Home to picturesque parks and beloved local sports teams, Frisco is a thriving, family-friendly city with a population of 200,000 that is located north of Dallas. Locals recognise Frisco as the 'Sports City USA', with many collegiate and professional sports teams calling the city home.

Newcomers are often attracted to Frisco by its abundant job opportunities, low crime rate, exceptional schools, and top-notch healthcare. Those moving to Frisco are sure to fall in love with the vibrant and welcoming local communities, contributing to the city's incredible quality of life. 

Cost of living in Frisco 

The cost of living in Frisco is one of the most attractive parts of the city, in part because Texas does not levy state income tax. Despite an overall lower cost of living, Frisco's housing costs are likely to be the most significant expense facing new arrivals. Although the city has one of the lowest property taxes in Texas, Frisco's housing and utility costs are 20 percent higher than the national average.  

Frisco is more affordable than other parts of the country for everyday expenses like groceries and transportation. One the other hand, healthcare costs are another significant but important expense newcomers should budget for. It's essential that newcomers purchase comprehensive health insurance to cover unexpected healthcare costs. 

See Cost of Living in Dallas to learn more about regional living costs.

Getting around in Frisco 

Getting around in Frisco can be challenging without a car, as the city's public transport is limited. Most households in Frisco own at least two vehicles and typically commute by car, which can be costly as new arrivals must account for purchasing and maintaining a vehicle.  

Thanks to the Dallas Tollway and the Sam Rayburn Tollway, it's easy to get to Dallas from Frisco in under 30 minutes. That said, new arrivals should expect heavy traffic in Frisco, which may affect commute times.  

Although the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) does not directly serve Frisco, new arrivals can access DART lanes by connecting to local bus services. The City of Frisco offers curb-to-curb transit service at nominal fees for elderly residents and those with disabilities. The service is available on weekdays, and residents must request pick-up at least 24 hours before.  

Fortunately, new arrivals looking for affordable and healthy ways to get around Frisco will have options. Frisco is bike-friendly, with more than 70 miles (113km) of bike lanes around the city. 

Check out Getting Around in Dallas to learn about public transport in the city.

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Healthcare in Frisco 

The healthcare in Frisco is exceptional, with Medical City Frisco making Healthgrades's 2023 list of America's top 250 hospitals. The hospital is a Level III Trauma Center offering cutting-edge services such as robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery and a Level III Neonatal ICU.  

Baylor Scott and White Medical Centre is a beacon of exceptional healthcare in Frisco, offering an extensive range of more than 50 specialities and over 550 dedicated physicians. Frisco's residents are fortunate to have not just one but two outstanding hospitals in their community.

For specialised care, the Scottish Rite for Children and Children's Medical Centre Plano cater extensively to children's healthcare needs. The hospitals provide comprehensive care across various healthcare domains, such as neurological disorders and orthopaedic conditions.

Understanding Health Insurance in the USA is essential reading for those moving to Frisco.

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Schools in Frisco 

Families moving to Frisco will have access to one of Texas's best and most sought-after school districts. Frisco is also home to local branches of renowned higher education institutions, such as the University of North Texas (UNT) at Frisco and the University of Tulsa.  

Frisco Independent School District (ISD) manages public schools in the district. The school district serves over 60,000 students in 70+ schools and three special programme centres. Frisco ISD boasts some of the highest testing scores in the Dallas metro area, making it one of the most successful in the city.  

Leadership Prep School Frisco is among Frisco's most popular charter schools, shaping tomorrow's leaders through its transformational teaching best practices. Parents seeking to ensure their children receive specialised attention or a faith-based education can explore the private schools in Frisco.  

Many of the private schools in Frisco are Montessori and Christian schools. Legacy Christian Academy is one of the top private schools in Frisco. It teaches the American curriculum through a Christian lens. The school prides itself on partnering with parents, delivering robust fine arts and sports programmes, and challenging academics.  

Although Frisco doesn't have international schools offering foreign curricula, Frisco High School and Bright Academy offer the world-renowned International Baccalaureate (IB) programme. Those seeking foreign curricula are better off searching for options in Dallas. The Dallas International School has an integrated French, IB, and American curricula, while the German International School of Dallas offers the German curriculum. 

Education and Schools in Dallas has more on the education system in the USA and the metropolis.

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Weather in Frisco 

The weather in Frisco is pleasant most of the year, with the city boasting an average of 230 days of sunshine annually. Like in most of Texas, summers in Frisco are sweltering. Average temperature highs in summer are 93°F (34°C), while the evenings can be more pleasant at 71°F (22°C). 

Winters in Frisco can be chilly, with lows typically reaching 35°F (2°C). Snowfall in the city is rare, though. May is the wettest month of the year, while August is the driest.  

For more on regional weather patterns, see Weather in Dallas.

Working in Frisco  

Frisco's economy is thriving and continuously on the rise. Several multinational companies, such as McAfee, T-Mobile, and Dr Pepper Keurig, have headquarters in the city. Highly qualified new arrivals with expertise in the scientific and technical services industries and finance and insurance sector will find plenty of job opportunities in Frisco.  

Thanks to the prevalence of sports teams in Frisco, professional sports and support services are among the city's major employers. Sales, technology, and mathematical occupations are critical sectors in Frisco. It's also easy for newcomers to live in Frisco and commute to work in Dallas.  

Working in Dallas details the job market in the metropolis.

Accommodation in Frisco 

With nearly 40 neighbourhoods, Frisco offers many housing options, from modern apartments and condos to historic and newly built single-family homes. However, housing prices in Frisco are high.

Many of Frisco's best neighbourhoods are upscale master-planned communities with amenities like parks, communal spaces, and walking trails. Newman Village has various housing types and architectural styles and many resort-style amenities like a clubhouse, fitness centre, and swimming pool, making it perfect for those seeking convenience. 

Families moving to Frisco often base themselves in neighbourhoods like Chapel Creek and Panther Creek. Most of the homes in these suburbs were built in the early 2000s and offer plenty of hiking trails, playgrounds, and green spaces, creating the perfect environment for kids to embrace the great outdoors.

Chapel Creek is also conveniently located near the Dallas North Tollway and the upscale Stonebriar Mall. Panther Creek boasts highly-rated schools, including Panther Creek High School.  

Newcomers who have room in their budgets can explore the renowned Stonebriar neighbourhood. Stonebriar boasts a championship golf course, a tennis complex, a swimming pool, and fitness centres in a luxury gated community. Parents needn't worry about finding a school in Stonebriar, as there are several excellent schools. Residents of Phillips Creek Ranch enjoy similar amenities and access to good schools. 

Accommodation in the USA and Accommodation in Dallas details national and regional rental processes. 

Lifestyle in Frisco 

Frisco is a lively city that offers an unrivalled lifestyle, including many leisure activities to suit newcomers from all walks of life. Sports fans, gourmands, and shopaholics are well-catered for in Frisco.  

Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts can explore one of Frisco's many parks, which range from playgrounds to larger community parks. Texas Sculpture Park is a four-acre landscaped garden offering free entrance to the public. It has winding walking trails, fountains, and lakes, making it perfect for a family day out.  

Home to six professional sports teams, Frisco is a haven for sports lovers. Baseball fans can enjoy majestic views of the lazy river and the beautiful game at Dr Pepper Ballpark, which boasts a unique and charming park-within-a-park design. The Dallas Cowboys NFL team has its practice base at the 12,000-seater Star complex, which also hosts Frisco ISD sports games. 

Soccer fans will not be disappointed as Toyota Stadium is home to the professional FC Dallas team, providing entertainment for all. For those who prefer to participate in sports rather than watch, the Winter Games of Texas are the perfect opportunity for amateur athletes to showcase their talents in one of over a dozen events.  

Families with children and history buffs can visit the National Video Game Museum to explore the humble beginnings of today's state-of-the-art video games. Kidzania is another fun yet educational experience for children. 

For all your shopping and dining needs, head to Stonebriar Mall for some of Frisco's best shopping and entertainment offerings. Stonebriar Mall boasts a range of luxury and department stores, with a movie theatre to boot.  

For more on things to see and do, have a look at Lifestyle in Dallas.

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