|City of Plano|
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|• Mayor||John B. Muns (R)|
|• Body||Plano City Council|
|• City manager||Mark Israelson|
|• City||72.04 sq mi (186.59 km2)|
|• Land||71.69 sq mi (185.67 km2)|
|• Water||0.36 sq mi (0.93 km2)|
|Elevation||666 ft (203 m)|
|• Density||4,012.96/sq mi (1,549.42/km2)|
|• Metro||7,102,796 (DFW Metroplex)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
75023-26, 75074-75, 75086, 75093-94
|Area codes||214, 469, 945, 972|
European settlers came to the area near present-day Plano in the early 1840s. Facilities such as a sawmill, a gristmill, and a store soon brought more people to the area. A mail service was established, and after rejecting several names for the nascent town (including naming it in honor of then-President Millard Fillmore), residents suggested the name Plano (from the Spanish word for "flat") in reference to the local terrain, unvaried and devoid of any trees. The post office accepted the name.
In 1872, the completion of the Houston and Central Texas Railway helped Plano grow, and it was incorporated in 1873. By 1874, the population had grown to more than 500. In 1881, a fire raged through the business district, destroying most of the buildings. Plano was rebuilt and business again flourished through the 1880s. Also in 1881, the city assumed responsibility for what would eventually become Plano Independent School District (PISD), ending the days of it being served only by private schools.
At first, Plano's population grew slowly, reaching 1,304 in 1900 and 3,695 in 1960. By 1970, Plano began to feel some of the boom its neighbors had experienced after World War II. A series of public works projects and a change in taxes that removed the farming community from the town helped increase the population. In 1970, the population reached 17,872, and by 1980, it had exploded to 72,000. Sewers, schools, and street development kept pace with this massive increase, largely because of Plano's flat topography, grid layout, and planning initiatives.
During the 1980s, many large corporations moved their headquarters to Plano, including J. C. Penney and Frito-Lay, spurring further growth. By 1990, the population reached 128,713, dwarfing the county seat, McKinney. In 1994, Plano was recognized as an All-America City. By 2000, the population grew to 222,030, making it one of Dallas's largest suburbs. Plano is surrounded by other municipalities and so cannot expand in area, and there is little undeveloped land remaining within the city limits. But as of July 2012, one large tract of land was being developed: Turnpike Commons at the intersection of Renner Road and the George Bush Turnpike (also bordered by Shiloh Road to the east). The development is expected to feature apartments, medical facilities, restaurants, a Race Trac gas station, and a hotel.
In 2013, Plano received a top score in a national livability index according to an algorithm created by AreaVibes.com, a Toronto-based company specializing in such data. AreaVibes ranked Plano at the top of the list of U.S. cities with populations between 100,000 and 10 million. Another chart, "Best Places to Live in 2013", also ranked Plano first.
|Climate chart (explanation)|
According to the United States Census Bureau, Plano has a total area of 71.6 square miles (185.5 km2).
Plano is in the humid subtropical climate zone. The highest recorded temperature was 118 °F (48 °C) in 1936. On average, the coolest month is January and the warmest is July. The lowest recorded temperature was -7 °F (-22 °C) in 1930. The maximum average precipitation occurs in May.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010[update], Plano had 259,841 people, 99,131 households and 69,464 families, up from 80,875 households and 60,575 families in the 2000 census. The population density was 3,629.1 people per square mile (1,400.8/km2). There were 103,672 housing units at an average density of 1,448.6 per square mile (559.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 67% White (58.4% Non-Hispanic White), 7.5% Black, 0.36% Native American, 16.9% Asian (6.5% Asian Indian, 5.2% Chinese, 1.2% Vietnamese, 1.2% Korean, 0.6% Filipino, 0.2% Japanese, 1.9% Other), 0.1% Pacific Islander, 3.86% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino made up 14.7% of the population (10.6% Mexican, 0.5% Puerto Rican, 0.2% Cuban, 3.5% Other).
Plano is the 9th largest city in Texas and the 71st largest in the United States. As of 2009 western Plano has a higher concentration of Asians, while eastern Plano has a higher concentration of Hispanics and Latinos.
Of the 99,131 households, 35.8% had children under the age of 18. Married couples accounted for 56.7%; 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.9% were non-families. About 24.4% of all households were individuals, and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61, and the average family size was 3.15.
Data indicates that 28.7% of Plano's population was under the age of 18, 7.0% was 18 to 24, 36.5% was 25 to 44, 22.9% was 45 to 64, and 4.9% was 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34. For every 100 females, there were 99.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.2 males.
According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $84,492, and the median income for a family was $101,616. About 3.0% of families and 4.3% of the population were living below the poverty line, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and 7.8% of those 65 or older.
In 2007, Plano had the United States' highest median income among cities with a population exceeding 250,000, at $84,492. As of 2010, Plano had a median income of $103,913 annually. According to crime statistics, there were four homicides in Plano in 2006, the lowest rate of all U.S. cities of 250,000 or more people.
As of the 2000 U.S. Census[update], of the foreign-born residents, 17% were from China, 9% from India, and 4% from Vietnam; a total of 30% of foreign-born residents came from these three countries. That year, 22% of Plano's foreign-born originated in Mexico.
Along with Houston, Plano has one of Texas's two major concentrations of Chinese Americans. According to the 2010 U.S. Census there were 14,500 ethnic Chinese in Plano. Of cities with 250,000 or more residents, Plano has the sixth-largest percentage of ethnic Chinese, making up 5.2% of the city's population. Charlie Yue, the executive vice president of the Association of Chinese Professionals, estimated that about 30,000 Plano residents are Chinese and that many "don't participate in government activities, like the census".
Chinese professionals began to settle Plano by 1991. As of 2011 the Chinese restaurants in DFW catering to ethnic Chinese are mainly in Plano and Richardson. Most of the DFW-area Chinese cultural organizations are headquartered in Plano and Richardson. Plano has six Chinese churches and supermarkets including 99 Ranch Market and zTao Marketplace.
According to the Plano Economic Development 2017 Leading Employers Report, Plano's top 10 employers are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|1||Capital One Finance||5,500|
|3||Bank of America Home Loans||3,400|
|4||Red Bee Media (fka Ericsson Broadcast and Media Services)||3,200|
|5||Toyota Motor North America, Inc.||2,900|
|7||J.C. Penney Company, Inc.||2,420|
|8||NTT Data Services (fka Dell Services)||2,250|
|9||Texas Health Plano (fka Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano)||1,680|
|10||Medical City Plano (fka Medical Center of Plano)||1,600|
About 80% of Plano's visitors are business travelers, due to its close proximity to Dallas and the many corporations headquartered in Plano. The city also has a convention center owned and operated by the city. Plano has made a concerted effort to draw retail to its downtown area and the Legacy West in an effort to boost sales tax returns. It has two malls, The Shops at Willow Bend and The Shops at Legacy. Collin Creek Mall closed in 2019. There is an area that has apartments, shops, and restaurants constructed with the New Urbanism philosophy. An experimental luxury Walmart Supercenter is at Park Boulevard and the Dallas North Tollway.
Headquarters of major corporations
Some of the country's largest and most recognized companies are headquartered in Plano. Legacy Drive in ZIP Code 75024, between Preston Road and Dallas North Tollway, has many corporate campuses. The following companies have corporate headquarters (Fortune 1000 headquarters) or major regional offices in Plano:
- At Home
- Beal Bank
- Cookies by Design
- Cinemark Theatres
- Denbury Inc.
- Diodes Incorporated
- FedEx Office
- Fogo de Chão
- Hilti North America
- Huawei Device USA
- J. C. Penney
- Keurig Dr Pepper
- Main Event Entertainment
- NTT Data Services
- Pizza Hut / WingStreet
- Pressman Toy Corporation
- Robot Entertainment
- Siemens PLM Software
- Toyota Motor North America
- Tyler Technologies
- Yum China Holdings
- Zoës Kitchen
In 2014 Toyota Motor North America announced its U.S. headquarters will move from Torrance, California, to Plano. In 2015, Liberty Mutual announced its plans to build a new corporate campus just a few blocks east of Toyota's, bringing an estimated 5,000 jobs to the community. In January 2016, JP Morgan Chase and mortgage giant Fannie Mae announced they would move their regional operations to Plano, bringing a combined 7,000 new jobs to the community.
Arts and culture
The Plano Public Library System (PPLS) consists of the W.O. Haggard, Jr. Library, the Maribelle M. Davis Library, the Gladys Harrington Library, the Christopher A. Parr Library, the L.E.R. Schimelpfenig Library, and the Municipal Reference Library. The Haggard Library houses the system's administrative offices.
Parks and recreation
Although Plano is named for the flat plains of the area, large trees abound in the city's many parks. One such tree, estimated to be over 200 years old, is in Bob Woodruff Park, near Rowlett Creek on the city's east side.
There are two main open space preserves: Arbor Hills Nature Preserve (200 acres) which contains a pond in honor of Vasil Levski and Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve (800 acres). Bob Woodruff Park and Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve are connected by biking trails, making the green space one large uninterrupted park space larger than New York City's Central Park (840 acres). Go Ape, a family-friendly place with outdoor activities like ziplining and Tarzan swings, is at Oak Point Park and Preserve. The Plano Balloon Festival, which happens every September, also takes place at Oak Point Park and Preserve. Another open space is Haggard Park, which hosts the annual Plano AsiaFest in May. Acreage of all spaces the Parks Department manages totals 3,830.81. The Plano Master Plan has the acreage growing to 4,092.63 when complete.
There are five recreation centers: Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center, Carpenter Park Recreation Center, Oak Point Recreation Center, Liberty Recreation Center, and Douglass Community Center. Carpenter Park Recreation Center, Oak Point Recreation Center, and Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center have an indoor pool, while Liberty Recreation Center has an outdoor pool. Plano Senior Recreation Center is a recreation center dedicated to seniors. There are three swimming pools owned by Plano Parks & Recreation: Harry Rowlinson Community Natatorium, Jack Carter Pool, and Plano Aquatic Center. All the pools are indoor except Jack Carter Pool. Douglass Community Center houses the Boys & Girls Club of Collin County. For pet owners, there are The Dog Park at Jack Carter Park, The Dog Park at Bob Woodruff, and Dog Park at Windhaven Meadows Park.
The City of Plano also owns and operates four performing arts venues and a conference center under the auspices of the Parks and Recreation Department: the Courtyard Theater, the Cox Playhouse, the Amphitheater at Oak Point Park, McCall Plaza, and the Oak Point Park Nature and Retreat Center.
- Neighborhood parks: 249.13 acres
- Linear parks: 629.27 acres
- Community parks: 1,120.65 acres
- Open space preserves: 1,324.13 acres
- Special use areas: 46.57 acres
- Golf courses: 461.06 acres
Plano has a council-manager form of government, with a part-time city council that sets city policy and a city manager responsible for city operations. The Plano City Council has eight members elected on a nonpartisan basis in staggered odd-year elections every other May. Council members and the mayor are elected by and serve the city at large. Council members serving in places one, two, three, and four must reside in that district, and the mayor always serves in place six. The mayor receives a yearly stipend of $8,400, and each council member receives $6,000.
All council members, including the mayor, serve a maximum of two consecutive four-year terms. The mayor and city council members could serve for a maximum of three consecutive three-year terms until voters approved changes to the city charter in 2011.
The 38th mayor of Plano was businessman Harry LaRosiliere, who was elected the first African-American mayor of Plano in 2013. Plano elected its first African-American city council member, David Perry, in 1990.
In the 2008 fiscal year Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, Plano reported $194 million in revenue, $212 million in expenditures, $278 million in total assets, $31.4 million in total liabilities, and $337 million in cash and investments.
Plano is a voluntary member of the North Central Texas Council of Governments association, the purpose of which is to coordinate individual and collective local governments and facilitate regional solutions, eliminate unnecessary duplication, and enable joint decisions.
Dallas's wealthy northern suburbs were solidly Republican and in 2005, the Bay Area Center for Voting Research ranked Plano, the largest of them, the United States' fifth-most conservative city. It has become more competitive in national elections as its population has diversified, shifting toward the Democratic Party since 2016, when Donald Trump won the city by a narrow margin. In 2018, Beto O'Rourke became the first Democrat to win the city in a statewide election in the 21st century, and in 2020, Joe Biden won the city by an even larger margin. But in local and state elections, Plano still leans Republican, voting to reelect Governor Greg Abbott in 2018 and narrowly reelecting Republicans to the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate in 2018 and 2020.
|2020||53.50% 72,736||44.75% 60,840||1.76% 2,389|
|2016||45.31% 49,522||50.12% 54,784||4.56% 4,988|
|2012||37.44% 37,435||60.74% 60,733||1.82% 1,817|
|2008||39.70% 42,441||59.11% 63,193||1.19% 1,280|
|2004||31.07% 30,387||68.06% 66,562||0.87% 852|
|2000||25.65% 20,888||71.78% 58,447||2.57% 2,093|
|2018||52.35% 55,804||46.85% 49,941||0.81% 859|
|2012||36.94% 35,813||60.01% 58,183||3.06% 2,963|
|2006||28.75% 15,040||68.91% 36,047||2.34% 1,225|
|2000||18.22% 14,634||79.29% 63,674||2.49% 1,999|
|2020||48.86% 65,024||48.87% 65,039||2.26% 3,013|
|2014||31.65% 18,134||64.63% 37,028||3.72% 2,131|
|2008||35.79% 36,916||61.81% 63,753||2.40% 2,480|
|2002||30.55% 17,156||68.45% 38,441||1.01% 566|
|2018||44.43% 46,993||53.67% 56,757||1.90% 2,008|
|2014||37.03% 21,331||61.57% 35,461||1.72% 991|
|2010||35.62% 18,992||61.71% 32,904||2.67% 1,427|
|2006||26.11% 13,828||47.15% 24,970||26.74% 14,164|
|2002||25.07% 14,294||73.52% 41,910||1.93% 1,102|
In 2014, Plano's City Council passed an expansion of the city's Equal Rights Policy that included anti-discrimination protections for gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals. The ordinance drew the ire of conservative groups such as the Liberty Institute, which argued that it infringed on business owners' religious rights. Many civil rights organizations were not supportive either, such as the Human Rights Campaign, which argued that the policy's exclusion of transgender individuals rendered the ordinance not worth defending.
Republican Matt Shaheen represents Texas House District 66, and Republican Jeff Leach has represented Texas House District 67 since 2013. Republican Angela Paxton represents Texas Senate District 8.
There are 70 public schools, 16 private schools, and two campuses of the Collin County Community College District (Collin College).
Primary and secondary schools
The Plano Independent School District serves most of the city. Student enrollment has increased dramatically over the past few decades. Plano has a unique high school system, in which grades 9-10 attend a high school and grades 11-12 attend a senior high. There are three senior high schools (grades 11–12) in PISD; Plano East, Plano, and Plano West. In Newsweek's 2012 list of best national high schools, Plano West was ranked as 22nd (#1 in Texas), Plano Senior as 108th, and Plano East as 243rd. Small portions of Plano are served by the Lewisville Independent School District, Frisco Independent School District, and Allen Independent School District (Commercial Only for Allen ISD).
Plano schools graduate more of their students than comparable districts. In 2010, 93% of Plano Independent Student District students graduated from high school, 18 percentage points higher than Dallas ISD's rate. In 2012, Plano Independent School District announced that 128 seniors were selected as National Merit Semifinalists.
Plano has given $1.2 billion in property tax revenue to other school districts through the Texas "Robin Hood" law, which requires school districts that are designated as affluent to give a percentage of their property tax revenue to other districts outside of the county. In 2008, PISD gave $86 million. Controversy erupted when the salaries of teachers in less affluent districts—such as Garland ISD—exceeded the salaries of teachers in districts that had to pay into "Robin Hood".
In the 2013–14 school year, Plano ISD has opened two 4-year high school Academies, one focusing on STEAM (STEM education plus Media Arts) called Plano ISD Academy High School, and the other on health science. Additionally, the district has modified its existing International Baccalaureate program to allow freshman and sophomores in the program to be housed at Plano East Senior High School.
In addition to Catholic primary and middle schools, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas operates John Paul II High School in Plano. Non-Catholic private schools in Plano include Great Lakes Academy, Spring Creek Academy, Yorktown Education, and Prestonwood Christian Academy. In addition, the Collin County campus of Coram Deo Academy is in the One Church (previously Four Corners Church) facility in Plano.
Colleges and universities
Plano is the home to two campuses of Collin College, one at the Courtyard Center on Preston Park Boulevard and the larger Spring Creek Campus on Spring Creek Parkway at Jupiter. DBU North, a satellite campus of Dallas Baptist University, is in west Plano, and offers undergraduate and graduate courses and houses the admissions and academic counseling offices.
Plano is one of 12 suburbs of Dallas that opt into the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) public transportation system. During most of its membership in DART, Plano was lightly served by bus lines, but in 2002, the Red Line of the DART Light Rail project opened stations in Downtown Plano and at Parker Road, which provide access to commuters traveling to work elsewhere in the Dallas area. The Orange Line traverses the same route for selected weekday/peak hour trips. The Silver Line is also planned to run through Southern Plano. Approximately 1% of the city's population uses DART. The Parker Road station charged for parking for non-member city residents from April 2, 2012 – April 3, 2014 as a part of the Fair Share Parking initiative. Two DART park-and-ride bus facilities, separate from the rail lines, are within Plano: Jack Hatchell Transit Center and Northwest Plano Park & Ride.
Plano was the first city in Collin County to adopt a master plan for its road system. The use of multi-lane, divided highways for all major roads allows for higher speed limits, generally 40 mph (64 km/h), but sometimes up to 55 mph (89 km/h) on the northern section of Preston Road. Plano is served directly by several major roadways and freeways. Central Plano is bordered to the east by U.S. Highway 75, the west by Dallas North Tollway, the south by President George Bush Turnpike (Texas State Highway 190 (east of Coit Road)), and the north by Sam Rayburn Tollway (Texas State Highway 121). Preston Road (Texas State Highway 289) is a major thoroughfare that runs through the city. Plano is the largest city in Texas without an Interstate Highway.
Plano opened a new interchange at Parker Rd. and U.S. 75 in December 2010. The single-point interchange is the first of its kind in Texas. The design is intended to reduce severe congestion at this interchange. According to reports traffic congestion has been reduced 50-75%.
Plano is roughly 30 miles northeast of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport; it is the primary airport serving Plano residents and visitors.
The Plano Police Department is an accredited agency and is the principal law enforcement agency serving Plano. The department is led by Police Chief Ed Drain. The Plano Police Department has authorized staff of 414 sworn Officers, 178 full-time civilian employees, and 79 civilian part-time employees. The department is a member of the North Texas Crime Commission and uses the Crime Stoppers program.
In 2010 and 2011, Forbes.com ranked Plano the "Safest City in America" for cities with populations over 250,000. Plano is consistently recognized and awarded by the National Association of Town Watch (National Night Out Awards), the National Sheriff's Association, and the U.S. Department of Justice for "Excellence in Neighborhood Watch".
- 10 elevated towers
- 12 ground storage tanks
- 54.5 million-gallon water storage capacity
- 5 pump stations
- 225 million-gallon daily pumping capacity
- 1,080 miles of water mains
- 65,965 metered service connections
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- Jeran Akers, politician
- Anousheh Ansari, engineer and co-founder and chairwoman of Prodea Systems
- Bryn Apprill, voice actress affiliated with Funimation
- Lance Armstrong, former professional cyclist
- Jake Arrieta, Cy Young Award-winning pitcher for 2016 World Series champion Chicago Cubs, Plano East alumnus
- Laura Bailey, voice actress
- Alyssa Baumann, gymnast
- Andrew Beal, founder and chairman of Beal Bank
- Justin Blalock, offensive tackle for Atlanta Falcons
- Spencer Boldman, actor, played Adam (a bionic superhero with super strength) on Disney XD original series Lab Rats
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- Matt Borne, an professional wrestler
- Lauri Bonacorsi, ice dancer
- Kyle Bosworth, NFL player, Jacksonville Jaguars
- Edward Boyden, neuroscientist
- Christopher "Big Black" Boykin, TV Host
- Charlie Bradshaw, American football offensive tackle
- Cody Bragg, former soccer defender
- Jake Brendel, NFL player, Miami Dolphins
- Rebecca Bross, gymnast
- Bob Bruce, former professional baseball pitcher
- James Buescher, former professional stock car racing driver
- Carl Bussey, soccer player
- Marion Campbell, an American football defensive lineman and head coach
- Rex Burkhead, NFL player, New England Patriots
- Danny Cater, former professional baseball player
- Caesar Cervin, soccer forward and coach
- Eve Chalom, a former competitive ice dancer who trained in Plano in the 1990s
- Andrew Chandler, actor
- Karen Chau, artist, showrunner, and Disney executive
- Jay Chern, director
- Arden Cho, actress
- T. J. Cline (born 1994), American-Israeli basketball player
- Blake Coleman, hockey player
- Comer Cottrell, founder Pro-Line Corp. America's largest black cosmetics business
- Fred Couples, professional golfer, formerly lived in Plano
- Chace Crawford, actor
- Tyler Davis basketball player
- Christopher Dean, a British retired competitive ice dancer who coached in Plano in the 1990s
- Chad Deering, former soccer player
- Rob Dickerman, renowned spinal surgeon
- Robert Dodd, former professional baseball pitcher
- Kenton Duty, actor; played Gunther Hessenheffer on Disney Channel original series Shake It Up!
- Phil Dyer, politician
- Arlo Eisenberg, street skating pioneer
- Pat Evans, politician
- Tyler Ewing, composer
- Connor Fields, professional BMX racer
- Keith Flowers, football player
- Karith Foster, comedian
- Alyson Fox, illustrator
- Ben Fricke, American football center
- Kirsten Frisch, ice dancer
- Anson Funderburgh, blues guitarplayer and bandleader of Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets
- Nick Garcia former soccer player
- Mathew Gates, a British-American former competitive ice dancer who trained in Plano in the 1990s
- Gene Gibson, basketball coach
- Mónica González, soccer player
- Amber Glenn, figure skater
- Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church
- C. H. Greenblatt, creator of the TV animated series Chowder (TV series); writer for the TV animated show SpongeBob SquarePants.
- Bob Guccione, publisher of Penthouse
- Kerri Hanks, soccer forward
- Cody Hanson, musician and songwriter
- Dick Haugland, biomedical researcher
- Brad Hawkins, actor who starred on VR Troopers; country singer and martial artist
- Sara Payne Hayden, female test pilot
- Fred E. Haynes Jr., Marine Corps General
- Marques Haynes, former professional basketball player
- Mark "Haz" Hazinski, professional table tennis athlete
- Lorraine Heath, author
- George H. Heilmeier, inventor of liquid crystal displays
- John Herrington, retired astronaut
- John Benjamin Hickey, actor
- Sam Honaker, former American football quarterback and consul general to Turkey
- Elise Hu, broadcast journalist who hosts the TED Talks Daily podcast
- Rashad Hussain, Associate White House Counsel and diplomat
- Michael Irvin, player for Dallas Cowboys, inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame
- Casey James, singer and American Idol contestant
- Stephen H. Jecko, Episcopal bishop
- Sam Johnson, former congressman and P.O.W. cellmate of John McCain
- Hunter Jumper, soccer player
- Stephen Katz, TV screenwriter
- Marklen Kennedy, actor
- Gerald Ketchum, Antarctic explorer
- Jimmy King, basketball player, University of Michigan and NBA
- Madison Kocian, gymnast
- Harry LaRosiliere, politician
- Muhammed Lawal, wrestler
- John Leake, NFL player, Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers
- Jeff Leach, politician
- Brad Leland, actor
- Ruifeng Li, chess grandmaster
- Will Licon, American Record-holder in the 200-yard breaststroke
- Per Lindstrand, a Swedish aeronautical engineer, pilot, adventurer and entrepreneur who set a new world altitude record for hot-air balloons on 6 June 1988 ascending from Plano
- Valeri Liukin, gymnastics coach
- Nastia Liukin, gymnastics, 5-time Olympic medalist including all-around gold and nine-time world medalist
- John S. Loisel, World War II fighter ace
- Bronko Lubich, wrestler
- D'Anton Lynn, former American football cornerback
- Merlyn Mantle, author and widow of New York Yankees outfielder Mickey Mantle
- Yevgeny Marchenko, gymnastics coach
- Warren Maxwell, a British retired competitive ice dancer who coached in Plano in the 1990s
- Harold Mayo, former American football coach
- Kevin McCarthy, famed Texas radio broadcaster
- Molly McClure, actress
- Glenn McCuen, actor and gymnast
- Kenny McEntyre, former American football defensive back
- Kevin McHale, actor on TV series Glee, singer
- Billy McKinney, Major League Baseball outfielder
- Scott Mechlowicz, actor
- Doug Mellard, stand-up comedian
- Adam Miller, an professional baseball pitcher
- Robert J. Morris, founder of the now-defunct University of Plano
- Asif Mujtaba, former Pakistani cricketer and founder of the Dallas Youth Cricket League
- Kevin Murphy, American football linebacker
- William Murrah, professional football player
- Takudzwa Ngwenya, former rugby player
- Cody Nickson, TV personality
- Otho Nitcholas, former professional baseball pitcher and first city Chief of Police
- Joseph Noteboom, American football guard
- Stefan Noesen, NHL player
- Katelyn Ohashi, gymnast
- Toben Opurum, American football fullback
- Hunter Parrish, actor
- James Parrish, American football offensive tackle
- Keaton Parks, soccer player
- Candice Patton, actress, played Iris West on CW's The Flash
- Drew Pearson, former American football wide receiver
- Charlie Peprah, NFL safety, Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers
- Ross Perot, founder Perot Systems
- Christopher Pettiet, actor
- Billy Phillips, former U.S. soccer goalkeeper
- Paige Pierce, professional disc golfer, five-time PDGA World Champion
- Patrice Pike, singer
- Jordan Pugh, former American football safety
- Penny Ramsey, contestant on Survivor: Thailand
- John Henry Rasor, pioneer, cotton farmer, and namesake of many Plano locations
- Julius Randle, NBA basketball player, New York Knicks
- Greg Ray, a former IRL IndyCar Series driver
- Alex Reid, singer
- Alan Reuber, American football offensive tackle
- Stephen Rippy, composer
- Keenan Robinson, former American football linebacker
- Devorah Rose, Editor-in-Chief of Social Life Magazine, television personality, and entrepreneur
- Cameron Rupp, professional baseball catcher
- Rusty Russell, American football coach
- Chris Sampson, former professional baseball pitcher
- Boz Scaggs, musician and recording artist
- Bill Sefton, pole vaulter
- Meenakshi Seshadri, former Bollywood actress
- Howie Shannon, basketball player and coach
- Florence Shapiro, Republican member of Texas Senate, known for sponsoring "Ashley's Laws"
- Charlie Shepard, Canadian football running back
- Joseph W. Shepard, pioneer, horse and mule breeder, and namesake of many Plano locations
- Abby Smith, soccer player
- Billy Ray Smith Jr., NFL player, San Diego Chargers
- Brian J. Smith, actor
- Lyon Sprague de Camp, fantasy writer
- Matt Shaheen, Republican member of Texas House of Representatives from Plano; former Collin County precinct commissioner
- Barbara Staff, co-chairman of 1976 Ronald Reagan Texas presidential primary campaign.
- Russell A. Steindam, Medal of Honor Recipient
- Jonathan Stickland, member of Texas House of Representatives from Tarrant County; born in Plano in 1983
- Tyson Sullivan, actor
- Jordan Tata, former professional baseball pitcher
- Terry Tausch, professional football Guard
- Van Taylor, Republican state senator from Plano; former state representative; Iraq War officer
- George Teague, former American football safety
- Pat Thomas, former American football defensive back
- T.J. Thyne, actor, played Dr. Jack Hodgins, an entomologist, in TV series Bones
- Austin Bennett Tice journalist kidnapped while reporting in Syria
- Travis Tope, actor 
- Alan Tudyk, actor
- Mark Tuinei, former American football offensive tackle
- Michael Urie, actor, played Marc St. James in TV series Ugly Betty
- Grant Van De Casteele, soccer player
- Vickiel Vaughn, American football safety
- Chris Valletta, co-founder of Mission, a consumer products company, and a contestant on The Apprentice
- Michael Viscardi, mathematician
- Terrence Wheatley, former football cornerback
- G. Clifton Wisler, historical novelist
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