Plano’s population was 269,776 at the 2010 census, making it the ninth most populous city in the state of Texas. The city is home to many corporate headquarters:Alliance Data, Cinemark Theatres, Dell Services, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Ericsson, Frito-Lay, HP Enterprise Services, Huawei, J. C. Penney, Pizza Hut,Rent-A-Center, Traxxas, and Siemens PLM Software.
Plano schools consistently score among the highest in the nation. In 2008 Forbes.com selected Plano, University Park and Highland Park as the three “Top Suburbs To Live Well” of Dallas. The Annual Plano Ballon Festival and the Plano International Festival are two of the city’s premiere cultural and entertainment events.