Take up residence in Plano and you’ll always be satisfied with your decision. Plano real estate varies greatly within the 71 square miles that make up the City of Excellence and is mostly in Collin County
Plano has consistently been ranked among the best, wealthiest and safest cities in the United States by esteemed magazines including Forbes and Money. Plano, Texas, is the largest city in Collin County with a population of 285,190 as of January 2020.
Incorporated in 1873, the city is located 20 miles north of Dallas. Niche and AreaVibes recently named Plano as one of the Best Cities to Live in America. Forbes designated Plano one of America’s safest cities.
The Texas Certified Scenic City boasts multiple parks and preserves with hiking and biking trails, playgrounds and athletic fields where families enjoy spending quality recreational time together. The city features six libraries that offer programming for toddlers through seniors. Annual events include the Plano Balloon Festival and Plano International Festival.
Retail, restaurants and relaxation are abundant in this city, which has all you need to live comfortably and, as a bonus, the city of Dallas with all of its amenities is only about 30 minutes away. The Shops at Willow Bend is just one of several upscale centers in Plano that will help you and your family stay in fashion, in shape and in touch. The Shops at Legacy is a mixed-use destination with boutique retail stores, more than eight acres of parks and trails, urban-style homes and a full-service hotel. Everything from five-star restaurants to family-friendly fast-food is within a short drive from your Plano real estate acquisitions. The area is served by DART’s Red and Orange light rail lines in Plano, making transportation to sporting events, downtown conventions or theater entertainment a breeze.
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Plano Independent School District takes you to PISD social media links, news, menu, directory & ratings. The City offers a high quality of life that includes nationally recognized schools, award-winning parks, and sustainability initiatives and a wide variety of multi-cultural neighborhoods appealing to families, young singles and retirees.
PISD serves most of the school-aged children who live in the city. Go to PISDPISD district includes 70 public institutions with a unique high school system where teens in grades nine and 10 attend a high school and grades 11-12 a senior high. There are also 16 private schools that educate Plano children. Two campuses for Collin College and a branch of Southern Methodist University are available for higher education.
The city is home to some of the finest healthcare facilities in the United States, with specialized care for hearts, backs and pediatrics. The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, Texas Back Institute Plano and Children’s Medical Center at Legacy Texas are among the hospitals and centers within city limits.
Plano is home to the headquarters or regional operations of major corporations such as Toyota, Liberty Mutual, JPMorgan Chase Boeing Global Services, Fannie Mae, FedEx Office, J.C. Penney, Pizza Hut, Cinemark Theatres, Frito-Lay and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Rent-A-Center, Cinemark Holdings, Denbury Resources and Alliance Data Systems. Our dynamic community features excellent restaurants, vibrant shopping and entertainment venues, a lively historic downtown district and active local arts scene. Easy access to DART light rail and major highways makes Plano a convenient place to live, work and visit. To learn more about Plano, go to website at plano.gov. Read my summary of the area emergency management system from what sirens mean to preparedness. Go to Emergency
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About Plano Texas
Plano remains the only City in Texas to hold an “AAA” Bond Rating by three of the nation’s top bond rating companies, attesting to its strong tax base and financial management. Attracting and retaining some of the nation’s top Corporate 500 companies and the best small businesses in the region has become the “norm.”
See chart link below for all the demographics in your own neighborhood from city data icluding City Guides, Tourist Attractions, Sex Offender List. Go to Interactive map to view neighborhoods by category you choose (income, children, race etc).
With no less than four property tax decreases, Plano has a current property tax rate of 45.35 cents per $100 valuation standing strong to enable funding of all existing and new services and programs. Plano is the only city in Collin County offering its residents a 20% Homestead Exemption, and up to $40,000 Disability or Over 65 exemptions. In May 2004, City Council approved a property tax freeze for homeowners over the age of 65, their spouses and the disability.
A Police Department that has been Internationally Accredited, carrying one of the lowest crime rates for Texas; Class 1 ISO-rated Fire Department Accredited in both fire and emergency medical services. Plano also has the Accredited Parks and Recreation Department, three-time recipient of the national Gold Medal for Excellence and Tree City USA designations. 80 park sites, 40 miles of recreational trails, two municipal golf courses, six recreation centers, a Senior Center, five swimming pools, outstanding athletic and tennis facilities, 86,400 square foot full-service convention center.