In January 2004, CNN Money designated Plano its top place to live in the Western United States (cities over 100,000). Our community couldn’t agree more. In a February 2004 survey, Plano citizens ranked their city as “the best or one of the best places to live in the D/FW metroplex,” with a 72.7% approval rating.
Contributing to the quality of life is Plano’s wonderfully diverse community, with people from all over the globe calling Plano home, and Plano’s award-winning environmental awareness. The annual Plano Balloon Festival and the Plano International Festival are two of the city’s premiere cultural and entertainment events.
Located just 20 miles north of downtown Dallas, the city of Plano enjoys a thriving economy, with abundant amenities and approval ratings.
- award-winning schools
- outstanding libraries
- spacious parkland
- internationally recognized and accredited police and fire departments
- easy access to four airports
- a municipal government willing to partner with business for success
- home to a number of corporate or regional headquarters for major employers like Bank of America Home Loans, HP Enterprise Services, Capital One Finance, JCPenney Corporation, Inc., Frito-Lay, Dell Services, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Toyota and more.
- Population – 208,242 (16 years and older)
- Educational Attainment (25 years and older) – Graduate degree or professional degree 21.3%, bachelor’s degree 30.6%, associate’s degree 7.3%
- Median Household Income – $81,475
- Plano ISD serves the residents of approximately 100 square miles in southwest Collin County. This area includes 66 square miles in the City of Plano with the balance including northern portions of the cities of Dallas and Richardson and part of the cities of Allen, Carrollton, Garland, Lucas, Murphy, Parker and Wylie.
- Total Student Enrollment: 54,839
Plano was selected as the safest city in America in 2010 and 2011 by Forbes. Plano schools consistently score among the highest in the nation.
It has been rated as the wealthiest city in the United States by CNN Money, and the United States Census Bureau declared Plano the wealthiest city of 2008 by comparing the median household income for all U.S. cities whose populations were greater than 250,000. In 2008, Forbes.com selected Plano, University Park, and Highland Park as the three “Top Suburbs To Live Well” of Dallas.
In 2013, Plano received top-scoring nationally in a livability index according to an algorithm created by AreaVibes.com, a Toronto-based company specializing in such data.
AreaVibes ranked Plano at the top of the list of U.S. cities with populations between 100,000 and 10,000,000. Another chart, Best Places to Live in 2013, also has Plano ranked number 1.
City Website: http://www.plano.gov
Visit Plano: http://www.visitplano.com
Things to Do: http://www.visitplano.com/15thingstodo