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Plano Ranks 3rd on Money’s Best Places to Live (2016)
The City of Plano was named among MONEY magazine’s Best Places to Live 2016. The rankings are based on scores for jobs/economy, housing affordability, education, arts/leisure, and health.
While Plano has an eye on the future, it’s also embracing its past. The city’s Great Update Rebate program offers up to $5,000 for renovations to moderately priced homes 35 years and older. Down- town, which had lost much of its charm after World War II, is a destination again. Galleries and restaurants line the brick-paved streets, and there’s a new outdoor stage in McCall Park. Many of Plano’s residents are new in town. Those transplants have helped make Plano remarkably diverse. Over 80 languages are spoken in its well-regarded schools and almost 95% of high school graduates pursue higher education. Last year, Plano High’s robotics team even went to a world championship event.
Plano is the safest city in America for 2nd year in a row (Dec 2011)
For the second year in a row, the City of Plano has been ranked as the safest city in the America with a population over 250,000, according to Forbes magazine.
What makes Plano a great place to work is that it’s also a great place to live and raise a family. It has the lowest crime rate of any Texas city and some of the lowest taxes in the region. In a related note, Plano was selected as a National Award Winner in the 28th Annual National Night Out crime, drug and violence prevention program. This year’s event involved over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide. Plano ranked fourth among cities with a population of 100,000 to 299,000.
“A corporate center with a small-town vibe.”
Thanks in part to corporate tax incentives, Plano is already home to Toyota, J.C. Penney and Frito-Lay, as well as a regional hub for Bank of America, PepsiCo, Cigna, and Intel. Liberty Mutual, JPMorgan Chase, and Fannie Mae are also importing part of their operations in the near future. With 200,000 jobs and another 20,000 expected within five years, Plano isn’t just living up to its nickname, “A great place to do business.” It’s giving Dallas, 20 miles south, a run for its corporate money.