Thinking about moving to Plano. Have some questions.
I'm from California and moved here 4 years ago. I'm not sure which part of CA you are from, but weather is one of the hardest adjustment for me(from SD), but if you are inland CA it shouldn't be too bad of an adjustment. This summer is definitely the hottest summer i've experienced since living here. Summers here are long and hot (end of May to Oct)! So if you need to do outdoor activities , you have to do them early in the morning or later in the evening. The 4 years i've been here, i've have to replace my roof and home window once, but there have been hailstorms every year. There has been one tornado 30mins southeast of Plano couple years ago, but not in Plano. Be prepared to pay hefty home insurance (double that of CA) bc of severe weather.
Political climate is conservative, but i haven't personally experienced any extremes. You do hear some some crazy stories in the news occasionally.
The demographic in Plano is one of the most diverse in the metroplex IMO. Plano is a very family friendly city. Generally you won't find many young people who party into the night, maybe because there isn't a university in Plano. The neighborhoods get pretty quiet after 8pm.
Many people, like all parts of Texas love their guns and they like protecting that right. I think you are perfectly safe without a gun. Plano is a very safe city.
Plano is a great city for you if you have a family. Their local amenities are very abundant, handful of rec centers, libraries and parks. The plano independent school destrict is very well known and highly rated. Also there are many crazy and reckless drivers here! So be prepared to pay high car insurance too!