During the past couple years have shopped for a home and evaluated neighborhoods in many north Dallas communities including Frisco, McKinney, Plano, Lewisville, Coppell, Carrollton, Allen, Little Elm, Flower Mound, Lantana, Southlake, Grapevine, & Colleyville.
This past fall, however, finally narrowed down the search to two communities (Frisco & McKinney) and eventually chose a neighborhood in the north east corner of Frisco.
Frisco is an affluent bedroom community which spans parts of Collin and Denton counties. And it is a rapidly growing Dallas area suburb. In fact like many of the cities located in the booming northern suburbs of Dallas, Frisco serves as a bedroom community for many professionals who work in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
The city’s growth principally occurred during the past ten years or so as the Dallas suburban development moved north through Plano, Frisco, and beyond.
Accolades recognizing the growth of the city and its desirability as a place to live are many. A few examples from the past several years include …
- 2013 – 3rd Most Livable US City (AreaVibes.com)
- 2013 – The Best Mid Size US City (movoto.com)
- 2013 – Top 10 Places To Live (Dallas Morning News)
- 2009 – 7th Best Place To Move (Forbes)
- 2008 – 38th Best Place To Live In US (CNN Money)
- 2007 – 7th Fastest Growing US Suburb (Forbes)
Frisco has a current (2013) estimated population of more than 135,000 people and a land area of approximately 70 square miles. This current population is at least 100,000 more than the population of 33,700 recorded in the 2000 US Census. And as noted above as a testament to this growth the city was recognized in 2007 as one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.
As an example of Frisco’s tremendous growth the past several years the Frisco school district has grown from a total of four schools in 1995 to a present count of 52 (6 high schools, 13 middle schools, and 33 elementary schools) and has recently been opening between two and six new schools each year. With a current student population of 46,000 the school district expects to have over 65,000 students by the end of the decade.
Frisco is home to five area professional sports franchises …
- The NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, the worlds 2nd most valuable sports franchise, will in early 2016 open their new headquarters and team training complex in Frisco (news release). This new facility will include two outdoor football fields and a 12,000 seat indoor stadium which will be shared with the City of Frisco for special high school football, soccer, and other local events.
- The NHL’s Dallas Stars team is headquartered in Frisco and holds practice on the ice at Frisco’s Dr Pepper Arena.
- FC Dallas, the Dallas area’s Major League Soccer (MLS) team & owned by descendants of Lamar Hunt, is headquartered and plays in Frisco’s FC Dallas Toyota Stadium.
- The Frisco Rough Riders, a Class AA affiliate of the Texas Rangers, is headquartered and plays in Frisco’s 11,000 seat Dr Pepper Ballpark. According to Forbes the team is America’s 4th most valuable minor league baseball franchise.
- The Texas Legends, an Eastern Conference NBA Development League (NBA D-League) team affiliated with the Dallas Mavericks, is headquartered and plays in Frisco’s 7,000 seat Dr Pepper Arena.
Both major airports in the Dallas/Ft Worth area (i.e., Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field Airport) are about 25 minutes from Frisco. And with one major highway (i.e., the North Dallas Tollway) running north-south through the middle of Frisco and another major highway (i.e., Texas 121 Sam Rayburn Tollway) running east-west along the southern border of the city, Frisco is well positioned on the path of growth in the Dallas area.
Stonebriar Centre located near the intersection of the North Dallas Tollway and TX 121 Sam Rayburn Tollway is one of the Dallas area’s premier shopping malls. It is a 165 store mall anchored by Nordstroms, Macys, Dillards, JC Penney, Sears, and an AMC 24 screen movie theater. In addition to hundreds of other stores and restaurants Frisco is home to the Dallas area’s only Ikea store.
Homes & Neighborhoods
As of early 2013 Frisco had over 46,000 housing units. There are presently dozens of neighborhoods in Frisco with homes ranging in price from less than $100,000 to several million dollars.