The 10 Worst McKinney Suburbs For 2023

We used data and Friday Night Science to identify the worst suburbs of McKinney for 2023. The worst McKinney suburbs are Leonard and Howe.

The suburbs of McKinney call to all types of people looking to escape city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround McKinney to avoid all the hustle and bustle.

So the question arises: do the suburbs maintain a semblance of the larger-than-life appeal of their more famous neighbor?

Today, we’ll use Saturday Night Science to determine which McKinney ‘burbs need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the McKinney area if you will. Realistically, you can only expect some of the suburbs to live up to McKinney proper, although University Park certainly tries.

Of course, not all suburbs of McKinney are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones.

We examined the 53 biggest suburbs of McKinney to find out the worst places to live. And while you won’t necessarily find them on the worst places to live in Texas lists, these ten places are a little too far downwind of McKinney in terms of quality of life.

The 10 worst suburbs around McKinney for 2023

  1. Leonard
  2. Howe
  3. Pilot Point
  4. Dallas
  5. Sherman
  6. Garland
  7. Irving
  8. Denton
  9. Lewisville
  10. Anna

Now don’t freak out.

What’s the worst suburb of McKinney? Leonard ranks as the worst suburb of McKinney for 2023 based on the most recent Census and FBI data.

Read on to see how we determined the places around McKinney that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger.

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Texas check out the best places in Texas overall or the worst.

And remember, there are some good places to live around McKinney too.

Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Summary | Table

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The 10 Worst McKinney Suburbs To Live For 2023

Leonard, TX

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Population: 2,452
Median Income: $48,614 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.4% (12th highest)
Median Home Value: $126,000 (2nd lowest)
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We’ll get the ball rolling with Leonard, the absolute worst place to live around McKinney according to the data.

And in the world of worst rankings, Leonard beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the worst in the McKinney area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 2nd worst when it comes to home values.

But hey, at least it’s cheap to live there. But there’s a reason for that… it’s Leonard.

You won’t feel bad about not having a great income for the area. There aren’t a bunch of places to spend your money anyway.

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Population: 3,440
Median Income: $60,536 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.5% (10th highest)
Median Home Value: $113,900 (lowest)
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Welcome to Howe. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.

This city is 21.9 miles to McKinney. Income levels here are the 5th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $60,536 a year, which only goes so far even on a shoestring budget.

But on the bright side, there are a lot of fast food joints in the area.

Pilot Point, TX

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Population: 4,393
Median Income: $75,754 (14th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.2% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $172,500 (4th lowest)
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Back up the highway we go for the third worst McKinney suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Pilot Point on here. While the cost of living is low, your entertainment and work options are limited. And that’s an understatement.

In terms of numbers, it’s in the worst 15% for insurance, and the adult high school dropout rate is poor compared to other McKinney suburbs.

But at least there are lovely parks to bring the kids during the day.

Dallas, TX

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Population: 1,300,239
Median Income: $58,231 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.1% (13th highest)
Median Home Value: $230,000 (10th lowest)
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If you live in Dallas, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 3rd lowest McKinney suburb for median household incomes.

Not only that, but this is the 13th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near McKinney. Remember, we looked at 53 cities for this study.

Dallas is about 28.5 miles to downtown.

Sherman, TX

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Population: 43,273
Median Income: $53,536 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 3.5% (35th highest)
Median Home Value: $157,900 (3rd lowest)
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Sherman has the distinction of being a McKinney suburb. Which means that’s about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, Sherman has the 3rd lowest home values in the metro McKinney area, where the median price is $157,900. The median income is $247,045.

Sherman has an unemployment rate of 3.45% which ranks 35th worst.

Garland, TX

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Population: 245,075
Median Income: $65,278 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.5% (11th highest)
Median Home Value: $190,700 (5th lowest)
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Garland has 245,075 residents that probably know it’s a pretty crummy place to live when you look at the data. (Or, if you’ve ever been there, you don’t need to look at the data.)

Incomes are towards the bottom, and the poverty rate sits at 12.74494942252777%.

Irving, TX

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Population: 254,184
Median Income: $69,961 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (17th highest)
Median Home Value: $218,900 (8th lowest)
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Ah, Irving. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around McKinney.

It’s the place with the 17th most out of work residents in the McKinney metro area (4.44%).

Denton, TX

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Population: 139,704
Median Income: $65,168 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.1% (14th highest)
Median Home Value: $257,500 (17th lowest)
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Denton is a city about 27.4 miles from McKinney, but McKinney probably wishes it was further away. It ranks as the 8th worst burb for 2018.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a worse place to live. Denton has the 17th most uninsured people, 7th worst incomes, and has the 14th highest unemployment rate (5.13%) in the entire McKinney metro area.

Homes only cost $257,500 for a reason. That’s cheap for McKinney standards.

Lewisville, TX

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Population: 110,077
Median Income: $71,953 (10th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 3.9% (25th highest)
Median Home Value: $254,600 (15th lowest)
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If you absolutely have to live near McKinney, then Lewisville might be a place for you to consider as it’s only the 9th worst McKinney suburb.

About 3.93% of residents are out of work.

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Population: 16,792
Median Income: $77,787 (16th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 2.1% (48th highest)
Median Home Value: $232,100 (11th lowest)
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Rounding out the ten worst McKinney suburbs to call home is Anna.

Located 12.3 miles outside the city, Annas is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 48th highest unemployment rate (2.1%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Methodology: Determining The Worst Suburbs Around McKinney for 2023

To figure out how bad a McKinney suburb is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what suburbs have the least amount of those things.

It’s Saturday Night Science.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent American Community Survey data from 2017-2021, this is the criteria we used:

  • High unemployment rate
  • Low median household incomes
  • Low population density (no things to do)
  • Low home values
  • A lot of high school dropouts
  • High poverty
  • High rate of uninsured families

We defined a suburb as any town within 30 miles of McKinney.

We also limited the analysis to places with over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 53 suburbs to evaluate around McKinney.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 53 in each category, where 1 was the “worst.”

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality-of-life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the worst quality of life index, the “Worst Suburb near McKinney.” We’re looking at you, Leonard.

We updated this article for 2023, which reflects our tenth time ranking the worst suburbs around McKinney.

Summary: The areas around McKinney where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2023

Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding McKinney with Leonard casting itself ahead of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around McKinney aren’t all bad. University Park takes the cake as the best place to live around McKinney.

  • University Park
  • Highland Park
  • Coppell

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Detailed List Of The Worst McKinney Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Leonard 2,452 $48,614 $126,000
2 Howe 3,440 $60,536 $113,900
3 Pilot Point 4,393 $75,754 $172,500
4 Dallas 1,300,239 $58,231 $230,000
5 Sherman 43,273 $53,536 $157,900
6 Garland 245,075 $65,278 $190,700
7 Irving 254,184 $69,961 $218,900
8 Denton 139,704 $65,168 $257,500
9 Lewisville 110,077 $71,953 $254,600
10 Anna 16,792 $77,787 $232,100
11 Princeton 16,683 $85,548 $225,100
12 Farmers Branch 36,091 $77,306 $233,600
13 Lake Dallas 7,594 $64,921 $209,000
14 Lakewood 62,972 $60,534 $331,500
15 Wylie 55,426 $98,994 $267,800
16 Little Elm 45,124 $101,693 $293,200
17 Van Alstyne 4,386 $75,543 $199,100
18 Aubrey 5,229 $74,216 $236,200
19 Richardson 115,904 $87,720 $326,900
20 Shady Shores 2,759 $117,679 $348,500
21 Carrollton 131,388 $87,299 $283,800
22 Rowlett 62,606 $102,965 $256,500
23 Sunnyvale 7,647 $137,656 $409,900
24 Grapevine 50,548 $99,667 $370,100
25 Addison 16,405 $74,012 $356,200
26 Hackberry 2,720 $109,125 $308,700
27 The Colony 43,489 $96,901 $272,200
28 Fate 17,403 $114,280 $286,200
29 Sachse 26,797 $114,593 $283,000
30 Plano 282,181 $99,729 $358,100
31 Oak Point 4,550 $97,308 $297,800
32 Celina 16,542 $126,474 $339,400
33 Fairview 10,062 $92,326 $412,800
34 Melissa 13,671 $127,391 $328,600
35 Parker 5,352 $177,413 $700,800
36 Rockwall 46,150 $107,301 $295,600
37 Corinth 22,216 $109,922 $283,000
38 Allen 102,778 $118,254 $344,100
39 Murphy 20,655 $147,257 $396,300
40 Lavon 4,412 $100,714 $253,900
41 Providence 8,199 $89,167 $356,900
42 Hickory Creek 4,669 $128,529 $361,200
43 Mclendon-Chisholm 3,437 $131,490 $458,800
44 Prosper 28,825 $159,164 $524,700
45 Frisco 193,140 $134,210 $448,000
46 Double Oak 3,020 $172,000 $554,800
47 Flower Mound 75,050 $145,153 $398,500
48 Heath 9,362 $193,767 $543,400
49 Lucas 7,437 $159,563 $674,600
50 Highland 18,913 $156,136 $644,400
51 Coppell 42,420 $130,805 $431,500
52 Highland Park 8,895 $234,427 $1,541,500
53 University Park 25,029 $247,045 $1,380,600
About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.

One thought on “The 10 Worst McKinney Suburbs For 2023

  1. this needs to be re-evaluated! Sherman is getting bigger and better and Denison is 100% worse than Sherman!

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