These Are The 10 Best McKinney Suburbs For 2018


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

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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…

Here are the 10 best suburbs around McKinney for 2018:

  1. University Park (Photos | Homes)
  2. Highland Park (Photos | Homes)
  3. Highland (Homes)
  4. Double Oak (Homes)
  5. Coppell (Photos | Homes)
  6. Flower Mound (Photos | Homes)
  7. Heath (Photos | Homes)
  8. Frisco (Photos | Homes)
  9. Fate (Photos | Homes)
  10. Mclendon-Chisholm (Homes)

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 2018

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 (2012-2016) 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 54 suburbs to evaluate around McKinney.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 54 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.

1. University Park

University Park, Texas

Population: 24,346
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Median Home Price: $1,102,500
Median Income: $198,438
More on University Park: Real Estate | Data

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 $198,438 a year, which is the 1st highest in the McKinney region. And only 3.6% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,102,500 each.

2. Highland Park

Highland Park, Texas

Population: 8,986
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Median Home Price: $1,253,600
Median Income: $189,485
More on Highland Park: Real Estate | Data

Highland Park is the second best ‘burb we looked at near McKinney for 2018.

It ranks 2nd for incomes in the area and only 3.3% of residents lack insurance, good for 3rd best.

3. Highland

Population: 17,544
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Median Home Price: $461,500
Median Income: $122,666
More on Highland: Real Estate | Data

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.

4. Double Oak

Population: 3,028
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Median Home Price: $400,200
Median Income: $138,482
More on Double Oak: Real Estate | Data

Double Oak ranks as the 4th best suburb of McKinney for 2018.

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

5. Coppell

Coppell, Texas

Population: 40,631
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Median Home Price: $317,900
Median Income: $114,839
More on Coppell: Real Estate | Data

Coming in as the fifth best is Coppell.

Coppell gets kudos for having the 11th most expensive homes in the McKinney area, where houses sell for an average of $317,900. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Flower Mound

Flower Mound, Texas

Population: 69,966
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Median Home Price: $292,600
Median Income: $123,492
More on Flower Mound: Real Estate | Data

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 4.0% which is 17th 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.

7. Heath

Heath, Texas

Population: 7,992
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Median Home Price: $407,000
Median Income: $150,319
More on Heath: Real Estate | Data

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

Heath 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 26.6 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. Frisco

Frisco, Texas

Population: 145,646
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Median Home Price: $300,900
Median Income: $117,642
More on Frisco: Real Estate | Data

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 7.5% of people lack insurance, good for 13th in the area.

9. Fate

Fate, Texas

Population: 9,234
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Median Home Price: $195,500
Median Income: $99,667
More on Fate: Real Estate | Data

Is ‘Everything Better In Fate?’

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.

10. Mclendon-Chisholm

Population: 2,005
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Median Home Price: $345,800
Median Income: $111,607
More on McLendon-Chisholm: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is McLendon-Chisholm.

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.

Welcome to the Best McKinney ‘Burbs of 2018

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 Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 University Park 24,346 3.6% $1,102,500 $198,438
2 Highland Park 8,986 5.4% $1,253,600 $189,485
3 Highland 17,544 5.0% $461,500 $122,666
4 Double Oak 3,028 3.9% $400,200 $138,482
5 Coppell 40,631 3.0% $317,900 $114,839
6 Flower Mound 69,966 4.0% $292,600 $123,492
7 Heath 7,992 5.8% $407,000 $150,319
8 Frisco 145,646 3.9% $300,900 $117,642
9 Fate 9,234 3.5% $195,500 $99,667
10 Mclendon-Chisholm 2,005 2.2% $345,800 $111,607
11 Prosper 15,236 2.5% $378,700 $120,270
12 Murphy 20,015 5.2% $304,100 $118,843
13 Allen 94,710 4.3% $234,600 $102,215
14 Melissa 6,844 2.2% $193,100 $101,518
15 Fairview 8,235 6.2% $331,900 $73,339
16 Providence 7,122 2.2% $244,400 $70,645
17 Lavon 2,663 1.9% $182,700 $75,185
18 Sachse 23,329 3.6% $184,200 $93,270
19 Parker 4,241 4.8% $485,300 $133,494
20 Shady Shores 2,805 6.4% $285,000 $101,477
21 Celina 7,236 2.6% $255,200 $94,856
22 Oak Point 3,271 2.7% $179,400 $89,543
23 Plano 279,088 4.8% $248,800 $85,085
24 Addison 15,363 4.3% $307,300 $70,559
25 Corinth 20,764 4.9% $191,500 $87,167
26 Sunnyvale 5,871 7.1% $311,400 $126,250
27 Hickory Creek 3,939 4.9% $210,700 $94,000
28 Lucas 6,585 10.3% $480,400 $133,419
29 Rockwall 41,672 4.7% $205,700 $89,173
30 Grapevine 50,538 3.3% $258,400 $81,571
31 Wylie 45,655 5.1% $163,500 $82,139
32 Little Elm 35,553 4.9% $177,100 $87,933
33 Richardson 108,350 5.6% $209,500 $74,877
34 Rowlett 59,203 6.7% $168,500 $85,565
35 The Colony 40,757 6.3% $159,400 $73,830
36 Carrollton 129,266 4.5% $183,100 $70,072
37 Anna 10,335 3.9% $155,500 $76,198
38 Hackberry 2,022 4.0% $171,100 $86,912
39 Lake Dallas 7,575 6.7% $150,800 $68,785
40 Lewisville 102,327 4.9% $161,700 $57,549
41 Aubrey 3,002 7.1% $132,800 $59,063
42 Lakewood 59,489 10.8% $218,600 $45,261
43 Farmersville 3,416 3.1% $124,300 $51,654
44 Farmers Branch 32,211 5.6% $152,000 $61,255
45 Princeton 8,278 4.6% $138,200 $51,952
46 Irving 232,013 5.9% $147,500 $54,868
47 Van Alstyne 3,265 4.9% $117,500 $50,670
48 Garland 234,810 7.8% $121,400 $53,220
49 Denton 128,421 7.9% $162,700 $50,487
50 Dallas 1,278,433 6.8% $142,600 $45,215
51 Leonard 2,125 6.2% $84,800 $38,510
52 Howe 2,692 7.8% $100,700 $51,840
53 Pilot Point 4,202 11.7% $112,900 $50,898
54 Sherman 40,112 8.3% $102,100 $43,557

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