Frisco, TX has been, and continues to be, one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. Frisco, located in Collin and Denton Counties, is a wealthy and rapidly growing suburb of Dallas. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 33,714, while according to 2008 city and census estimates, the city’s population has surpassed 100,000. A 2007 Forbes study named Frisco as the seventh-fastest growing suburb in the United States. The northern Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex suburban development hit the northern border of Plano and spilled into Frisco, sparking explosive growth into the 2000s. Like many of the cities located in the booming northern suburbs of Dallas, Frisco serves as a bedroom community for many professionals who work in the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex.
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. 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 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. 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.
Most of Frisco is a part of the Frisco Independent School District. Some parts extend into Lewisville Independent School District, Little Elm Independent School District, and Prosper Independent School District. Frisco ISD currently has six high schools: Frisco High School, Centennial High School, Liberty High School, Wakeland High School, Heritage High School, and Lone Star High School.
Recreation plays a major role in the Frisco community, both for spectators and participators. Frisco built the Frisco Athletic Center, which features 18,000 square feet of indoor aquatics elements and about 40,000 square feet of outdoor aquatic features.
The Texas League AA minor league baseball team Frisco RoughRiders play in Frisco at the award-winning Dr Pepper Ballpark. The NBA D-League Frisco will be the Dallas Mavericks affiliate in the NBA Development League for the 2010-2011 season and will be playing at the newly renovated Dr Pepper Arena. The Dallas Stars National Hockey League is headquartered in Frisco and the team practices at the Dr Pepper Arena there. The Texas Tornado of the North American Hockey League have been based in Frisco since the fall of 2003, and shortly after the NAHL moved its main offices to Frisco. FC Dallas (formerly the Dallas Burn), a Major League Soccer team who formerly played at Dallas’ Cotton Bowl, moved their home to Pizza Hut Park at the corner of the Dallas North Tollway and Main St. in Frisco in August 2005. A major international youth soccer tournament, the Dallas Cup, is hosted in Frisco each year and draws teams from around the world. Frisco is also home of the Superdrome, one of the top outdoor velodromes in the nation. The Southland Conference, an NCAA Division I athletics organization, relocated to Frisco in 2006.