Despite an uptick in crime in 2003 and 2004, the 10-year crime rate dropped 27 percent from 1995 to 2005, according to figures from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The average value of a Farmers Branch home increased 63 percent over 10 years to $149,421 in 2006, according to the Dallas Central Appraisal District. That's less than the average increase of 85 percent for Dallas County.
The Carrollton-Farmers Branch school district's average SAT score bounced up and down for the last seven years but is still up 83 points from a decade ago, according to the Texas Education Agency. The class of 2005's average SAT score was 1008. The state average was 992.
The district's state accountability rating, which is based on how well its students score on standardized state tests, rose to recognized from acceptable. The rating's rise came after more and harder tests were introduced, agency spokeswoman Suzanne Marchman said. She said most school districts' ratings went down under the tougher standards.