McKinney was established in 1848. The Neal family arrived in McKinney in 2002 in the middle of the housing boom. In the 2000 census, McKinney had grown to 54,369 and then to 131,117 in the 2010 census. We are currently estimated to have a population right under 150,000.

In the September 2014 CNN's Money magazine's issue, McKinney was ranked #1 place among Best Places to Live in the United States (was #2 in 2012). In July 2010, McKinney was ranked 5th place on CNN’s Money magazine’s list of Best Places to Live in the United States, and two years earlier (2008), the city ranked 14th on the same list, compiled for cities over 100,000 every two years. Also, McKinney is the only city in Texas that made the top ten. McKinney is one of several fast-growing communities on the northeastern edge of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.