McKinney #1 on Money Magazine 2014 “Best Places to Live” List
The elements that made McKinney unique from its beginnings are the same that continue to attract residents, visitors and businesses to our community today. Beautiful tree-lined streets, diverse residential neighborhoods, outstanding educational opportunities, a robust business environment, a charming historic downtown and a strong sense of community make this city stand out. The city’s Unique by nature brand is more than a tagline, it embodies the community’s willingness to work together to make McKinney a great place to be. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation, residents, businesses and visitors show that they strongly embrace the community’s vision and strong overall quality of life.
Just 30 miles north of downtown Dallas, McKinney is a picturesque city with a small-town feel that is quite different from the Metroplex’s urban sprawl. Our friendly charm, green spaces and comfortable pace, with a population of 180,000, is one of the fastest-growing cities in America.
A Stand-Out Community
The nation continues to recognize McKinney as a stand-out community. MoneyMagazine ranked the city the #1 Best Place to Live in America in 2014. Factors considered included employment, schools, crime and safety, as well as overall quality of life aspects including a feeling of community pride. This adds to the accolades the city has already received.
Year-round outdoor activities
National Airport – good for business and the community
Fitness and recreation activities through Parks and Recreation – The Apex Centre opened in 2017
Abundant hike and bike trails
Embracing history and offering community solutions for today
Abundant dining options
Unique shopping on the square
Festivals throughout the year
Places to enjoy friends and fun times
Open spaces for today and tomorrow
While many factors combine to make this city a truly special place in America, it is the people who bring these vibrant qualities to life. That community spirit is evident in a friendly, safe and inviting city that holds strong ties to its roots and history while enjoying rapid economic development and continually adding new amenities that compliment and expand our unique quality of life.
On March 24, 1849, William Davis, who owned 3,000 acres where McKinney now stands, donated 120 acres for the townsite. Ten years later, the city incorporated, and in 1913, the town adopted the commission form of government.
For the first 125 years of its history, the city served as the principal commercial center for the county. The county seat provided farmers with flour, corn, and cotton mills, cotton gins, a cotton compress, and a cottonseed oil mill, as well as banks, churches, schools, newspapers, and from the 1880s, an opera house. Businesses also came to include a textile mill, an ice company, a large dairy, and a garment-manufacturing company. The population grew from 35 in 1848 to 4,714 in 1912. By 1953, the city had a population of more than 10,000 and 355 businesses. The town continued to serve as an agribusiness center for the county until the late 1960s.
By 1970, McKinney was surpassed in size by Plano. The city experienced moderate population growth, from 15,193 in the 1970 census, to 21,283 in the 1990 census. By the mid-1980s, the town had become a commuter center for residents who worked in Plano and Dallas. In 1985, it had a population of just over 16,000 and supported 254 businesses. Since then, McKinney’s rate of increase has been much more dramatic. In the 2000 census, the city had grown to 54,369 with 2,005 businesses and in the 2010 census the population had more than doubled to 131,117 residents. The Census Bureau’s most recent estimated population (July 1, 2015) is 162,898. The most recent population estimate, produced by the city as of January 1, 2017, is 168,358.
Both the city and the county were named for Collin McKinney, signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, and a congressman for the Red River district of the Republic of Texas. He was the author of a bill establishing counties in the northern part of the state.
Demographics, Census & Reports
The information below offers general demographic information, produced by city staff and the U.S. Census Bureau.
Population Estimate for January 1, 2018 is 179,804 people.
Annual Population Growth
Historical Population Estimates
The U.S. Census Bureau conducts the Decennial Census of the national population every ten years. The 2010 Decennial Census was conducted on April 1, 2010, and information from this census will be released over the next several months and years.
All information below can be found directly from the U.S. Census Bureau .
- City of McKinney Census 2010 Redistricting Data (Population, Housing Occupancy, Racial Distribution)
- Census 2010 Most Populous Places in Texas
- See State of Texas data and compare Collin and Other Counties in Texas
Five school districts serve residents in this city:
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