Welcome to Plano
Located just 20 miles north of downtown Dallas, Plano has gained popularity for its good schools and strong local economy. That growth has translated into a thriving community where people enjoy an exceptionally high quality of life.
Major companies like JC Penney, FedEx, Liberty Mutual, Toyota, Frito-Lay, Capital One, Bank of America, Dell, Pepsi, and Ericsson have headquarters in Plano, making it an excellent place to work. In fact, Forbes named Plano-Dallas the #1 Best City for Jobs in the U.S. in 2018. But fortunately, Plano is as good a place to play as it is to work.
What to Love
- Job opportunities
- Great schools
- Nature, parks, and ample sunshine
Plano is conveniently located 20 miles from Dallas. Its location and access to a commuter train make it easy for Plano residents to get in and out of the city, while still enjoying the slightly more laid-back atmosphere of a smaller community. People in Plano enjoy a high standard of living with restaurants of all kinds, high-end shopping, and endless things to do.
Homes in Plano range from newly constructed luxury condos to ranch-style estates. Some of Plano’s most prestigious neighborhoods include Russell Creek, Legacy West, Deerfield, Willow Bend, Normandy Estates, Avignon, and Forest Creek Estates.
Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment
Even though the city of Dallas is located nearby, residents of Plano don’t need to venture outside their hometown to enjoy all the amenities of a major metropolis. Plano is home to more than 1,000 restaurants, world-class shopping, and endless entertainment.
Walkable, charming Downtown Plano is the city’s arts district. In addition to a number of luxury apartment buildings, Downtown Plano features historic architecture and unique shops, galleries, and restaurants. It is also the venue for Plano’s Art in the Park festival.
Legacy Town Center is a village-style neighborhood of Plano where you’ll find restaurants, shops, upscale boutiques as well as the Shops at Legacy, a high-end retail center complete with spas, a hotel, and multiple entertainment venues.
The Shops at Willow Bend is another premier shopping destination in Plano. It is anchored by three major department stores: Dillards, Macy’s, and Neiman Marcus, and also offers a huge variety of upscale stores.
Granite Park is an office complex - but so much better. A real testament to how job growth is connected to a high-quality lifestyle in Plano, Granite Park is a “mixed-use office community,” with a variety of amenities including the Boardwalk at Granite Park. The Boardwalk is a collection of seven unique waterfront dining options with outdoor seating.
Things to Do in Plano
From nature preserves to the city’s best-loved community events, there’s always something to do in Plano.
Plano is famous for the annual Plano Balloon Festival, a spectacular three-day event featuring music, food, family-friendly entertainment, and dozens of hot air balloons on display. There’s also the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, a 200-acre wooded nature preserve with paved walking paths and unpaved hiking and biking trails. There’s also a pavilion and an observation tower offering beautiful views.
Oak Point Nature Preserve has more than 800 acres of scenic wilderness and recreation areas. In addition to the winding hiking and walking trails, you can also enjoy the fishing pond, or Go Ape Zipline Adventure Park. Additionally, Jack Carter Pool is a great place to bring the kids when the Texas heat becomes too much. Jack Carter Pool has multiple slides, a lazy river, a diving pool, and more.
The Plano Independent School District is ranked among the best-rated school systems in the state of Texas.