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Frisco, McKinney and Plano, TX are all located in Collin County. The most expensive in the state. We have high taxes; expensive housing and you need a college education in order to live here. We are communities that are not typical Texan; our population is from all over the country and the world. We welcome anyone that can afford to live here no matter what you political affiliation, color or religion. We even have a very nice new Mosque. In the early 70s, Plano had a population of 17K today 280K. Frisco was a gas station and a trailer park. McKinney was the county seat that was corrupt and inbred; today it is becoming a vibrant city.
Story; Two young men graduated from local college and then left home to seek their fortunes. The first rode a bus for two days, got off in the center of town. He saw an old man sitting in front of the cafe and asked him; tell me , old timer, what are the folks hereabouts like?. The man asked "what were the people in your hometown like?" The young man went on to describe their neighborliness, friendly attitude, willingness to help always and their sense of fairness when a dispute arose. The old timer then told him that he would find the folks there just about the same.
Next day, the second young man arrived at the same bus stop, saw the same gentleman and asked the same question; what are people here like? Old timer asked him the same question; what were the people back home like? The lad went on to relate how miserable they were; always arguing, suing each other, lying about each other. Shops always charged too much, but the owners would always complain about prices when they shopped elsewhere etc, etc. The old man looked the boy in the eye and said; you'll probably find the folks here pretty much the same.
So, if you're looking for ANYTOWN, USA, where you can be 'happy'; stay right where you are.
Merely adjust the filters through which you view world around you. It's not THEM, it's YOU.
Hard to believe the ranking disparities between #1 Frisco, TX and #2 McKinney, Tx , given that they are located only about 20 minutes apart from each other; either one could be a suburb of the other.
Texas and Florida have no state income taxes, all the other States mentioned do.
Aside from those cities in Florida, all the other cities have what I call a "Cold Weather Tax" : the cost of winter heating , cold weather clothing, as well as wear and tear on your car. I lived in Nebraska for many years..and now live in Melbourne, FL, so I KNOW the benefits fo living and working in Florida.
I wouldn't consider Pembroke Pines, FL, as it's just a suburb of North Miami/FT. Lauderdale and right below Davie, FL where my Father in-law lived ...it's SUCKS.
The winner, IMO is #3 Cape Coral, FL.
Sioux Falls, SD has horrendous traffic problems due to poor driving skills, very discourteous drivers and a state that only takes the driving privileges away from the poor or middle class for DUIs. In South Dakota it is most common to see the worst accidents caused by 3rd time or more offenders of DUI, without insurance and no valid drivers license. These folks get off easy if they have a lawyer and money. They do not inflict high enough fines, long enough prison time nor confiscate autos for the wealthier population. It is also a great state if you like to text and drive, right now every body seems to do it even the cops I see driving down the road.
The other thing about South Dakota is a very poor education system. The kids here have no concept of math. It is populated by dumb and dumber.
The water is polluted by cattle waste and toxins from the farmers who are taking all of the grassland out, trees out, tiling / draining wetlands and putting all the land into corn. Which is sprayed heavily with insecticides and herbicides.
So if you enjoy getting cancer; drinking water high in nitrates; trying to drive in a traffic congested small towns; don't mind getting hit by drunken or texting drivers; love hopelessly dumb folks who like to argue; 8 months of cold, 2 months of mosquitoes, 1 month of rain and maybe 1 month of almost pleasant weather...............come to Sioux Falls.
I have lived here for over 20 years because of a company transfer and now cannot move due to in-laws that have to die first and kids to get out of school.
Let me out of the rat race. Give me small town USA, where I can walk down the street and greet everyone I meet by name, where I can park my car outside the grocery in the winter time and leave it running and unlocked, and still find it there when I get back, where the biggest traffic jam of the year is after a Friday night football game, where the banker and the doctor and the lawyer are honest hard working individuals who don't think they're a cut above the rest of us, where a man's circle of friends is determined by his character, and not by his bank account, where I can walk into the local restaurant, and need not find an open table, just an open chair, where the hardware store or implement dealer will stay open for me if I can't get there by the time they close, where the druggist will come out after hours or on a weekend to fill a prescription for me if I need it, where the dentist will come out to fix a broken tooth on Sunday, where you can't have car trouble without four or five people stopping to help, where some high school kid will shovel an elderly widow's sidewalk without being asked and without expecting to be paid, where neighbors are still neighbors, and not just the people living next door.
The long and short of it is this: The most pleasant places to live are not determined by the "things" a town has to offer, but by the people that live there. Small town USA, I love you.