Information About Plano, Texas
Based on U.S. Census Bureau figures, Plano's population grew from 259,859 in 2019 to an estimated 287,677 in 2019. The city is relatively diverse, with approximately 66% of residents identifying as white in 2019, nearly 20.5% as Asian, about 15% as Hispanic and 8.4% as black or African American. For the period 2014-2018, around 93% of Plano residents age 25 or older were high school graduates, compared to 83.2% of residents statewide, and 56.7% had earned a bachelor's degree or higher, versus approximately 29% of all Texas residents that age. Also for 2014-2018, the median household income in Plano was $92,121, compared to a statewide median of $59,570.
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, tied for the country's 64th best national university by U.S. News & World Report in 2020. Other ranked colleges in the area include the University of Dallas and Dallas Baptist University, rated the 7th best regional university in the West and the 281st national university, 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.
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.