10 signs you’re a North Texan

North Texans are one of a kind. While some may argue that suburbia lacks culture, there are certain mannerisms that one adopts after having lived in North Texas for a while. There are also various problems unique to our community that nearly ever North Texan will come across during the duration of their residency. Whether you’ve lived in North Texas all of your life, or are a transplant, most of the scenarios below are situations you have come across–or will soon.


You call the highways by their numbers and not their names

“They’re never gonna finish construction on I-35.”

“Don’t go down 75, traffic is backed up for miles!”


You can never decide where to eat.

It’s always a dilemma when you want pizza from Taverna but also a hummus plate from Ziziki’s. Nearly every shopping center is packed with upscale dining establishments.

Read more: Taverna at Legacy West

Taverna is one of many incredible restaurants in Plano | Photo credit: Cori Baker

Seeing big name celebrities in public doesn’t faze you

Nastia Liukin working out at the rec center? Leanne Locken having dinner with her girls at MiCo? Ezekiel Elliot filling up at Shell Shack? Just keep your eyes open and you could spot a celeb any day of the week. 

Via E!

You can never find a seat in Starbucks

Seriously, what is with the large assemblage of 14-year-old kids at Starbucks taking up all of the tables and ordering pumpkin spice lattes? Shouldn’t y’all be in school?

Read more: Six coffee shops to try in Plano


Legacy Hall is your weekend hang out spot

25 delicious food options, five dollar frosés, and a music venue? This place has everything!

K-Pop Brisket Fries from Enter the Bao at Legacy Hall | Photo credit: Alex Gonzalez

Your mother has all the hot gossip

Susan did what at the country club on Saturday? Cheryl was with whom? If something scandalous happens in town, you better believe your mother already knows about it, and has told everyone at church, book club, and at your school’s PTA meeting.

Via Paramount Pictures

You can’t go anywhere without seeing anyone you used to know

“Oh hey, person who copied my Spanish homework in high school! No, I don’t remember your name, but thank you for feeling compelled to approach me in CVS while I’m purchasing embarrassing products. Okay, fine, I’ll give you a hug out of decency, but I still can’t remember your name for the life of me.”

Via Olive Bridge Entertainment

People you never spoke to in high school want to bring you in on their pyramid scheme

No, I am not interested in joining a team of entrepreneurs. I do not care to help you sell your waist trainers or appetite suppressing lollipops. Keep in mind, you used to bully the snot out of me in school, so kindly buzz off.

Via Woods Entertainment

You add an extra “’S” to a store’s name

“I got this entire outfit at Nordstrom’s for only $150!”

“Kroger’s is having a great deal on turkey for Thanksgiving!”

“You can buy a signed copy of the book at Barnes & Noble’s!”

Via Comedy Central

You tell people you live in Dallas, but you’re about a 30-45 minute drive away from Dallas

Do you live in Plano, Frisco, Garland, Allen, Addison, or Carrollton? Then you totally live in Dallas! All good.

Via Sidney Kimmel Entertainment

Alex Gonzalez
Alex Gonzalez is a writer at Local Profile. He is a lover of food, music, sports, art, and world cultures. Alex was born and raised in Plano and graduated from University of North Texas in 2017. When he is not writing, Alex enjoys hiking, attempting to cook, going out to happy hours, and playing board games with friends.



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