Top Ten Reasons to Live in Plano, TX a corporate hub with a small town vibe

QUALITY OF LIFE - Plano was rated 3rd best place to live in America by Money Magazine in 2016. With a relatively low cost of living and affordable housing, Plano residents have more money to enjoy a lifestyle that would be impossible in places like Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, or Boston. Many people relocating to Plano are pleasantly surprised that they can double or triple their square footage for equal or less than what they were paying elsewhere. Not to mention less traffic, lower taxes, an astonishingly lower crime rate, and less hassle in general.

GROWING ECONOMY - Fortune-ranked corporations have found North Texas and they like it! Toyota, Boeing, State Farm Insurance, Kubota Tractor and dozens more have started their move into the area. Plano holds 200,000 current jobs and expect another 20,000 in the next 5 years. In Plano you can truly have your cake and eat it too. It is a corporate center with small town vibe.

LOW CRIME RATE - Plano is an extremely safe place to live, 60% safer than cities in the U.S. to be exact. Its crime rate is 32% lower than the national average and continues to drop. In 2015 it dropped by 9%. In fact, it was named the safest place to live in the U.S. by Forbes in 2010 and 2011.

EDUCATION - Plano is renowned for its education system. It is the 5th best school district in texas and ranks high in the nation’s school system overall. Year after year Plano students score the higher on their SATs than other DFW districts. More students graduate from Plano schools than other districts in the area with 93% graduating from high school.

ACCESSIBILITY - Accessibility is a huge selling point for many people relocating to Plano. Plano locals are surrounded by an extensive tollway system (Sam Rayburn Tollway, President George Bush Tollway, and Dallas North Tollway) allowing them to travel to Dallas, Frisco, Mckinney, Richardson and the smaller suburbs like Prosper in minutes.

SHOPPING - Shopping is a favorite pastime in Plano. With mega shopping centers like The Shops at Willow Bend and The Shops at Legacy and another 70+ smaller shopping centers around the area, Plano has a shopping experience to attract everyone.

DINING - With dozens of outstanding unique-to-Plano restaurants as well as multiple Dallas restaurants that have expanded to Plano, diners can take in an amazing flavor/vibe experience while avoiding the big Dallas crowds.

OUTDOOR RECREATION - Plano boasts some pretty impressive outdoor recreation with not one but two nature preserves, Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve and Arbor Hills Nature Preserve. It was named a Bicycle Friendly City by the League of American Bicyclists and awarded with a Gold Medal for Excellence in 2015 by the National Recreation and Parks Association.

ENTERTAINMENT - Plano is a hub for entertainment in North Texas with unique entertainment experiences like indoor surfing at AquaShop, ice-skating and watching the Dallas Stars practice at the Dr. Pepper Starcenter, take in a GO APE tree top canopy tour at Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve, 75,000 square feet of interactive fun at Main Event, multiple “escape the room” adventures, strolls through Historic Downtown Plano, and dozens more fun entertainment experiences to take in.

CULTURE - Historic Downtown Plano is the showcase of culture in Plano. It is a nationally award winning neighborhood where you can take in shows at Theatre Britain, the Courtyard Theater or the Cox Playhouse. Browse art galleries and the Interurban Railway Museum. Enjoy free summer concerts from Plano Community Band’s Summer Concert Series. Go to the many festivals festivals in the downtown area, including Artfest, AsiaFest, the Plano International Festival, Steinfest, Dickens in the Park and more. Enjoy a movie on a summer night in Haggard Park with the free outdoor Sundown Cinema. Or sip some wine and browse the shops and galleries with live music and art demonstrations during the monthly Art and Wine Walk. Take in a concert with the Courtyard Texas Music Series, or listen to free Live and Local concerts Friday and Saturday nights at McCall Plaza.

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