Plano is a city in the state of Texas, located mostly within Collin County. Plano is located within the metropolitan area commonly referred to as the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex.
In 2005, 2006, and 2011, Plano was designated the best place to live in the Western United States by CNN Money magazine.
In 2006, Plano was selected as the 11th best place to live in the United States by CNN Money magazine. It was also selected as the safest city in America in 2010 and 2011 by Forbes. Plano schools consistently score among the highest in the nation. It has been rated as the wealthiest city in the United States by CNN Money, and the United States Census Bureau declared Plano the wealthiest city of 2008 by comparing the median household income for all U.S. cities whose populations were greater than 250,000. In 2008, Forbes.com selected Plano, University Park, and Highland Park as the three “Top Suburbs To Live Well” of Dallas.
Although Plano is named for the flat plains of the area, large trees abound in the city’s many parks. The two main Open Space Preserves, Bob Woodruff Park and Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve, are connected by biking trails making the green space one large uninterrupted park space that is larger than Central Park in New York City.
There are 70 public schools, 16 private schools, two campuses of the Collin County Community College District (Collin College), and six libraries in Plano.