Frisco, "a city with the heart of a town," has a population of 107,050. It is one of the fastest growing cities in North Texas and the United States. At build-out, Frisco is estimated to reach a population of 280,000. Frisco is located just to the north of Plano and is divided between Collin County and Denton County. In 2009, it was named by Forbes as one of the top 10 best places to relocate in the US.
Frisco has 69 square miles within its boundaries and one of the lowest crime rates in Collin and Denton counties.
The average value for a home in Frisco is $295,263; median gross rent is $1,135. About 35,000 households with an average size of 3 reside in Frisco. It has a median family income of $103,295; median age of a Frisco resident is 30.9 years. One-third of the city's population is younger than 18; 5% is older than 65. It is the first city in US to mandate "Green Building" according to EPA EnergyStar standards.
Frisco sits on the edge of the Dallas-Plano northern business center, just minutes from Legacy Business Park, which includes the corporate headquarters of JC Penney, HP Enterprise, Frito-Lay, and Dr Pepper. Whether visiting for business or pleasure, there are 10 hotels in Frisco to choose from.
Frisco is the home of one of the largest malls in North Texas, Stonebriar Centre Mall, with its 160 stores, as well as numerous other retail areas like the Shops at Starwood. Frisco Square is the new downtown district in the town-square concept. This 1920s-design development combines office space with retail, restaurants, entertainment facilities, and municipal buildings including a library, town hall, heritage center, and justice center, along with a 400-unit residential section and a future 50-bed hospital (Forest Park Medical Center at Frisco). It is one of the largest mixed-use projects in the US. Frisco Square is also home to the Frisco Farmers Market every Saturday morning. And if you haven't dropped from shopping yet, the old historic downtown area is being revitalized with Main Street Shopping, and there are various retail boutiques throughout Frisco. Frisco offers over 8 million square feet of retail/dining space.
Frisco ISD currently has 48 schools with a total enrollment of 34,321. It is one of the fastest growing school districts in Texas or the nation, expanding by 10-30% annually for the past 12 years and opening 2-6 campuses a year. Children of Frisco are also served by the Lewisville ISD, Little Elm ISD, and Prosper ISD. There are also several private schools in Frisco. The Preston Ridge campus of Collin College provides opportunities for higher education; Dallas Baptist University, Amberton University, and University of Dallas all have branches in Frisco as well.
Concerned with preserving its history, Frisco offers a reminder of what life was like for early settlers with The Frisco Heritage Center and Museum, with its 8 structures and steam locomotive and wooden caboose. Also the Museum of the American Railroad will be moving from Fair Park in Dallas to Grand Park in Frisco. The plans call for about a mile of track and 94,000 square feet of exhibit buildings.
Frisco is one of the cities in Collin County committed to the future 100-acre park and cultural arts center of the Arts of Collin County (video). The largest private collection of international artwork of 160 pieces are on display to the public in Frisco, with 40 at the Texas Sculpture Garden . Over 100 additional pieces of public artwork are located throughout the city. Also Frisco brings the Shawnee Trail to life with the Bronze Cattle Drive Depictions complete with cowboys, longhorns, and chuck wagon, the largest continuous-themed bronze sculpture collection in the US.
Frisco is home to four professional sports teams. Pizza Hut Park, a 20,000-seat sports and entertainment complex, is home to FC Dallas, a major league soccer team. The Frisco RoughRiders baseball team, part of the Texas Rangers franchise, plays at the 8,800-seat Dr Pepper Ballpark. It is the first ballpark in history to put its bullpens behind first and third bases and surrounded by seats. The Texas Tornado NAHL ice hockey team and the Texas Legends NBA basketball team both call the Dr Pepper Arena home. This arena is also home to the corporate offices of the NHL Dallas Stars and serves as their official practice facility.
For fitness and recreation, the Frisco Athletic Center offers an indoor and outdoor aquatic center, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, and recreation areas. Frisco has 4 golf courses: The Trails of Frisco, Stonebriar, Golf Club at Frisco Lakes, and Plantation Golf Club. Fieldhouse USA is the first completed part of the master-planned 50-acre Sports Village USA and houses 12 full-size hardwood courts and an indoor football/soccer turf field. Eagle Gymnastics, with an enrollment of 800 students, has plans to open a new 18,000-square foot state-of-the-art gymnastics facility. The Superdrome, an outdoor cycling track, is one of the fastest low-altitude outdoor velodromes in the world. Frisco also has numerous hike and bike trails and 43 public parks. The Warren Sports complex offers a fully-stocked 8-acre lake. For more fishing or boating and water sports, area lakes are within close driving distance.
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