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Overview

Introduction to Paris, Texas

Paris, Texas, in Lamar county, is 69 miles NE of McKinney, Texas (center to center) and 93 miles NE of Dallas, Texas.

Paris History

The present day city of Paris was first settled in the 1820s. It was established as a town in 1839 by a merchant named George W. Wright. The city was officially incorporated on February 3, 1845. It also became the county seat of Lamar County that year. During the Civil War, Paris became a booming cattle and farming center. The Texas and Pacific Railroads first entered the city in 1876. The Paris Fairgrounds is the site of the public lynching of a black slave, Henry Smith, in 1893.

Paris and nearby Attractions

  • Sam Bell Maxey House State Historical Park
  • Lamar County Historical Museum
  • Pat Mayse Lake
  • Cooper Lake State Park
  • Hayden Museum of American Art
  • Raymond Gary State Park

Things To Do In Paris

The city of Paris offers a host of recreational facilities. It is home to the second largest Eiffel Tower. The city has several beautiful parks and open spaces such as Wade Park, Lake Gibbons, Bywaters Park, and Record Park. Visitors can also enjoy fishing on Lake Crook and Pat Mayse Lake. The Sam Bell Maxey State Historic Structure is another historic landmark that is worth visiting. Tour de Paris, the renowned bicycle tour of Paris, attracts a number of American and European tourists every year in the month of July. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Mirabeau Square Shopping Center.

Paris Transportation

Cox Field Airport is nearby.

Paris Higher Education

Paris Junior College is the local institute of higher education. Also close by are Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Tyler Junior College, and University of Dallas.

People

Total Population 24,903
Male Share of the Population 45.6%
Female Share of the Population 54.4%
Senior Citizens 17.5%
Employed Population 16+ 10,016
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 43%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.2%
Median Earnings25+ $25,739
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,653
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,333

Wealth

Median Family Income $40,754
% Above Poverty Level 74.4%
% Below Poverty Level 25.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.3%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 32.7%
Median Gross Rent $659
Median House Value $72,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 42.2%
US/American 0%
English 7.1%
Irish 10.8%

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

Paris Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 69 miles NE of McKinney, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 93 miles NE of Dallas, Texas
County Lamar
Standard Zip Codes 75460, 75462
P.O. Box Zip Codes 75461
Phone Area Codes 903
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.66
Longitude -95.555

Paris Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station PARIS
Distance 0.8 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 51 F
Apr Temp 51 to 74 F
Jul Temp 72 to 94 F
Oct Temp 52 to 77 F
Annual Precip 47.8 inches
Station HUGO
Distance 23.6 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 51 F
Apr Temp 50 to 73 F
Jul Temp 70 to 93 F
Oct Temp 51 to 76 F
Annual Precip 47.3 inches
Station BONHAM 3 NNE
Distance 35.3 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 51 F
Apr Temp 50 to 72 F
Jul Temp 72 to 93 F
Oct Temp 52 to 76 F
Annual Precip 44.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Blossom 1,253 $55,893
Deport 495 $48,500
Detroit 767 $44,583
Honey Grove 1,975 $46,438

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

Paris Public Libraries

Library
Paris Public Library
326 S MAIN ST
Paris, Texas
(903) 785-8531
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Paris Hospitals

PARIS REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
820 CLARKSVILLE ST
(903) 785-4521
Emergency Service: Yes

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Paris High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

NORTH LAMAR H S
3201 LEWIS LN
903-737-2011
Serves 938 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13

PARIS H S
2400 JEFFERSON RD
903-737-7400
Serves 933 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.4

GIVENS EL
655 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DR
903-737-7466
A Title I School.
Serves 454 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.2

CHISUM H S
3250 S CHURCH ST
903-737-2800
Serves 261 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.9

PARIS ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL FOR SUCCE
1513 LAMAR
903-737-7560
A Vocational School
Serves 8 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.2

SPECIAL SERVICES
505 LAMAR AVE
903-737-7494
A Non-traditional School

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