Final Beat Impressions
After exploring McKinney for a few months now, I feel I’ve gathered a pretty accurate understanding of the city: it’s safe, it’s friendly, and it’s clean… and not much else. McKinney has long been a commuter hub for those working in the Dallas and Plano, and has thus grown considerably over the years. During the early 2000s, McKinney was the fastest growing city in the United States, and had gone from a population of around 50,000 in the year 2000, to 131,000 in 2010, and an estimated 168,000 in early 2017. Thankfully, McKinney has been keeping up structurally with these increased numbers, and so there’s plenty of space to breath.
Spots of interest in the city of McKinney include the historic downtown which is filled with shopping and centers, fine dining and pubs. The McKinney Lake, which is located just adjacent to McKinney High School, is also a popular location, which sees visitors everyday, be it to go on a morning jog, or rent a boat and paddle out in the water. Erwin Park, located just north of U.S. Route 380, otherwise known as University, is also a popular spot for families to visit its hiking trails. The park is also a popular spot for teenagers to visit and partake in underage drinking, due to the lax security of the area.
Crime in McKinney is quite low - the average annual murder rate per 100k people is 1.2 - substantially lower than the 4.9 per 100k people for the national average. To paint a clearer picture, the overall crime rate in McKinney is 37% lower than the national average, with its year over year crimes decreasing 10% when compared to the previous recorded year.
The large influx of people coming to McKinney is pretty understandable - its low crime rate, affordable housing, and choice of three different high schools all make McKinney a very safe, if not uneventful, place to raise a family.