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Frisco, Texas
City of Frisco
George A. Purefoy Municipal Center at Frisco Square
George A. Purefoy Municipal Center at Frisco Square
Flag of Frisco, Texas
Flag
Coat of arms of Frisco, Texas
Coat of arms
Location of Frisco in Collin County, Texas
Location of Frisco in Collin County, Texas
Coordinates: 33°8′29″N 96°48′47″W / 33.14139°N 96.81306°W / 33.14139; -96.81306Coordinates: 33°8′29″N 96°48′47″W / 33.14139°N 96.81306°W / 33.14139; -96.81306
Country United States
State Texas
Counties Collin, Denton
Government
 • Type Council–manager
Area
 • Total 69.19 sq mi (179.21 km2)
 • Land 68.64 sq mi (177.77 km2)
 • Water 0.56 sq mi (1.44 km2)
Elevation
774 ft (236 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 207,748
 • Density 2,920.98/sq mi (1,127.79/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
75033-75036, 75068, 75071
Area code(s) 972 / 469 / 214
FIPS code 48-27684
GNIS feature ID 1336263

Frisco is a city in Collin and Denton counties in the U.S. state of Texas. It is part of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex and is about 25 miles (40 km) from both Dallas Love Field and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The city population was 116,989 at the 2010 census, with the 2020 census placing it at a population of 207,748.

Frisco was the fastest-growing city in the United States in 2017, and also the fastest-growing city in the nation from 2000 to 2009. In the late 1990s, the northern DFW suburban development tide hit the northern border of Plano and spilled into Frisco, sparking rapid growth into the 2000s. Like many of the cities in the northern suburbs of Dallas, Frisco serves as a bedroom community for professionals who work in DFW. Since 2003, Frisco has received the designation Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation. Frisco Independent School District, the local school district, is known for exceptional performance among its students.

History

When the Dallas area was being settled by American pioneers, many of the settlers traveled by wagon trains along the old Shawnee Trail. This trail was also used for cattle drives north from Austin. This trail later became the Preston Trail, and later, Preston Road. Preston Road is one of the oldest north-south roads in all of Texas. With all of this activity, the community of Lebanon was founded along this trail and granted a U.S. post office in 1860. In 1902, a line of the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway was being built through the area, and periodic watering stops were needed along the route for the steam locomotives. The current settlement of Lebanon was on the Preston Ridge and was thus too high in elevation, so the watering stop was placed about four miles (6 km) to the west on lower ground. A community grew around this train stop. Residents of Lebanon actually moved their houses to the new community on logs. The new town was originally named Emerson, but that name was rejected by the U.S. Postal Service as being too similar to another town in Texas. In 1904, the residents chose Frisco City in honor of the St. Louis–San Francisco Railway on which the town was founded, later shortened to its present name.

Geography

Frisco is located in western Collin County and eastern Denton County at 33°08′29″N 96°48′47″W / 33.141263°N 96.813120°W / 33.141263; -96.813120 (33.141263, -96.813120).

Climate

Frisco is part of the humid subtropical region. It gets 39 inches of rain per year. On average, there are 230 sunny days per year in the city. The July high is around 96 degrees. The January low is 33 degrees. The comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 25 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 62.4 square miles (161.6 km2), of which 61.8 square miles (160.1 km2) is land and 0.58 square miles (1.5 km2), or 0.92%, is water.

Major highways

  • Dallas North Tollway (Service Road is Dallas Parkway)
  • Sam Rayburn Tollway (Service Road is SH 121)
  • SH 289 (Preston Road)
  • US 380 (University Drive)
  • Texas_State_Highway_28

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 332
1920 733 120.8%
1930 618 −15.7%
1940 670 8.4%
1950 736 9.9%
1960 1,184 60.9%
1970 1,845 55.8%
1980 3,420 85.4%
1990 6,138 79.5%
2000 33,714 449.3%
2010 116,989 247.0%
2020 207,748 77.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

At the 2010 census, 116,989 people were living in Frisco, up from the previous census in 2000, with 33,714 people. In 2020, its population grew to 207,748.

Among the population, the 2019 American Community Survey estimated 51.9% were non-Hispanic or Latino white, 8.4% Black or African American, 0.2% American Indian and Alaska Native, 26.0% Asian alone, 0.1% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 2.7% two or more races, and 10.7% Hispanic and Latino American of any race. In 2010, the racial makeup was 75.0% White (67.2% non-Hispanic White), 8.1% Black or African American, 0.5% American Indian or Alaska Native, 10.0% Asian, 3.3% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 12.1% of the population.

In 2000, 12,065 households, and 9,652 families resided in the city. The population density was 482.4 people per square mile (186.3/km2). The 13,683 housing units averaged 195.8 permi2 (75.6/km2).

By 2010, 42,306 housing units, 39,901 households, and 31,226 families were in the city; 62% were on the Collin County side and 38% in Denton County.

About 67% of households were married couples living together, 8.1% had a single householder with no spouse present, and 21.7% were not families. Around 17.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 2.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.93, and the average family size was 3.35; 51.7% of households had children under the age of 18 living with them.

The age distribution was 33.3% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 13.9% from 25 to 34, 22.5% from 35 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 5.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33.9 years.

According to a 2010 American Community Survey estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $100,868, the median income for a family was $109,086. The per capita income for the city was $38,048. About 2.2% of families and 5.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.5% of those under age 18 and 2.4% of those age 65 or over. The median price for a new home was $252,000. By 2019, its median income grew to $116,884.

Recreation

Frisco has built the Frisco Athletic Center that features 18,000 square feet (1,700 m2) of indoor aquatics elements and about 40,000 square feet (3,700 m2) of outdoor aquatic features. Some area residents refer to this as the "Rec Center" or "F.A.C." It features upscale exercise equipment, as well as group exercise classes.

Economy

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Interior of Stonebriar Centre

Frisco has many retail properties, including Stonebriar Centre (opened August 2000), a 165-store regional mall, IKEA (opened 2005), a furniture store with an area of 28,800 m2 (310,000 sq ft), and The Star, the headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys (opened 2017). Retail establishments and restaurants line Preston Road, one of the major north–south traffic arteries in the city.

Frisco took a different economic track than many surrounding cities, and elected to use a fractional percent of local sales tax to fund the Frisco Economic Development Corporation (FEDC) rather than Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), the regional transportation body. The effectiveness of the FEDC, whose primary purpose is to reallocate such tax dollars to commercial ventures, is a matter of public debate.

Frisco Square, a mixed-use development, became the new downtown along with the city hall. Frisco Square has about 250 rental residential units, seven restaurants, about 40,000 square feet (3,700 m2) of commercial office space, and a few personal-service locations. The major development in the project is the new city hall and main library and a public commons. A Cinemark theater opened in December 2010. In 2012, a hospital, Medical City Plano-Frisco, was built north of the theater.

Major employers

The top employers in Frisco:

No. Employer No. of employees
1 Frisco Independent School District 6,970
2 City of Frisco 1,508
3 Amerisource Bergen Specialty Group 1,450
4 Conifer Health Solutions 1,150
5 T-Mobile USA 760
6 Baylor Medical Center of Frisco 642
7 Mario Sinacola & Sons Excavating 603
8 Oracle Corporation 500
9 Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Centennial 490
10 Collin College 429

Education

Primary and secondary

Most of Frisco is within the Frisco Independent School District (Frisco ISD), with some parts of the city extending into the Lewisville Independent School District, Little Elm Independent School District, and Prosper Independent School District. Lewisville ISD and Prosper ISD each have one elementary school in Frisco, while all other public schools within the city limits are Frisco ISD schools. (Prosper ISD will open a middle school in Frisco in 2019 and a high school in 2020.)

Frisco ISD has 10 high schools, 17 middle schools and 42 elementary schools. Most of Frisco ISD schools are within the Frisco city limits, but some are located in adjacent suburbs, such as Plano. All Frisco high schools compete in UIL Class 5A.

The Frisco ISD Early Childhood School is available for children ages three and four who meet eligibility requirements for Headstart, Prekindergarten, or Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities.

Frisco also has the Frisco ISD Career and Technical Education Center, a building in which students from high schools can experience and try different careers, from veterinary work to advertising, and graphic design.

Higher

The Texas Legislature designated Collin College as the community college for the municipality of Frisco as well as all of Collin County. The Preston Ridge campus of the community college district opened on Wade Boulevard in Frisco in August 1995.

Amberton University has a local campus on Parkwood Boulevard north of Warren Parkway.

In 2008, Frisco ISD opened the Career and Technology Education Center.

The University of Dallas has moved its Carrollton campus to Frisco.

UT Arlington has a professional MBA campus in Frisco.

University of North Texas core MBA courses can be taken at the Frisco campus.

Sports

Frisco is home to several sporting venues, many major sports teams headquarters, and an NCAA Division I conference headquarters. In April 2011, Men's Journal named Frisco the Best Place to Raise an Athlete.

Venues

Ford Center at the Star
Ford Center at the Star, the Dallas Cowboys' practice facility which has also been home to Frisco ISD football games, the Texas Revolution, and the Dallas Rattlers

Frisco is home to a variety of sporting venues.

The Ford Center at the Star is a 12,000-seat indoor stadium, opened in 2015. The 91-acre Dallas Cowboys project "The Star" includes the team's headquarters and training facilities, including the Ford Center, where the Dallas Cowboys practice, and Frisco ISD high school teams practice and play on a rotating basis. It is on the corner of the N. Dallas Tollway and Warren Parkway. Multiple professional teams have made their home at the Ford Center, including the Texas Revolution of Champions Indoor Football and the Dallas Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse.

Riders Field, a 10,316-seat baseball stadium, hosted its first baseball game on April 3, 2003. It was named the best new ballpark that year by BaseballParks.com, and received the 2003 Texas Construction award for Best Architectural Design.

Toyota Stadium, which was opened August 6, 2005, as "Pizza Hut Park", is a 20,500-seat stadium. It is primarily used as a soccer stadium by FC Dallas, but also hosts concerts, local high school and college football games, including the NCAA Division I-AA (FCS) college football championship starting in 2010 and the NCAA Division I (FBS) Frisco Bowl starting in 2017.

The Comerica Center (formerly Dr Pepper Arena), a combination hockey and basketball venue, is the current home of the Texas Legends of the NBA G League and the Frisco Fighters of the Indoor Football League, and a practice facility for the Dallas Stars of the NHL.

Football

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The inaugural home opener of the Frisco Fighters at the Comerica Center.

The Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL) moved their corporate headquarters to "The Star" in Frisco in time for the 2016 NFL football season; the complex opened in June 2016. Built in partnership with Frisco ISD, which contributed $30 million to building the Ford Center at the Star in lieu of building a dedicated third football stadium, Frisco ISD has held high school football games at the Ford Center since its opening in August 2016.

Multiple professional indoor football teams have previously been based in Frisco, including the Frisco Thunder of the Intense Football League and the Texas Revolution of Champions Indoor Football.

In 2020 a new Indoor Football League expansion franchise, the Frisco Fighters, debuted with home games to be played at Comerica Center. After the Fighters' 2020 season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team played its inaugural home opener on June 5, 2021. In their first year of operation, the Fighters clinched a playoff berth, advancing as far as the IFL semifinal game against the eventual 2021 United Bowl champion Massachusetts Pirates.

Hockey

The Dallas Stars National Hockey League team is headquartered in Frisco, and the team practices at the Comerica Center.

The Texas Tornado of the North American Hockey League had been based in Frisco since the fall of 2003, and shortly afterward the league moved its main offices to Frisco. In the 2013 off-season, the Texas Tornado relocated to North Richland Hills, Texas. The league relocated their offices in 2018.

Soccer

FC Dallas (formerly the Dallas Burn), a Major League Soccer team, moved their home to Pizza Hut Park (now Toyota Stadium) at the corner of the Dallas North Tollway and Main Street in Frisco in August 2005. A major international youth soccer tournament, the Dallas Cup, is hosted in Frisco each year and draws teams from around the world.

The National Soccer Hall of Fame is co-located with Toyota Stadium.

Baseball

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The main entrance of Riders Field

The Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Texas Rangers in the Double-A Central, play in Frisco at Riders Field.

Basketball

The Texas Legends, affiliated with the Dallas Mavericks, are members of the NBA G League and play at Comerica Center.

Lacrosse

On November 16, 2017, Major League Lacrosse announced it would be moving the Rochester Rattlers franchise to The Ford Center at the Star in Frisco for the 2018 season as the Dallas Rattlers. The Rattlers folded after the 2019 season.

NCAA

The Southland Conference, an NCAA Division I athletics organization, relocated its headquarters to Frisco in 2006. On February 26, 2010, Pizza Hut Park (now called Toyota Stadium) in Frisco was announced to become the host of the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly NCAA Division I-AA) championship game, formerly held in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Huntington, West Virginia. The first matchup, hosted by the Southland Conference, was played January 7, 2011.

Others

Frisco also has an Olympic-sized, state-of-the-art natatorium. The Frisco Baseball and Softball Association has been in action since its establishment in 1984. The Frisco Football League is an organized recreational league that allows children to play football before entering football in the school district. The Flagfootball4fun Flag Football League (FF4FUN) is an organized recreational youth flag football league that is the largest NFL flag football program in Frisco. Cycling is a popular pastime in Frisco and is supported by the city as noted on its website Bike Safety | Frisco, TX - Official Website

The sports entertainment conglomerate Dude Perfect is located in Frisco.

Infrastructure

Major highways

  • Dallas North Tollway (Service Road is Dallas Parkway)
  • Sam Rayburn Tollway (Service Road is SH 121)
  • SH 289 (Preston Road)
  • US 380 (University Drive)
  • FM 423 (U.S. Army Sergeant Enrique Mondragon Memorial Highway)

Notable people

Politicians

Entertainers, artists, and celebrities

  • Courtney Gibbs, Miss Texas USA 1988 and Miss USA 1988
  • Cheyenne Kimball, a former Gloriana band member
  • King Diamond, Danish heavy metal musician and vocalist of Mercyful Fate
  • Maelyn Jarmon, winner of the 16th season of The Voice

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