A recent research study was conducted to determine which cities are the best places to live in and Plano made it into the list according to a Dallas Morning News article from October 22. They report,
“Plano has been named the 17th best place to live on a list of 100 cities in America, according to the website Livability.com.
While Plano was the only Texas city to crack the top 20 on the list, other North Texas cities represented the region on the list of 100 best places to live in America. McKinney came in at number 60, while Richardson was ranked number 66.”
The study ranked cities in nine different categories, four of which are Plano’s specialty according to a CultureMap article from October 21,
“Plano scores especially well in four Livability categories: remote readiness, civics, demographics, and economy.
Livability praises Plano for offering “everything you need in one city.”
“It’s a shopping destination all on its own with two huge upscale shopping centers, The Shops at Legacy and Legacy West, along with a downtown full of local boutiques,” Livability says. “Art lovers can spend days exploring the Downtown Plano Arts District with its community of performing arts events, galleries, boutiques, and concert halls. Nature lovers can enjoy more than 4,000 acres of parks, while foodies can choose from more than a thousand dining options.”
However, in a Facebook post, some residents expressed their disbelief in the study conducted by Livability as they speak of their situation and their own experiences in Plano. One woman narrated,
“Whatever the age of the article, Plano is a great place to live. Still, it is expensive to live here, and while we love living here, my family will probably have to move to a neighboring city once our lease is up.”
“Only if you can afford the high property taxes.”
More details are available in the full study and list of Livability on their website.