In the vast expanse of Texas, living in a populous, urban area can be an attractive alternative to the wild countryside. McKinney is the second biggest city in Collin County (of which it is also the county seat), smaller only than neighbor Plano. Expats living in McKinney will be able to take advantage of the entire Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, where multiple cities combine to make up the biggest metropolitan area in the American South, with a population of over 6 million people. That means that residents can make an easy trip in Plano, Dallas, Fort Worth or Arlington if McKinney doesn’t have what they are after. InterNations is there to help expatriates get the most out of the city, enabling you as an expatriate in McKinney to get in touch with a thriving community of other expats.
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McKinney - known to locals as MacTown - has a range of sights and activities on offer of its own though, including the McKinney Main Street, in authentically preserved historical surroundings provided by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Alternatively, the Towne Lake Recreation Area is a great place to take the family on one of McKinney’s characteristically hot, sunny summer days. Temperatures do drop considerably in the winter though (and have been known to go down as far as -22°C in January), so any expat moving to McKinney should be prepared for all kinds of weather. OnInterNations, expatriates relocating to McKinney can get in touch with fellow members who are able to share more information on what to expect when moving to the area. It’s unsurprising that people want to move in McKinney: it was voted the 2nd best place to live in the United States by CNN in 2012 and combines the convenience of Dallas and Fort Worth with a more suburban atmosphere, situated as it is on the edge of the Metroplex.
McKinney grew hugely in the 2000s - more so than any other similarly sized city in the United States for several years - with major employers being the biggest reason for American citizens and expatriates moving to the area. Raytheon, a major American defense company, are the biggest employer in the city; whilst Torchmark, a financial services company, also employs large numbers of people in their headquarters in the heart of McKinney. Much of the rest of the population tends to work for the council or schools in the area. Many expats in McKinney chose to live in this city since it is a calmer, smaller alternative to Dallas or Fort Worth, which are both within an easy commute from the city. Driving to Dallas takes roughly half an hour from McKinney.