19 August . 2020
Frisco earns more No. 1 national rankings
At Hollyhock, we like to call ourselves Frisco’s “hidden gem community.” As for Frisco itself, one researcher says our hometown is “quickly becoming the country’s worst-kept secret,” as it continues to grab top spots in studies measuring quality of life, education and economic opportunities.
Here are some of the latest kudos earned by Frisco in 2020.
“Best Cities to Be Stuck at Home”
No one wants to be stuck at home, but the coronavirus pandemic inspired LawnStarter to crunch data associated with staying at home. The firm analyzed 29 metrics for 150 of the largest U.S. cities, looking at statistics for safety, health and wellness, quality of life and financial safety.
“The safest, best U.S. city to be stuck at home is Frisco, thanks largely to its extremely high marks for quality of life and financial security,” LawnStarter wrote.
No. 1 in Collin County
Frisco shines in the 2020 Best Places to Live rankings from Niche, which rate communities and school districts across the nation based on statistics, user reviews and expert insights.
Frisco is the No. 1 Place with the Best Public Schools in Collin County according to Niche. It’s also the No. 1 Best Suburb to Raise a Family in Collin County, and the No. 1 Best Suburb to Buy a House in Collin County.
Niche also ranks the Frisco Independent School District as the No. 1 Best School District in Collin County, with an overall A+ score and A+ or A scores for Academics, Teachers, Clubs & Activities, College Prep and Health & Safety.
The Frisco ISD campuses zoned to Hollyhock for the 2020-21 school year are also highly rated. Newman Elementary and Trent Middle School both have A+ overall Niche grades. Memorial High School, opened in 2018, is too new to rate.
Out of more than 2,000 middle schools in Texas, Trent Middle was one of only 8 that was named a “Texas School to Watch” for 2020. This honor means that Trent’s academic success and other metrics have made it a model for other schools to follow.
A Millennial destination
Frisco is one of three North Texas cities on SmartAsset’s 2020 “Cities Where Millennials Are Moving” list. The neighboring cities of McKinney and Irving also made the top 20, reflecting a welcoming environment for young newcomers in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
The report notes that Millennials tend to flock to states with no income tax on salaries and wages. Thanks to this, Texas ranks No. 1 among states, with a net migration of 53,558 Millennials between the ages of 25 and 39 moving to the Lone Star State in 2018.
The report also ranked “Cities Millennials Are Leaving.” No Texas city was included in the bottom 10, which was led by New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C.
Fastest-growing U.S. city
Frisco is the fastest-growing big city in the United States, according to a mid-2020 analysis from the Census Bureau.
The Bureau defines “big city” as one with more than 50,000 people, by the way, so don’t worry about Frisco losing its neighborly vibe. Our population recently passed the 200,000 mark.
In an article titled “Why people are moving to Frisco,” Business Insider interviewed several longtime locals and new arrivals to shed some light on the city’s strong appeal.
Elementary school teacher Savannah Koontz, who grew up in the area, welcomes her new neighbors. “We love how much Frisco is growing,” she said. “But it still has a small-town feel.”
Jamie Haas, an interior designer, moved from St. Louis to Frisco with her husband in 2019. “It’s just a better overall quality of life,” she said. “We wanted our future kids to grow up around family and the best opportunities.”
Most Recession-Resistant City
Frisco is the No. 1 “Most Recession-Resistant City” in the U.S., according to a study released by SmartAsset in early 2020.
The study examined nine metrics in three categories, including employment, housing and social assistance. Frisco performed particularly well for its low unemployment rate, and it had the study’s top score for housing costs as a percentage of income.
Frisco was one of three North Texas cities in the top 10, with Plano at No. 3 and Denton at No. 4. That bodes well for the overall economic outlook for the region.
Frisco is also basking in the glow of earlier kudos, including ranking No. 1 on Money’s “Best Places to Live in the U.S.” list in 2019. On SmartAsset’s 2019 “Safest Cities in America” list, Frisco ranks No. 2.
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