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Plano was named the #1 safest city in the U.S. by Forbes and was listed among the top 10 places for families multiple times by Livability.com. The city is known mainly for the large number of corporations that call it home; its affluent, suburban lifestyle; and its upscale, organized, clean and orderly feel. The large majority of residents are families with children under the age of 18.
The Texas city is located just north of Dallas in both Collin and Denton counties. Plano is 20 miles from Dallas (a 30-minute drive). Fort Worth lies 49 miles away, which is about a 51-minute drive.
Plano is the ninth-most populous city in the state with nearly 270,000 residents, which places it #70 in the entire country. Boasting 71.6 square miles, it is larger than many neighboring suburbs, including Allen, Frisco and McKinney.
Plano’s climate is in line with the general Texas weather conditions, boasting very hot temperatures between May and September, with averages hovering between 94°F and 105°F. During the rest of the year, highs are in the 60s and 80s with very few snow and ice days during the winter months. The city witnesses about 41 inches of rainfall per year.
The city’s proximity to Dallas and Fort Worth is advantageous for those commuting to these cities. Plano is also a fantastic place for children, boasting plenty of activities for kids. It has a stable economy; plenty of entertainment opportunities; and lots to do, see and eat.
On the flipside, living in Plano can get expensive. But, for those extra costs, you’ll get access to top restaurants, shopping and entertainment, as well as great schools and fantastic real estate options. However, the local roads do tend to get crowded, so traffic congestion is common in the mornings and afternoons. The city’s in-demand school district is also quite full, so it tends to get a bit competitive, even for advanced students.
Due to the fact that Plano is an affluent area, the cost of living in the city is a bit higher than state and national averages.
Plano is part of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system, so it doesn’t have its own public transit system. This is made up of rail lines throughout the Metroplex, as well as various buses and trains.
DART passes range from a $2 midday pass to $192 for a monthly pass. Most people drive instead of commuting via public transportation here.
A three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant costs $47.50, on average. Whiskey Cake, Fish Shack, Jasper’s and Bavarian Grill are some of the top restaurants in Plano, with the latter being among the highest-rated German restaurants in Texas.
Basic utilities in Plano cost around $151.80, on average, for a 915-square-foot home, which is in line with the national average.
The average rent for an apartment in Plano is $1,525 per month.
The average apartment size in Plano is 935 sq. ft.
Rent for a studio apartment in Plano ranges between $928 and $7,571 per month.
Rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in Plano ranges between $820 and $8,286 per month.
Rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in Plano ranges between $948 and $54,096 per month.
Rent for a 3-bedroom apartment in Plano ranges between $1,164 and $4,695 per month.
Manufacturing, technology, defense and electronics are some of the city’s main industries. With a bustling economy, Plano is home to dozens of big-name corporations, including Siemens, Toyota Motors, Rent-a-Center, Hewlett Packard, JCPenney, Ericsson, Frito Lay, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and Cinemark Theaters.
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Plano ISD features a total of 10 high schools, all 10 of which were listed on Newsweek’s “Best National High Schools” list. The district is known for having a 93% graduation rate. The area is also home to 16 private schools and two campuses of the Collin County Community College system.
Southfork Ranch — the filming location of the popular “Dallas” TV show — is open to visitors, still in operation today and accepts tourists, as well as those who wish to organize an event on-site. Carpenter Park, High Point Park and Arbor Hills Nature Preserve are some of the largest parks in the city. The latter features 200 acres of well-managed grounds, including a playground, nature trails, an observation tower and more. The Plano Dog Park is a top stop for those with furry friends.
The Shops at Willow Bend, Collin Creek Mall and the Shops at Legacy offer fantastic options for those searching for some retail therapy.
The family-oriented city features plenty of attractions for children of all ages. The Plano Super Bowl is a fantastic option for a game of 10-pin, while the entire family can enjoy a day of laser tag, bowling and arcade games at Main Event. Jump Street is an indoor trampoline park created for the whole family, while Jump Mania is a fun bounce house for the children to enjoy.
Plano is home to numerous movie theaters — such as the Studio Movie Grill, the Cinemark Legacy or the Cinemark 10 — that are ideal destinations for a fun date night. Those looking for more activity should head to the Thunderbird Roller Ink.
Dark Hour Haunted House is an annual Halloween celebration that locals adore. The other large event held in the city is the Plano Balloon Festival, which fills the skies with hot air balloons every September.
History buffs will surely enjoy the plentitude of historic sites in the city. The Railway Museum offers free entrance and educates you about the history of the Texas Electric Railway in an interactive way. The downtown core — with its unique stores and boutiques; historic attractions and multiple restaurants — is another important place of interest.
The Plano Symphony Orchestra performs between September and April. Other major cultural attractions include the Plano Children’s Theater, the Chamberlain School of Ballet and the International Conservatory of Performing Arts.
Plano residents are protected against landlord retaliation by Texas state law. This means that you are legally permitted to complain to either the city or the landlord about unsafe living conditions. You also have the right to sue without fear of rising rates or being evicted.
If you’re relocating from New Jersey, you’ll likely be surprised by the fact that there is no limit set for the security deposits in Texas. New Jersey law limits these costs to a maximum of one month’s rent.