Manufacturing, construction trades and wholesale trades are some of the largest economic sectors that call Carrollton home. These, as well as finance, insurance and real estate business headquarters comprise over 5,000 businesses that have settled in Carrollton thanks to its central location and business cost advantages. International Marketing Initiatives have been a key component of Carrollton's Economic Development strategy to attract foreign business, with efforts in Asia, Canada and Mexico. The City has been successful in promoting locally produced products overseas and gaining the attention of foreign companies to locate facilities within the community. The pro-active effort has resulted in a healthier local economy, continued infrastructure improvement, and built a vibrant and ethnically diverse culture in Carrollton.
Residents are drawn to the City for its high quality of life, abundant parks, schools and safe neighborhoods. In 2008, MONEY Magazine ranked Carrollton 15th in the country as the Best Place to Live and Forbes Magazine recently ranked Carrollton #12 for "America's Best Places to Move." The city’s “Shop Carrollton” campaign and its thriving restaurant venues keep Carrollton residents close to home for their entertainment needs.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s (DART’s) Green Line arrived in Carrollton in2010, ushering in a new era of tremendous opportunity – for developers, citizens, potential residents and businesses—in the form of transit-oriented development (TOD) opportunities. Carrollton’s future calls for reflecting on, and connecting with, the rail lines that now carry people to three new DART light rail stations. The stations link Carrollton directly to Dallas, other Metroplex cities, and eventually DFW Airport.