Homebuyers will love Grayson County for its ease of access to the Red River and Lake Texoma, and for the grand estates to call home. Homesteaders, meanwhile, have lots of options for building their country castles upon. Home and lot prices range from the low $70s to well over seven figures. Current median list price is $275,000, and the average cost per square foot is around $160.
Living in Grayson County
Around 130,000 call Grayson County home, especially those who seek a quieter environment away from the hustle and bustle of the Metroplex and Ardmore, Oklahoma. Average mean commute time is 23.4 minutes according to DataUSA.io, and around 3.47 percent average a commute of 90 minutes or more to and from the county.
Grayson County is the 34th most populated county in Texas, and is bounded by the Red River and Lake Texoma to the north, Fannin County to the east, Collin and Denton counties to the south, and Cooke County to the west. Sherman is the county seat and the county’s largest city. Major highways include U.S. 75 (connecting the county to Tulsa and the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex), U.S. 82 (connecting the county to Wichita Falls and Texarkana), U.S. 377 (Oklahoma to the United States/Mexico border), U.S. 69 (Port Arthur to Minnesota) and a number of state highways.
Major employers in Grayson County include: Tyson Foods, Cigna, Anthem, Texas Instruments, and Verizon.
Grayson County Parks and Attractions
Grayson County is home to the Red River and Lake Texoma. Lake Texoma is one of the largest reservoirs in the United States, created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1938 and 1944. Its close proximity to the Metroplex, as well as its massive 93,000-acre size, makes Lake Texoma a huge draw for tourists visiting the county; as many as 6 million visit the lake annually. The Red River, which feeds the lake, was once the U.S./Mexico border until the Texas Annexation and Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in the mid- to late 1840s.
Along Lake Texoma in the northwestern corner of Grayson County is the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, a haven for various migratory birds and other animals. Visitors to the refuge can visit throughout the year to hike, fish, hunt, and observe nature. Hagerman is within the confines of the Central Flyway, a north-south migratory route passing over the Great Plains from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.
And of course, Grayson County is the birthplace of WWII five-star general and the 34th President of the United States—the first president to be born in Texas, no less—Dwight D. Eisenhower. Thus, you can visit the Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site in Denison, the preserved two-story home where he spent the first two years of his life before moving to Kansas.
Grayson County Schools
For families establishing their new homes with school-age children, Grayson County is home to 15 different independent school districts, including Sherman ISD, Denison ISD, and Tioga ISD. College-age children have their choice of two- and four-year colleges in the county, including Grayson College and Austin College.