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Plano, Texas is one of the most amazing cities in the cowboy heartland. If you are headed to this Texan city, be prepared to have an amazing time. Fascinating tips and anecdotes about Plano are available here.

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Historical Fast Facts about Plano

  • In the area which now contains Plano, in the 1840s, settlers from Kentucky and Tennessee started visiting and staying here.
  • During this time, American Indians also occupied the territory leading to skirmishes between them and the settlers
  • In 1946, a mill and gristmill business was started by a merchant called William Foreman whose enterprise served to attract an influx of fresh settlers in the area
  • The first mail service was established in 1850 and Foreman’s House was used as an unofficial post. 
  • During the 1850s, some of the names proposed for the city of Plano included Fillmore and Foreman but the chosen name was Plano which means plain in Spanish.
  • The chief trade in the area was associated with cattle farming and livestock rearing and soon, people discovered the city’s rich black soil was perfect for agriculture.
  • New settlers from the South and mechanised North arrived at Plano as well as Texas and Houston railroads were constructed in this area during the 1870s
  • Plano also became the first train station entering Colin County through the southern direction
  • Plano was incorporated as a city in 1873 and residential constructions boomed here when large corporations set up their offices here.

Geographical and Demographical Fast Facts about Plano

  • Plano relied on farming and agriculture to grow and expand and by the 1970s, the population in this city had expanded considerably
  • Plano is a well developed city with a population of more than 271,000 in 2014 and projected growth of 280,000 residents by the year 2020s. Plano continues to be a city on the rise and is located within 19 miles north of downtown Dallas. 
  • It is the 9th largest city in the state of Texas and the 4th largest in the DFW region
  • Plano is also home to leading global corporations such as fortune 1000 companies and it has a highly educated, young and ethnically diverse population. Close to 42% of Plano residents are non Caucasian and more than 90 languages are spoken in city schools here
  • Some of the largest corporations which have established offices in Plano include Alliance Data Systems, FedEx. Toyota North America and Dr. Pepper Snap Group.

Economic and Governance Fast Facts about Plano

  • Unemployment rate in Plano equals 4.30 percent and recent job growth in this city has been in a positive direction. Plano jobs have risen by 3.43 percent. 
  • Plano’s cost of living is much higher than the IS Average and Plano is considered one of the biggest cities in Collin County.
  • Average Household Income of Plano residents is one of the highest in the country according to the US Census Bureau
  • Plano has 68 schools and close to 700,000 books in its libraries. It covers 3600 acres of Hike, bike trails, parks and playgrounds

Interesting and Fun Facts About Plano

  • Plano has been ranked as one of the best places to live in Texas by CNN Money Magazine in 2015
  • Plano has been hosting the Balloon festival which draws close to 100,000 visitors for the past 3 decades
  • Plano is ranked as one of the best cities for persons living with disabilities
  • A fire nearly 100 years ago destroyed the city completely and following this, the fire department of the city was established
  • Well known celebrities from Plano include cyclist Lance Armstrong and actor C. Crawford. 
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