Welcome to McKinney
Peaceful small town with a friendly atmosphere and a historic downtown surrounded by an abundance of nature
Ranked as the #1 Best Place to Live in America in 2014 by Money Magazine, McKinney is a perfect slice of bucolic small-town heaven located just 30 miles north of Dallas. It’s a peaceful getaway from the daily hustle and bustle of big city life.
This fast-growing, friendly small town surrounded by an abundance of nature, including a beautiful nature preserve and miles of hiking trails, is also an affordable place to live with a high quality of life. Historic buildings, constant business development, great schools, low cost of living, and the tight-knit community have attracted a significant increase of homebuyers over the past few years.
What to Love
- Historic downtown
- Peaceful and quiet
- Beautiful hiking and mountain trails
- Friendly atmosphere
- Tight-knit community
- Small-town charm
People & Lifestyle
A low cost of living combined with economic opportunity has helped put McKinney on the map. Despite being a relatively small town, McKinney still offers a range of housing options. If you want to live in the heart of the city, there is no better place than the Historic Downtown, where you'll find a mixture of charmingly historic buildings and modern apartments.
If you prefer a more residential experience, life in the upscale Provence Estates might be just for you. Provence sits on a large plot of park and nature preserve and is only a few minutes from the center of town. Trinity Falls is another popular living community that benefits from being close to nature and surrounded by winding hiking trails. Other suburban neighborhoods in McKinney include Auburn Hills, Adriatic Village, Mallard Lakes, and Hardin Lake.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Historic Downtown McKinney is the best place in town to dine, shop, participate in fun events and festivals, experience the nightlife, and enjoy family fun. The heart of the city since 1848, Historic Downtown is the place to embrace a uniquely McKinney experience by discovering fascinating historical and cultural attractions.
If you consider yourself a foodie, you'll want to tour downtown since it's full of unique dining experiences and one-of-a-kind restaurants.
- Hutchin's BBQ: Neighborhood staple for delicious, mouthwatering all-you-can-eat BBQ, Hutchin's has everything from fried catfish to brisket.
- Rick's Chophouse: Rick's is an upscale, fine-dining steakhouse located inside a historic hotel characterized by a tin ceiling, leather seats, and gas lamps.
- Harvest Seasonal Kitchen: A rustic eatery that prides itself on farm-to-table dining, Harvest is a Downtown McKinney staple serving seasonal American cuisine and drinks. It is also a neighbor to Rick's Chophouse.
Things to Do
A celebration of art and wine in Downtown McKinney, Arts in Bloom features 150 juried artists. The local village and the Student Art Tent from the McKinney Independent School District are set up in the area surrounding the McKinney Performing Arts Center. This three-day event features Texas wineries, food vendors, fine artists, performances, live music, and so much more.
Red, White and BOOM! is an entire day of free family fun in celebration of the Fourth of July. Alongside live entertainment and a spectacular fireworks show, you'll find tons of free family activities, a classic car, truck, and cycle show, and a hometown parade.
The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most important attractions in the city. This nature preserve features a sprawling wildlife sanctuary, 50 untouched acres of wetlands, a butterfly house, indoor and outdoor exhibits, hiking trails, and a native plant garden.
Golf fans will be excited to know that the AT&T Byron Nelson will be played at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney starting in 2021. This five-year agreement provides a new home for this charitable fundraising tournament.
According to Niche, McKinney’s Independent School District is ranked #14 on the list of best school districts in Texas. McKinney is home to the Central Park Campus of Collin College and two K-12 private schools: McKinney Christian Academy and Cornerstone Christian Academy.