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38. Frisco, TX
Sculptures at the center of Preston Ridge
Top 100 rank: 38
Population: 80,400
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First established as a watering hole for steam engines along the St. Louis - San Francisco Railway in 1902, the northern suburb of Dallas maintains its small-town charm even as it has grown into a retail mecca. Premier shopping includes a 165-store mall with an ice rink and carousel and an Ikea.

And although the rapid growth and development have resulted in road expansions and traffic jams, families enjoy Frisco's amenities, which include rooting for the Frisco RoughRider Double-A baseball team and the FC Dallas major league soccer team. Schools here are outstanding.

Median family income
(per year)
$108,097 $93,313
Family purchasing power
(annual, cost-of-living adjusted)
$112,018 $84,802
Sales tax 8.25% 6.60%
State income tax rate
(highest bracket)
N.A. 5.22%
State income tax rate
(lowest bracket)
N.A. 2.42%
Auto insurance premiums
(Average price quotes, for the state)
$1,710 $1,854
Job growth %
116.65% 18.60%
Median home price $289,940 $293,712
Average property taxes
$5,068 $4,072
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Colleges, universities and
professional schools (within 30 miles)
21 40
Junior colleges and
technical institutes (within 30 miles)
21 20
Test scores reading
(% above/below state average)
11.8% 17.3%
Test scores math
(% above/below average)
22.7% 16.6%
% students attending public/private
schools (located within town limits)
94.7/5.3 89.5/10.5
Air quality index*
(% of days AQI ranked as good)
88.3% 76.0%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1 2
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 39 25
Median commute time
(in minutes)
30.7 23.0
% population with commute
45 mins. or longer
26.8% 15.8%
% population walk or bike to work 1.4% 3.0%
Movie theaters
(within 15 miles)
61 51
(within 15 miles)
4,019 4,141
(within 15 miles)
149 338
Public golf courses
(within 30 miles)
254 242
(within 15 miles)
43 90
Museums (accredited by AAM;
within 30 miles)
5 11
Ski resorts (within 100 miles) N.A. 13
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 0.2 1.5
Annual rainfall
40.46 36.31
% clear days in the area 37 30
High temp in July ° F 93.4° 87.8°
Low temp in Jan ° F 31.6° 22.9°
Has health plan
(% of residents)
88.0% 88.2%
Body mass index (avg. for residents) 26 27
Diabetes rates
(% of residents diagnosed)
6.6% 9.6%
Hypertension rates
(% of residents diagnosed)
20.6% 27.3%
Median age 31.4 36.0
Completed at least some college
(% of residents)
83.0% 73.6%
Married 74.3% 57.5%
Divorced 6.6% 8.3%
Racial diversity index
(100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity)
58.2 104.0
Amount spent on vacations
(domestic and foreign, household avg. per year)
$6,457 $8,012
From the August 2008 issue
* County data
** State data
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