Welcome to McKinney
A fast-growing town is known for its Southern hospitality, green spaces, and diverse residential neighborhoods.
The second-largest city in Collin County behind Plano, McKinney is the county seat and one of the nation's fastest-growing cities. Previously ranked the No. 1 best place to live in America by Money Magazine, McKinney is a picturesque city known for its genial community spirit and homey Southern charms.
Located just 30 miles north of downtown Dallas, McKinney is a hotbed for economic development. It boasts excellent schools, a robust business community, diverse residential neighborhoods, and a vibrant historic downtown district. Considered "unique by nature," McKinney residents appreciate the town's small-town feel, proximity to the Metroplex, green spaces, friendly vibe, and comfortable pace.
What to Love
- Southern hospitality
- Lush green spaces
- Excellent schools
- 30 miles from downtown Dallas
- Close to Metroplex
- Diverse residential neighborhoods
People & Lifestyle
As one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, McKinney has a booming economy, which means lots of job opportunities. Yet despite a population close to 200,000, the city retains its small-town feel and slower-paced lifestyle, which is perfect for those looking to raise a family or purchase their first home. Some of the most significant draws to the city include the thriving economy and quality education. Many of McKinney's schools have collegiate connections, and curriculums emphasize college and career prep.
McKinney's historic downtown is also a big draw. Downtown you'll find lots of art, shopping, entertainment, and nightlife options. As for housing, McKinney is brimming with beautiful properties and elegant master-planned neighborhoods. Whether you're looking for a cozy, affordable condo or a palatial estate on a spacious lot, you'll have plenty of options at your fingertips.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
Visitors and residents alike must partake in at least two authentic McKinney dining experiences at the Bill Smith Café and Jim Pizza. Opened in 1956, Bill Smith Café is a classic, mom-and-pop eatery serving chicken-fried steak and homemade pies. Jim Pizza was McKinney's first pizza joint and offers guests an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet and salad bar. Adriatica is a European-style village that will make you feel as if you've been transported directly to Europe without ever leaving the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Stroll the scenic area and appreciate the detailed architecture while shopping at some fashion-forward shops or dining at the wide array of restaurants available. You'll also want to visit the famous Adriatica lighthouse and the Bella Donna Chapel, a picturesque wedding venue inspired by Croatian churches. Downtown McKinney is one of the oldest thriving historic downtowns in Texas. Here you'll find over 120 unique shops and more than 20 restaurants. Walkthrough the square, sampling wine, take in live entertainment, partake in a daytime festival or nightlife.
Things to Do
Adults can stop for a tasting or try their hand at winemaking at the Landon Winery. You don't have to go out into the country for a winery trip, as Landon is conveniently located downtown! They also serve lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Catch a show one evening at the McKinney Performing Arts Center. This state-of-the-art venue regularly hosts a mixture of one-night-only and recurring acts, including off-Broadway productions, bluegrass performances, and more. If you stop by during the day, you can also take one of their participatory dance or fitness classes.
One of the best things about living in McKinney is the packed event calendar, especially during the holidays, with events and festivals planned for all the major ones. Scare on the Square is McKinney's official Halloween bash, while in November and December, you can get in the holiday spirit with A McKinney Christmas and the Holiday Tour of Homes.
McKinney hosts an art showcase in early April featuring more than 150 local artists at the Arts in Bloom. Fast-forward to September, and you can participate in an authentic, Bavarian-style Oktoberfest complete with German music, food and drink, dress, and even some activities for the kids.