McKinney has an overall rating of A+ for Lifestyle and ranks as the 17th best place to live in Dallas / Fort Worth. The McKinney ISD schools rating is also A+. The Texas Education Agency's rating for McKinney ISD is in this link.
McKinney is the northernmost suburb on the Hwy 75 corridor about 35 miles north of Downtown Dallas. The city has been the fastest growing city in the US several times since 2000 and has a population of about 140,000.
There are two distinct districts within McKinney. East McKinney, east of Hwy 75, and West McKinney just west of Hwy 75.
East McKinney has older neighborhoods and the Downtown Square where the County Courthouse for Collin County is located. East McKinney has beautiful older homes set on large lots under a canopy of ancient trees. Neighborhoods of smaller old homes also survive, offering neighborhoods like your grandma grew up in. Along Hwy 75, several shopping centers and new car dealers, supply the town with every level of shopping. The old town square is a bustling busy area where excellent restaurants and nightclubs are mixed with antique stores and professional offices.
East McKinney is a great place for a young couple interested in restoring or living in an old home in a neighborhood right out of a picture book. Many of the older neighborhoods have been preserved intact and the residents intend to maintain the comfortable lifestyle these old neighborhoods offer.
McKinney west of Hwy 75, is primarily an upscale bedroom community with several private and public golf courses, fine schools and good local shopping centers spread out among rolling tree-shaded avenues. One of the largest planned communities in the US, Stonebridge Ranch, is located in West McKinney. The lifestyle here is family oriented, affluent and upbeat. Hiking and biking trails follow most main streets in West McKinney and curve around the numerous golf courses. The scenery in West McKinney is beautiful as you drive along the main streets and avenues, all of which are landscaped including planned vistas over the golf courses and hills.
Most neighborhoods have their own elementary schools, playgrounds and pools. Stonebridge has numerous pools and playgrounds and a unique sand beach located on a small lake. The main thing West McKinney is known for is its numerous public and private golf courses. McKinney is one of the few areas in the nation where you can have a beautiful home on or near the golf course, at a reasonable price. It’s a great lifestyle.