Plano 88 Exceptional
Plano Livability #46 ranked city in Texas#505 ranked city in the USARanks better than 98% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Plano Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Plano Cost of Living Cost of living is 24% higher than Texas
11414% more expensive than the US average
928% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Plano cost of living
A- Plano Crime Total crime is 33% lower than Texas
Total crime
1,80123% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5623% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-2%Year over year crime is down
Plano crime
B Plano Employment Household income is 55% higher than Texas
Median household income
$85,08554% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$43,57946% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%28% lower than the US average
Plano employment
A+ Plano Housing Home value is 74% higher than Texas
Median home value
$248,80035% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,19626% higher than the US average
Home ownership
62%3% lower than the US average
Plano real estate or Plano rentals
A- Plano Schools HS graduation rate is 18% higher than Texas
High school grad. rates
92%11% higher than the US average
School test scores
60%25% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:112% lower than the US average
Plano K-12 schools
B Plano User Ratings There are a total of 61 ratings in Plano
Overall user rating
71% 61 total ratings
User reviews rating
58% 13 total reviews
User surveys rating
80% 48 total surveys
all Plano poll results

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      Living in Plano, TX

      Plano is a highly populated city located in the state of Texas. The city has a population of 279,088 inhabitants. Plano has a population density of 3,894 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (68% White). Given that fact, Plano could be considered less diverse than other cities. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 81% of the population considered married and 52% with kids under the age of 18, Plano could be considered a very suitable city for families.

      Whether you’re moving to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Plano could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Texas if you know where to search. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like crime, cost of living, weather, education, employment, you can easily compare the best places to live in Plano and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Plano to Texas and the national average.

      The livability score in Plano is 91 out of 100 and the city is ranked in the 99th percentile of all cities across America. Clearly, Plano is doing something right, as this score ranks well above the average of most cities. This city is also ranked in the top 10 percentile of all cities across the USA. If we explore each of the categories individually, we see that Plano ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (A-), weather (B-), education (A+), employment (B) and housing (A+). On a more negative note, Plano does not have favorable grades for the following: cost of living (D-). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Plano has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the notable things to do include: Angelika Film Center, Prestonwood Baptist Church, and Historic Downtown Plano.

      Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Plano gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 150 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

      School test scores can be an important metric in deciding if the local area schools can provide a solid educational system for children. The schools in Plano have a test score average of 83%, which is well above the US average.

      Finding affordable real estate and apartments for rent in Plano can be tricky. Having said that, this area might be the place to get the best of both worlds. Based on factors like home/rental affordability and appreciation rates, this area has received an above average score in the housing category.

      There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Plano is actually affordable. The median home price for Plano homes is $248,800, which is 74.4% higher than the Texas average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Plano, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.9, which is 11.5% higher than the Texas average. Real estate appreciation rates in Plano are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Plano homes comes in at 4.3%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 9.3%.

      Plano transportation information

      Average one way commute26min26min26min
      Workers who drive to work81.8%80.3%76.4%
      Workers who carpool6.8%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit1.3%1.5%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.1%0.3%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.0%1.6%2.8%
      Working from home8.0%4.3%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Plano, TX data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).