McKInney, TX named #5 Top City To Live In!

  • 5. McKinney, TX

McKinney
WINNER

Top 100 rank: 5
Population: 125,000
Unemployment: 7.8%
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Lots of towns near Dallas have low crime, affordable homes, and good jobs; McKinney is no exception. What makes it stand out is its gem of a downtown. Lovingly restored 19th-century buildings house restaurants, boutiques, and galleries; the 1875 courthouse contains a new performing-arts center.

McKinney’s employment opportunities are robust, sparing many residents a rush-hour drive of up to an hour to Dallas. Defense contractor Raytheon has a 3,700-person division here, and a mix of businesses in financial services, medical technology, and eco-friendly manufacturing are moving in.

Though McKinney has grown like mad over the past decade, you’d never suspect it when driving through its tree-filled communities surrounded by ponds, parks, and hiking trails. —Vanessa Richardson

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McKinney stats
  City stats Best places avg.
Median family income
(per year)
$107,046 $90,957
Job growth %
(2000-2009)*
124.34% 15.71%
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Median home price $175,820 $239,391
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Test scores reading
(% above/below state average)
6.3% 22.9%
Test scores math
(% above/below average)
7.1% 22.9%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 2 2
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 22 24
Restaurants
(within 15 miles)
2,758 2,967
High temp in July ° F 93.4° 86.2°
Low temp in Jan ° F 31.6° 21.3°
Median age 31.8 35.3

Financial City stats Best places avg.
Median family income
(per year)
$107,046 $90,957
Family purchasing power
(annual, cost-of-living adjusted)
$116,735 $86,860
State sales tax 6.25% 5.45%
State income tax rate
(highest bracket)
N.A. 7.35%
State income tax rate
(lowest bracket)
N.A. 2.96%
Auto insurance premiums
(Average price quotes, for the state)
$1,763 $1,707
Job growth %
(2000-2009)*
124.34% 15.71%
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Housing
Median home price $175,820 $239,391
Average property taxes
(2009)
$4,515 $3,418
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Education
Colleges, universities and
professional schools (within 30 miles)
12 25
Test scores reading
(% above/below state average)
6.3% 22.9%
Test scores math
(% above/below average)
7.1% 22.9%
% students attending public/private
schools (located within town limits)
96.1/3.9 87.8/12.2
Quality of life
Air quality index*
(% of days AQI ranked as good)
81.0% 77.8%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 2 2
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 22 24
Median commute time (in minutes) 23.9 21.4
% population with commute
45 mins. or longer
20.7% 13.6%
% population walk or bike to work 2.0% 3.6%
Leisure and culture
Movie theaters
(within 15 miles)
27 31
Restaurants
(within 15 miles)
2,758 2,967
Bars
(within 15 miles)
45 207
Public golf courses
(within 30 miles)
152 162
Libraries
(within 15 miles)
34 72
Museums (accredited by AAM;
within 30 miles)
5 10
Ski resorts (within 100 miles) N.A. 12
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 0.4 1.5
Weather
Annual rainfall
(inches)
40.46 37.40
% clear days in the area 37 29
High temp in July ° F 93.4° 86.2°
Low temp in Jan ° F 31.6° 21.3°
Median age 31.8 35.3
Completed at least some college
(% of residents)
75.8% 71.5%
Married % 69.4% 56.6%
Divorced % 7.3% 8.4%
Racial diversity index
(100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity)
79.8 94.9
From the August 2010 issue
Notes: *County data