Plano Plainly Best

Suburb at or near top of ‘best places to live’ lists

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Golds Gym

    Commentary
    by Bruce Felps

    Ah, the end of the year brings a bounty of lists, which just warms these otherwise cold cockles.

    This one comes from the combined efforts of Men’s Health and Women’s Health magazines, and it concerns the best places to live for the respective sexes. Surprise, surprise, that place is Plano.

    Well, it is for women and it came in third on the list for men. The difference, one must conclude, is that for every 139 single guys in Plano there are but 100 single women, advantage women … like they don’t have just about every other advantage.

    The top town for men, by the way, was Madison Wis., because guys like cheese. I may or may not have made up that reason.

    Anyway, according to the joint release, Plano dominated because it ranks as “one of the most overachieving cities in America.” Is that a compliment?

    The women-to-men ratio means “male competition is high,” and the competitive atmosphere engenders a frenetic workout environment, which results in better health, and bingo, there’s your top reason for two magazines with the word “health” in their mastheads.

    Oh, in case you’re dying to know, St. Louis, Mo., ranked as the worst place for men to live, and Philadelphia bottomed out on the worst places for women.


    Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He’s been to Plano maybe five times, which probably boosted its ranking.