Many American settlers came through Frisco in the early 1800s. Travelling by wagon and following the Shawnee Trail, the city became a popular stop to rest and collect water. Eventually, the same trail was used for cattle driving and Frisco continued to be a major stop, where cattle drivers would rest and plan out the rest of their journey.
Pioneers began to really settle down in the area after the construction of the railroad. Following the same trails as the cattle drivers, the land that made up Frisco saw the development of the St. Louis-San Francisco Railroad. This railway caught the attention of businesses and residents looking to establish themselves, and a community was born! In 1904, the town decided on the name ‘Frisco’, a nickname of the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway.
Since then, Frisco has seen significant economic growth thanks to local government initiatives. Today, the city is one of the most desirable places to live and work within the state of Texas.
Frisco Electricity Providers
In the state of Texas, many cities have a deregulated energy market — Frisco included. What this means is that energy consumers have the option to choose who supplies electricity to their home or business. This change came into affect in 2002 and encouraged many Retail Electricity Providers (REPs) set up shop and offer energy supply services. The greatest benefit to this change is that the REP companies opened up the energy market to competition.
A competitive energy market is established because the customers get to choose their REP. If an REP does not offer the best products, plans, rates and services, the customer is free to take or move their business over to another REP. Therefore, it is in an REP’s best interest to keep rates low and affordable, to attract and retain customers.
Frisco has many REPs for customers to choose from, including:
- Infuse Energy
- Volt EP
- Gexa Energy
- 4Change Energy
- Pennywise Power
- Green Mountain Energy
- Discount Power
- Veteran Energy
- StarTex Power
- Power Express
- Pioneer Energy
- Infinite Energy
- Source Power & Gas
- Breeze Energy
- Think Energy
- Champion Energy Services
- Spark Energy
- YEP Energy
- Beyond Power
- Bounce Energy
- Verde Energy TX
- First Choice Power
- V247 Power
It’s important to note that only 85% of Texas is currently deregulated — there are still some cities and areas that are regulated. To avoid confusion, we offer an online marketplace for electric rates and plans so you can view available services and plans for your region.
Frisco Energy Industry
Frisco does not see the majority of its economic development from within the energy industry. While it is close to many cities that do have huge stakes in oil, gas, and more, Frisco’s reputation lies within its corporate office and retail space, parks, sports and entertainment.
Other Major Industries in Frisco
Retail & Office – The $5 Billion Mile is made up of a mile long, mixed-use development buildings that add up to well over $5 billion in capital investment. Made up of 4 major developments including, Frisco Station, The Gate, The Star in Frisco and Wade Park, the area is a huge source of economic development and growth for the city. Other major retail and office spaces include, Stonebriar Center, Ikea, Frisco Square and Cinemark Theatre.
Sports – In 2016, the Dallas Cowboys moved their corporate headquarters to Frisco’s $5 Billion Mile. In addition, the city has many other sports venues including, the Dr. Pepper Ballpark (which won an award for architectural design), Toyota Stadium, and the Dr. Pepper Arena.
Many major employers have offices in Frisco. These offices help to employ 34,800 people within the city. Some of these major employers include:
- Cobb Fendley
- Forest Park Medical Center at Frisco
- GENBAND US
- Graco Fishing & Rental Tools, Inc.
- Museum of the American Railroad
- Rochester Frisco Medical, LLC
- Schlumberger Technology Corporation
- Sports Village Hospitality
- TW Telecom Holdings, Inc.
Quick Frisco Stats
Many people consider Frisco a ‘bedroom’ city, meaning that the majority of its residents work in Dallas or surrounding areas. Despite this, Frisco is a thriving community, with more and more people choosing to settle and work there every year. To gain a better idea of the current demographics of the city, check out the following quick stats:
Total Population (2016): 155,835
Land Area: 68.2 square miles
Median Household Income: $115,603
Number of Houses: 56,746
Median Age: 36
Cost of Living: 128 (U.S. average is 100)
City Owned Parks: 43
Did You Know?
Located near Dallas, Texas, Frisco has seen a lot of growth since the early 2000’s. This growth and development also brings to light many interesting and fun facts about the city including,
- There are over 56 miles of biking and hiking trails in Frisco.
- Frisco’s school district has 40 elementary schools, 16 middle schools and 8 high schools.
- On average, the city gets 39 inches of rain, and 230 sunny days per year.
- Many of the first settlers in Frisco moved their houses into the city using logs and the river.
- Frisco’s original name was, Emerson, however the United States Postal Service forced the city to choose a different name because it was too similar to another American city.
Frisco Major Utilities
Utilities in Texas take care of the maintenance and management of electricity delivery. This means that they are responsible for making sure that the poles and wires are in good condition as well as that electricity gets where it needs to go. There are several established utilities in the state of Texas, and the ones that provide service to Frisco include,
TXU Energy – 1 972-335-2707
CoServe Electric – 1 940-321-7800