Money Magazine ranked McKinney as the #1 Best Place to Live in America in 2014. McKinney was featured in the top 5 on the list since 2010. Money editors and writers look at data about employment, schools, crime and safety, and also evaluate each city’s overall quality of life to determine the rankings.
The city's downtown square offers more than 120 unique shops and more than a dozen exceptional restaurants, including upscale restaurants featuring award-winning chefs, sandwich and coffee shops, outdoor patio dining and neighborhood pubs. If shopping is your thing, downtown McKinney offers an assortment of specialty shops, art galleries featuring the works of local artists, furniture stores, antique collections, gift shops and apparel boutiques.
The original Collin County Courthouse stands at the center of McKinney's historic downtown square. Reborn in 2006 as the McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC), the performing arts venue features a 480-seat theater suitable for intimate arts performances, lectures and events. Thousands of people flock to downtown for annual events such as Bike the Bricks, Oktoberfest and Home for the Holidays - A McKinney Christmas.
McKinney's diverse economy includes a healthy mix of retail, office and manufacturing. Some of McKinney's leading employers include Raytheon, Lattimor Materials, Encore Wire, McKinney Medical Center, United American Insurance, Timber Blind Manufacturing, Orthofix and Simpson Strong-Tie.
McKinney National Airport
McKinney National Airport is rapidly emerging as the new corporate airport of choice for businesses operating in the North Dallas area. The airport is currently home to the largest and most active corporate flight departments in the Dallas area, and is the North Texas airport of choice for business and personal aviation transportation.
McKinney National Airport is located between SH 121, U.S. 75 and SH 380 and is minutes from downtown Dallas, Richardson's Telecom Corridor and the Millennium and Legacy Business Parks.