Best Little Secret in North Texas: McKinney – #1 Place to Live

This just completed open floor plan townhome at 5728 Settlement Way in Craig Ranch has a bar area and large living area for entertaining which overlooks the green of TPC golf course. Listed for $756,000. Photo / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Money magazine has ranked McKinney, Texas, #1 in its annual Best Places to Live in America list.

With a population just shy of 150,000 about 31 miles north of Dallas, McKinney is known for its historic downtown lined with shops and restaurants, exemplary schools and booming development. It is home to the nationally ranked TPC Craig Ranch golf club and the Cooper Fitness Center – Craig Ranch, part of the internationally renowned Cooper Aerobics group.

TPC Craig Ranch, McKinney TX

Here’s a bit of what Money magazine had to say about McKinney …

“In a country so full of great places, choosing the best is no easy task. … Underlying McKinney’s homey Southern charm is a thoroughly modern city. The area is a hotbed for growth-industry jobs. … Career and college prep are big in McKinney’s schools.”

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McKinney earned this distinction based on data such as housing affordability, education, healthcare, arts and culture, and safety. The ranking also takes into account intangible factors, such as a sense of community. McKinney debuted on the list at #14 in 2008 and has climbed every year, coming in at #5 in 2010 and #2 in 2012.

Cooper Fitness Center Craig Ranch interior

In the Best Places to Live listing, Money ranks cities with populations between 50,000 and 300,000 every other year.

“We have always believed McKinney is among the very best places to live in the country – if not the best. It is incredibly rare for a city to consistently rank in the top 15 on this list, and to move from #14 to #5 to #2 and now all the way to the top of the list is an honor for our community,” said McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller. “We remain dedicated to providing residents and businesses with the best service for the best value in hopes our efforts make a difference in the lives of those who choose to call McKinney home.”

5728 Settlement Way at the Craig Ranch in McKinney - golf course

Money writers visited McKinney to interview residents and city leaders and to assess new developments in McKinney since their last visit in 2012. In addition to statistics, the list takes into account the qualities that make a great home – such as excellent schools, beautiful parks and open spaces, affordable and diverse housing, a growing job market and a vibrant downtown.

Click here to read the full report in Money.

For more luxury homes, see Click here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake

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