Plano has been ranked as one of the top 10 Best Cities for Families, it also ranks among the Best Cities for Millennials to Live & Work by Monster.com. Planoites have access to great schools and 3,800 acres of parkland, and amazing jobs thanks to the city housing the headquarters of more than 25 American companies, including Toyota, FedEx, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Cinemark Theatres, Dr. Pepper, Frito-Lay, JCPenney, Pizza Hut and Toyota (this list gets bigger and bigger each year). In addition to all the practical stuff, there is a ton of adventure, amazing shopping, award-winning restaurants and festivals.
And, perhaps you’ve heard that Plano was recently named the 12th longest-living city in the country by the Daily Beast.
Thinking about moving to Plano, Texas? Here are the answers to all of your Texas-sized questions, from how much it costs to live here to how to get around and what to do here — we’ve covered it for you.
1. Cost of Living
The cost of living in Plano is slightly above the national average, although it’s much more affordable than large metropolis’ like New York, Boston or Los Angeles. Data reported by Plano.gov, the official government website for the city of Plano, Texas, cites that Plano offers affordable housing and lower property taxes. Additionally, Plano was named one of the best places to build wealth by Salary.com.
2. Public Transportation
The greater Dallas area is home to DART, or Dallas Area Rapid Transit. The public transportation lines span to all corners of the metro area, covering 13 individual cities, including Plano. DART is comprised of rail, bus, paratransit and rideshare systems. Public transportation maps and schedules can be viewed on the DART website.
According to GreatSchools, Plano schools have achieved a 9/10 rating. The rating is based on test scores. Top-rated schools in the Plano area include Anderson, Wyatt and Gulledge Elementary Schools as well as Fowler Middle School. Comprised of 80 schools, Plano Independent School District is the largest district in Plano, Texas. The University of Texas and Texas A&M are also located nearby Plano.
4. Things to Do
There are a variety of things to do in Plano, Texas, no matter your lifestyle. History buffs can appreciate the Heritage Farmstead Museum, a 1891 Plano homestead that has been converted into a living museum. For nature lovers there’s nearby Arbor Hills Trails, with miles of scenic hiking, biking and walking paths. Sports fans can cheer for their favorite Dallas teams, as the professional sports arenas are a short distance from Plano. Plus, Plano is situated close to and just a short commute from Downtown Dallas’s thriving dining scene and entertainment districts.
Here’s just one example of the awesome out tings you can enjoy in Plano:
An Adventure in the Trees
City of Plano has teamed up with Go Ape adventures to bring you the coolest adventure in the sky. You can’t find this in most cities, but in Plano, there is a lot happening up in the air. Check out some of the close up pictures here
Plano is well-known for its numerous corporate headquarters which includes small businesses, large-scale companies, manufactures and startups. Plano is conveniently located near the Telecom Corridor and the many business parks along the Dallas North Tollway. Industries exploding in the region include software, telecom, infomation and medical companies.
6. The Most Amazing Pools
From a Texas Shaped Pool to the City of Plano Parks and Rec pools, these pools will blow your mind. The Texas pool is the oldest pool in Plano and it is perfectly shaped into the our great
nation state of Texas.
This needs to be on your bucket list for the Summer. On the other hand, the City of Plano has created mini water parks that are so budget-friendly, you cannot afford not to play here. Pictured below Oak Point, Tom Muehlenbeck (the indoor pool is just as impressive) and the newly renovated, ah-mazing Jack Carter pool.
Plano has been well deemed a city to come to if you want to prosper. It seems that when you settle in Plano, the odds are with you to succeed. A big part of that success can be attributed to the people you’ll surround yourself with in Plano.
Citizens of Plano are civic-minded, dedicated to their city and realize that when you’re successful, that makes Plano a better place to live.
Plano’s Chamber of Commerce is a diverse group is made up of leaders who work hard to create an environment conducive to small businesses success.
A Plano Welcome
The best thing about Plano – will hopefully be YOU. Know that if and when you decide to move to our wonderful Plano, we welcome you and wish you great success!