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Known today for its historic downtown Arts District, as well as its wealth of theatre and music venues, Plano was originally established as a settlement in the 1840s. The completion of the Houston and Texas Railroad in 1872 helped Plano’s population reach 500, and in June of 1873 the city was officially incorporated. After the fire of 1881 burned much of the business district down, the entrepreneurs of Plano rebounded quickly, rebuilding the business district which continues to evolve and thrive to this day. Today Plano is home to some 286,000 residents, who enjoy not only the lively entertainment and shopping district downtown, but also the many beautiful parks scattered throughout the city.
Cost of Living
While the median home cost in Plano is well above medians for the state of Texas and the nation, other costs such as groceries, health care, transportation, and utilities are more on par with the national and state averages. Property taxes in Plano are average for the DFW Metroplex area.
Highway 75 and the Dallas North Tollway run through the city of Plano, allowing for easy access to all that Dallas and Fort Worth have to offer. While vehicular transportation is how most residents get around the area, Plano is served by the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system (DART), which connects residents to downtown Dallas and Fort Worth, as well as DFW International Airport. There are two bus transit centers in Plano, and nearby Amtrak stops are also available.
Plano is served by the Plano Independent School District, which is comprised of dozens of elementary schools, thirteen middle schools, eleven high schools (including one online high school) and plenty of pre-K and early childhood education options. A host of private school options are also available to residents, and the University of Texas at Dallas is only five miles away from the heart of Plano.
From local music venues in the downtown Arts District and Plano Metropolitan Ballet performances to the sprawling Bob Woodruff Park and its miles of walking or jogging trails, there is no shortage of things to do and see in Plano, Texas. The Granite Park Boardwalk is a great place to dine and stroll the afternoon or evening away, the Texas Pool is a great way to beat the summer heat in a giant pool shaped like Texas, Oak Point Park offers canoeing and treetop adventures for outdoor enthusiasts, and Legacy Food Hall is the perfect spot to try one of many chef-driven food stands, a local brewery and, of course, live music. With so much to see and do in Plano, it’s no wonder so many love calling it home.
Disclaimer: School attendance zone boundaries are supplied by Maponics and are subject to change. Check with the applicable school district prior to making a decision based on these boundaries.