Plano, a suburb of Dallas, Texas, is the perfect place to retire for those who enjoy easy access to music, art, historic districts, the beautiful outdoors, and so much more. For active adults who want to join an active, dynamic community, Plano is the location for you.
Climate & Geography
Plano is located in North Texas, resting in the blacklands prairie region. This region has tall grasslands devoted to agricultural use and a rich, dark soil unique to the ecoregion.
Residents experience humid subtropical climate with hot summers, mild winters, and comfortable autumns and springs. On average, 41 inches of rainfall occurs throughout the year.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
For shopping needs, residents can visit Legacy West, a 255-acre open-air center with unique restaurants and shops. Legacy Food Hall is one of the largest food halls in the country. With three stories, this 55,000 square-foot European-style food hall has food, breweries, live music, and entertainment.
For outdoor recreation in Plano, active adults have their pick of options, including Arbor Hills Nature Preserve and Oak Park Point. Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is a 200-acre park with walking, jogging, and other outdoor activities accompanied with scenic sunsets and lush greenery. Oak Point Park is a 800-acre preserve with several active trails for residents to run, bike, and walk. Those who enjoy water sports can also canoe.
Plano is a great location for retirees who enjoy different mediums of art. From public art to painting, photography, and more, the city is a center for diverse, vibrant art. Through the Historic Downtown Plano Arts District and ArtCentre of Plano, along with many organizations and venues, residents can experience events and exhibitions.
Courtyard Theatre, McCall Plaza, Amphitheater at Oak Point Park, and Cox Playhouse are various venues around the city that host plays, musicals, concerts, and recitals throughout the year. For advanced dancers or active adults looking to try something new, the Chamberlain School of Ballet offers a wide range of classes available to all ages.
Residents can find even more shopping, dining, and art in nearby Dallas, only a half-hour away.
Cost of Living & Taxes
In Texas, Social Security benefits and all other forms of retirement income are not taxed. Homeowners above the age of 65 are eligible for the homestead exemption when certain requirements are met.
There is an 8.25 percent sales tax in Plano.
The Dallas-Forth Worth metro area ranks in the top 40 communities in Gallup’s Well-Being Index
There are 10 hospitals within a 5-mile radius of Plano. Medical City Plano is considered high performing by U.S. News in gastroenterology and GI surgery and orthopedics.
Baylor Scott and White The Heart Hospital Plano is nationally ranked No. 27 in cardiology and heart surgery specialties. The hospital is considered high performing in cases of aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, lung cancer surgery, heart failure, and abdominal aortic aneurysm repair.