The 10 Worst McKinney Suburbs For 2021

We used science and data to determine which McKinney suburbs are the real pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the worst suburbs around McKinney.

Not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround McKinney.

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 science and data to determine which McKinney 'burbs need a little tender loving care - the sore thumbs of the McKinney area if you will. Realistically, you can't expect all the suburbs to live up to McKinney proper, although Highland 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.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around McKinney for 2021:

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

What's the worst suburb of McKinney? Leonard ranks as the worst suburb of McKinney for 2021 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.

Editor's Note: If you see a slight difference between the worst in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it's because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

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The 10 Worst McKinney Suburbs To Live For 2021

Leonard, TX

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Population: 2,481
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Income: $43,063 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (13th highest)
Median Home Value: $89,700 (lowest)
More on Leonard:  Data | Photos

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 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.

Pilot Point, TX

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Population: 4,364
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Income: $60,158 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.3% (highest)
Median Home Value: $142,900 (4th lowest)
More on Pilot Point:  Data | Photos

Welcome to Pilot Point. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.

This city is 21.4 miles to McKinney. Income levels here are the 8th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $60,158 a year, which doesn't go a long ways even on a shoestring budget.

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

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Population: 3,075
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $56,524 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.1% (10th highest)
Median Home Value: $111,400 (2nd lowest)
More on Howe:  Data

Back up the highway we go for the third worst McKinney suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Howe 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 drop out rate is poor compared to other McKinney suburbs.

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

Farmersville, TX

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Population: 3,496
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 10)
Median Income: $44,464 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.6% (18th highest)
Median Home Value: $151,900 (5th lowest)
More on Farmersville:  Data | Photos

If you live in Farmersville, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 2nd lowest McKinney suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 18th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near McKinney. Remember, we looked at 53 cities for this study.

Farmersville is about 17.9 miles to downtown.

Sherman, TX

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Population: 42,432
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 4)
Median Income: $47,397 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 3.7% (3highest)
Median Home Value: $126,200 (3rd lowest)
More on Sherman:  Data | Photos

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 $126,200. To put that into perspective, in Highland Park, the median income is $224,485, which is the best in the area.

Sherman has an unemployment rate of 3.75% which ranks 3worst.

Dallas, TX

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Population: 1,330,612
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $52,580 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (14th highest)
Median Home Value: $188,100 (12th lowest)
More on Dallas:  Data | Photos

Dallas has 1,330,612 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 18.936688823413693%.

Lake Dallas, TX

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Population: 8,016
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Income: $64,073 (10th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.3% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $166,100 (8th lowest)
More on Lake Dallas:  Data | Photos

Ah, Lake Dallas. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around McKinney.

It's the place with the 4th most out of work residents in the McKinney metro area (6.34%).

Garland, TX

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Population: 238,418
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Income: $61,211 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.2% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $160,800 (7th lowest)
More on Garland:  Data | Photos

Garland is a city about 20.0 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. Garland has the 4th most uninsured people, 9th worst incomes, and has the 8th highest unemployment rate (5.23%) in the entire McKinney metro area.

Homes only cost $160,800 for a reason. That's cheap for McKinney standards.

Denton, TX

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Population: 136,195
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Income: $60,018 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.2% (9th highest)
Median Home Value: $218,800 (16th lowest)
More on Denton:  Data | Photos

If you absolutely have to live near McKinney, then Denton might be a place for you to consider as it's only the 9th worst McKinney suburb.

About 5.16% of residents are out of work.

Irving, TX

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Population: 239,783
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $64,868 (12th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (2highest)
Median Home Value: $177,500 (10th lowest)
More on Irving:  Data | Photos

Rounding out the ten worst McKinney suburbs to call home is Irving.

Located 29.3 miles outside the city, Irvings is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 2highest unemployment rate (4.35%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Determining The Worst Suburbs Around McKinney for 2021

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

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent American Community Survey data from 2015-2019, 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 drop outs
  • High poverty
  • High rate of uninsured families

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of McKinney.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have 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 lookin' at you, Leonard. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the worst of the worst. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from worst to best.

The areas around McKinney where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2021

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. Highland Park takes the cake as the best place to live around McKinney.

  • Highland Park
  • University Park
  • Highland

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Detailed List Of The Worst McKinney Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Leonard 2,481 $43,063 $89,700
2 Pilot Point 4,364 $60,158 $142,900
3 Howe 3,075 $56,524 $111,400
4 Farmersville 3,496 $44,464 $151,900
5 Sherman 42,432 $47,397 $126,200
6 Dallas 1,330,612 $52,580 $188,100
7 Lake Dallas 8,016 $64,073 $166,100
8 Garland 238,418 $61,211 $160,800
9 Denton 136,195 $60,018 $218,800
10 Irving 239,783 $64,868 $177,500
11 Van Alstyne 3,906 $67,772 $158,100
12 Princeton 10,846 $67,204 $185,200
13 Lewisville 106,386 $64,493 $209,000
14 Aubrey 3,731 $68,316 $171,100
15 Lakewood 60,111 $51,972 $269,200
16 Farmers Branch 39,039 $74,464 $196,300
17 Wylie 49,759 $92,395 $227,700
18 Shady Shores 2,843 $95,045 $297,700
19 Parker 4,722 $134,495 $554,900
20 Anna 13,052 $95,136 $210,100
21 Carrollton 135,834 $78,306 $238,300
22 Little Elm 45,967 $98,803 $255,200
23 Addison 15,302 $74,986 $335,300
24 Richardson 116,432 $85,678 $274,200
25 Rowlett 63,793 $101,085 $228,800
26 Grapevine 53,317 $91,143 $320,400
27 Sachse 25,607 $102,175 $241,800
28 The Colony 43,005 $87,187 $231,700
29 Rockwall 44,101 $95,653 $261,400
30 Hickory Creek 4,574 $109,766 $283,100
31 Sunnyvale 6,484 $132,488 $380,400
32 Corinth 21,491 $103,099 $257,600
33 Plano 287,064 $95,602 $320,100
34 Oak Point 4,410 $90,625 $274,900
35 Fate 12,787 $110,373 $256,800
36 Melissa 9,487 $118,348 $307,700
37 Heath 8,709 $155,781 $484,600
38 Allen 101,699 $105,925 $303,300
39 Lavon 3,271 $89,474 $240,600
40 Murphy 20,612 $126,196 $351,400
41 Providence 7,407 $80,697 $281,900
42 Celina 11,116 $124,375 $318,300
43 Double Oak 3,066 $144,313 $470,500
44 Fairview 8,832 $94,507 $376,400
45 Frisco 177,020 $127,055 $395,900
46 Flower Mound 76,555 $137,285 $361,900
47 Mclendon-Chisholm 2,912 $147,542 $466,800
48 Prosper 22,517 $146,733 $459,500
49 Lucas 7,763 $160,278 $594,400
50 Coppell 41,645 $122,340 $388,800
51 Highland 18,726 $139,453 $559,600
52 University Park 25,036 $224,485 $1,295,500
53 Highland Park 9,168 $211,136 $1,508,900

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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One thought on “The 10 Worst McKinney Suburbs For 2021

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

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