Frisco is a city in Collin County and Denton County, Texas (USA). It is a northern suburb of Dallas. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 33,714, while 2005 estimates place the population over 75,000. Frisco has been and continues to be one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. In the late 1990s, the North Dallas development tide hit the northern border of Plano and spilled into Frisco, sparking explosive growth into the 2000s. With the amount of land available within the city limits, Frisco will likely reach an ultimate population of over 250,000 as Plano has.
When the Dallas area was being settled, 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 US 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. The new town was originally named Emerson, but that name was rejected by the US Postal Service as being too similar to another town in Texas. In 1904, the residents chose Frisco City in honor of the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway on which the town was founded.
Like many Dallas suburbs, Frisco is accumulating a tremendous number of retail properties, including Stonebriar Centre, a 165 store regional mall, and an IKEA store with an area of 28,800 square metres (310,000 ft).
Frisco took a different economic tack than many surrounding cities and elected to use a fractional percent of local sales tax to fund the Frisco Economic Development Corporation (FEDC) rather than DART, the regional transportation body. The FEDC funds have been used to provide incentives to businesses to locate in Frisco, thus boosting the tax base of the city to more than just retail and residential sources. As a result, Frisco has also become the home for a trio of sports franchises including FC Dallas of Major League Soccer, the Frisco RoughRiders, a Texas League AA affiliate of the Major League Baseball Texas Rangers, and the Junior A hockey team the Texas Tornado. Frisco has strict codes for property development.