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Sherman–Denison metropolitan area

The Sherman–Denison Metropolitan Statistical Area, as defined by the United States Census Bureau, is an area consisting of one county – Grayson – in North Texas, anchored by the cities of Sherman and Denison. As of the 2010 census, the MSA had a population of 120,877. The Sherman–Denison Metropolitan Statistical Area is a component of the DallasFort Worth Combined Statistical Area, which covers a 19-county area and had an estimated population of 6,805,275 as of July 1, 2009.[2] It is also a major part of the Texoma region with proximity to both Lake Texoma and the Red River.

Paul Brown United States Courthouse in Sherman
Paul Brown United States Courthouse in Sherman
Main Street in Denison
Main Street in Denison
Country United States
State Texas
Principal cities
 • Urban
35.9 sq mi (93.1 km2)
 • Metro
979 sq mi (2,536 km2)
 • Density130/sq mi (50/km2)
 • Urban
61,900 [1] (US: 438th)
 • Urban density1,722.9/sq mi (665.2/km2)
 • MSA
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)


The Grayson County Courthouse in Sherman.
Map highlighting Grayson County and the cities within the Sherman–Denison metropolitan statistical area.


Places with 20,000 to 40,000 peopleEdit

Places with 2,500 to 5,000 peopleEdit

Places with 1,000 to 2,500 peopleEdit

Places with fewer than 1,000 peopleEdit

Unincorporated placesEdit


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 highwaysEdit

U.S. Route 82


Census Pop.
Est. 2014123,5342.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

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.


A Herald Democrat location in downtown Denison
KXII television studio in Sherman


  • Grayson Magazine


Radio stationsEdit

Television stationsEdit

  • KTEN Channel 10 - (NBC)
  • KTEN DT Channel 10.2 - (The CW Texoma)
  • KTEN DT Channel 10.3 - (ABC)
  • KXII Channel 12 - (CBS)QF
  • KXII DT Channel 12.2 (My Texoma)
  • KXII DT Channel 12.3 (Fox Texoma)

Higher educationEdit

School Enrollment Location Type Mascot Athletic Affiliation
Austin College
1,224 Sherman Private
liberal arts college
Roos NCAA Division III
Compete in the Southern Athletic Association for football
Grayson College
5,000 Denison Community college Vikings NJCAA
Baseball and Softball only

Also, Southeastern Oklahoma State University (SOSU) in Durant is within a 30-minute drive from the area. SOSU is the closest Public university to the area.

Top employersEdit

Tyson Foods is the largest employer in the area
# Employer # of Employees Location
1 Tyson Foods 1400 Sherman
2 Texoma Health Systems 1375 Denison
3 Texas Instruments 1200 Sherman
4 Cigna 1000 Denison
5 Wilson N Jones Health Systems 1000 Sherman



Health careEdit

Hospital Number of Beds Emergency Care Location Founded
Texoma Medical Center
294 Level III Denison 1965
Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center
237 Level III Sherman 1914


A TAPS pickup station at Midway Mall in Sherman

A public bus transit called 'Taps' serves the Sherman-Denison Metroplex as well as the North Texas Region and even extends into part of Oklahoma. The company is a regional transit agency that serves the Texoma region. Two major routes run through the Sherman-Denison metroplex, one known as the Viking route because it is funded by Grayson County College and the other is known as the Roo Route and is funded by Austin College. In addition to this both Sherman and Denison each are served by a 24-hour cab service. [8]


There are two local airports, North Texas Regional Airport (formerly Perrin Air Force Base prior to 1971) and Sherman Municipal Airport. Both airports serve general aviation. The closest airport with airline service is Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, it is a one-hour road journey south of the area.[citation needed]


Lake TexomaEdit

Lake Texoma

Lake Texoma is one of the largest reservoirs in the United States, the 12th largest US Army Corps of Engineers' (USACE) lake, and the largest in USACE Tulsa District.[9] Lake Texoma is formed by Denison Dam on the Red River in Bryan County, Oklahoma, and Grayson County, Texas, about 726 miles (1,168 km) upstream from the mouth of the river. It is located at the confluence of the Red River and Washita Rivers. The damsite is approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) northwest of Denison, Texas, and 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Durant, Oklahoma. Lake Texoma is the most developed and most popular lake within the USACE Tulsa District, attracting approximately 6 million visitors a year.[9]

Diverse recreational opportunities include two wildlife refuges, two state parks, fifty four USACE-managed parks, twelve marinas, twenty-six resorts, hundreds of campgrounds and a variety of excellent golf courses. Power boating, sailing, personal watercraft, water skiing and wind surfing are all popular. The lake has become a major sailing center based on its size, depth and miles of sailing shoreline.

During the spring break and Fourth of July holidays, many college students home for the holidays will gather in an area called "Fobb Bottom" on the Oklahoma side.

Lake Texoma is also home to the Lakefest Regatta,[10] widely considered to be the first inland charity regatta in the United States. The event typically attracts up to 100 keelboats and more than 500 sailors each spring. Since its inception, Lakefest[11] has raised more than $2 million in support of various children's charities in North Texas. The current beneficiary is the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of North Texas.[12]

Former professional Funny Car race driver "Flash" Gordon Mineo organized many "Poker Run" events on Lake Texoma.

Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site in 2009

The lake was stocked with striped bass in the late 1960s, and has proven to be an excellent habitat for them. It is one of the seven U.S. inland lakes where the striped bass reproduce naturally, instead of being farmed and released into the waters. The "stripers" feed on large schools of shad, and often reach sizes of 12 to 20 pounds (5 to 9 kg), with a lake record of 35.12 lb (15.93 kg) caught April 25, 1984. The town of Kingston, Oklahoma, celebrates the importance of striper fishing to the local area with the annual Kingston Striper Festival each September.

In 2004, a blue catfish was pulled from the lake that weighed 121.5 pounds (55.1 kg), temporarily setting a world weight record for rod-and-reel-caught catfish.[13] The fish was moved to a freshwater aquarium in Athens, Texas. More commonly, catfish in Lake Texoma weigh between 5 and 70 pounds (2 to 30 kg).

Historically, Texas and Oklahoma have not had a reciprocal fishing license agreement, which has posed a problem for anglers. Recent boundary resolutions have given Oklahoma jurisdiction over most of the fishing in Lake Texoma. An Oklahoma fishing license allows fishing most of the lake, up to within 400 yards (370 m) of Denison Dam. To fish the entire lake, a Lake Texoma fishing license is also available.

Choctaw Casino Resort

Many campgrounds, both public and private exist along the shores of Lake Texoma. Among these are Eisenhower State Park, named for President Dwight Eisenhower, who was born in nearby Denison, TX and Camp All Saints owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas.

Dwight D. Eisenhower birthplaceEdit

President Dwight D. Eisenhower was born in Denison, Texas on October 14, 1890, the first United States President to be born in Texas. The Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site has been turned into a historical museum in Denison and is a very popular tourism site in the area.

Choctaw Casino ResortEdit

The Choctaw Casino Resort is a casino and hotel complex located in Durant, Oklahoma roughly 20 minutes from Denison and 30 minutes from Sherman. The complex has 218,844 sq ft (20,331.3 m2) of gaming floor, over 4,200 slot machines, a total of 776 hotel rooms, and is owned and operated by the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. The resort has two casinos and two hotels within the complex. The South Casino was completed in 2006 with 108,844 sq ft (10,111.9 m2)[14] of floor space, and the North Casino was completed in 2010 with 110,000 sq ft (10,000 m2)[15] more floor space. Choctaw Inn has 101 hotel rooms, and the newer Grand Tower has 204,000 sq ft (19,000 m2) of floor space, 330 rooms and suites, and is 12 floors tall. The $360 million resort is the flagship of the Choctaw Nation gaming industry.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Census of Urban areas
  2. ^ "Table 2. Annual Estimates of the Population of Combined Statistical Areas: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009 (CBSA-EST2009-02)". 2009 Population Estimates. United States Census Bureau, Population Division. 2010-03-23. Archived from the original (CSV) on April 20, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-29.
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved April 27, 2015.
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 27, 2015.
  5. ^ "Texas Almanac: Population History of Counties from 1850–2010" (PDF). Texas Almanac. Retrieved April 27, 2015.2010–2014
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  7. ^ "Sherman-Denison Employers". Archived from the original on 2015-06-11. Retrieved 2015-06-13.
  8. ^ GoTaps
  9. ^ a b "Tulsa District Lake Info (Lake Texoma)". Archived from the original on 2007-06-26. Retrieved 2007-04-14.
  10. ^ "Texoma Sailing Club".
  11. ^[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ Archived 2011-03-03 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ Lambeth, M. "2007 Oklahoma Catfish". Oklahoma Game & Fish. Intermedia Outdoors, Inc. Archived from the original on February 23, 2010. Retrieved July 25, 2009.
  14. ^ H-Net Discussion Networks - FYI: News Items of Interest, 3/4/2006 (5 items)
  15. ^ Choctaw Casino Durant expansion will add 1,000 new jobs