McKinney, TX downtown

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#60. McKinney, TX

McKinney, TX is consistently rated one of the most livable places in the United States. With a charming, tree-lined historic downtown, acres of vibrant vineyards, acclaimed farm-to-table restaurants and a plethora of lush parks, it is easy to see why. Even with the recent population increase, McKinney is able to keep its small-town feel. 

Top Colleges/Universities: Collin College

Top Industries & Employers: SRS Distribution, a national network of independent roofing distributors, is McKinney’s largest employer. Other top industries include insurance, medical technology, manufacturing and data management.  

Weekend Plans: Spend an afternoon exploring Main Street. The historic 160-year-old downtown is filled with outdoor cafes, trendy restaurants, art galleries and antique shops. 

Favorite Place to Feast: In a town known for great barbecue, Hutchins BBQ rises above the rest. Make sure to order a Texas Twinkie – a jalapeño stuffed with cream cheese and Hutchins’ brisket wrapped in thick bacon before being smoked and grilled.  

Beloved Beverage: Grab a beer at Tupps Brewery, a rural microbrewery set inside a former cotton mill on an old farm. 

Outdoorsy Activity: Fish, stretch your legs, or simply soak up the sunshine at the 102-acre Towne Lake Recreation Area that curls around the shores of Towne Lake. 

Why Your Pet Will Love It, Too: Even in the dog days of summer, the Bonnie Wenk Dog Park has splash pads to cool off hot dogs and a shaded pavilion for dog owners to sit under while their four-legged friends run around the off-leash park. 

Remote Work Perk: McKinney topped LawnStarter’s poll for the best city in America for remote workers. Cities were ranked based on internet speed, remote working opportunities and the cost of renting a home office. 

One More Thing … There is a 45-acre development in the middle of town modeled after a small Croatian fishing village. 

– Brittany Anas

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