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A+ Plano Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D- Plano Cost of Living Cost of living is 22% higher than Texas
11111% more expensive than the US average
919% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Plano cost of living
A- Plano Crime Total crime is 37% lower than Texas
Total crime
1,88432% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5432% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-4%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
83%69% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:112% lower than the US average
Plano K-12 schools or Plano colleges

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%.

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Compare Plano, TX Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Plano, TX

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Far North, Dallas867.3163,453
Apollo Arapaho And Camelot, Garland854.63,845
Oakridge, Garland845.83,126
Coomer Creek, Garland846.56,363
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Camelot, Garland843.93,765
Brentwood Place, Garland835.2334
Firewheel Estates, Garland835.6519
Buckingham North, Garland826.7669

Best Cities Near Plano, TX

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Allen, TX946.494,710
Frisco, TX9211.8145,646
Keller, TX9231.144,250
Coppell, TX9117.340,631
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Plano, TX910279,088
Bedford, TX902848,864
McKinney, TX9012.5156,821
North Richland Hills, TX9033.367,994
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Steal You blind?

Was just reading YOUR review (croneathome Oct 01, 2015). You don't just sound racist, you are racist, and you know it.

You said "You haven't been swindled until you have been swindled by a Mexican." Listen, fool, according to your own story, you weren't swindled by any Mexican - you (and all of us!) are being swindled by the system! You made some legitimate points, but you blame the wrong people! If you were born poor in Mexico, Guatemala, or wherever, YOU would've moved to the USA too - just like all of our ancestors did when life was unbearable in the old country. And don't say you would've done so LEGALLY - no - these people CANNOT come here legally - and the vast majority of our ancestors came to this country at a time when there was no such thing as legal or illegal immigrants - people just bought a ticket on a ship and showed up!

So don't blame them, and stop being a dupe of conservative media, which tells you to be a racist and punch down - hating and blaming the poor and powerless. Be smart and blame the people with all the money and power - the tiny, secretive billionaire aristocracy that owns this country and totally corrupts our democracy! They DESPISE you, me, and everyone else in the bottom 99.9%. They like illegals more than peasant citizens, because illegals have no rights, are terrified, never complain, and can be exploited like slaves. That's the future they envision for ALL of us bottom 99%.

You said it yourself - "Even when a workplace is raided and the illegals rounded up the business waits a few days and everyone is back." Who is responsible for this situation? The illegals? NO! The business owners who hire them and most of all, the people who bribe our politicians to write laws allowing them to do this and who make sure that only the bottom 99.9% ever get punished for anything, while the aristocrats (born billionaires!) can get away with murder, and with betraying this country and its citizens, destroying the middle class and taking ALL of the pie for themselves. Wake the F up already and stop being an idiot and a racist. Punch up, not down - or at least put the blame where it belongs!

Just imagine if instead of sending Gestapo storm troopers to terrorize immigrant families, tearing SCREAMING BABIES out of mothers' arms, and throwing them in disgusting concentration camps, our government instead arrested and jailed business owners who hired illegal aliens. You'd only have to jail a handful and publicize that in the media and that would be the end of it! People who don't have the right to live and work here would be fired and gradually self-deport! And that solution would cost pennies compared to the billions we are spending on this stupid Gestapo approach that is making our country look like Nazi Germany (to say nothing of Wall Street bankster bailouts and our never-ending War of Terror, which has cost us over 10 TRILLION so far and destroyed the lives of tens of thousands of patriotic American volunteer soldiers and their families).

As for Plano - great place to raise a family - no matter what your race is - racists will be disappointed because this area is already diverse and increasingly so. Big corporations prefer to hire foreigners - legal, illegal, any kind - just so they're not citizens and have no rights. Just know that your property taxes will be through the roof, and you better turn off the cell phone and drive PERFECTLY, and actually follow the speed limit (hint - it changes often!) and make d@mn sure your car is in PERFECT order (all lights working, etc.) or you will be pulled over and cited. Needless to say, your papers better be in order - license, registration, insurance - all up to date. You better park your car perfectly too - always to the right, never to the left, as many people do in narrow residential streets - this is actually illegal and the ticket is steep!

Also, despite a reputation as one of America's safest "big" cities (population over 300,000) - Plano is NOT perfectly safe. We live in the most expensive zip code in Plano, and our house was broken into in broad daylight. Even worse, a bank near us was robbed, and when the getaway car stalled, the robbers jumped a wall into our neighborhood, knocked on a door and barged in when the door opened, tied up the family and hoped to escape the police that way (they were found, somehow, after a few hours of our neighborhood feeling like a war zone, with cops everywhere, helicopters hovering, etc.

That's America for you - even the safest city is not that safe, because inequality is through the roof and there are so many desperate people who can't get a job and are afraid of becoming homeless and dying in the street, so they turn to crime. Richest country in the world, but homeless citizens begging and dying in every city! Why? Because billionaire psychopaths own both parties and nearly every politician, and get the laws, tax system and society they want - they are turning us into Ye Olde England - a vicious, third world class system where you're either born super rich and above the law, or else you're a poor peasant/slave (bottom 99%). Plano is one of the last middle class areas in the country, but there are tons of poor, desperate people a hop, skip and a jump away.
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Over-reaching city laws

I would say Plano is a mix of conservative and liberal. Lots of people think they're conservative but act like liberals.ProsIf you need to buy services or products, you'll find them here. There's plenty to do if it's man-made. Rec-center membership is cheap and gets you access to A LOT. Diverse culturally, which makes it quite interesting. Big beautiful trees everywhere, but very manicured and planned.ConsThis is not a place for you if you like having a say over your own property. You will get fined or harassed for parking a travel trailer for a day on the street, having too-long grass, having your garage open, or having a vehicle with out-of-state plates- the city will say it's abandoned. And you're lucky if you don't have an HOA that bosses the crap out of you as well, telling you when you can and cannot take your garbage out to the street, etc.The drivers are stupid and impatient- always tail-gating.There's very little by way of natural, open spaces. Maybe because it it would just be dirt? Lots of concrete, grass, and trees- everything is manicured, which is fine except when you're used to western Oregon. Flat land.The law-makers are OCD, I think.
  • 1 -1
Steal You blind!

Was just reading your review. Sounds just like Vegas, where I am currently living.
I am searching for a place with a mainly white population. I know that sounds racist, but after living in Las Vegas for almost two years I am tired of working with people who either don't speak or refuse to speak English. When I was growing up I was taught that it was rude to whisper to someone in front of someone else. I think it is just as rude when your fellow workers speak back and forth in Spanish in front of someone who is not fluent in the language. I'll tell you what really gets me though. In every interview either the first or second question is, "Do you speak Spanish?" Damn, I shouldn't have to! I am an American seeking work in America. Your problems of rudeness and crazy driving are nothing compared to seeing your line of work disappear to Mexicans, because they will work cheaper. I won't go into detail about how they manage that. Even when a workplace is raided and the illegals rounded up the business waits a few days and everyone is back.
You haven't been swindled until you have been swindled by a Mexican.
  • 11 -37
No, Plano is really very safe.

I was reading reviews of my town as I was attempting to assess how accurate the reviews were of other town. After the alarming review I read about Steal you blind etc. below I felt I had to write and in rebut. That review is laughable except for driving which is somewhat true albeit it is the same all over the DFW area. I live on the East side of town which for Plano is the older part of town. I have no fear walking outside my house alone any time of the day or night. There is no trash issues. As for dead bodies and people trying to run you down? LOL. Seriously this is a safe clean suburb. This a big suburb, I believe we are around 250000 people, and you can find bad neighborhoods and drugs if you look for them. If you are used to a very small town this place might seem busy but the area vibes assessment seems very accurate to me. I have lived here for 20 years, raised 3 kids here. I am not afraid. As I am looking for a place to retire and I use Plano as my comparison city all the time.
  • 4 -1
Steal you blind, rob you, shoot you, or run over you

I lived here for 3 months because of my job, and I must say, Wylie, Sachse, Garland, and Plano area is by far the worst place I have ever been. The people are rude, drive like maniacs, almost every driving law is broken non stop. The people exceed the speed limit by 15 mph or more, make illegal u-turns in the middle of the road, and the presence of cops is almost non existent. Anyone and everyone will rob you blind. This is the only place I have been that someone with a run down, falling apart mobile home that would be considered condemned where I'm from, has security cameras and full perimeter fences guarding junk so no one will steal everything they have. Walking down the road, people will run over you. Dead people are found almost daily lying on the highways from being run over. Hit and runs are common. Most of the time you will have to step off in the ditch to avoid being run over. Also, they is so much trash everywhere, people throw trash bags full of trash in the ditches. Everywhere you look has trash and litter. To say Plano gets a A+ for crime, is total lie, people will rob you just for you cell phone, they will steal your UPS packages right off your porch, or even break into your house in the middle of the day to steal anything they can get their hands on. I am leaving this terrible awful state, and area. I came to Texas for the warm winter weather, and that was a huge mistake. Not even the warm weather could make up for the rude and dishonest people here. I will never come back here. I would pick Chernobyl as my home before Texas.
  • 3 -7
Little India

I moved to Plano 15 years ago and loved it. However, the demographics have changed drastically. If you are Indian you will love it. If not, you will be a minority, period. I am not saying this is good or bad, just stating facts. Plano has the largest population of Indians, percentage, wise than any other city in the country!

The majority of the city is showing its age, the main areas that are nice are west of the Tollway.
Where I used to shop for books, there is now a Condom Sense store and an Oriental Massage next door and a large bar across the street. The traffic throughout the city is terrible at any day and hour.

The only good thing I can say about this city is that the shopping is good, esp. the Shops at Legacy.

I do not enjoy living here now and am moving soon.
  • 5 -3
Plano might be OK if it were not in Texas

FLAT land, very commercialized, lots of strip malls. Ugly place with an arrogance that defies logic. You might be able to hide in the schools and the loose community, but you are still in Texas where rich greedy white men run the state. There is shopping, very expensive high end stores, even the outlets are expensive. No diversity of race. Insanely high taxes, insurance costs, no healthcare, and the weather, if you enjoy 6 mos of not even being able to step outside because of the 100 plus humidity then maybe this is the place for you. Forget biking, hiking or even swimming in a pool. Too hot to go outside. If you are from the South, you have grown to live with the weather, which has become more brutal as Global Warming continues. There is NOTHING to do, In a month even museums in Dallas will be exhausted for you, no nightlife. If you MUST live in Texas, in Austin at least you get some return for your money.
  • 9 -5
One of the best place to raise a family and retire

You get all you need.

Good location
Great schools
Rec centers, gyms, pools
Nature trails
Low tax
Responsible city government
Great police,fire fighters, teachers
Top notch Medical facilities, libraries
Everything DFW near by
Great neighborhoods
Two great downtowns
Great mix of old and new, traditional and contemporary homes
Established neighborhoods with sense of community and tree lined streets
Great home resale
Balloon Festival, Music Festival, July fireworks etc

Wealthy part of the town is on West Side that borders North Dallas. We enjoy living here, raising our family is fun and intend to retire here as well.
  • 2 -2
Plano has its pros and cons

Plano is a large city, so there is no "family feeling" of a smaller community. People are from diverse backgrounds. There are a lot of transients, who are not here to put down roots in the community, and therefore have no real interest in making a contribution; in my opinion, that is one of the biggest problems with this area. I take my child to a church day school in the area, most of the other moms are snotty and unfriendly. Plano has great parks and schools, although the public high schools are too large. Nightlife is almost non-existent.
  • 2 -1
Great Place For All Stages of Life

Plano is a great place for young and old alike. Excellent schools, award-winning parks and library systems, and outstanding police and fire departmentsand make Plano one of the safest cities in the U.S. Plano was recently named "the best run city in America", which helps to explain the low city property tax rate.

Housing is a bargain in Plano. Good choices in all price ranges. $250,000 will get you a well-built 15 year old house of 2,500+ square feet in a good neighborhood with great schools.

Excellent night life in Legacy Town Center and in Historic Downtown Plano make it a destination for singles as well as couples.

A strong employment center, Plano has world headquarters for Pizza Hut, JC Penney, Dr. Pepper/Snapple, Rent-a Center, Frito-Lay, etc. It also is home to major installations of Capital One, Ericsson, HP, Huawei, Denbury Resources, Encana, and many others.
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Surprising Plain Old Plano, Texas

Plano, Texas is a pleasant city. Driving through the tree lined streets of "downtown" Plano you can tell the town does okay financially. All the storefronts have busy businesses. Something not every small to medium sized city in America can say these days.

There is a good mix of colors in the Plano population. Nearly two thirds of Plano citizens are Caucasian. Another third shared evenly between Asian and Hispanic families. The rest are affluent black Americans.

Key words to describe Plano are families and affluent. Plano is a family oriented city if ever there was one. Plano is also highly affluent and received recognition more than once, as the wealthiest or richest city of its size in America. There are two reasons for that distinction. Texas is oil country. If you do not have income from oil, in Texas you may have a great job and salary working in some type of oil related industry. Plano is the headquarters for some major corporations or their subsidiaries.

You might think such wealth would mean snobbery but this is Texas. Texans are the friendliest people in America. When my employer transferred me to Texas, we lived in Plano. Because of the corporate culture, families move in and move out with job postings. The average stay is about four or five years. A posting in Plano is a bonus during your career. There are the old families and the corporate citizens. Everyone generally gets along just fine.

One Texas sized benefit of the wealth in Plano is the excellent school system. Plano schools have all the bells and whistles. More importantly, the teachers do a great job, as evidenced by nation leading test scores that Plano students and schools produce. Plano is a suburb of Dallas and is a great place to live.
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Plano, TX - A Place Of Art, Trains, and Laser Tag

Plano, TX is full of fun activities and attractions for the entire family. We live an hour away, and love to visit this city as often as possible. For the art lover there is the ArtCentre of Plano, the Plano Metropolitan Ballet, and the Plano Symphony Orchestra.

My kids had a blast at Fairview Far's. It's almost as if you step back in time and see what it was like in the old days. We have seen the mini trains at the Interurban Railway Museum. By far our best time in has been at Plano WhirlyBall LaserWhirld. It's a bit pricey, but LaserWhirld is two stories of fun for the whole family.

My husband's favorite place to visit in Plano is the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve. They have expanded the preserve with a great new trail. Hike up and enjoy the view at the lookout tower. Hikers and nature lovers will forget they are in the city in this great park.

If you have children be sure to stop by Animals Crackers for kids clothes. This shop is famous in the area and carries boutique clothing that is out of this world. All in all Plano is packed full of activities and shopping for everyone in the family.
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