The 10 Best McKinney Suburbs To Live In For 2022

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 2022. This is our ninth 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 2022:

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

What's the best suburb of McKinney? Highland Park ranks as the best suburb of McKinney for 2022 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 2022

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 $218,611 a year, which is the 2nd highest in the McKinney region. And only 3.94% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,451,300 each.

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Population: 9,143
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $218,611
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 5.4%
More on Highland Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Highland Park, TX

2. Highland

Highland is the second best 'burb we looked at near McKinney for 2022.

It ranks 9th for incomes in the area and only 4.31% of residents lack insurance, good for 5th best.

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Population: 19,012
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $146,177
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 1.7%
More on Highland: Real Estate

Here in University Park, 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 University Park.

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Population: 25,027
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $247,716
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
More on University Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

University Park, TX

Coppell ranks as the 4th best suburb of McKinney for 2022.

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: 41,494
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $128,476
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 2.0%
More on Coppell: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coppell, TX

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 $650,000. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

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Population: 8,137
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $174,500
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 1.0%
More on Lucas: 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 3.64% which is 24th 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.

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Population: 78,854
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Income: $139,703
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
More on Flower Mound: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Flower Mound, TX

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.

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Population: 3,521
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $155,667
Unemployment Rate: 1.1%
Poverty Rate: 0.9%
More on Mclendon-Chisholm: Real Estate | Data

Prosper 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 4.74% of people lack insurance, good for 7th in the area.

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Population: 25,887
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Income: $153,777
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 2.5%
More on Prosper: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Prosper, TX

Is 'Everything Better In Double Oak?'


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.

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Population: 3,099
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Income: $167,000
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 2.2%
More on Double Oak: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2022 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.

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Population: 188,387
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $128,761
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.0%
More on Frisco: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Frisco, TX

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around McKinney for 2022

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 2016-2020 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, 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.

Summary: Welcome to the Best McKinney 'Burbs of 2022

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 9,143 $218,611
2 Highland, TX 19,012 $146,177
3 University Park, TX 25,027 $247,716
4 Coppell, TX 41,494 $128,476
5 Lucas, TX 8,137 $174,500
6 Flower Mound, TX 78,854 $139,703
7 Mclendon-Chisholm, TX 3,521 $155,667
8 Prosper, TX 25,887 $153,777
9 Double Oak, TX 3,099 $167,000
10 Frisco, TX 188,387 $128,761
11 Providence, TX 7,732 $84,243
12 Heath, TX 9,069 $174,154
13 Lavon, TX 3,504 $95,286
14 Murphy, TX 20,711 $140,828
15 Parker, TX 4,920 $168,811
16 Allen, TX 104,040 $113,719
17 Fairview, TX 8,998 $89,583
18 Corinth, TX 21,881 $104,239
19 Oak Point, TX 5,077 $102,946
20 Plano, TX 288,870 $96,348
21 Hickory Creek, TX 4,716 $121,913
22 Fate, TX 14,300 $109,481
23 Rockwall, TX 45,168 $100,894
24 Celina, TX 13,608 $114,807
25 Addison, TX 15,428 $75,235
26 Melissa, TX 10,774 $117,750
27 The Colony, TX 43,791 $87,748
28 Sachse, TX 25,888 $109,098
29 Shady Shores, TX 2,888 $117,083
30 Rowlett, TX 65,426 $103,627
31 Hackberry, TX 2,426 $105,741
32 Sunnyvale, TX 6,664 $134,080
33 Grapevine, TX 54,151 $94,363
34 Carrollton, TX 137,319 $82,345
35 Richardson, TX 118,583 $85,350
36 Wylie, TX 51,251 $98,484
37 Aubrey, TX 4,352 $64,777
38 Van Alstyne, TX 4,153 $74,933
39 Little Elm, TX 49,792 $94,446
40 Lewisville, TX 107,740 $67,026
41 Farmers Branch, TX 42,659 $73,695
42 Lakewood, TX 60,564 $55,723
43 Anna, TX 14,159 $89,829
44 Lake Dallas, TX 8,004 $64,805
45 Princeton, TX 12,208 $80,323
46 Irving, TX 240,475 $66,567
47 Farmersville, TX 3,560 $41,774
48 Denton, TX 139,734 $62,542
49 Garland, TX 238,622 $63,192
50 Dallas, TX 1,338,846 $54,747
51 Sherman, TX 43,239 $50,627
52 Howe, TX 3,204 $59,788
53 Pilot Point, TX 4,457 $61,520
54 Leonard, TX 2,554 $46,824

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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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