Addison is a town in Dallas County, Texas. The population was 14,166 at the 2000 census. Addison is a northern suburb of Dallas, Texas.
There were 7,621 households out of which 17.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 28.9% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 59.6% were non-families. 49.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.86 and the average family size was 2.74.
In the town the population was spread out with 16.0% under the age of 18, 12.3% from 18 to 24, 47.8% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 4.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 109.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 109.8 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $48,566, and the median income for a family was $53,386. Males had a median income of $36,977 versus $32,452 for females. The per capita income for the town was $38,606. 7.7% of the population and 6.2% of families were below the poverty line. 9.3% of those under the age of 18 and 10.7% of those 65 and older are living in poverty. The median house price has steadily increased in recent years. In 2005, the median price for a home was $139,220.
The land occupied by Addison was settled as early as 1846, when Preston Witt built a house near White Rock Creek. In 1902 the community named itself Addison, after Addison Robertson, who served as postmaster from 1908 to 1916. The first industry was a cotton gin, opening in 1902 on Addison Road. The City of Addison was incorporated on June 15, 1953. In 1982 the name was changed to “Town of Addison.”
Most residents are served by the Dallas Independent School District while some are served by the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District, though no public schools operate within the town limits. The DISD portion of Addison south of Belt Line Road is served by Anne Frank Elementary School (Dallas), while the portion north of Belt Line Road is served by Junkins Elementary School (Carrollton).
All of the DISD portion of Addison is served by Walker Middle School (Dallas) and W.T. White High School (Dallas). The C-FBISD portion is served by Stark Elementary School in Farmers Branch, Field Middle School in Farmers Branch, and R. L. Turner High School in Carrollton. The Addison School Building was opened in 1914. In 1954 the school became a part of the Dallas ISD, and the school closed in 1962. The school building is now the “Magic Time Machine Restaurant”.
Addison is the home of a notable private school, Greenhill School, which is a co-educational private school. Greenhill enrolls over 1,200 students from preschool to high school and is one of the most selective schools in the Dallas area. In addition, Trinity Christian Academy is within the town’s borders.
What Addison is today is the result of explosive growth of business since the 1980s. Though Addison only has 14,166 residents, daytime population is estimated at over 100,000. With more than 170 restaurants, there is a restaurant for every 83 Addison residents. Addison’s restaurants are especially busy because of ordinances allowing the sale of alcoholic beverages by the drink (not easy to do in Dallas and neighboring suburbs). Addison has 22 hotels with at least 4,000 hotel rooms and meeting facilities. Addison’s airport consumes roughly half of the city’s 11.5 square kilometers (4.4 square miles), and is one of the busiest general aviation airports in the nation. Addison’s major employers include MBNA, CompUSA, Mary Kay Cosmetics, and Pizza Hut.
Because of Addison’s overwhelmingly commercial atmosphere, residents of Addison enjoy a unique lifestyle not common in other suburbs. Addison’s rush hour is often between 12-2 p.m. on weekdays and 6-9 p.m. on weekends due to the concentration of restaurants. Adequate streets and short distances minimize transportation inconveniences.
In 2005, the Town of Addison introduced a wireless internet network covering the entire town. Though use costs a nominal fee, the network works to drive businesses and serves its residents.
Residents and visitors can enjoy many Addison attractions, such as the Cavanaugh Flight museum, housing a collection of aircraft since World War I. Addison Circle Park, built in the early 2000s, is a venue for several seasonal outdoor events, such as UNT’s North Texas Jazz Fest, “Addison Artfest”, Oktoberfest, and the food exposition “Taste Addison.” The Dallas Galleria provides shoppers with over 200 stores inside an impressive mall. The Addison Improv Comedy Club and Restaurant brings in some of the most acclaimed comedic talent in the region.