Back in 1960, Plano's population was a mere 3,600. In 1980, it was 72,000. By the time of the 2002 census, Plano had grown to more than 220,000 in population, making it one of Texas' 10 largest cities.
The exploding population is in line with the growth of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Plano's growth is directly tied to the growth of Dallas, and to the growth in the numbers of families and professionals leaving Dallas for its suburbs.
A couple interesting trivia bits about Plano: The city was originally called "Fillmore," after U.S. President Millard Fillmore. And it is sometimes called the "Balloon Capital of Texas" because the city hosts a large hot-air balloon festival and races every September.
Of course, anyone staying in Plano has all of the Metroplex to explore, but keep in mind that Dallas and the north and east sides of DFW are accessed much easier from Plano than are Fort Worth and the south and west sides.
The best-known DFW-area attraction in the Plano area is the Southfork Ranch (actually in Parker), home to the fictional Ewing family from television's "Dallas" series.
More Plano Attractions
Plano golf courses
ArtCentre of Plano
Heritage Farmstead Museum
Interurban Railway Station Museum
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Visitors flying into Plano will enter via DFW International Airport or Dallas Love Field (visit our Texas Travel Reservations page to check airfares).
Plano is approximately 25 miles northeast of DFW International Airport, on the northeast side of the Metroplex and almost due north of downtown Dallas. Plano is served by Dallas Area Rapid Transit, which provides bus and other transportation services.
View Plano on the map (link opens in a new window)
Plano Convention and Visitors Bureau
City of Plano Official Website
Plano Hot Air Balloon Festival
Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
Dallas Love Field
Plano Star Courier newspaper