Plano originated in the 1840s when pioneers migrated from Kentucky and Tennessee. The town steadily grew and the Houston and Texas Central Railroad’s arrival in 1872 helped with the city’s growth. In 1874, Plano’s population was only around 500, but by 2012, Plano had grown to nearly 270,000 people.
With Plano’s population being as large as it is, it is home to many beautiful neighborhoods. Some of those neighborhoods include Deerfield, Avignon, Forest Creek Estates, Lakeside on Preston, Normandy Estates, Willow Bend, Hills at Prestonwood, and many more.
Plano is home to 44 elementary schools (including Bethany, Centennial, Mitchell, and more), 13 middle schools (Armstrong, bowman, Carpenter, Frankford, Haggard, Hendrick, Murphy, Otto, Renner, Rice, Robinson, Schimelpfenig, and Wilson), and 10 high schools (Academy, Clark, Jasper, McMillen, Plano, Plano East, Plano West, Shepton, Vines, and Williams).
Plano is never short of places to go and activities to do, with over 10 recreation and pool centers, Arbor Hills, Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve and over 70 other parks and trails, along with a beautiful outdoor shopping and dining area at the Shops at Legacy/Legacy West.