The 10 Best McKinney Suburbs To Live For 2021

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

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best McKinney suburbs.

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 to live around McKinney for 2021:

  1. Highland Park
  2. University Park
  3. Highland
  4. Coppell
  5. Lucas
  6. Prosper
  7. McLendon-Chisholm
  8. Flower Mound
  9. Frisco
  10. Fairview

What's the best suburb of McKinney? Highland Park ranks as the best suburb of McKinney for 2021 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.

Feel free to check out some more reading about Texas:

The 10 Best McKinney Suburbs To Live For 2021

Highland Park, TX

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Population: 9,168
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $211,136
Unemployment Rate: 1.4%
Poverty Rate: 2.3%
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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 $211,136 a year, which is the 2nd highest in the McKinney region. And only 1.43% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,508,900 each.

University Park, TX

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Population: 25,036
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $224,485
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
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University Park is the second best 'burb we looked at near McKinney for 2021.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 2.44% of residents lack insurance, good for 2nd best.

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Population: 18,726
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $139,453
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
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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

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Population: 41,645
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $122,340
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
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Coppell ranks as the 4th best suburb of McKinney for 2021.

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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Population: 7,763
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 9)
Median Income: $160,278
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 0.7%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Lucas.

Lucas gets kudos for having the 3rd most expensive homes in the McKinney area, where houses sell for an average of $594,400. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Prosper, TX

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Population: 22,517
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $146,733
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 2.4%
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Prosper 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 2.05% which is 8th best in the area.

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

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Population: 2,912
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Income: $147,542
Unemployment Rate: 1.4%
Poverty Rate: 1.1%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to McLendon-Chisholm.

McLendon-Chisholm 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 28.8 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Flower Mound, TX

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Population: 76,555
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Income: $137,285
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
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Flower Mound 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 5.18% of people lack insurance, good for 10th in the area.

Frisco, TX

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Population: 177,020
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $127,055
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
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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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Population: 8,832
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $94,507
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2021 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 2021

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 2015-2019 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 2021

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.

For more Texas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best McKinney Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Highland Park, TX 9,168 $211,136
2 University Park, TX 25,036 $224,485
3 Highland, TX 18,726 $139,453
4 Coppell, TX 41,645 $122,340
5 Lucas, TX 7,763 $160,278
6 Prosper, TX 22,517 $146,733
7 Mclendon-Chisholm, TX 2,912 $147,542
8 Flower Mound, TX 76,555 $137,285
9 Frisco, TX 177,020 $127,055
10 Fairview, TX 8,832 $94,507
11 Double Oak, TX 3,066 $144,313
12 Celina, TX 11,116 $124,375
13 Providence, TX 7,407 $80,697
14 Murphy, TX 20,612 $126,196
15 Lavon, TX 3,271 $89,474
16 Allen, TX 101,699 $105,925
17 Heath, TX 8,709 $155,781
18 Melissa, TX 9,487 $118,348
19 Fate, TX 12,787 $110,373
20 Plano, TX 287,064 $95,602
21 Oak Point, TX 4,410 $90,625
22 Corinth, TX 21,491 $103,099
23 Sunnyvale, TX 6,484 $132,488
24 Hickory Creek, TX 4,574 $109,766
25 Rockwall, TX 44,101 $95,653
26 The Colony, TX 43,005 $87,187
27 Sachse, TX 25,607 $102,175
28 Grapevine, TX 53,317 $91,143
29 Rowlett, TX 63,793 $101,085
30 Richardson, TX 116,432 $85,678
31 Addison, TX 15,302 $74,986
32 Little Elm, TX 45,967 $98,803
33 Carrollton, TX 135,834 $78,306
34 Anna, TX 13,052 $95,136
35 Parker, TX 4,722 $134,495
36 Shady Shores, TX 2,843 $95,045
37 Wylie, TX 49,759 $92,395
38 Farmers Branch, TX 39,039 $74,464
39 Lakewood, TX 60,111 $51,972
40 Aubrey, TX 3,731 $68,316
41 Lewisville, TX 106,386 $64,493
42 Princeton, TX 10,846 $67,204
43 Van Alstyne, TX 3,906 $67,772
44 Irving, TX 239,783 $64,868
45 Denton, TX 136,195 $60,018
46 Garland, TX 238,418 $61,211
47 Lake Dallas, TX 8,016 $64,073
48 Dallas, TX 1,330,612 $52,580
49 Sherman, TX 42,432 $47,397
50 Farmersville, TX 3,496 $44,464
51 Howe, TX 3,075 $56,524
52 Pilot Point, TX 4,364 $60,158
53 Leonard, TX 2,481 $43,063

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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.

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