In what is now Collin County, pioneers originally settled there and named the budding town after a pioneer named Collin McKinney, who helped draft and signed the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico in 1836. Over time, McKinney became a large source of many crops and resources to the surrounding areas, allowing for the creation of bigger and better facilities in the ever growing city. Ever since it’s inception, McKinney has continued to grow, more bustling and beautiful than ever. McKinney was named the #1 Best Place to Live in the country by Money Magazine in 2014. “Unique by Nature”.
McKinney is home to many beautiful neighborhoods, ranging in price and size. Stonebridge, Trinity Falls, Adriatica, Estates of Verona, Craig Ranch, Heatherwood, Sorrellwood Park, Saddlebrook Crossing, Westridge, and Ballantre are just a few of them.
McKinney has 21 elementary schools (McNeil, Caldwell, Wilmeth, etc), 5 middle schools (Cockrill, Dowell, Evans, Faubion, and Scott Johnson), and 3 high schools (McKinney Boyd, McKinney North, and McKinney High).
Home to large parks, walking trails, and smaller lakes, there’s always things to do in McKinney. Town Lake, Erwin Park, and Bonnie Wenk are among the large list of parks and trails in the area. If shopping is more your style, there is no shortage of that with several different shopping centers at Craig Ranch and at 380/75. A Cinemark is in progress at Hardin/380 and a Costco in that area too. There are many unique, vintage, beautiful areas as well such as downtown square in McKinney East of 75, off of Virginia/Tennessee and Adriatica Village at Virginia/Stonebridge. Plenty of sports complexes are around as well, such as McKinney Soccer Complex, Apex Center, and the Community Center.