Your guide to Frisco, from shopping and parks to sports and fun

Frisco has been one of the nation’s fastest growing suburbs for decades, frequently landing at the top national lists of “best cities”.

We’ve decided to compile all the stories we’ve written about living and working in Frisco into a guide that we’ll update periodically. If you have an idea for the guide or a question, let us know by asking Curious Texas, a Dallas Morning News initiative that investigates what you want to know about your city or state.

Frisco has received praise for its rapidly growing economy and quality school district, among other features. The city is home to Fortune 500 companies, an active sports community, and some of North Texas’ most desirable real estate.

Here is more information about the city and links to related stories.

Frisco’s beginnings

In 1978 the town began to gain more recognition from the popular television show dallaswhich was filmed at Cloyce Box Ranch in Frisco in its first season.

At the time, it had less than 3,000 inhabitants and only a few departmental roads.

Now Frisco is one of the fastest growing cities with one of the fastest growing economies in the country. The most recent census data showed more than 200,000 residents, a growth of 71.4% since 2010.

Downtown Frisco in the summer of 1984

Parks and recreation

Frisco has dozens of neighborhood parks and trails across the city for kids and families to enjoy.

Play Frisco is the city’s parks and recreation department, one of 115 cities nationwide to be accredited by the National Recreation and Park Association. The department is also a three-time recipient of the Texas Recreation and Park Society Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Parks and Recreation Management.

The department maintains all of the neighborhood’s parks and trails, the Frisco Athletic Center, The Grove at Frisco Square, the Frisco Discovery Center, the Frisco Heritage Center, and the public arts program, hosting several events throughout the year.

A file photo shows Central Park in Frisco, TX on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

Real estate

A recent study recognized Frisco as the top real estate market in the nation.

Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney, who has operated Cheney Realty Group in the city for nearly 20 years, praised the entire North Texas area for its “very strong” housing market, but noted that Frisco outperforms all major towns in the region. The city’s entire residential market – which includes homes for sale, rent and rent – is experiencing a shortage of supply.

Frisco executives cite the city’s schools, location and entertainment options as driving factors.

The median sale price for Frisco homes in August was around $550,000, up 31% year over year.


Frisco ISD has been recognized as one of the best districts in the state for several consecutive years. It stands out for its academic performance, sporting success, diversity and inclusion.

District students often receive national recognition for their achievement, including last year’s fifth-grade Doodle for Google winner and a local teenager who discovered a treatment for COVID-19 in the summer of 2020 before the vaccine is not available.


Frisco has no shortage of places to shop. Whether you prefer the mall or support other local businesses, Frisco has a place for you.

Our guide to shopping and dining in Frisco highlights black-owned businesses, women-owned businesses, and dog-friendly patios.

Cookie Society of Frisco is owned by Jeff and Marissa Allen.


The city is home to the Frisco RoughRiders minor league baseball team and the FC Dallas football team. It is also the location of the training facility and headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys – which earned it the Sports City USA label – and the training facility and headquarters of the Dallas Stars.

It will soon be home to the headquarters of the PGA, which will additionally feature two championship golf courses, a conference center and a resort-style hotel.

The Frisco Water Tower overlooks Main Street in downtown Frisco.

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