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When the Dallas area was being settled by American pioneers, many of the settlers traveled by wagon trains along the Shawnee Trail. This trail became the Preston Trail, and later, Preston Road. With all of this activity, the community of Lebanon was founded along this trail, and was 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 too high in elevation, so the watering stop was placed about 4 miles (6 km) to the west on lower ground. A community grew around this train stop. Some residents of Lebanon actually moved their houses to the new community on logs. The new town was originally named Emerson, but the U.S. Postal Service rejected the name as being too similar to another town in Texas. In 1904, the town's residents chose "Frisco City" in honor of the St. LouisSan Francisco Railway. This name was later shortened to Frisco.
Later, in 1978, the first season of Dallas was filmed at Frisco's Cloyce Box Ranch (now the Brinkmann Ranch), where the house on site was used as the Ewing family home. This house burned down during renovations in 1987, and the steel skeleton of the house still stands on today's Brinkmann Ranch, now the largest family-owned estate in Frisco.
The distinctive Frisco coat of arms is based on the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway's logo.
Frisco is part of the humid subtropical region. It gets 39 inches of rain per year. On average, 230 days per year are sunny. The July high is 96°F. The January low is 33°F. 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 sq mi (161.6 km2), of which 160.1 km2 (61.8 sq mi) are land and 0.58 sq mi (1.5 km2), or 0.92%, is covered by water.
Census Pop. %±
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%
Est. 2019 200,490 71.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
As of the 2010 census, 116,989 people were living in Frisco, up from the previous census in 2000, with 33,714 people. 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 female householder with no husband 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.
As of 2014, Frisco, Texas was the second-fastest growing city in U.S. at 6.5% annually. In May 2017, the US Census Bureau reported that Frisco City, Texas, was the second-fastest growing city in the United States. It had a 6.2% growth rate between 2015 and 2016.
Interior of Stonebriar Centre
Frisco has many retail properties, including Stonebriar Centre (opened August 2000), a 165-store regional mall, and IKEA (opened 2005), a furniture store with an area of 28,800 m2 (310,000 sq ft) and 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 also built Frisco Square, a mixed-use development, which 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.
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
Arts and culture
Frisco hosts the Museum of the American Railroad, which is based out of the Frisco Heritage Museum while construction on a separate museum complex continues. The nearby Discovery Center features an art gallery, a black-box theater, and the National Videogame Museum.
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.
The main entrance of Dr Pepper Ballpark
Frisco is home to a variety of sporting venues. The Dr Pepper Ballpark, 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 home of the Texas Legends of the NBA G League and a practice facility for the Dallas Stars of the NHL. The Ford Center at the Star is a 12,000-seat indoor stadium, opened in 2015. It serves as the Dallas Cowboys' practice facility, host to high school sporting events, and home to the Dallas Rattlers.
Ford Center at the Star, which serves as Dallas Cowboys' practice facility
The Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL) moved their corporate headquarters to Frisco in time for the 2016 NFL football season; the complex opened in June 2016. The 91-acre Dallas Cowboys project "The Star" includes the team's headquarters and training facilities, one of which is the Ford Center, where Frisco ISD high schools and the Dallas Cowboys practice and occasionally play. It is on the corner of the N. Dallas Tollway and Warren Parkway.
The Texas Revolution of Champions Indoor Football began playing their home games at the Ford Center at the Star in 2019, but folded after three home games.
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.
National Soccer Hall of Fame
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.
The Texas League AA minor league baseball team Frisco RoughRiders, a minor league affiliate of the Texas Rangers, play in Frisco at Dr Pepper Ballpark.
The Texas Legends, affiliated with the Dallas Mavericks, are members of the NBA G League and play at Comerica Center.
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.
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 1-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.
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.
Parks and recreation
Frisco Discovery Center in June 2019
The Frisco Athletic Center 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. It features exercise equipment and group exercise classes.
Frisco is a "home rule" city. Frisco voters adopted its initial "home rule" charter in 1987. Frisco residents have voted to amend the charter three times since 1987:
May 2002, approved 19 propositions
May 2010, approved 14 propositions
In May 2014, the Charter Review Commission recommended an additional 14 propositions, but these were never placed on the ballots.
May 2019, approved 24 propositions amending the city charter
The form of government adopted by Frisco is the council-manager, which consists of a mayor and six city council members elected at-large and a city manager. Council members' duties include enacting local legislation (ordinances), adopting budgets, determining policies, and appointing the city manager.
According to the city's 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the city's various funds had $227.2 million in revenues, $184.4 million in expenditures, $1,647.0 million in total assets, $753.1 million in total liabilities, and $159.3 million in cash and investments.
The city of Frisco is a voluntary member of the North Central Texas Council of Governments, the purpose of which is to coordinate individual and collective local governments and facilitate regional solutions, eliminate unnecessary duplication, and enable joint decisions.
Dr. I. S. Rogers March 27, 1908 to April 4, 1911
E. D. Baccus April 4, 1911 to April 2, 1912
F. P. Shrader April 2, 1912 to April 4, 1916
E. D. Baccus April 4, 1916 to April 3, 1917
F. P. Shrader April 3, 1917 to May 8, 1920
Gus Stacy May 8, 1920 to October 5, 1921
R. W. Carpenter October 5, 1921 to April 4, 1922
F. P. Shrader April 4, 1922 to April 6, 1926
F. H. Anderson April 6, 1926 to April 26, 1927
F. P. Shrader April 26, 1927 to April 1, 1930
W. H. Clark April 1, 1930 to April 3, 1934
Dr. J. M. Ogle April 3, 1934 to April 5, 1938
J. F. Biggerstaff April 5, 1938 to April 4, 1944
William Watson April 4, 1944 to April 2, 1946
Sam Lane April 2, 1946 to April 6, 1948
R. K. Hollis April 6, 1948 to April 6, 1954
B. A. Staley April 6, 1954 to April 5, 1960
J. C. Grant April 5, 1960 to April 5, 1966
H. P. Bacchus April 5, 1966 to 1978
John Clanton April 1978 to April 1986
Randy Elliot April 1986 to February 1990 (resigned)
Bob Warren February 6, 1990 to 1996
Kathy Seei 1996 to 2002
Mike Simpson 2002 to 2008
Maher Maso 2008 2017
Jeff Cheney 2017present
Primary and secondary
[[File:Liberty-HS-Frisco-TX-9954.jpg|thumb|Frisco Liberty High School 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.
Collin College, 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.
Dallas North Tollway (Service Road is Dallas Parkway)
Sam Rayburn Tollway (Service Road is SH 121)
SH 289 (Preston Road)
US 380 (University Drive)
Jay Ajayi, National Football League running back (currently a free agent and formerly of the Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles)
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
Ben Bishop, professional ice hockey goaltender for the Dallas Stars
Maelyn Jarmon, winner of the 16th season of The Voice
All the members of Dude Perfect, the 12th most subscribed YouTube channel and second-most subscribed sports channel
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