Best McKinney Suburbs To Live For 2020


We analyzed over 54 places around McKinney to identify the most kickass place to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best McKinney suburbs.

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Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of McKinney are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

What's the best suburb of McKinney? Highland Park ranks as the best suburb of McKinney for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Highland Park, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 McKinney 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.
Or feel free to check out some more reading about Texas:

The 10 Best McKinney Suburbs To Live For 2020

Highland Park, TX

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 9,145
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $207,019
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on Highland Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Highland Park is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the McKinney area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Highland Park."

Everyone here is rich; families average $207,019 a year, which is the 2nd highest in the McKinney region. And only 2.29% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,440,400 each.

University Park, TX

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 24,954
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $214,477
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
More on University Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

University Park is the second best 'burb we looked at near McKinney for 2020.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 2.4% of residents lack insurance, good for 2nd best.

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 18,362
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $133,768
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
More on Highland: Real Estate

Here in Highland, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the McKinney metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Highland.

Coppell, TX

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 41,512
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Income: $123,802
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.2%
More on Coppell: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coppell ranks as the 4th best suburb of McKinney for 2020.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Coppell and the schools are some of the best around.

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10
/10

Population: 3,065
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $151,958
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
More on Double Oak: Real Estate | Data

Coming in as the fifth best is Double Oak.

Double Oak gets kudos for having the 6th most expensive homes in the McKinney area, where houses sell for an average of $452,500. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Flower Mound, TX

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 73,252
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Income: $134,184
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
More on Flower Mound: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Flower Mound is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 3.72% which is 20th best in the area.

According to online reports, Flower Mound is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the McKinney area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Prosper, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 19,103
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $140,815
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on Prosper: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Prosper.

Prosper schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 8.8 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Frisco, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 165,700
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $127,133
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on Frisco: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Frisco is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 6.13% of people lack insurance, good for 13th in the area.

Review Of Frisco by HomeSnacks User

I love Frisco, specifically Frisco Square, with its cozy vibe. It's a small area, but it has great restaurants, a library, movie theater, and senior center to keep it alive. In the winter, the whole place is alive with lights that create a very picturesque scene.

The people and restaurants stand out. The people are nice wherever you go, and there is a diversity of delicious restaurants, whether you're looking for casual or formal dining.

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/10

Population: 2,589
Rank Last Year: -
Median Income: $131,964
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Poverty Rate: 2.2%
More on Mclendon-Chisholm: Real Estate | Data

Is 'Everything Better In McLendon-Chisholm?'

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Fairview, TX

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,665
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 7)
Median Income: $92,159
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.5%
More on Fairview: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is Fairview.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around McKinney for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs around McKinney was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2014-2018 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of McKinney.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 53 suburbs to evaluate around McKinney.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 53 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near McKinney." We're lookin' at you, Highland Park. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Welcome to the Best McKinney 'Burbs of 2020

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like McKinney, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

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Detailed List Of The Best McKinney Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Highland Park, TX 9,145 $207,019
2 University Park, TX 24,954 $214,477
3 Highland, TX 18,362 $133,768
4 Coppell, TX 41,512 $123,802
5 Double Oak, TX 3,065 $151,958
6 Flower Mound, TX 73,252 $134,184
7 Prosper, TX 19,103 $140,815
8 Frisco, TX 165,700 $127,133
9 Mclendon-Chisholm, TX 2,589 $131,964
10 Fairview, TX 8,665 $92,159
11 Fate, TX 11,705 $108,237
12 Providence, TX 7,300 $78,382
13 Melissa, TX 8,492 $113,532
14 Lucas, TX 7,217 $173,750
15 Sunnyvale, TX 6,284 $137,969
16 Allen, TX 99,255 $106,736
17 Murphy, TX 20,528 $132,589
18 Celina, TX 9,354 $112,176
19 Lavon, TX 3,061 $86,583
20 Heath, TX 8,410 $155,488
21 Plano, TX 284,579 $92,121
22 Sachse, TX 25,133 $101,253
23 Hickory Creek, TX 4,442 $107,731
24 Oak Point, TX 3,878 $86,162
25 The Colony, TX 42,215 $83,094
26 Shady Shores, TX 2,828 $106,719
27 Corinth, TX 21,158 $96,670
28 Rockwall, TX 43,157 $92,269
29 Addison, TX 15,626 $73,383
30 Grapevine, TX 52,486 $85,722
31 Richardson, TX 114,402 $80,953
32 Rowlett, TX 62,127 $96,286
33 Wylie, TX 49,248 $93,637
34 Parker, TX 4,534 $137,714
35 Anna, TX 12,271 $88,065
36 Little Elm, TX 42,889 $95,377
37 Carrollton, TX 133,438 $75,820
38 Farmers Branch, TX 35,552 $71,032
39 Aubrey, TX 3,313 $68,125
40 Farmersville, TX 3,469 $44,637
41 Lakewood, TX 59,606 $50,175
42 Lewisville, TX 104,789 $63,056
43 Lake Dallas, TX 7,832 $67,908
44 Van Alstyne, TX 3,682 $63,393
45 Irving, TX 238,637 $61,937
46 Princeton, TX 9,765 $63,635
47 Denton, TX 133,661 $56,489
48 Garland, TX 237,982 $58,999
49 Dallas, TX 1,318,806 $50,100
50 Pilot Point, TX 4,292 $49,928
51 Leonard, TX 2,265 $39,554
52 Howe, TX 2,945 $54,268
53 Sherman, TX 41,149 $46,940

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.