Introduction to Commerce, Texas

Commerce, Texas, in Hunt county, is 41 miles E of McKinney, Texas (center to center) and 60 miles NE of Dallas, Texas.

Commerce History

In 1872, William Jernigin, a pioneer merchant, established a mercantile store to take advantage of a new trade route that had emerged following the construction of a bridge across the South Sulphur River. Gradually, a settlement grew around this store. Since the community did not have a name, Jernigin's merchandise was sent to "commerce," which is how the area eventually came to be known as "Commerce." It was incorporated in 1885. The St. Louis Southwestern Railway connected the city to other neighboring communities in 1887, and by 1910, the city had a cottonseed oil mill, flour mill, roundhouse, machine shops, banks, rail yards, and cotton gins. The city's economic growth continues because of its association with the Texas A&M University.

Commerce and Nearby Attractions

  • American Cotton Museum
  • Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site
  • Cooper Lake State Park
  • Dallas World Aquarium
  • Hopkins County Museum and Heritage Park

Things To Do In Commerce

The American Cotton Museum preserves exhibits related to the history of the American cotton industry. The birthplace of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, which includes a 6-acre park, is easily accessible from the city. The site also features a visitor center and nature trails. The Southfork Ranch was used as the filming location for the television series "Dallas." The nearby Cooper Lake State Park has two units. The Delta County unit is situated upon 715 acres, while the Hopkins County unit occupies an area of 2,310 acres. Activities like camping, boating, and fishing can be enjoyed at the park.

Commerce Transportation

Air transportation is available from Dallas Love Field Airport.

Commerce Higher Education

Texas A&M University - Commerce is located in the city. Paris Junior College, and Amberton University are the other colleges nearby.


Total Population 8,558
Male Share of the Population 46.7%
Female Share of the Population 53.3%
Senior Citizens 9.7%
Employed Population 16+ 2,897
Age of the Population 24


% of people married 26.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $36,667
% Above Poverty Level 54%
% Below Poverty Level 46%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 0.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 12.2%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 35.7%
Median Gross Rent $760
Median House Value $67,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 56.1%
US/American 0%
English 6.2%
Irish 11.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Commerce Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 41 miles E of McKinney, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 60 miles NE of Dallas, Texas
County Hunt
Standard Zip Codes 75428
P.O. Box Zip Codes 75429
Phone Area Codes 903
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.246
Longitude -95.899

Commerce Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 12.9 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 52 F
Apr Temp 50 to 74 F
Jul Temp 72 to 93 F
Oct Temp 53 to 77 F
Annual Precip 43.7 inches
Distance 16.8 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 54 F
Apr Temp 51 to 75 F
Jul Temp 72 to 95 F
Oct Temp 52 to 79 F
Annual Precip 47.6 inches
Distance 36.9 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 53 F
Apr Temp 51 to 75 F
Jul Temp 71 to 94 F
Oct Temp 53 to 78 F
Annual Precip 40 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Campbell 515 $58,523
Cooper 2,096 $31,250
Cumby 811 $53,750

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Commerce Public Libraries

Commerce Public Library
1210 PARK ST
Commerce, Texas
(903) 886-6858

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.1

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