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Plano, Texas is located just north of Dallas, is one of the fastest-growing communities in the nation. It offers residents an ideal combination of housing, employment, dining, shopping, acclaimed education facilities and sporting and recreational venues.
In 2005, Plano was designated the best place to live in the Western United States by CNN MONEY magazine. Prospective residents often seek out Plano homes due to the city's highly respected public school system. The corporate world has noticed the area's attributes and Plano is now home to such major companies as JC Penney, Ericsson, Pizza Hut, Cinemark Theaters and Dr Pepper Snapple Group. The annual Plano Balloon Festival and the Plano International Festival are two of the city's premiere cultural and entertainment events.
- Plano ranks 1st out of 100 cities and earned an A+ for overall renter satisfaction in a study by Apartment List.
- Plano named the Best City to Raise a Family in a America by Niche.com.
- Three of DFW’s Top 10 Best Neighborhoods are in Plano.
- NerdWallet.com ranks Plano as America’s Top Most Affordable Place.
- Livability.com ranks Plano #2 in the top 10 Best Cities for Families.
- Website DatingAdvice.com named Plano the 7th Best City to Start a Family.
- Plano is named a Top 10 City for Women in Tech according to SmartAsset.com.
- Plano is the 3rd Hardest Working City in America according to a study by WalletHub.com. 2014
- Plano comes in at #23 in the list of the 35 Best U.S. Cities for Millennials to Live and Work published by Monster.com.
- Plano is named the “10th Best City to Find a Job” in a recent study from WalletHub.com.
- Plano is listed as the fourth safest city in America according to the Movoto Real Estate Blog.
- Plano named the ninth-best city for young entrepreneurs by Nerdwallet.com, the personal finance website.
- Plano was voted “Best City or Suburb for Raising Children” by the readers of DallasChild magazine in their annual Best for Families Survey.
- In a WalletHub.com Study, Plano is named the 12th Best City for People with Disabilities in the United States
- Wallethub.com ranked Plano 9th out of the 150 largest cities in the United States for 2014’s Best Places to Retire.
- Plano has been named one of the most attractive cities in the U.S. to host a sporting event in the 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards by SportsEvents magazine. 2 July 2015
- The Plano Convention & Visitors Bureau has received a 2014 Readers’ Choice Award from ConventionSouth for its professionalism, creativity and service to meeting planners.
- Plano ranked second of the largest 100 cities by Business Insider and NerdWallet in the “Top 25 Cities for Working Parents”. ? Plano is recognized as a 2014 Gold Star Affiliate by Keep Texas Beautiful, a designation conferred on just 57 of more than 370 affiliates in 2014. Gold Star recognition is the highest status any community affiliate can achieve.
- Plano Environmental Health earns 2nd place in the 2014 North Texas Recycling Awards for their “Distinguished Greenscape Project” sponsored by the North Texas Corporate Recycling Association.
- Plano named 2014’s 6th best city for first-time home buyers in a recent study on Wallethub.com
- Plano is ranked #4 for best city for newlyweds. MyLife.com ranked 200 most populous U.S. cities to see which was the most compatible for newlywed couples and Plano ranks in the top 5.
- Plano is named one of the 10 Healthiest Cities in America by TIME Magazine. In the TIME Magazine book titled “Healthiest Places to Live”, Plano is the focus of a chapter called “Best Place for Staying Safe”.
- D Magazine ranks Plano in the top 20 for the Best Suburbs in North Texas.
- WalletHub names Plano the 2014 Best City for Families.
- Central Plano earns #1 ranking and East Plano earns #2 in Top 10 Neighborhoods in DFW overall by The Dallas Morning News. Top 10 Neighborhoods Overall: The best of the best
- Plano ranked #5 in Top 10 Best Cities for Kids, 2014 by Livability.com. Top 10 Best Cities for Kids, 2014
- Men’s Health ranks Plano #6 for lowest divorce rate among 100 biggest cities in America. Divorce Rates in America
- Movoto Real Estate Research ranks Plano the #1 safest city with a population over 250,000 and #4 overall.
- Arbor Day Foundation recognizes Plano as a 2013 Tree City USA.
- Plano Parks & Recreation was names one of the four finalists for the National Recreation and Park Association’s National Gold Medal Award honoring the top four parks and recreations agencies in the nation.
- Plano Parks Department won The Texas Recreation & Parks Society’s Maintenance Award for the design and fabrication of a pennant reel that saves thousands of man hours when setting up for festivals.
- Plano comes in at #3 for Best Run City. USA Today from 24/7 Wall Street
- Plano ranked #8 on list of 10 best cities for snowbirds and retirees from Apartments.com
- Law/Street named Plano #3 as one of the safest cities with a population over 200,000
- SafeWise names Plano as one of the 50 Safest Cities in Texas.
- Men’s Health ranked fourth for “Best Cities for Men.”
- Plano has been named one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live by Livability.com, a national website that ranks quality of life amenities of America’s small and mid-sized cities.
- Plano named #3 for happiest workers in mid-size cities (between 100,000 and 1,000,000) by Career Bliss
- In the 24/7 Wall St’s article, “The Best and Worst Run Cities in America,” Plano was named the best run city. They reviewed 100 of the largest cities based on the local economy, fiscal discipline and standard of living.
- AreaVibes.com lists Plano as No. 1 for the Best Place to Live in America.
- Prevention magazine rates Plano as one of the top happiest-healthiest cities in America. Plano, TX tops in purchasing workout gear and organic products; most married; most pet owners; highest percentage with bachelor's degrees; lowest rate of violent crime.
- BusinessInsider.com ranked the City of Plano among the top safest cities in America with a population over 200,000. The City of Plano was ranked #3 in the nation.
- The DFW Asian-American Citizens Council (DFWAACC has selected the City of Plano as the 2013 City of the Year.
- According to walkscore Plano is ranked #57 as a bike trail friendly city in the U.S. and #1 in Texas.
- Due to Plano’s proximity to the Telecom Corridor (home to Samsung Mobile and AT&T), Plano was ranked #1 for Smart-talkers in May 2013 issue of Men’s Health magazine.
Located 20 miles northeast of downtown Dallas, Plano, Texas is “a vibrant city for families to live in,” says City Manager, Bruce Glasscock. “Plano has developed a high level of quality services for the community that is accessible to everyone who lives here. From great schools, events and entertainment, Plano is a great community to live and grow up in.”
Rated one of the safest and best places to live by CNN Money Magazine and a Top 10 Best City for Families by Livability.com, Plano is a great place to raise a family.
WHAT MAKES PLANO UNIQUE?
A great way to describe Plano is that it is diverse, from its residents to its businesses. Plano is home to many corporate headquarters, including: Dell Services, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Ericsson, Pizza Hut, Motors USA and many more. The city’s citizens represent a wide range of ethnicities and cultures.
“Plano is very diverse and inclusive,” notes Glasscock. “This diversity adds to the enrichment of our community.” Although Plano has a population of 267,776 (according to the 2010 US census) it is one of the safest cities in the country. Plano was selected as the safest city in America in 2010 and 2011 by Forbes. “While a lot of people live here, they are very family-minded and watch out for each other,” says Glasscock.
Although Plano Independent School District serves most of the city, small portions of Plano are served by the Frisco, Allen, and Lewisville Independent School Districts. Plano has a unique school system, where grades 9-10 are separated from grades 11-12. The 9th and 10th graders attend a high school, whereas the 11th and 12th graders attend a senior high school.
In 2014, Plano was rated the 10th Best Suburb for Education in the United States. This is due in part to Plano’s schools low student to teacher ratio (14 to 1), allowing students to interact more with teachers as well as have more one-on-one attention. Plano schools are also unique because more students graduate compared to other school districts. In 2010, 93% of Plano Independent School District students graduated from high school. “The school district in Plano is excellent,” said Glasscock, “The quality of education and the smaller class size definitely has an impact on student performance.”
Two campuses of Collin College, part of the Collin County College System, are located in Plano. The city is also home to SMU-in-Plano, a branch of Southern Methodist University, serving 3,000 working professionals with a graduate education. Programs offered include business, engineering, continuing education and more.