15 Hall Office Park comes with a view of Frisco's rural past. Photo by Elizabeth Lavin

Frisco

Wikipedia says:

When the Dallas area was being settled by American pioneers, many of the settlers traveled by wagon trains along the old Shawnee Trail. This trail was also used for cattle drives north from Austin. This trail later became the Preston Trail, and later, Preston Road. Preston Road is one of the oldest north-south roads in all of Texas. With all of this activity, the community of Lebanon was founded along this trail and 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 holes were needed along the rails for the steam engines. The current settlement of Lebanon was on the Preston Ridge and was thus too high in elevation, so the watering hole was placed about four miles (6 km) to the west on lower ground. A community grew around this train stop. Residents of Lebanon actually moved their houses to the new community on logs. The new town was originally named Emerson, but that name was rejected by the U.S. Postal Service as being too similar to another town in Texas. In 1904, the residents chose Frisco City in honor of the St. Louis–San Francisco Railway on which the town was founded, later shortened to its present name.

Demographics

  • Median Age: 34.3
  • Population Growth (2000-2013): 305.70%
  • Population Density: 2,213 people per square mile

Schools

  • Students Passing STARR K-11: 94%
  • Average SAT Score: 1582
  • Students Taking SAT/ACT: 79.30%
  • Instruction Spending Per Student: $4,223

Crime

  • Violent Crime Rate: 0.76 per 1,000 residents
  • Non-Violent Crime Rate: 19.62 per 1,000 residents

Real Estate

  • Average Price of Homes Sold (2013): $343,191
  • Sales Price Change (2011-2013): 12.10%
  • Owner-Occupied Homes: 76.60%

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