Living in McKinney
Quality of Life
McKinney's gently rolling hills, tree-lined neighborhoods, historic downtown and beautiful parks give the city a quaint, small-town feel, quite different from the metroplex's urban sprawl.
The friendly charm and comfortable pace belies the fact that McKinney, with a population of more than 168,000 people, is one of the fastest-growing cities in America.
A Place to Call Home
For housing, McKinney offers unique neighborhoods for every lifestyle and income level. McKinney schools, from the school district to Collin College, have earned a reputation for excellence.
Historic homes wrap around McKinney's downtown, one of the oldest authentic and thriving historic downtowns in Texas. The downtown commercial district offers more than 100 unique shops and more than a dozen unique restaurants. The original Collin County Courthouse, now the McKinney Performing Arts Center, stands at the center of McKinney's historic downtown square.
Retail and dining establishments are also located throughout McKinney, including El Dorado / U.S. 75 and S.H. 380 / U.S. 75. For a very unusual treat, visit the retail shops and restaurants at Adriatica, McKinney's own replica of a Croatian sea village.
Parks & Recreation
Outdoor and sports enthusiasts will also find much to love in McKinney with more than 1,000 acres of parks and outdoor venues. The Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary is a 289-acre outdoor preserve and nature museum. Erwin Park offers one of the most demanding mountain bike trails in the area.
The picturesque Towne Lake recreation area, one of McKinney's beautiful city parks, features a lake with swan paddle boats, trails, picnic pavilions and playgrounds. Many golf courses and other sports complexes dot the city. And for fitness, McKinney is home to the Cooper Fitness Center and the Michael Johnson Performance Center in Craig Ranch.