Fun facts about Plano, Texas that you may not know.

1.  For the past 30 years,  every September, the City of Plano holds the Plano Balloon Festival.  The event draws almost 100,000 visitors and is a huge fundraiser for many local charities.

2.  According to the Plano Economic Development website, Plano  has a  population of over 269,000 as of 2014..  In 2008, the City received national attention as being the nation’s Most Affluent City and Best City to Create Wealth.

3.  Plano Ranked 12th Best City for People with Disabilities.

4.  Over 55,000 children are enrolled in PISD.   For the 11th consecutive year, Plano ISD has earned a “Superior Achievement” rating through the Schools FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas). The district was graded on several financial accountability indicators.   PISD is rated  E for Exemplary in 2014.  House Bill 5 of the 83rd Texas Legislative Session included a local evaluation requirement that is referred to as the School District Evaluation of Performance in Community and Student Engagement/Compliance. The statute requires each district to evaluate and designate a performance rating for the district and each of its campuses based on criteria set by a local committee (TEC 39.0545).

5.  Most of the City of Plano was destroyed by fire nearly one hundred years ago, so few of the original buildings of the city still exist.   After this fire, the people of Plano formed the cities first fire department.   Still the City was plagued with many more fires after this.    The City School Building was destroyed by fire in 1903. In 1911, a fire destroyed the Plano Star Courier newspaper building.   Another fire sweeps through downtown in 1915.   More fires came in 1938 and 1948.

6.  There is a tree estimated to be over 500 years old, resides in Bob Woodruff park near Rowlett Creek on the city’s east side.

7.  Notable people from Plano  include Lance Armstrong,  Bozz Scaggs and actor Chase Crawford.