Life Is Good In McKinney
Only about 30 minutes north of Lake Ray Hubbard, just past Allen, sits the county seat of Collin County. When it comes to population, McKinney is the second largest city in the county and the 19th largest in all of Texas. In 2014, it had more than 156,000 residents, with thousands of people each day visiting the many sights and sounds of this wonderful city. McKinney (and the county) got its name from Collin McKinney, a congressman for the Red River district of the Republic of Texas. McKinney not only signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, he also penned a bill establishing counties in Northern Texas. During the city’s first century, the city served as the primary commercial center for the county. As the county seat, it provided farmers with flour and corn, as well as cotton mills, cotton gins, a cotton compress, and a cottonseed oil mill. The city continued to serve as Collin County’s agricultural center until well into the 1960s.
In September of 2014, Money Magazine ranked McKinney first place among the Best Places to Live in the United States. This was one step up from the previous list in 2012, when it was ranked second. This has a lot to do with the city’s reputation for amazing employment opportunities, highly-ranked schools, and extremely low crime rate.
Another reason why McKinney is so popular is its wide array of amenities. The city is home to one of the oldest, most authentic historic downtown districts in the state. What was once the center of all commercial and social activity for Collin County, downtown McKinney continues to serve as a retail, dining, and entertainment destination. The district boasts unique homes, museums, boutiques, and galleries. Every second Saturday of the month, the downtown stays open late with art galleries and live music. Downtown is also home to several breweries and wineries, most of which offer tasting tours every weekend.
McKinney also hosts dozens of annual events that attract people for miles around. Some (not all) of these include: the Smiles Charity Concert and Fireworks in May, which raises money to help build homes for disabled veterans and their families; the Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank-Off in July, where contestants create exotic flavors of homemade ice cream to be enjoyed and judged by others; the Scare on the Square in October, in which kids can safely Trick-or-Treat amongst the shops and boutiques downtown; and the Holiday Parade of Lights in December, when floats are decorated with Christmas lights and driven through the district…and of course they don’t forget a visit from Santa!
Most students in McKinney attend one of the best districts in the state of Texas. McKinney Independent School Districthas received numerous awards and achievements through the years, and several of its campuses were named on the NCEA list for Higher Performing Schools. A small portion of students in the city attend Frisco ISD, Prosper ISD, and Allen ISD.
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