Frisco has been one of the nation’s fastest-growing suburbs for decades, frequently landing at the top of national “best city” lists.
We decided to compile all of the stories we’ve written about living and working in Frisco into a guide that we’ll update periodically. If you have an idea for the guide or a question, let us know by asking Curious Texas, a Dallas Morning News initiative that investigates what you want to know about your city or state.
Frisco has garnered praise for its fast-growing economy and quality school district, among other features. The city is home to Fortune 500 companies, an active sports community and some of the most sought-after real estate in North Texas.
Here’s more about the city and links to related stories.
In 1978, the city began to get more recognition from the popular TV show Dallas, which was filmed at Cloyce Box Ranch in Frisco during its first season.
At the time, it had fewer than 3,000 residents and only a few county roads.
Now, Frisco is one of the fastest-growing cities with one of the fastest-growing economies in the nation. The most recent Census data reported more than 200,000 residents, 71.4% growth since 2010.
Parks and recreation
Frisco has dozens of neighborhood parks and trails across the city for children and families to enjoy.
Play Frisco is the city’s parks and recreation department — one of just 115 cities nationwide to be accredited by the National Recreation and Park Association. The department is also a three-time winner of the Texas Recreation and Park Society Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Parks and Recreation Management.
The department maintains all neighborhood parks and trails, the Frisco Athletic Center, The Grove at Frisco Square, the Frisco Discovery Center, The Frisco Heritage Center and the public arts program, hosting several events throughout the year.
A recent study recognized Frisco as the nation’s top real estate market.
Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney, who has operated Cheney Realty Group in the city for nearly 20 years, has lauded the entire North Texas region for its “very strong” housing market but noted that Frisco is outperforming all major cities in the area. The city’s entire residential market — which includes homes for sale, lease and rent — is seeing a supply shortage.
Frisco leaders point to the city’s schools, its location and its entertainment options as the driving factors.
Frisco ISD has been recognized as one of the best districts in the state for several consecutive years. It’s notable for its academic performance, sports success and diversity and inclusion.
District students often receive national recognition for their success, including last year’s fifth-grade Doodle for Google winner and a local teen who discovered a treatment for COVID-19 in the summer of 2020 before the vaccine became available.
Frisco isn’t short of places to shop. Whether you prefer the mall or supporting other local businesses, Frisco has a place for you.
Our guide to shopping and eating in Frisco highlights the city’s Black-owned businesses, women-owned businesses and dog-friendly patios.
The city is home to the Frisco RoughRiders minor league baseball team and the FC Dallas soccer team. It is also the location of the Dallas Cowboys practice facility and headquarters — earning it the Sports City USA label — and the Dallas Stars practice facility and head offices.
It will soon welcome the PGA headquarters, which will additionally bring two championship golf courses, a conference center and a resort-style hotel.