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Collin County, Texas

Collin County, Texas
Collin County
The Collin County Courthouse in McKinney
Flag of Collin County, Texas
Seal of Collin County, Texas
Map of Texas highlighting Collin County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1846
Named for Collin McKinney
Seat McKinney
Largest city Plano
 • Total 886 sq mi (2,295 km2)
 • Land 841 sq mi (2,178 km2)
 • Water 45 sq mi (117 km2), 5.1%
Population (est.)
 • (2014) 885,241
 • Density 1,053/sq mi (407/km²)
Congressional districts 3rd, 4th, 32nd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .us.tx.collin.cowww

Collin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 United States Census, the county's population was 782,341,[1] making it the seventh-most populous county in Texas and the 63rd largest county by population in the United States. Its county seat is McKinney.[2]

Collin County is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area. A small portion of the city of Dallas is located in the county.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Lakes 2.1
    • Major highways 2.2
    • Adjacent counties 2.3
  • Demographics 3
  • Government 4
  • Education 5
    • Colleges and universities 5.1
  • Parks 6
  • Media 7
  • Communities 8
    • Cities 8.1
    • Towns 8.2
    • Census-designated places 8.3
    • Unincorporated communities 8.4
    • Historical communities 8.5
    • Ghost towns 8.6
  • Notable people 9
  • See also 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12


Both the county and the county seat were named after Collin McKinney[3] (1766-1861), one of the five men who drafted the Texas Declaration of Independence and the oldest of the 59 men who signed it.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 886 square miles (2,290 km2), of which 841 square miles (2,180 km2) is land and 45 square miles (120 km2) (5.1%) is water.[4]


Major highways

Adjacent counties


As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 491,675 people, 181,970 households, and 132,292 families residing in the county. The population density was 580 people per square mile (224/km²). There were 194,892 housing units at an average density of 230 per square mile (89/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 81.39% White, 4.79% Black or African American, 0.47% Native American, 6.92% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 4.26% from other races, and 2.11% from two or more races. 10.27% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

According to U.S. Census figures released in 2006, the racial makeup of the county was as follows: 77.21% White, 7.26% African American, 10.02% Asian, 0.45% Native American, 5.06% of other or mixed race. 12.8% Hispanic of any race.

There were 181,970 households out of which 40.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.10% were married couples living together, 7.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.30% were non-families. 22.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.18. As of the 2010 census, there were about 4.4 same-sex couples per 1,000 households in the county.[9]

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.70% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 37.90% from 25 to 44, 20.70% from 45 to 64, and 5.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 99.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $70,835, and the median income for a family was $81,856 (these figures had risen to $77,671 and $91,881 respectively as of a 2007 estimate).[10] Males had a median income of $57,392 versus $36,604 for females. The per capita income for the county was $33,345. About 3.30% of families and 4.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.10% of those under age 18 and 7.10% of those age 65 or over. Based on median household income, as of 2006, Collin County is the second richest county in Texas after Fort Bend, and is considered one of the wealthiest counties in the United States.

However, Collin - like other Texas counties - has one of the nation's highest property tax rates. In 2007, it was #21 for property taxes as percentage of the homes value on owner occupied housing.[11] It also ranked in the Top 100 for amount of property taxes paid and for percentage of taxes of income. Part of this is due to the Robin Hood plan school financing system in Texas.[12]


Collin County is a Republican stronghold in presidential and congressional elections. The last Democrat to win the county was Lyndon Johnson in 1964. As the northern Dallas suburbs spilled into Collin County in the late 1960s and early 1970s, its politics immediately swung to the Republican Party.

In the House of Representatives, the southwestern part of Collin County is part of the 3rd district. Most of the rest of the county is in the 4th district, while a small southeastern section is in the 32nd district. All three districts are held by Republicans, the 3rd by Sam Johnson, the 4th by John Ratcliffe and the 32nd by Pete Sessions.


The following school districts lie entirely within Collin County:

The following districts lie partly within the county:

Colleges and universities

Collin College [13] opened its first campus on Highway 380 in McKinney in 1985. The college has grown to seven campuses/locations—two in McKinney and two in Plano and as well as Frisco, Allen and Rockwall. Dallas Baptist University [14] also has an extension site in Frisco, DBU Frisco. The majority of the University of Texas at Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas lies within Collin County.[15]


Collin County Parks and Open Spaces


Collin County is part of the Dallas/Fort Worth DMA. Local media outlets are: KDFW-TV, KXAS-TV, WFAA-TV, KTVT-TV, KERA-TV, KTXA-TV, KDFI-TV, KDAF-TV, and KFWD-TV. Other nearby stations that provide coverage for Collin County come from the Sherman/Denison market and they include: KTEN-TV and KXII-TV.

Newspapers in the Collin County area include the Allen American, Celina Record, Frisco Enterprise, McKinney Courier-Gazette, and the Plano Star-Courier. Nearby publications The Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram also provide news coverage of cities in the county.




Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Historical communities

Ghost towns

Notable people

  • The Texas rancher and gunfighter King Fisher was born in Collin County in 1854.

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 87. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Texas Almanac: Population History of Counties from 1850–2010" (PDF). Texas Almanac. Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  9. ^ Where Same-Sex Couples Live, June 26, 2015, retrieved July 6, 2015 
  10. ^ Collin County, Texas - Fact Sheet - American FactFinder. Retrieved on 2009-05-21.
  11. ^
  12. ^
  13. ^ Collin College website
  14. ^ DBU website
  15. ^

External links

  • Collin County government's website
  • 1846 Plat of Buckner the first county seat of Collin County, from the Collin County Historical Society, hosted by the Portal to Texas History
  • Life in Collin County
  • Handbook of Texas OnlineCollin County in at the University of Texas
  • Collin Chronicles hosted by the Portal to Texas History
  • Texas State Election History
  • Collin County, Texas at DMOZ

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