About Plano 972-596-9500

Plano is a city located in the U.S. state of Texas within Collin County. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the city had a total population of 222,030, making it the ninth largest city in Texas. Plano is within the Dallas-Plano-Irving metropolitan division of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area, a title designated by the U.S. Census, and is colloquially referred to as the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. The city is home to many corporate headquarters, including Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Inc., Electronic Data Systems, Frito-Lay and JCPenney.

Plano Demographics:

As of the census of 2000, there are 222,030 people, 80,875 households, and 60,575 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,197.8/km2 (3,102.4/mi2). There are 86,078 housing units at an average density of 464.4/km2 (1,202.8/mi2). The racial makeup of the city is 78.26% White, 5.02% African American, 0.36% Native American, 10.18% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 3.86% from other races, and 2.28% from two or more races. 10.07% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. There are 80,875 households out of which 42.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.3% are married couples living together, 7.5% have a female householder with no husband present, and 25.1% are non-families. 20.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 2.9% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.73 and the average family size is 3.18. In the city the population is spread out with 28.7% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 36.5% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 4.9% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 99.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 97.2 males. The median income for a household in the city is $78,722, and the median income for a family is $91,162. Males have a median income of $64,668 versus $39,617 for females. The per capita income for the city is $36,514. 4.3% of the population and 3.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 4.6% of those under the age of 18 and 7.8% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line. Average rents in Plano in 2005 were $662 for a one bedroom apartment, and $878 for a two bedroom apartment. Plano was the highest income place with a population of 130,000 or more in 2000.

Plano History:

In the early 1840s, several settlers came to the area around Plano. Several nearby facilities including a sawmill, gristmill and a store brought more people to the area. Mail service was established and after rejecting several names for the budding town (including naming it in honor of then-President Millard Fillmore), the locals suggested the name Plano, which they incorrectly believed to be the Spanish word for "plain," a reference to the terrain of the area (the actual word for plain in the Spanish language is llano). The name was accepted by the Post Office and Plano was born. In 1872, the completion of the Houston and Texas Railroad helped to grow the city, increasing the population to more than 500 by 1874. In 1873, the city officially incorporated. In 1881, a fire raged through the central business district, destroying most of the buildings: 51 in all. However, the town rebuilt itself and business again flourished through the 1880s. Unlike many of the other Dallas suburbs, which were closer to Dallas itself, the population of Plano initially grew slowly, reaching 1,304 in 1900 and increasing to 3,695 in 1960. By 1970, however, Plano began to feel some of the boom its neighbors experienced following World War II. A series of public works projects and a change in taxes that removed the farming community from the town helped to increase the overall population of Plano. In 1970, the population reached 17,872 and by 1980, the population had exploded to 72,000 people. Almost unbelievably the sewers, schools and street development kept easy pace with this massive increase largely due to Plano's flat topography, grid layout and excellent planning. During the 1980s, many large corporations moved their headquarters to Plano, including JC Penney and Frito-Lay, which helped to further grow the city as more people desired to move closer to where they worked. By 1990, the population had reached 128,713 and now dwarfed the county seat of McKinney. In 1994 the city was recognized as an All-America City. By 2000, the population nearly doubled again to 222,030, making it one of the largest suburbs in the Dallas area. However, the area's suburban sprawl has pushed beyond Plano and the city's population is stabilizing. Plano is completely locked in by other municipalities and cannot expand in area, and there is little undeveloped land remaining within the city limits.

Plano Real Estate:

Plano real estate is very affordable. Home prices start at about $50,000 up to several million dollars. The average for a single family detatched home is about $180,000.

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