Plano, TX

This City was Ranked the Happiest in Texas

Ash Jurberg

Sunny Side Up: Discover the Texas City Voted as the Happiest Locale

What are the happiest cities in the United States? That was the question the researchers at the travel, sports, and fitness magazine Outside wanted to answer.

To determine this, they compared cities across five criteria, including "outdoor access for all, affordability, a safe environment, diversity, and freedom for residents to be who they are," to come up with their list of happiest places to live.

They listed the fifteen happiest places in the United States, with one city in Virginia making the list.

Plano was ranked the tenth happiest city in the United States and the happiest in Texas.

Plano, Texas

Population: 289,547
Median Home Price: $540,000
Median Rental Price: $1,687
Percentage Parkland: 3
Percentage of Residents Who Live Within a Ten-Minute Walk of a Park: 67
Walk Score: 41
Bike Score: 73
Municipal Equality Index Score: 64
Demographics: 50% white; 22% Asian; 16% Latino; 9% Black; 3% other

The report states:

"Plano is widely considered the ideal Dallas suburb for those seeking a safe, comfortable home, with plenty of options for work and play...Plano hosts the North Texas Pride Come As You Are Festival annually and has an ethnically diverse population, including a large Chinese community. It’s also considered a place that cares and has a strong public-school system...Plano prides itself on its parks. The Trust for Public Land’s annual ParkScore ranked it first in Texas and 16th in the nation. There are 85 parks, numerous public swimming pools, and commercial water parks to help residents beat the summer heat."

As for the happiest city in the United States? The report ranked Reno in Nevada as the happiest in the nation.

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