Introduction to Denison, Texas

Denison, Texas, in Grayson county, is 38 miles N of McKinney, Texas (center to center) and 68 miles N of Dallas, Texas. The city is part of the Sherman - Denison metropolitan statistical area (MSA).

Denison History

Denison was established in 1872 in union with MKT or the "Katy" depot. It was named in honor of Katy Vice President, George Denison. Denison was founded at the juncture of MKT and Red River, both of which served as important channels of transportation during the industrial era. This made the town a major commercial center in the American West during the 19th century.

Denison and nearby Attractions

  • Eisenhower State Park
  • Denison Country Club
  • Randell Lake
  • Loy Park & Loy Lake
  • Red River Historical Museum
  • Whitewright Historical Museum

Things To Do In Denison

Denison has attracted artists since the 1990s and is now home to the works of several artists who have earned local, regional, and national acclaim. The Denison Arts Council annually sponsors several Fine Art Tours which showcase the remarkable talent of the area's artists. Many historic buildings in the city have been turned into specialty shops and loft living spaces. The Eisenhower State Park, which is nearby, occupies an area of 432 acres and offers facilities for biking, hiking, camping, fishing, boating, and swimming.

Denison Transportation

One can avail of air transportation from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Denison Higher Education

Grayson County College is the local institution for higher education. Other institutes include Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Collin County Community College.


Total Population 22,846
Male Share of the Population 47.5%
Female Share of the Population 52.5%
Senior Citizens 18.4%
Employed Population 16+ 8,920
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 45.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.6%
Median Earnings25+ $29,473
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,396
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,174


Median Family Income $53,421
% Above Poverty Level 78.4%
% Below Poverty Level 21.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.6%
% Using Public Transportation 1%


People Living Alone 32.2%
Median Gross Rent $727
Median House Value $81,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 33.5%
US/American 0%
English 8.1%
Irish 15.4%

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

Denison Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 38 miles N of McKinney, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 68 miles N of Dallas, Texas
County Grayson
Metro Area Sherman - Denison
Standard Zip Codes 75020, 75021
Phone Area Codes 903
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.755
Longitude -96.536

Denison Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 4.6 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 51 F
Apr Temp 50 to 73 F
Jul Temp 72 to 94 F
Oct Temp 53 to 76 F
Annual Precip 41 inches
Distance 6.8 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 51 F
Apr Temp 52 to 73 F
Jul Temp 73 to 93 F
Oct Temp 54 to 75 F
Annual Precip 42 inches
Station BONHAM 3 NNE
Distance 22.9 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
Bells 1,538 $58,333

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

Denison Public Libraries

Denison Public Library
Denison, Texas
(903) 465-1797
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Denison Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(903) 416-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Denison High Schools

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Serves 1,265 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

A Non-traditional School
Serves 60 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.2

A Non-traditional School
Serves 42 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.5

9501 DYESS
A Non-traditional School
Serves 14 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14

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