Frisco, Texas

Frisco is a city in Collin and Denton counties in the 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,[3] with the 2020 census placing it at a population of 207,748.[4]

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
Coat of arms of Frisco, Texas
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
CountryUnited States
CountiesCollin, Denton
 • TypeCouncil–manager
 • City CouncilMayor Jeff Cheney

Shona Huffman
John Keating
Angelia Pelham
Dan Stricklin
Bill Woodard
Brian Livingston
 • City ManagerGeorge Purefoy
 • Total69.19 sq mi (179.21 km2)
 • Land68.64 sq mi (177.77 km2)
 • Water0.56 sq mi (1.44 km2)
774 ft (236 m)
 • Total207,748
 • Density2,920.98/sq mi (1,127.79/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
75033-75036, 75068, 75071
Area code(s)972 / 469 / 214
FIPS code48-27684
GNIS feature ID1336263[2]

Frisco was the fastest-growing city in the United States in 2017,[5] 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.


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. Louis–San 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 Snow Cone Lady is a local establishment opened in 1983. Since its opening, owner Mary Mathis has been serving cold treats to locals every summer.

The distinctive Frisco coat of arms is based on the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway's logo.


Frisco is situated in the DFW Metroplex, with sections in Denton and Collin Counties.


Frisco is part of the humid subtropical region. It gets 39 inches (990 mm) of precipitation per year. On average, 230 days per year are sunny. The July high is 96 °F (36 °C). The January low is 33 °F (1 °C). The comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 25 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable.[6]

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.[3]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the 2010 census,[8] 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,[9] 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,[10] 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.[11] In May 2017, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that Frisco was the second-fastest growing city in the United States. It had a 6.2% growth rate between 2015 and 2016.[12]


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.[13]

Major employersEdit

The top employers in Frisco:[6]

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 cultureEdit

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.[14]


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.[15] Multiple professional teams have made their home at the Ford Center, including the Texas Revolution of Champions Indoor Football[16][17] 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,[18] and received the 2003 Texas Construction award for Best Architectural Design.[19]

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.


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.[20]

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.[21] 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.[22]


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.


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.[23]


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.[18][19]


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.[24] 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 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.[25]


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 recreationEdit

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, basketball courts, and group exercise classes.[26][27]


Local governmentEdit

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
  • May 2019, approved 24 propositions

In May 2014, the Charter Review Commission recommended an additional 14 propositions, but these were never placed on the ballots.

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.[6]

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.

Frisco mayorsEdit

  • 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 – 2017–present


Primary and secondaryEdit

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[28] 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.[29]


The Texas Legislature designated Collin College as the community college for the municipality of Frisco as well as all of Collin County.[30] 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.


Major highwaysEdit

Notable peopleEdit


Entertainers, artists, and celebritiesEdit



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