McKinney No. 2 on Money Magazines Best Places to Live List

In the August 2012 issue of Money Magazine, McKinney ranked No. 2 on the best places to live in America. McKinney is the only Texas city in the top 10. Money editors and writers look at employment, schools, crime and safety and overall quality of life aspects to come up with the list.

When writers visited McKinney, they ranked the city highly based on beautiful natural parks and open spaces, affordable and diverse housing, plenty of jobs and a vibrant downtown that offers lots to do for residents.

“The city offers plenty of housing options, from starter homes to old Victorians and ‘Texas-style’ five-bedrooms. Low taxes have lured companies with white-collar jobs in technology and energy, a new hospital opened in July, and a conference center and hotel complex is in the works.” McKinney also boasts “easy access to rolling green hills, golf courses, and leafy open spaces lacking in neighboring towns.”

- Money Magazine

McKinney debuted on the Money Magazine list in 2008 at No. 14. In 2010, the city ranked as the No. 5 Best Place to Live in America. McKinney has been among the fastest-growing cities in the country since 2000.

“Ranking among the very best places to live in the country is a distinction we greatly value, especially when you consider how rare it is for a city to consistently rank in the top 15 for several consecutive issues on the Best Places to Live list. McKinney is a great place to live, arguably the best. Our community has a consistently high quality of life for our residents, no matter how we grow and change. It’s amazing what we have in our city, and it’s just going to get better,” said McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller. “To move from No. 5 to No. 2 is an honor for our community, and we thank Money Magazine for the recognition."

City Awards

The City of McKinney has won numerous awards for city programs, initiatives and overall excellence.

2013

Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (TATOA)

Second Place

Documentary Video

Together We Serve - Habitat for Humanity

City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA)

3CMA Silver Circle

TV and Video

Promotional video - It Just Keeps Getting Better

City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA)

3CMA Savvy Award of Excellence

Digital Interactive - Overall Website

City of McKinney Website

City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA)

3CMA Savvy Award of Excellence

Special Events - One-time event

City of McKinney Best Places to Live Campaign

Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO)

TAMI Award Winner

Print - Annual Report

City of McKinney 2012 Annual Report “Best Places to Live”

2012

Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers & Advisors

Public Health/Public Safety Video 1st Place

McKinney Vision: Click It or Ticket

Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers & Advisors

Profile of an Organization or Department Video 2nd Place

McKinney Vision: Are You Connected?

City-County Communications & Marketing Association

3CMA Savvy Award of Excellence

Printed Publications – Reports, Population Group 81,000+

City of McKinney 2011 Annual Report "A Connected City"

Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMI)

TAMI Award Winner

Cable - PSA

Click It or Ticket PSA

TAMI Award Finalist

Cable – Special or One Time Program

“Are You Connected?”

View past awards here