European settlers came to the area near present-day Plano in the early 1840s, and it was incorporated in 1873. Plano’s birth was due in part to the enterprises of a family who installed a sawmill and gristmill that would be in demand by neighbors. Later a store and gin were added and these facilities attracted other settlers to the area.
Plano is the 4th largest city in the Dallas-Fort Worth region and the 9th largest in Texas.
Plano has a population of 287,677 residents.
Total households 105,557
Age 18 and under: 28.2%
Age 18-64: 59.1%
Age 65+: 12.7%
Average Household Income $88,578
Median Household Income $92,045
Per Capita Income $46,394
Plano ISD serves over 52,000 students with 4,000 teachers in 72 schools.
Plano is home to several companies including information technology, electronics, finance, healthcare, marketing and consumer goods. The top 10 employers in Plano are: Capital One Finance, DXC Technology, Bank of America Home Loans, Red Bee Media (Ericsson Broadcast and Media Services), Toyota Motor North America, Inc., Frito-Lay, NTT Data Services (Dell Services), Texas Health Plano (Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano), Medical City Plano (Medical Center of Plano).
Historic Downtown Plano brings a mix of culture, arts and parks together in a walkable urban environment. Plano is a vibrant foodie destination with chef-driven concepts and an emerging live music scene. The City of Plano produces the Courtyard Texas Music Series along with occasional other concerts at the Courtyard Theater in Historic Downtown Plano. Plano is home to the famous Plano Balloon Festival every October.