478 reviews
  1. City in Texas
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Real Estate
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    A+
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C
  12. Commute
    B+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$231,600
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,148
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    38%
  • Own
    62%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

    Crime & Safety

    Crime & Safety
    B
    Based on violent and property crime rates.
    Violent Crimes
    • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
    National
    • Assault
      78
      273
    • Murder
      1
      6
    • Rape
      32
      41
    • Robbery
      41
      133
    Property Crimes
    • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
    National
    • Burglary
      260
      525
    • Theft
      1,443
      2,081
    • Motor Vehicle Theft
      96
      263

    Residents

    Diversity
    A+
    Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
    Median Household Income
    $83,793
    National
    $53,889
    Children
    20%
    Education Levels
    National
    • Master's degree or higher
      21%
      11%
    • Bachelor's degree
      34%
      19%
    • Some college or associate's degree
      26%
      29%
    • High school diploma or equivalent
      13%
      28%
    • Less than high school diploma
      6%
      13%

    Plano Reviews

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    Plano is a wonderful city for families of all sizes. After living in Arlington, Irving and traversing the north Texas metroplex, I have seen much excitement over opportunity here in our state- though no city's inhabitants are as excited as Plano's. This city is a land of opportunity and growth; a gem in education and experience; the most enthralling part to all this: the city is still expanding rapidly. If you are looking for a safe, family-friendly, connected, neo-industrial, diverse, beautiful city, then Plano is your best option. Trust me, after 16 years in this area, I have seen swarms of people moving in from all over the country- Chicago, Washington, Denver, New York- so my advice to you is: do not get left behind!
    I have lived in Plano for 4 years. I have attended Plano ISD schools since second grade. My experience with living in Plano has been wonderful. One of the most positive aspects I have benefitted from since moving to Plano has been the availability of healthy restaurants. I have Celiac Disease which means that I have to avoid gluten at all costs, including the possibility of cross contamination. This makes going out to eat extremely difficult. When I travel to other cities and states, I find it very hard to find a restaurant that accommodates my dietary needs. However, in Plano there are numerous restaurants that offer gluten free food and many are even willing to cook my food on separate equipment in order to prevent cross- contamination. This is only one of the many wonderful and unique aspects of Plano. Plano offers a plethora of amenities, satisfying everyone's needs no matter how specific they might be.
    In terms of a family friendly environment, breaking it down into the available schooling options, public safety and healthy living, Plano is, in my opinion, one of the most favorable cities in America. Not only is it ranked one of the lowest in overall crime, due to a well organized and funded police department, but it also has a large selection of supermarkets and parks where prospective movers will be able to make healthy decisions, both in terms of diet, and of exercise. While the roads can, occasionally, clog up during the typical rush hours, traffic remains relatively fluid throughout the day, meaning none should end up late to school, or work, unless in extenuating circumstances. Finally, while the nightlife and overall diversity of the City of Plano is up for debate, there remain a reasonable number of job openings available to those seeking employment, due mostly to the steadily growing economy and business friendly region as dictated by city policy makers.