Grayson County, Texas

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Grayson County, Texas
Grayson county tx courthouse.jpg
The Grayson County Courthouse in Sherman.
Seal of Grayson County, Texas
Seal
Map of Texas highlighting Grayson County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1846
Seat Sherman
Largest city Sherman
Area
 • Total 979 sq mi (2,536 km2)
 • Land 934 sq mi (2,419 km2)
 • Water 46 sq mi (119 km2), 4.67%
Population
 • (2010) 120,877
 • Density 127/sq mi (49/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.grayson.tx.us

Grayson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 120,877.[1] The county seat is Sherman.[2] The county was founded in 1846 and is named after Peter Wagener Grayson, an attorney general of the Republic of Texas.

Grayson County is included in the Sherman-Denison, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Combined Statistical Area. It is also part of the Texoma region.

History[edit]

On May 15, 1896, a tornado measuring F5 on the Fujita scale struck Sherman. The tornado had a damage path 400 yards (370 m) wide and 28 miles (45 km) long, killing 73 people and injuring 200. About 50 homes were destroyed, with 20 of them being completely obliterated.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 979 square miles (2,540 km2), of which 933 square miles (2,420 km2) is land and 46 square miles (120 km2) (4.7%) is water.[3]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 2,008
1860 8,184 307.6%
1870 14,387 75.8%
1880 38,108 164.9%
1890 53,211 39.6%
1900 63,661 19.6%
1910 65,996 3.7%
1920 74,165 12.4%
1930 65,843 −11.2%
1940 69,499 5.6%
1950 70,467 1.4%
1960 73,043 3.7%
1970 83,225 13.9%
1980 89,796 7.9%
1990 95,021 5.8%
2000 110,595 16.4%
2010 120,877 9.3%
Est. 2013 122,353 1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
1850-2010[5]
2013 Estimate[1]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 110,595 people, 42,849 households, and 30,208 families residing in the county. The population density was 118 people per square mile (46/km²). There were 48,315 housing units at an average density of 52 per square mile (20/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 87.20% White, 5.85% Black or African American, 1.31% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.90% from other races, and 2.13% from two or more races. 6.80% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 42,849 households out of which 32.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.20% were married couples living together, 11.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.50% were non-families. 25.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.30% under the age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 22.80% from 45 to 64, and 15.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 94.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,178, and the median income for a family was $45,048. Males had a median income of $32,998 versus $23,414 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,862. About 8.40% of families and 11.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.80% of those under age 18 and 10.10% of those age 65 or over.

Grayson County is the only county in Texas where "deer may only be hunted with bows, no matter the season," according to an article by Thomas Phillips in the April 10, 2009, issue of Lone Star Outdoor News.

Library[edit]

The Pottsboro Area Library is the only completely volunteer library in Grayson County. It operates solely on donations and grants.

Communities[edit]

City extends into an adjacent county.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved December 16, 2013. 
  5. ^ Texas Almanac: County Population History 1850-2010 Retrieved April 16, 2014
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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Coordinates: 33°37′N 96°41′W / 33.62°N 96.68°W / 33.62; -96.68