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Plano is a northern suburb of Dallas, Texas located in Collin County, Texas. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 222,030. Plano is the home to many corporate headquarters, including Beal Financial Corporation, Dr Pepper, Electronic Data Systems, Frito Lay and JCPenney.

Plano geography

Plano is located at 33°3'1" North, 96°44'45" West (33.050374, -96.745935).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 185.5 km² (71.6 mi²). 185.4 km² (71.6 mi²) of it is land and 0.2 km² (0.1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.08% water.

Plano history

In the early 1840s, several settlers came to the area around Plano. Several nearby facilities including a sawmill, gristmill and a store brought more people to the area. Mail service was established and after rejecting several names for the budding town (including naming it in honor of then-President Millard Fillmore), the locals suggested the name "Plano," which is Spanish for "plain," a reference to the terrain of the area. The name was accepted by the Post Office and Plano was born.

In 1872, the completion of the Houston and Texas Railroad helped to grow the city, increasing the population to more than 500 by 1874. In 1873, the city officially incorporated.

In 1881, a fire raged through the central business district, destroying most of the buildings: 51 in all. However, the town rebuilt itself and business again flourished through the 1880s.

Unlike many of the other Dallas suburbs, which were closer to Dallas itself, the population of Plano initially grew slowly, reaching 1,304 in 1900 and increasing to 3,695 in 1960. By 1970, however, Plano began to feel some of the boom its neighbors experienced following World War II. A series of public works projects and a change in taxes that removed the farming community from the town helped to increase the overall population of Plano. In 1970, the population reached 17,872 and by 1980, the population had exploded to 72,000 people.

During the 1980s, many large corporations moved their headquarters to Plano, including JCPenney and Frito-Lay, which helped to further grow the city as more people desired to move closer to where they worked. By 1990, the population had reached 128,713 and now dwarfed the county seat of McKinney.

By 2000, the population nearly doubled again to 222,030, making it one of the largest suburbs in the Dallas area. However, the area's suburban sprawl has pushed beyond Plano and the city is currently undergoing a "leveling out" of population.

Plano is the home to two campuses of the Collin County Community College District, one at the Courtyard Center on Preston Park Boulevard and the larger Spring Creek Campus on Spring Creek Parkway at Jupiter.

Six-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong is a Plano native, as well as Scott Carpenter, one of the original Mercury 7 Astronauts.

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