Plano, Tex.

America’s Best Places Rank: 11th
Population: 261,902
Mayor: Phil Dyer

Why it’s ranked: This wealthy Dallas suburb has much going for it. The city is home to numerous corporate headquarters, such as Frito-Lay, J.C. Penney, and Rent-a-Center, that anchor the solid economy, reflected in just 6 percent living under the poverty line, low numbers of foreclosures, and a median income of $82,866.

How it ranked:
Percent with bachelor's degrees: 52.6
Percent under poverty level: 6
Median household income: $82,866
Violent crime rate: 170.1
Property crime rate: 2,930.6
School score: 77.62
Pro sports teams: 0
Foreclosure rate: .0034
Percent Unemployment: 7.1
Park acres per 1,000 residents: 15.4
Bars: 14
Restaurants: 618
Museums: 9
Colleges: 2
Libraries: 7
Air Quality Index: 102
 
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