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Whitesboro, Texas
Downtown Whitesboro
Downtown Whitesboro
Location of Whitesboro, Texas
Location of Whitesboro, Texas
Grayson County Whitesboro.svg
Country United States
State Texas
County Grayson
 • Total 3.34 sq mi (8.66 km2)
 • Land 3.34 sq mi (8.64 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
820 ft (250 m)
 • Total 3,793
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,234.27/sq mi (476.62/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 903
FIPS code 48-78532
GNIS feature ID 1371458

Whitesboro is a city in Grayson County, Texas, United States. The population was 3,793 at the 2010 census. Whitesboro is named for its founder, Ambrose B. White.

It is part of the Sherman-Denison metropolitan area.


The area was once known as "Wolfpath". The first settler in the area was Robert Diamond, but the settlement of Wolfpath began with the arrival of Ambrose B. White and his family in 1848. The Butterfield Overland Mail route used White's Westview Inn as the "Diamond Station" on its trail from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Coast from 1858 to 1861. A post office, under the name "Whitesborough", began operations there in 1860.

After the Civil War, Whitesborough grew into a frontier town where female residents were prohibited from leaving their homes on Saturday nights because shootings were so common. Whitesborough had a population of 500, saloons, several stores, and other businesses when it was incorporated on June 2, 1873. By 1879, it had a bank, a newspaper, and train service from Denison on a line from the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad. In 1887, it altered the spelling of its name to "Whitesboro".


Whitesboro is located in western Grayson County at 33°39′35″N 96°54′22″W / 33.65972°N 96.90611°W / 33.65972; -96.90611 (33.659612, -96.905999). U.S. Route 82 passes through the north side of the city, and U.S. Route 377 passes through the east side. US 82 leads east 17 miles (27 km) to Sherman, the county seat, and west 13 miles (21 km) to Gainesville, while US 377 leads north 15 miles (24 km) to the Oklahoma border on the Red River and south 41 miles (66 km) to Denton.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Whitesboro has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.6 km2), of which 0.006 square miles (0.015 km2), or 0.18%, are water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 773
1890 1,170 51.4%
1900 1,243 6.2%
1910 1,219 −1.9%
1920 1,810 48.5%
1930 1,535 −15.2%
1940 1,560 1.6%
1950 1,854 18.8%
1960 2,485 34.0%
1970 2,927 17.8%
1980 3,197 9.2%
1990 3,209 0.4%
2000 3,760 17.2%
2010 3,793 0.9%
2019 (est.) 4,120 8.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,760 people, 1,508 households, and 1,040 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,179.9 people per square mile (455.1/km2). There were 1,624 housing units at an average density of 509.6/sq mi (196.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.57% White, 0.19% African American, 0.77% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.09% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.95% of the population.

There were 1,508 households, out of which 33.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.0% were non-families. 28.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 26.3% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 20.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,296, and the median income for a family was $43,150. Males had a median income of $30,165 versus $22,991 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,865. About 8.5% of families and 12.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.2% of those under age 18 and 11.7% of those age 65 or over. There are still relatives of Ambros White living in Whitesboro.


The city is served by the Whitesboro Independent School District.

Notable people

  • Rayford Barnes (1920–2000), actor
  • Lydia Starr McPherson (1827–1903), founded Whitesboro Democrat newspaper in the late 1870s
  • Jared L. Patterson, member of Texas House of Representatives
  • Ray Renfro, professional football player
  • Grizzly Smith, professional wrestler

See also

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