Frisco, Texas is among the best places to live in America. It also offers $10,000 to people looking to buy a home.

By Housing Nonprofit

Boost your home buying dollars with a special incentive for city and school district employees.

Located just 25 miles north of Dallas, the city of Frisco is known for its love of football, from the U.S. Army Bowl to high school rivalries. It’s also a highly desirable place to live, earning an A+ from, and in 2018 topping Money Magazine’s list of “50 Best Places to Live in America.”

For families, there’s plenty to take in beyond the field. Beautiful murals line the Rail District, more than 80 pieces of public art are on display across the city, pocket playgrounds dot the neighborhoods, and there are plenty of splash pads to help beat the heat. If you work for the city or the school district here, the city will give you up to $10,000 – combinable with other programs – to help buy a home.

Known as “Sports City USA,” Frisco’s identity is all about all kinds of sports. Texas Monthly has described it as a place that has “…the feel of both a theme park and a corporate office park, where the attractions as well as the businesses are mostly devoted to sports.” There’s no shortage of big name, annual events. Frisco is where college football teams compete for the NCAA Division I Football Championship. It hosts the Frisco baseball classic, the most premier college baseball event other than the College World Series. The Dallas Cowboys train here. And it’s the site of the Frisco Bowl, a post-season NCAA division 1 football event played at Toyota Stadium. The PGA is headquartered here, and there are also major basketball and gymnastics events.

Sports aren’t the only attraction in Frisco. The city also hosts a large pinball festival, art exhibitions, and several food and music festivals. For recreating, there’s disc golf, a skate park, and hiking and biking trails. If you like video games, you’ll want to visit the National Videogame Museum, the only one of its kind in the country. Kids can get a hands-on feel for dozens of professions at KidZania. The hands-on Sci-Tech Discovery Center makes math, science and technology engaging and fun. Learn all about how the railroad helped shape the nation at the Museum of the American Railroad. And don’t miss the extensive model train display at Traintopia.

Because Frisco invests in public art, you can find works on display throughout the city. The Texas Sculpture Garden features 40 works of contemporary sculpture installed on over four acres of land. Other works can be seen along the Frisco Public Art Trail, which you can become acquainted with by taking the Frisco Square Public Art Walking Tour.  When the day of play is over, enjoy a rotating line up of food trucks and live music at the Frisco Rail Yard, or sit down for a quieter, fireside meal at eight | 11 place.

Public-private partnerships have helped Frisco develop and maintain top-notch schools. The extra support brings sports, art and technology into the classrooms. A 2018 analysis by Money magazine found the Frisco Independent School District had the highest graduation rate of all cities and towns it evaluated. Sharing fields and indoor facilities during the off season with professional organizations like the Dallas Cowboys gives high schools incredible places for practices and games.

Take the Ford Center at The Star, an indoor athletic facility where the Dallas Cowboys have practiced since 2016. It was built as a partnership between the team, city government and the Frisco schools — so when the Cowboys aren’t using the indoor field, high school teams get it for practice and games.

Frisco has grown substantially in recent years, and as of 2021 it had a population of 210,719, and a median household income of $134,761. The growth has brought higher home prices, though, and in October, 2022, the median home price was $598,000, according to the Dallas Business Journal.

To help low and moderate-income families achieve home ownership, the City of Frisco offers down payment and closing cost assistance, available to City of Frisco and Frisco Independent School District employees. The program provides forgivable loans of up to $10,000 to qualified home buyers, with a maximum sale price of $450,800.

Learn more about home buying assistance in Frisco here.

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