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Overview

Introduction to Gainesville, Texas

Gainesville, Texas, in Cooke county, is 28 miles N of Denton, Texas (center to center) and 60 miles N of Dallas, Texas.

Gainesville History

Gainesville was established in 1850. The land was donated by Mary E. Clark and originally named Liberty. However, the name was soon changed because another city in Texas had the same name. Later on, Gainesville was named after General Edmund Pendleton Gaines. The area became a stagecoach stop in the late 1850s. The first railroad arrived in the city around 1879. The city was incorporated on February 17, 1873.

Gainesville and nearby Attractions

  • Morton Museum of Cooke County
  • Frank Buck Zoo
  • Kinne's Jewelers Museum
  • Ray Roberts Lake State Park
  • Eisenhower Birthplace State Historical Park

Things To Do In Gainesville

Gainesville is home to many parks and open spaces including the BP Douglas Park, Jaycee Park, Pecan Creek Park, Georgia Davis Park, Home Grown Hero Walking Trail, and Washington Park. You can also visit the nearby Frank Buck Zoo. Golf lovers can spend their leisure hours at Gainesville Municipal Golf Course. The Kinne's Jewelers Museum, Morton Museum of Cooke County, Denton County Historical Museum, and Collin County Historical Society Museum are also worth visiting.

Gainesville Transportation

International air transportation is available from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Gainesville Higher Education

North Central Texas College is the local college. University of North Texas, Grayson County College, and Brookhaven College also offer facilities for higher education.

People

Total Population 16,119
Male Share of the Population 45.2%
Female Share of the Population 54.8%
Senior Citizens 14.4%
Employed Population 16+ 7,204
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 44.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $44,475
% Above Poverty Level 77.8%
% Below Poverty Level 22.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 29.2%
Median Gross Rent $708
Median House Value $94,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 44.9%
US/American 0%
English 7.1%
Irish 7.9%

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

Gainesville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 28 miles N of Denton, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 60 miles N of Dallas, Texas
County Cooke
Standard Zip Codes 76240
P.O. Box Zip Codes 76241
Phone Area Codes 940
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.625
Longitude -97.133

Gainesville 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 GAINESVILLE
Distance 1.1 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 52 F
Apr Temp 50 to 74 F
Jul Temp 72 to 95 F
Oct Temp 52 to 77 F
Annual Precip 36.7 inches
Station PILOT POINT
Distance 19.3 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 53 F
Apr Temp 50 to 75 F
Jul Temp 73 to 97 F
Oct Temp 54 to 78 F
Annual Precip 44 inches
Station SHERMAN
Distance 29.2 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Collinsville 1,744 $53,831

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

Gainesville Public Libraries

Library
Cooke County Library
200 S WEAVER ST
Gainesville, Texas
(940) 665-2401

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Gainesville Hospitals

NORTH TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1900 HOSPITAL BLVD
(940) 612-8600
Emergency Service: Yes

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Gainesville High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

GAINESVILLE H S
1201 LINDSAY ST
940-665-5528
Serves 825 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

CALLISBURG H S
148 DOZIER ST
940-665-0961
Serves 374 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.3

GAINESVILLE STATE SCHOOL
1379 FM 678
940-665-0701
Serves 300 students.

GAINESVILLE ALTER ED
1201 LINDSAY ST
940-665-5528
A Non-traditional School
Serves 9 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.5

GAINESVILLE J J A E P
1201 LINDSAY ST
940-665-4362
A Non-traditional School
Serves 1 students.

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