Texas Highways Top 40 Destinations
McKinney also received accolades for being the #17 Best Destination on Texas Highways Magazine’s Top 40 Texas Destinations list, as voted on by their readers, in 2014.
is a mixture of the old and the new, with antique shops and historical buildings sitting side-by-side with high-tech industry leaders. With a population of more than 50,000, McKinney is located 35 miles north of downtown Dallas and is located in Collin County with a population of 54,379. The average appraisal value for a single-family home in McKinney is $148,000; average apartment rent is $629 and an average income of $63 366. McKinney is home to Blockbuster’s national distribution and data processing center and Raytheon TI Systems, as well as other companies. Improvements to the McKinney Municipal Airport, making it attractive to corporate jets, will enhance future growth.
McKinney has a strong commitment to its past, as evidenced by Chestnut Square, a block of turn-of-the-century restored homes. These are among the more than 1,700 historic homes and buildings in McKinney’s three historic districts. McKinney displays 68 historical markers. McKinney ISD has a growing school system of 12 schools with an enrollment of 13,521. Higher education is available at the Central Park Campus of the Collin County Community College District, whose doors opened in 1986 and now has an enrollment of about 2,000 credit and 1,000 noncredit students per semester. For those interested in sports, McKinney offers public and private golf courses, tennis, swimming, and other team sports. For fishing, boating, and water sports, area lakes are within close driving distance. McKinney has 18 public parks.