There’s not a detailed methodology on the website, but the list apparently factors in the value of homes, job growth, how well jobs pay, what the climate’s like, how clean the air is, how young/rich/single the residents are, and how long are the average commutes.
They don’t seem to consider crime data or quality of schools, which were important in our own recentÂ Best Dallas Suburbs list. That could explain why none of our top 7 suburbs make their list, as well as other disparities.
We had Flower Mound ranked the highest (No. 8) among the four cities also on their list, whereas it was the lowest (No. 32) among this group on theirs. Allen wasÂ No. 9 for us,Â No. 13 in the nation for them. Mansfield was way down atÂ No. 33 for us, andÂ No. 28 for them. Â And, of course, we rated McKinney only theÂ 26th-best Dallas suburb, a far cry from being the second-best small city in America (trailing only Carmel, Indiana).
Sure, it seems strange that McKinney could be No. 2 on the list this year, but nowhere to be found in 2011, even though it was No. 5 in 2010. But never mind the seeming arbitrariness of it all. This gives the McKinney Chamber of Commerce some major bragging rights. Listen to the praise bestowed upon it:
McKinney’s location on the fringes of the Dallas area means commuters have a longer drive downtown, but also easy access to rolling green hills, golf courses, and leafy open spaces lacking in neighboring towns.
McKinney has rolling green hills?