The city of Plano offers diversity as well as warm weather and scenic views for you to enjoy during your retirement years. Whether you want to visit a preserve or bird watch, you can do it all in Plano.
The total population of Plano is 283,558, according to the 2015 estimates from the United States Census Bureau. The senior population represents 8.9 percent of this figure and includes seniors age 65 and over. Females outnumber males at 51.1 percent.
When it comes to diversification, 66.9 percent self-identify as White, 16.9 percent as Asian, 14.7 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 7.6 percent as Black or African American, 3 percent as two or more races, 0.4 percent as American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.1 percent as Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.
Foreign-born residents make up 24.1 percent of residents. You may be surprised to learn that 32 percent of the population speaks another language other than English while at home in Plano. If you are considering starting a business after retirement, Plano is also home to 10,475 women-owned companies, 2,647 veteran-owned firms, and 10,098 minority-owned businesses.
The average annual temperature in Plano is 77.8 degrees. Although it can get very hot during the summer months (highs up to 109 degrees in August 2015), the winter months make retiring in Plano worth it with average temperatures between 35 degrees at night and 81 degrees during the day.
The annual rainfall for Plano in 2015 was 70.98 inches, much higher than previous years. The typical rainfall before that year was between 27 to 35 inches for the year. Occasionally the city sees snowfall. In the winter months of 2014 and 2015, Plano received 9.1 inches of snow but did not see any snowfall during the 2015 and 2016 winter months.
Plano has an outdoor warning system in the event of a weather emergency such as a tornado. The system includes 37 warning sirens throughout the city and an overriding capability to inform residents watching television or listening to a radio broadcast.
There are plenty of places in Plano where you can enjoy the scenic views including the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, Bob Woodruff Park, and Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve. Texas is home to hundreds of birds and animals, so you will want to keep an eye out for different types of species during a morning walk or sitting on your porch in the evenings.
The state is home to deer, armadillos, opossum, bats, black bears, minks, squirrels, ground squirrels, otters, porcupines, rabbits, prairie dogs, raccoons, skunks, wolves, and more.
Plano is located within the Blackland Prairies region where you can find a variety of oaks, pecan, elm, bois d’arc, and mesquite growing. Originally, the area was a grassy plain and was known as a prairie, but throughout the years it has been cultivated and other plant species introduced. Today, you can find buffalograss, Texas grama, lotebush, and Texas wintergrass.
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