Get to know Plano, TX

The city of Plano is located 20 miles northeast of Dallas.  Settlers began coming to the area in the 1840s.  Plano, which means “flat” in Spanish, was named for the local terrain.  The city began to grow with the 1872 completion of the Houston and Central Texas Railway and was incorporated the following year.  In 1881 a fire devastated the business district of Plano, and the town spent the 1880s rebuilding.  Plano’s population grew slowly.  It was not until 1970 that Plano began to feel some of the post World War II boom.  A series of public works project, changes to taxes, and the removal of the farming community helped contribute to population growth.  The 1980s saw a number of large corporations bring headquarters to Plano.  Some of the corporate headquarters housed in the city include Dell Services, Frito-Lay, and JCPenny.  Some of the main employers include Bank of America Home Loans and HP Enterprise Services.  Notable residents have included Lance Armstrong, Jake Arrieta, Fred Couples, and Nastia Liukin

Quick Facts

Population: 277,910

Median Household Income: $81,571

Median Property Value: $236,000

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