Plano, TX has been nationally recognized by CNN Money magazine as The Best Place to Live in the Western United States and by Forbes.com as one of the Top Suburbs to Live Well. Plano was given its name for its flat terrain, but that is about the only thing “flat” about this growing city. Perhaps the only thing “flat” about Plano is its crime rate. Potential residents often buy homes here because of its low crime rate. Forbes magazine listed this peaceful community as the Safest City in America back in 2011. According to 2006 crime statistics, Plano had four homicides, the lowest homicide rate in all U.S. cities with populations of 250,000 or larger. Start shopping for Plano homes for sale.
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Plano is a great place to live, work, and play because of its mix of employment options and diverse community. As one of the state's most populous cities, it has much to offer those who choose to live here. Making a move to Plano makes sense for many people because of its easy access to local amenities. The friendly suburban feel of this community combined with the urban opportunities it offers makes it appealing to buyers in many different demographics.
As you begin searching for Plano real estate, you will notice that the prices for the homes, condos and townhomes here are quite affordable. Every year thousands of people make the transition to Plano for this very reason. The most affordable homes here are found in East Plano, the part of the city to the east of Highway 75. Here the community's historic downtown and local shops and eateries sit alongside affordable housing options. West Plano is where the city's industry and upscale shopping is located, as well as some of the more affluent housing developments.
With a population of more than 269,776, Plano is ranked 9th as the state’s most populated city and 70th in the United States. With more than 80,875 households, Plano is home to more than 60,575 families. More than 42 percent of households here have children under the age of 18. Browse the newest real estate listings in Plano, TX.
Students living in the Plano Independent School District often score among the highest in the nation. Boasting 128 seniors as National Merit Semifinalists, this district has three senior high schools serving juniors and seniors, Plano East, Plano and Plano West. The schools in Plano were also recently voted some of the best in the country! The district also recently opened two academies which will focus on media arts and health sciences. In addition, the district offers an upgraded International Baccalaureate program for freshmen and sophomores at Plano East.
Students in Plano also have access to private institutions, including the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas’ John Paul II High School and several private Christian schools including Plano Christian Academy, Great Lakes Academy, Prince of Peace Lutheran and Prestonwood Christian Academy. Small portions of Plano are served by the Allen Independent School District, Frisco Independent School District, and the Lewisville Independent School District.
Higher learning is readily available to residents with Collin College and a branch of Southern Methodist University. The Guildhall at SMU offers a master’s program in video game development! Find homes in Plano by school district.
Affordable real estate alone is not enough to draw people to Plano. The community also meets the need for employment. Several corporations have their headquarters in Plano, and the community's close proximity to the Metroplex makes the commute to other employment options simple. Jobs in most fields—from IT to manufacturing, are found here, giving diverse opportunities to its residents. From that first retail or fast food job to becoming the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, the opportunities are limitless in this community.
Plano’s economy is anything but flat. According to 2007 statistics, the median income in the United States was $84,492 in comparable city populations. Plano’s median income is $103,913. The U.S. Census Bureau data determined Plano was the wealthiest city in 2008, based on median incomes. With a poverty rate of less than 6.4 percent, Plano was selected by CNN Money magazine as one of the Wealthiest Cities in America.
Many corporations call Plano home, including Cinemark Theatres, Dell Services, J.C. Penney, Pizza Hut, Rent-A-Center, Siemens, Ericsson, Frito-Lay, HP Enterprise Services, Alliance Data, Traxxas and PLM Software.
Located in the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex, Plano was the first city in Collin County to develop a master plan for their roads. To ease traffic congestion, the city uses multi-lane, divided highways for major roads. The community is served by U.S. Highway 75, the Dallas North Tollway, President George Bush Turnpike, Texas State Highway 121, and Texas State Highway 289. In December 2010, a new interchange at Parker Road and U.S. Highway 75 opened, becoming the first single-point interchange in Texas. The design reduces congestion by as much as 75 percent. For commuters, Plano is served by the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART).
Plano’s terrain may be flat, but the city is known for its large trees and beautiful parks. Bob Woodruff Park near Rowlett Creek is home to a tree that is estimated to be more than 500 years old. The city is in a humid subtropical climate zone.
Plano is home to Heritage Farmstead Museum and Plano Station-Texas Electric Railway—both listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Plano was home to many famous people, including Lance Armstrong, Michael Irvin, Charles Swindoll, and Boz Scaggs.
Potential home buyers can also call this community home with the help of one of our experienced Plano REALTORS®. Contact RE/MAX DFW to get started today. We even have an office in Plano—feel free to visit us anytime!