You may think of Plano as Dallas’ biggest suburb, but it’s so much more than that. Consider that:

1) Plano is the ninth-largest city in Texas, coming in behind Corpus Christi (No. 8) and ahead of Laredo (No. 10) and maintains one of the best operating efficiencies among cities its size in the region.

2) Thirteen corporations have made their bases in Plano, including Alliance DataCinemark TheatresDell ServicesDr Pepper Snapple GroupEricsson,Frito-LayHP Enterprise ServicesHuaweiJ. C. PenneyPizza HutRent-A-CenterTraxxas, and Siemens PLM Software.

3) Plano has one of the top-rated school districts in the state, with 94 percent of graduates pursuing higher education, and all three Plano ISD high schools made Newsweek’s 2012 list of best schools in America.

That’s a lot to boast about, right? And these three reasons are why Plano’s population has grown more than 500 percent since 1970, with more than 269,776 residents inside the city limits. And with housing options ranging from condos near Plano’s downtown square to million-dollar-plus mansions, Plano remains an attractive option for just about anyone.

The median income of Plano households is $80,184, almost twice the state average, and the median home value in this diverse suburb is $219,900 — more than $100,000 above the state’s median value. Truly, this is a prosperous suburb that has maintained levels of quality housing despite the ups and downs of the economy.

The single-family home market in Plano is hot, and getting hotter, with prices on the rise like never before. We can see why, considering that new and established neighborhoods have great selections of amazing homes, and with the amenities and schools, these properties are proven to retain their value.

Plano is a shopping destination, too, with major shopping centers including the Shops at Willow Bend, Legacy Town Center, and Collin Creek Mall. Legacy Town Center and Willow Bend are hot spots for luxury retailers and restaurants, too.

It’s also an extremely mobile city, with access to two major north-south thoroughfares (Dallas North Tollway and Highway 75), as well as the President George Bush Turnpike and State Highway 121 for east-west traffic. Plano is also a DART member city with two light rail stations — one in downtown Plano and one at Parker Road.

Not only that, but the quality of the city’s residents speaks volumes about the city itself. Of people who live in Plano, the highest proportions work in professional, scientific, and technical service industries. Accounting and finance professionals are the most common occupations among the city’s residents.

Thinking about making a move to Plano? Consult the experts in the area at Vivo Realty.