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The cities McKinney and Allen, while just 30 miles north of Dallas, preserve a small town community feel.
Money Magazine ranked McKinney no. 2 and Allen no. 13 on their 2012 list of “Best Places to Live.” Money cited low taxes in McKinney as a draw for major companies like Raytheon, Torchmark and Manner Plastics, and highlighted Allen High School’s new $60 million stadium that will seat 18,000 spectators.
McKinney has a vibrant historic downtown with a host of family-friendly events, like the Krewe of Barkus, a dog parade held annually in Mitchell Park the Sunday before Mardi Gras. McKinney places a strong emphasis on the arts, as with the Arts in Bloom festival and monthly “Second Saturdays,” an evening to explore art galleries and some of McKinley’s finest restaurants. McKinney is known for its quaint beauty, emphasized by Victorian homes and tree-lined streets.
Allen, just ten minutes south of McKinney, has an historic charm as an old railroad town. Take a driving tour offered by the Allen Heritage Guild, which includes a stop at the Old Stone Dam, a State Archaeological Landmark dating from the mid 1800’s when the Houston and Texas Central Railroad was the biggest company in the area.
The Allen Event Arena is a great place to watch midlevel pro sports, like the Central Hockey League’s Allen Americans, to bring the kids to Disney on Ice, or catch a Reba McEntire concert.