NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHT: Frisco, TexasBy Melanie GreenFor renters looking for a family-oriented city just outside of Dallas, Frisco is around 30 miles to the north. It’s an easy commute away from the Dallas metro area, located in Denton and Collin Counties. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States and frequently recognized nationally as a great place to live. In 2018, MONEY Magazine listed Frisco as one of the 50 Best Places to Live.Frisco has a population of more than 183,000, as of September 2021. According to the United States Census Bureau, Frisco grew by 71.1% from 2010 to 2020. From the warm climate to the awesome recreation opportunities, there are many reasons why Frisco continues to be a popular place to live.Jobs in FriscoAs a part of the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex, many Fortune 500 companies maintain headquarters or other large office operations nearby, including Exxon Mobil, AT&T, Southwest Airlines, Texas Instruments and Jacobs Engineering. Jamba Juice is one of the most recognizable national subsidiaries located in Frisco. Some of the most significant job sectors in Frisco are healthcare, finance, and oil and gas. Frisco’s job outlook is expected to grow 55.7% over the next decade.Education in FriscoFrisco is home to some of the top-ranked schools in the state. The Frisco Independent School District operates 42 elementary schools, 17 middle schools and 11 high schools. Its student-toteacher ratio is 15 students to a teacher, which is lower than the average in Texas. Its four-year graduation rate is 98.8%. There are also post-secondary educational opportunities at the University of North Texas (UNT) New College at Frisco, Collin College, Collin County Community College and Amberton University.George A. Purefoy Municipal Center and Frisco SquarePhoto Credit: Michael BareraQuality of Life in FriscoFrisco is one of the safest places to live in the United States. In the 2021 edition of SmartAsset’s Safest Cities in America, Frisco is ranked second. It has one of the lowest rates of violent crime in the country. There are many highly desirable neighborhoods in Frisco with gated communities and luxury amenities.Shopping, Dining and Entertainment in FriscoFrisco MallPhoto Credit: David A. TribbleFrisco’s downtown area started a revitalization in 2018, bringing new homes, retailers, restaurants and attractions. Museum options in Frisco include the National Videogame Museum, the Museum of the American Railroad, KidZania USA and the Texas Sculpture Garden. Seven professional sports teams play or practice in Frisco. The Star is the training facility for the Dallas Cowboys.There are more than 9 million square feet of retail shopping space in Frisco and hundreds of delicious eateries, from Tex Mex to Burmese. Plus, there are 49 parks and 90-plus miles of hiking trails to explore.Cost of Living in FriscoFrisco, like the rest of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area, offers housing that is 24% lower than the national average. Compared to other large cities in the United States, it’s up to 50% lower. With lower costs for transportation and groceries, it’s easy to see how moving to Frisco is an af fordable choice.Other notable facts about Frisco include:• Before becoming incorporated as Frisco in 1908, its name was Emerson.• Despite its population density and suburban design, you can still see some wildlife in Frisco, including dozens of birds, armadillos and bobcats.• The city’s official website is FriscoTexas.gov.