Prepared by the Texoma Council of Governments with assistance and funding from the Economic Development Administration (EDA), U.S. Department of Commerce
Texoma Economic Development District | Texoma Council of Governments
Executive Director: Eric M. Bridges
Staff: GIS & Planning Program Manager Molly Guard, Program Planner Catherine Krantz
CEDS Strategy Committee: Arleene Loyd, Gainesville Economic Development Corporation; Lewanda Diaz, Grayson College; Marsha Lindsey, Texoma Workforce Solutions; Monte Walker, Howe Economic Development Corporation
TCOG Governing Board Members: President Honorable Jason Brinkley, County Judge, Cooke County; Vice President Honorable Jeff Whitmire, Precinct 01 Commissioner, Grayson County; Secretary/Treasurer Honorable Teresa Adams, Mayor Pro-Tem, City of Denison; Dr. Debbie Barnes-Plyler, Trustee, Grayson College; Honorable Craig Jezek, Mayor, City of Tioga; Reverend Cecil Jones, Community Representative, Fannin County; Honorable Ken Keeler, Ward 4 Council Member, City of Gainesville; Honorable Randy Moore, County Judge, Fannin County; Honorable Scott Neu, Community Representative, Cooke County; Mr. Bob Rhoden, Trustee, Denison Independent School District; Honorable Tony Rodriguez, Ward 1 Council Member, City of Bonham; Honorable Josh Stevenson, District 02 Council Member, City of Sherman; Honorable Stan Thedford, Alderman, Town of Windom; Mr. Bryan E. Wilson, Community Representative, Grayson County.
Texoma Council of Governments (TCOG) produced the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy 2017-2022 (CEDS), which was completed in the fall of 2017. The document was a compilation of data, pulled together and analyzed to create a regional approach for economic growth. In 2019, our annual CEDS committee recommended a series of updates for 2019-2020 to reflect the growth and changing demographics in the region since our previous report.
The recommended regional updates are as follows.
Population has continued to rise in the Texoma region in ways that have surpassed Census projections. The US Census 2018 estimate shows population growth in Texoma at 0.9%, compared to the State of Texas at 1.7% and USA at 0.7%. In addition, the Texas Water Development Board Regional Water Plan County Population Projections 2020-2070 put Texoma population increasing at 7.86% since 2017.
We look forward to updated Census data in 2020 and in the meantime are adjusting our projections to better keep pace with the rapid growth in the region.
We have used several sources to determine actual population, with different current population projections of the Texoma area ranging from 198,897 – 214,544:
Grayson County is the most populous and the largest, with 63 percent of the region’s population. The median ages of the counties are very close, between 40 and 41 years. Citizens age 65 and over form 16.9 percent of Grayson County residents, 18.6 percent in Fannin County and 17.3 percent in Cooke County.
Table 1, below shows selected demographic information for Grayson, Cooke, and Fannin counties.
According to the Texoma Council of Governments Texoma Region 2019-2021 Community Needs Assessment:
Grayson County racial demographics are 86.8% White, 12.4% Hispanic or Latino, 5.8% Black or African-American, 1.1% American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.2% Asian, 2.1% Some other race, and 2.9% Two or More Races.
Fannin County racial demographics are 88.1% White, 10.4% Hispanic or Latino, 6.8% Black or African-American, 0.3% American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.5% Asian, 1.6% Some other race, and 2.6% Two or More Races.
Cooke County racial demographics are 92.6% White, 16.9% Hispanic or Latino, 2.6% Black or African-American, 0.6% American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.8% Asian, 0.8% Some other race, and 2.3% Two or More Races.
All counties have an overwhelmingly White population. Cooke County has the largest percentage of Hispanics and Latinos, at 16.9 percent, and Fannin County has the largest percentage of Black or African-American residents at 6.8 percent. However, when looking at raw numbers, Grayson County has the largest number of people of color.