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About Plano

City of Plano hot air balloonAbout Plano

Plano is the best place to be healthy, wealthy, wise – and safe. 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.


Located just 20 miles north of downtown Dallas, the City of Plano Opens new window enjoys a thriving economy, with abundant amenities and approval ratings.

  • award-winning schools
  • outstanding libraries
  • spacious parkland
  • internationally-recognized, 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, Inc, and many more.

haggard parkDemographics*

Population — 261,900

Educational Attainment — Graduate or professional degree 20%, Bachelor's degree 35%, Associate’s degree 6%, Some college 18%, High school 14.3%

Median Household Income — $83,239

Occupations — Professional, scientific, management and administrative 18.6%; Education, health care and social assistance 16.9%; Finance, insurance, real estate 13.0%; Retail 11.9%; Manufacturing 9.4%; Arts, entertainment, recreation and food services 8.7%; Information 5.0%; Construction 4.3%; Other services 4.6%; Wholesale 3.4%; and Transportation, warehousing and utilities 2.3 %.

* Sources: Plano Economic Development Board 2012 Community Profile and U.S. Census Bureau


Plano continues to garner national accolades for its quality of lifestyle, environmental initiatives and opportunities for economic development. Worthy of note are the following accomplishments:

  • Plano continues to garner national accolades for its quality of lifestyle, environmental initiatives and opportunities for economic development. Worthy of note are the following accomplishments:

    • In 2013, Collin County ranked #2 Healthiest County overall out of 232 counties in Texas by the University of Wisconsin’s Public Health Institute.
    • Plano was ranked #3 in’s list of “The Top 20 Safest Cities in America” article, based on the number of violent crimes in 2012 as reported by the FBI.
    • The DFW Asian-American Citizens Council selected the City of Plano as the 2013 City of the Year.downtown railcar
    • In 2013, Plano was named the Best Run City in America in the 24/7 Wall St. article, “The Best and Worst Run Cities in America.” They reviewed 100 of the largest cities based on local economy, fiscal discipline and standard of living.
    • Plano earned the 2013 CLIDE (Celebrating Leadership in Development Excellence) Award for Excellent Urban Development Plans by the North Texas Council of Governments. The City of Excellence was recognized for the Downtown Plano Vision and Strategy Update.
    • In 2013, Plano’s Live Green in Plano initiative won first place in Waste Reduction and Recycling at the Keep America Beautiful National Conference.
    • The Plano Public Library System earned the 2012 Achievement of Excellence in Libraries from the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association.
    • In 2012, Dallas Child Magazine named Plano as the “Best City or Suburb to Raise a Child.”
    • Plano was named a 2012 Texas Certified Scenic City by Scenic Texas.
    • In 2012, Plano was ranked third for the second year in a row as one of the “Best Cities for Men” by Men’s Health.
    • In 2011, Plano was named “Best Family-friendly City or Suburb” of the year by Dallas Child Magazine.
    • Men’s Health listed Plano second on their list of the most educated cities in America in 2011.
    • Also in 2011, The Daily Beast ranked Plano 13th of Best Cities for Moms and 19th of Best Cities for Dads.
    • “On Numbers,” a feature of the American City Business Journals, ranked Plano 15th of 269 cities with populations over 100,000 among the “big city brain power in the United States” in 2011.
    • named the Dallas-Plano-Irving metropolitan area fifth in the “The Best Big Cities for Jobs” in 2011.
    • named Plano the #1 Best City to Build Personal Wealth.
    • In 2011 and 2010, listed Plano as America’s Safest City.

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