Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Plano named best city for families. Also: sexy, safe, bikeable and boring

Plano, Land of 1,000 Business Parks, has most recently
been named the No. 1 city for families.
Chalk up another win for suburbia, I suppose. Plano has been ranked the No. 1 city for families by social network site WalletHub.

The Toyota-luring suburb of Big D beat out the likes of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Overland Park, Kansas, and Fremont, California, which were second, third and fourth, respectively.

WalletHub ranked the 150 largest cities based on 31 key factors including availability of quality jobs, school systems, crime rate, housing costs, health care systems and parks. (Apparently tree count was not a category.)

Plano beat out these other Texas family friendly cities that also made the top 25: Amarillo (10), Austin (12), Grand Prairie (15), Fort Worth (16), Irving (23), and Garland (25).

Judging by the rankings, Plano (where I reside and raise my daughters, btw) is boring but safe, bikeable and, yes, sexy. Quite the combination. Planoites, Planoers, Planoidians — whatever we are — eat more fast food per capita than anywhere in the nation, but I guess we burn it off biking because, hey, did I mention we're pretty darn sexy?

See for yourself how Plano fared in other recent national rankings:

Bill Hethcock- Dallas Business Journal