Trinity Christian Academy are two of the larger private schools in Addison.
Addison is well known in the Metroplex for its special events, such as Kaboom Town, a July 3rd celebration featuring a spectacular fireworks display, Taste Addison, and Oktoberfest in September. The Water Tower Theatre in Addison is one of the most unique theaters in the Dallas area. For ice skating and hockey enthusiasts, Addison has the Iceoplex Skating Rink; for other athletics, they offer residents the Addison Athletic Club.
Addison takes pride in its 45-foot-high art piece, "Blueprints at Addison Circle," which serves as a landmark in Addison Circle at Quorum Drive, an urban plaza combining residential, office, and retail space. This massive piece weighs 410,000 pounds, and more than 650 gallons of custom-mixed blue paint were required to complete it.
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Last updated July 26, 2010