Plano is located in north-central Texas, approximately twenty miles north of Dallas. The city is one of the fastest growing in the nation, with a population of more than 278,000 residents that represents a 7.2% population increase over the last four years.
Plano is consistently ranked among the most affluent cities in the U.S. Home to more than 31,000 businesses, Plano’s economy is powered by a civilian workforce comprised of more than 71% of the city’s adult population, of which more than 54% hold a bachelor’s degree or higher. Low unemployment, positive future job growth projections, and median household incomes of nearly $83,000 continue to attract new residents and businesses to the city each year.
Plano is served by the Plano Independent School District, home to twenty-three National Blue Ribbon schools and owner of an Exemplary rating by the Texas Education Agency. Plano is consistently ranked among America’s safest cities, an achievement bolstered by an active community watch program and well-educated police force comprised entirely of college graduates.
Plano features a host of outstanding shopping, dining, and entertainment venues! The city’s historic downtown district features a diverse collection of specialty retail shops, art galleries, trendy restaurants, and performing arts venues, as well as mixed-use urban housing and office space. Plano is home to the Plano Balloon Festival, a signature event that attracts more than 300,000 visitors annually with live music, fireworks, skydiving exhibitions, and hot air balloon launches from Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve.
Plano’s Parks & Recreation Department is one of only 139 nationally accredited parks and recreation agencies in the U.S. The department maintains and operates sixty-five outstanding parks & recreational facilities that include Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve, an 800-acre expanse of parkland that boasts more than eight miles of hiking and biking trails, natural areas for wildlife, and a 1,500-person amphitheater that serves as the focal point for many of Plano’s top festivals and events. The preserve is connected to Schell Park and Bob Woodruff Park via a series of trails and bikeways that interconnect with various community centers, recreational facilities, libraries, and parks located throughout the city.
Located just thirty minutes from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, with bus and light rail service by DART and Trinity Railway Express, Plano is conveniently accessible to Dallas, Fort Worth, and points beyond!