Have you heard that McKinney, Texas was selected by Money Magazine as the No. 2 Best Place to Live in 2012. This means we were chosen to be the No. 2 Best Place to Live in the NATION, not just Texas.

Outstanding choices in housing, excellent schools, and healthy business climate aside, what else contributes to such a ranking? The answer is obvious: enjoyment in lifestyle. The variables that make up quality of life are diverse and numerous, but here are a few key notions that’ll really get the imagination going: shopping, dining, sports, music, theater, parks, outdoor relaxation in a natural setting ... all of these contribute to what make up McKinney’s unique quality of life.

As Money Magazine itself said, in prose that would make any McKinney resident proud: “Stroll around downtown, and you’ll see cotton mills and feed stores transformed into hip boutiques and art galleries. The city offers plenty of housing options, from starter homes to old Victorians and ‘Texas-style’ five bedrooms. Low taxes have lured companies with white-collar jobs in technology, a new hospital opened in July, and a conference center and hotel complex is in the works.” ... in other words: lifestyle!

In response to this prestigious honor, McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller spoke for all when he said, “Ranking among the very best places to live in the country is a distinction we greatly value ... Our community has a consistently high quality of life for our residents, no matter how we grow and change. It’s amazing what we have in our city, and it’s just going to get better.”

When McKinney isn’t at work, it’s at play. There are downtown festivals year-round, a host of parades, community galas held in spacious green open lands throughout town, and unique activities that could only be hosted by remarkable places like the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary and Chestnut Square Historic Village.

McKinney is an active city, obviously, and it boasts a thriving athletic scene, too. Golf courses abound, from an award-winning municipal course to the world-class TPC at Craig Ranch. In addition, McKinney hosts the annual Mickey Mantle World Series of Baseball. Sports leagues for children and adults in just about every sport imaginable are also available. You can cool off with some time on the ice at the Dr Pepper Star Center or swing a racket at the award-winning Courts in Gabe Nesbitt Park, a facility recognized by the USTA.

Come explore. Come taste the lifestyle of McKinney and see why the city continues to grow and get even better.