Main Content

McKinney City Guide


On March 24, 1839, William Davis, who owned 3,000 acres where McKinney now stands, donated 120 acres for the townsite. Ten years later, McKinney incorporated, and in 1913, the town adopted the commission form of government. .For the first 125 years of its history, McKinney served as the principal commercial center for the county. The county seat provided farmers with flour, corn, and cotton mills, cotton gins, a cotton compress, and a cottonseed oil mill, as well as banks, churches, schools, newspapers, and from the 1880s, an opera house. Businesses also came to include a textile mill, an ice company, a large dairy, and a garment-manufacturing company.


McKinney has a total area of 62.9 square miles

Population: 199,177

Households: 59,580


Persons under 18 years: 29.1%

Persons aged 19-64: 61%

Persons 65 years and over: 9.9%

Median Age: 35.4

Median Household Income: $89,964

Public Schools

McKinney ISD currently enrolls more than 24,500 students in 20 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, 3 high schools, 2 alternative campuses and one early childhood education center. 


Major employers in McKinney are: Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems, Collin College, McKinney Independent School District, Torchmark Corporation, Encore Wire Corporation, City of McKinney, Medical Center of McKinney, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – McKinney, and TimberBlindsMetroShade.


McKinney’s culture and recreation scene is as unique as the community. Offering a combination of family-fun events, a vibrant arts scene, parks and open spaces. City events and programs present a variety of  cultural and recreational opportunities.  Visit The Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, a 289-acre wildlife sanctuary and a natural science museum. McKinney also hosts several festivals, such as the Chocolate & Wine Walk, McKinney Oktoberfest, Home For The Holidays, and the Red White & Boom Parade.—Historic-Downtown