Grayson County, Texas
|Grayson County, Texas|
Location in the state of Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
979 sq mi (2,536 km²)
934 sq mi (2,419 km²)
46 sq mi (119 km²), 4.67%
127/sq mi (49/km²)
Grayson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 120,877. Grayson County is included in the Sherman-Denison Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Dallas–Fort Worth Combined Statistical Area, and is also part of the Texoma region. It is named after Peter Wagener Grayson, an attorney general of the Republic of Texas. The seat of the county is Sherman. It was founded in 1846.
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.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 979 square miles (2,535.6 km2), of which 934 square miles (2,419.0 km2) is land and 46 square miles (119.1 km2) (4.67%) is water.
Major highways 
- U.S. Highway 69
- U.S. Highway 75
- U.S. Highway 82
- U.S. Highway 377
- State Highway 5
- State Highway 11
- State Highway 56
- State Highway 91
- State Highway 289
Adjacent counties 
- Marshall County, Oklahoma (north)
- Bryan County, Oklahoma (northeast)
- Fannin County (east)
- Collin County (south)
- Denton County (southwest)
- Cooke County (west)
- Love County, Oklahoma (northwest)
National protected area 
Texas Almanac: 1850-2010
As of the census 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.
Cities and towns 
† City extends into an adjacent county.
See also 
- List of museums in North Texas
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Grayson County, Texas
- United States Census Bureau. "2010 Census Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- U.S. Decennial Census
- Texas Almanac: County Population History 1850-2010
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
The Pottsboro Area Library is the only completely volunteer library in Grayson County. It operates solely on donations and grants.
- Grayson County government's website
- Grayson County in Handbook of Texas Online at the University of Texas
- Grayson County historical materials, hosted by the Portal to Texas History.
- Minutes of the Old Settler's Association of Grayson County, 1879-1998 hosted by the Portal to Texas History.
- Grayson County; an illustrated history of Grayson County, Texas., by Graham Landrum, hosted by the Portal to Texas History
- A history of Grayson County, Texas / Mattie Davis Lucas (Mrs. W. H. Lucas) and Mita Holsapple Hall (Mrs. H. E. Hall), hosted by the Portal to Texas History
- Smalltown eyes
||Love County, Oklahoma||Marshall County, Oklahoma||Bryan County, Oklahoma|
|Cooke County||Fannin County|
|Denton County||Collin County|