Collin County Real Estate Information

One of the most rapidly growing counties in the country, Collin County, Texas, is a suburban county just north of the Dallas area in the northeastern part of the state. It has experienced a huge boom in its population in the past decade. At the 2000 census, the county's population stood at around 490,000; a 2008 estimate showed that figure to have grown significantly already to more than 760,000. The county seat is McKinney, and both that city and the county are named after Collin McKinney, a former resident who was one of the five men who drafted and signed the Texas Declaration of Independence.

In addition to rising population, incomes and real estate values have been on the move as well. In 2006, the median household income was nearly $75,000, and in 2007, estimates based average value of residential properties at nearly $240,000. Based on its per capita income, Collin County is the second most wealthy county in the state of Texas. The county has a total area of 886 square miles, with nearly 40 square miles of that water, most in Lake Lavon. Besides McKinney, other notable cities and towns in the county include Allen, Anna, Celina, Fairview, Frisco, Lucas, McKinney, Melissa, Murphy, Nevada, Parker, Plano, Princeton and Wylie.

There are nine school districts in Collin County, and 11 school districts are located partially in the county but shared with neighboring counties. For continuing education, there are: the University of Dallas at Plano, six Collin College community college campuses spread about the county, Dallas Baptist University North, and Southern Methodist University in Legacy. Eight of the 10 fastest growing communities in northern Texas are in Collin County, and this rapid growth of population has led to a rapid growth of commercial and retail development as well. The rates of population growth exceed an average of 250 percent.

City parks include Bratonia, Myers, and Sister Grove parks, Parkhill Prairie and Trinity Trail, and communities maintain 10 fitness centers throughout the county. There are several golf courses, community centers and pools, some city owned and operated, and some in the private sector. Other attractions include the Superdrome, an Olympic-level cycling track located in Frisco, the FC Dallas Major League Soccer team, and the Frisco Roughriders minor league baseball team, both also in Frisco.