These Are The 10 Best McKinney Suburbs For 2019

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

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth 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…

If you happen to be a resident of University 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.

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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around McKinney for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs 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 (2013-2017) 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 55 suburbs to evaluate around McKinney.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 55 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, University Park.

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.

University Park, TX

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Population: 24,692
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $211,741
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
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University Park is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the McKinney area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome University Park.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $211,741 a year, which is the 1st highest in the McKinney region. And only 3.1% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,193,800 each.

Highland Park, TX

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Population: 9,071
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $200,208
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.1%
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Highland Park is the second best ‘burb we looked at near McKinney for 2019.

It ranks 2nd for incomes in the area and only 2.7% of residents lack insurance, good for 2nd best.

3. Highland

Highland Location In Utah

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Population: 17,952
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $128,938
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
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.

Flower Mound, TX

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Population: 71,575
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Income: $128,426
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on Flower Mound: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Flower Mound ranks as the 4th best suburb of McKinney for 2019.

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

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Population: 3,053
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $138,333
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Double Oak.

Double Oak gets kudos for having the 8th most expensive homes in the McKinney area, where houses sell for an average of $410,500. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Coppell, TX

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Population: 41,138
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $119,936
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
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Coppell 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 3.1% which is 10th best in the area.

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

Prosper, TX

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Population: 17,107
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Income: $133,971
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
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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.

Fate, TX

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Population: 10,339
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $102,426
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 1.3%
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Fate 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 6.0% of people lack insurance, good for 10th in the area.

Heath, TX

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Population: 8,153
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Income: $153,253
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
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Is ‘Everything Better In Heath?’


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.

Frisco, TX

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Population: 155,363
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Median Income: $120,701
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Frisco.

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.

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.

Welcome to the Best McKinney ‘Burbs of 2019

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 University Park 24,692 $211,741
2 Highland Park 9,071 $200,208
3 Highland 17,952 $128,938
4 Flower Mound 71,575 $128,426
5 Double Oak 3,053 $138,333
6 Coppell 41,138 $119,936
7 Prosper 17,107 $133,971
8 Fate 10,339 $102,426
9 Heath 8,153 $153,253
10 Frisco 155,363 $120,701
11 Copper Canyon 2,277 $127,576
12 Murphy 20,361 $128,519
13 Allen 96,865 $104,132
14 Melissa 7,682 $104,390
15 Sunnyvale 6,077 $137,721
16 Lavon 2,832 $81,979
17 Providence 7,173 $73,056
18 Fairview 8,473 $78,221
19 Plano 281,566 $88,578
20 Sachse 24,303 $97,759
21 Celina 7,910 $96,139
22 Shady Shores 2,834 $103,313
23 Corinth 20,908 $91,336
24 Oak Point 3,503 $91,250
25 Bartonville 2,038 $139,250
26 Addison 15,455 $73,813
27 Hickory Creek 4,326 $98,893
28 Parker 4,388 $136,557
29 Lucas 6,870 $151,188
30 Grapevine 51,733 $83,675
31 Rockwall 42,316 $92,665
32 Little Elm 39,471 $93,094
33 The Colony 41,388 $76,613
34 Richardson 111,055 $76,719
35 Rowlett 60,357 $90,391
36 Anna 11,318 $84,223
37 Carrollton 131,240 $73,218
38 Wylie 47,855 $88,450
39 Hackberry 2,246 $92,727
40 Farmers Branch 33,808 $65,810
41 Aubrey 3,126 $65,547
42 Lakewood 59,102 $47,636
43 Lake Dallas 7,716 $72,722
44 Lewisville 103,638 $59,964
45 Farmersville 3,440 $50,580
46 Princeton 8,947 $57,374
47 Irving 235,648 $58,196
48 Van Alstyne 3,437 $60,848
49 Denton 131,097 $52,164
50 Garland 235,965 $55,637
51 Dallas 1,300,122 $47,285
52 Howe 2,793 $60,217
53 Leonard 2,244 $38,929
54 Sherman 40,543 $44,884
55 Pilot Point 4,246 $47,261

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.

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