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Area Description

Plano is truly the land of plenty. Blending historic charm with modern luxury, the city brims with attractions that make it perfect for a leisurely getaway. Plano offers 1,000+ restaurants, world class shopping, four walkable entertainment districts, a lively arts and nightlife scene, family-friendly attractions, and abundant natural beauty.

Conveniently located about 30 minutes from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas Love Field Airport, and downtown Dallas, Plano is among the safest, easiest, cleanest, family-friendly and most economical cities in Texas, if not in the United States.

Region Characteristics

Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Plano offers visitors a variety of things to see, visit and do, a perennial favorite being the Plano Hot Air Balloon Festival held each September since 1979, the popular event has earned Plano the title of “Hot Air Balloon Capital of Texas.”

Plano boasts a charming downtown area recently named one of the 10 best in America by Livability. The area’s authentic brick streets are lined with creative restaurants, specialty shops including quaint antique stores, art galleries, artist studios, and more. Visitors can see more than a dozen restored historic homes and other properties that are designated as historic landmarks, most of which are within walking distance of the downtown area. Located in downtown Plano’s Haggard Park Historic District is the Interurban Railway Museum. The museum is housed in a building that served as a primary stop on the Texas Electric Railway that ran from Denison to Dallas from 1908 to 1948. It contains many artifacts associated with the Interurban Line, as well as a colorful history of Plano. Next to the station is car 360, one of the original cars that carried mail and passengers. Also located in the Haggard Park Historic District are three “Plano Stages” – the Courtyard Theater, the Cox Building Playhouse, and McCall Plaza which opened in April 2016. A “home for the arts in Plano,” the ArtCentre of Plano features art galleries for displays of local artists and national shows. Not far from the Downtown Plano Arts District is Heritage Farmstead, a four-acre museum that preserves a way of life during the height of prosperity in the early 1920s.

Dallas may be known nationally for its shopping, but within the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Plano is known as one of the best places for shopping. Plano has more than 70 shopping centers, as well as countless boutiques, specialty stores, one-of-a-kind shops, antique stores and galleries. In addition to the Downtown Plano Arts District, some of Plano’s most notable shopping venues are Lakeside Market, which features the ultimate, open-air upscale luxury lifestyle and home furnishings shopping experience; Preston Park Village, which includes more than 60 specialty shops and more than 15 restaurants within walking distance; The Shops at Legacy is a 168 acre master planned development of urban style homes, local & national businesses, boutique retail, best-in-class restaurants, a full-service hotel, and public parks & trails and The Shops at Willow Bend, a delightful, upscale shopping center that includes Neiman Marcus, Macy’s and various other stores and the home of Crayola Experience: where the magic of Crayola comes to life. Embark on a colorful adventure where color, chemistry and digital technology combine to make a one-of-a-kind family attraction. And finally the newest addition, Legacy West. Opened in June 2017, this “city within a city” is the largest mixed use destination in North Texas and the perfect place to play, shop, dine and stay. The 255-acre development boasts 415,000 dynamic square feet of open-air retail and restaurant space. Here, diners can satisfy every craving, whether for steak or a good old-fashioned milk shake, French bistro fare, a perfect plate of pasta, or a red velvet cupcake. For those who can’t decide, Legacy Hall has it all. In this one-of-a-kind artisanal food hall, visitors can wander from stall to stall to meet local purveyors and sample everything from lobster rolls to Philly cheesesteaks to house made ginger beer floats. There’s also an on-site brewery and live music stage in the Box Garden. Legacy West’s shopping offerings run the gamut from fashion to furnishings to cosmetics and even cars. (Think Tesla!)

The city has 3,600 acres of public parks offering more than 40 miles of recreation trails. Worth a visit is the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, a 200-acre park featuring vast areas of natural beauty for walking, jogging, orienteering and other outdoor activities. Amenities include a playground, restrooms, approximately 2.3 miles of paved recreational trails, approximately two miles designed as an off-road cycling trail, an observation tower and three pavilions.

Relive some memorable moments from the television series “Dallas” at Southfork Ranch in nearby Parker. The “Dallas Legends: Fact To Fantasy” exhibit features such memorabilia as the gun that shot J.R., Lucy’s wedding dress and video clips from the popular series.

Cultural Activities

The Downtown Plano Arts District is a charming downtown area recently named one of the 10 best in America by Livability. The area’s authentic brick streets are lined with creative restaurants, specialty shops including quaint antique stores, art galleries, artist studios and more. There are venues for theater, live music, and performing arts. Some events held downtown include: AsiaFest, the Plano International Festival, Dickens, and many more.

Public transportation

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has two train stations in Plano: Downtown Plano Station, and Parker Road Station. Limited DART bus service is also available; routes can be found on DART.org.

Medical Facilities

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, LifeCare Hospitals of Plano, The Medical Center of Plano, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Plano, Children's Medical Center Plano, and The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Plano, Texas?

For those of you that retire in Plano, you will have hotter temperatures than other areas of the USA.

Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the mid 40's and highs in the mid 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 30's. Expect some rainy days in the winter.

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in Plano such as a movie, a visit to a museum, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are cool with averages in the mid 60's and highs in the mid 70's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 50's. Expect some rainy days in the spring.

Summertime in Plano is a great time to enjoy your retirement with an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are warm with averages in the low 80's and highs in the low 90's. Nights are mild with lows in the low 70's. Expect a lot of days above 90°. Humidity may feel uncomfortable. Expect some rainy days in the summer.

If you retire in Plano, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, hiking, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are mild with averages in the mid 60's and highs in the mid 70's. Nights are cool with lows in the mid 50's. Expect a few days above 90°. Expect some rainy days in the fall.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  33  44  55
 Feb  37  48  58
 Mar  44  55  66
 Apr  53  63  74
 May  62  72  82
 Jun  69  79  89
 Jul  73  83  94
 Aug  72  84  95
 Sep  65  76  87
 Oct  54  65  77
 Nov  44  55  66
 Dec  34  45  56

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  15  0
 Feb  0  9  0
 Mar  0  3  0
 Apr  0  0  0
 May  3  0  0
 Jun  13  0  0
 Jul  24  0  0
 Aug  25  0  0
 Sep  10  0  0
 Oct  1  0  0
 Nov  0  3  0
 Dec  0  13  0

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  3 "  7  34 %
 Feb  3 "  7  37 %
 Mar  4 "  8  44 %
 Apr  3 "  7  51 %
 May  5 "  9  62 %
 Jun  4 "  8  67 %
 Jul  2 "  5  68 %
 Aug  2 "  5  67 %
 Sep  3 "  5  62 %
 Oct  5 "  7  53 %
 Nov  3 "  7  45 %
 Dec  3 "  7  36 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  0 "  0  0
 Feb  1 "  0  0
 Mar  0 "  0  0
 Apr  0 "  0  0
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
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Cost of Living for Plano, TX

Plano, Texas cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

“Plano has great neighborhoods throughout our city, and our residents have a plethora of living options to suit their individual lifestyle needs,” Mayor Harry LaRosiliere says.

When it comes to all-important amenities, the mayor easily reels off a range of Plano’s pluses. “Our citizens are provided a high quality of life in so many ways,” he says, “including 700-plus restaurants with ranges to satisfy any palate, 84 park sites within 10 minutes of most any neighborhood, five full-service recreation centers, four full-service libraries and over 150 baseball fields and tennis courts combined.”

The median home price in Plano is $231,600, while the median rent for a one bedroom apartment is $1148.

Senior Assistance in Plano, TX

Plano, Texas offers the following assistance for seniors:

Within Plano are a variety of options for senior living and healthcare for our aging population. Whether our senior residents prefer independent living or have special care needs, a diverse assortment of facilities is available. Independent living residences are available across the City of Plano that provide licensed and certified healthcare services for residents requiring home health and personal assistance. For memory-challenged seniors, there are also many senior living centers which offer residential living and nursing care to fit every need.

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Plano Offer For Retirees?

Volunteers in Plano (VIP) works in partnership with City staff, corporate and civic organizations, faith-based groups, schools, universities and non-profits to develop effective community programs to support and benefit the changing needs of this vibrant city while elevating City services, programs, and events and raising public awareness about volunteerism.

Find out more about the Volunteer Management Conference (http://www.plano.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1513).

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