Welcome to Plano
Combining the best of Dallas entertainment with the community spirit of a smaller city.
Once a small rural farming community, Plano, Texas, is now a prime business location located just 20 miles north of downtown Dallas. As the ninth most populous city in the state, Plano is a global economic leader characterized by an unprecedented quality of life.
Over the years, Plano has consistently won accolades recognizing the city for being one of the most affordable to early retirees, bike-friendly, and great for first-time homebuyers. While affluent, Plano is affordable, with low taxes, housing prices, and unemployment rates. Multiple corporations and technology giants are headquartered in Plano, such as Pizza Hut, Toyota Motor North America, Frito-Lay, Ericsson, McAfee, and Nokia.
What to Love
- Low cost of living
- Affordable housing
- Close to Dallas
- More than 70 parks
- Historic downtown
- Great shopping
People & Lifestyle
Plano offers all the comforts and appeal of big city life without the urban congestion. Living here, you get the best of both worlds with easy access to the trendy shopping and dining scene of Dallas while still enjoying the vibrant community spirit of a smaller city.
Compared to other metropolitan cities in the U.S., Plano offers a relatively low cost of living, quality public schools, excellent quality of life, plentiful job opportunities, and numerous activities within the city limits. The city provides access to a historic downtown district with world-class restaurants and unique boutiques. Elsewhere, more than 70 parks, historic homes, and museums make the city a special place for both residents and visitors.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
The Shops at Legacy is Plano's go-to destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Shop the hottest brands or find vibrant nightlife in the heart of Legacy Town Center. This collection of urban-style homes, public parks, boutique retail, and full-service hotels is a North Texas hot spot.
In the center of Plano, you'll find Legacy West, which features over 20 restaurants, family fun, live music, pop-up shops, events, and more. The Shops at Willow Bend blend Texas-style ambiance with world-class shopping and features anchor stores like Dillard's, Neiman Marcus, and Macy's. Kids will love the 60,000 square foot space that is the Crayola Experience.
Things to Do
Supporting an active, lively community means keeping the event calendar well-stocked with everything from craft fairs to holiday events to theatrical performances. There is always something going on in Plano.
During the winter months, the Plano Christmas Market is a free event showcase where exhibitors can show off handmade holiday gift items, jewelry, clothes, candles, soaps, ornaments, and other trinkets. And in the Plano Arts District, Dickens in Downtown is a special annual event celebrating the season with a Victorian twist that features Victorian music, Victorian Santa, free photos, ice wars, a real snow slide, and a tree-lighting ceremony. Other holiday events include All American 4th, Apparition Expedition (exploring Plano's paranormal history), and Daddy's Little Sweetheart Dance.
Plano has 85 parks and over 90 miles of trails to explore for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. Plano is also home to the historical Texas Pool, a National Landmark shaped like the state of Texas. Oak Point Park is a sprawling 800-acre park and preserves featuring the Go Ape canopy tour and plenty of places to go paddleboarding, kayaking, and canoeing.
If you've ever wanted to experience life on the Blackland Prairie in the 19th century, the Heritage Farmstead is an 1891 Victorian Farm that will give you an immersive look at what life was like back then. This 4.5-acre piece of living history hosts original buildings, a garden museum, and an active farm.