With excellent schools, beautiful natural parks and open spaces, affordable and diverse housing, plenty of jobs and a vibrant downtown, McKinney has become one of the most desirable places to live, not just in the Dallas metroplex, but in the United States as ranked by Money Magazine. The average home price in McKinney is $339,000 according to Realtor.com.
McKinney offers chain restaurants, sit-down and fast food, throughout town, and one-of-a-kind options at several family-owned-and-operated eateries like the nostalgic diner, Bill Smith’s Café, opened in McKinney in 1956. Local wineries and vineyards, performing arts center and golf are among the activities available. Specialty shops, art galleries, local eateries, and frequent events are major attractions in McKinney’s picturesque downtown. Nature takes center stage at a plethora of parks and the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, while local history is on display at the Chestnut Square Historic Village, a collection of historic homes and replica structures from the 1854-1920 time period.
The McKinney Independent School District offers outstanding schools. One of the fastest growing school districts in Texas, McKinney ISD currently enrolls more than 24,500 students in 20 elementary schools, five middle schools, four alternative schools and one early childhood education school. The city currently has three high schools – McKinney High School, McKinney North High School and McKinney Boyd High School. The SAT/ACT scores exceed national averages.