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Plano, Texas Education and City Information

Plano, Texas, is a wealthy community in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. While there are no not-for-profit postsecondary schools in Plano, more than 20 colleges and universities are found within a 20-mile radius.

Information About Plano, Texas

Based on U.S. Census Bureau figures, Plano's population grew from 259,841 in 2010 to an estimated 278,480 in 2014. The city is relatively diverse, with approximately 67% of residents identifying as white in 2010, nearly 17% as Asian, almost 15% as Hispanic and close to 8% as black or African American. For the period 2010-2014, around 93% of Plano residents age 25 or older were high school graduates, compared to 81.6% of residents statewide, and 54.6% had earned a bachelor's degree or higher, versus approximately 27% of all Texas residents that age. Also for 2010-2014, the median household income in Plano was $82,944, compared to a statewide median of $52,576.

Dubbed the Hot Air Balloon Capital of Texas, Plano hosts an annual balloon fair each September. Visitors can learn about times past at the Heritage Farmstead Museum, or they can spend an afternoon at the quirky Cockroach Hall of Fame, which features dead cockroaches costumed as celebrities and political figures. Another point of interest in Plano is the Cedar Hill State Park, which offers camping, picnic sites and fishing.

Educational Opportunities Near Plano

Located just a few miles from Plano, Dallas is home to several public and private nonprofit colleges and universities, including Southern Methodist University, ranked the country's 61st best national university by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. Other ranked colleges in the area include the University of Dallas and Dallas Baptist University, rated the 15th and 35th best regional universities in the West, respectively.

The University of Texas at Dallas and the College of Health Care Professions are also located in the region. Students seeking a certificate or associate's degree program can choose from Brookhaven College, Richland College, and the Collin County Community College District, among others.

Plano Industry

Several Fortune 1000 companies are headquartered in Plano, including Alliance Data Systems, Cinemark Holdings, Denbury Resources, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, J.C. Penney and Rent-A-Center. Other major private employers in the city include Bank of America Home Loans, Dell Services, Ericsson, Frito-Lay and PepsiCo.


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