The city of McKinney is based at the county seat of Collin County, Texas and is counted among the second in terms of population to Plano. As per the last census in 2010, the population of this city was recorded as 131,117, making the city to rank the 19th-most populous city in Texas. McKinney is one of the key places of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, which is located around 37 miles (60 km) from the north of Dallas. The same report also records the city to be among the fastest growing places in the US, which has been sensed in 2006 when a tremendous amount of development was seen here.
On 24th of March 1849 when a man called William Davis was seen owning 3,000 acres of this land wherein this city now stands at the donated space of 120 acres for this town. In 1913, the town witnessed the commission form of the government. In a sense, the city has a history of 125 years wherein it has served as the key commercial center for its respective county. The seat of the county is rendered to the farmers with corn, flour, cotton gins, cotton mills, and cotton compresses, schools, churches, banks, newspapers to operate since 1880 with having new opera house in it. Soon the businesses were seen entering the city including the textile mill, the dairy industry, the garment making company and other places and even small sector industries like locksmith services.
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The city is named after a popular singer called Collin McKinney who was the known name from Texas Declaration of Independence apart from one more man who happened to be the congressman of the Red River district found in the Republic of Texas. This man was also the author of the bill establishing nations in the northern part of the state.
McKinney- a hub of education
When it comes to education the city of McKinney is known for having a number of colleges and public schools. In fact, it is known for the public school districts like the McKinney Independent School District apart from having the Frisco Independent School District, the Prosper Independent School District and the Allen Independent School District in the southern areas. The list of public schools in the town is long with high schools including the ones like McKinney High School, McKinney Boyd High School, Serenity High School, and McKinney North High School. As per the media reports, these schools have been ranked higher by the Newsweek in 2006, while McKinney High School was ranked in the 191st position, out of 1000 schools found in the given list, whereas the McKinney North High School was seen getting ranked to the 237th position.
Did we mention education yet?
In the year 2008, the rankings for the school called McKinney High School was seen ranking for the 642 out of 1300 and McKinney North High School was ranked 771. The city also has a number of public elementary and middle schools, which include Dowell Middle School, Faubion Middle School, Evans Middle School, Cockrill Middle School, and Scott Johnson Middle School. The others in the list include Bennett Elementary, Burks Elementary, Caldwell Elementary, Eddins Elementary, Finch Elementary, Johnson Elementary, Glen Oaks Elementary, Malvern Elementary, Minshew Elementary, McNeil Elementary, Slaughter Elementary, Vega Elementary, Valley Creek Elementary, Walker Elementary, Wilmeth Elementary, Webb Elementary, Wolford Elementary, McGowen Elementary and Press Elementary.
Now if we talk about college, the city is the home for the Central Park Campus of Collin College, which came in the year 1986 and is now added with a new library building in the year 2009.
McKinney- a place in Media
The city though has a number of newspapers and periodicals, however, the popular ones include the McKinney Courier-Gazette, which is the most popular and widely circulated newspaper published here. The daily newspaper is owned by the American Community Newspapers, which has a circulation of 4500 during the weekdays and 26,400 during the weekends. One can also find a number of private channels that operate in the city which has not much of space in the people of the city.
Infrastructure in McKinney
Talking about the transportation the city serves two highways the US Highways US 77 and 380, while the city is also surrounded by the Sam Rayburn Tollway, which is managed by the group NTTA that manages the Dallas and Fort Worth International Airport. You can find the regular bus service from the group called TAPS (Texoma Area Paratransit System) apart from the ones from DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit). The far southwestern corner of the city of McKinney falls under the large Craig Ranch development, which is known to have the trolley bus operated for the local residents that serves a good amount of development along with a number of shopping centers found in the surrounding area. The McKinney National Airport and the Aero Country Airport can be seen located over this city that also provides the private and business air services.