Bonham, Texas
Downtown Bonham, Texas (2020)
Downtown Bonham, Texas (2020)
"The Star of North Texas"[1]
Location of Bonham, Texas
Location of Bonham, Texas
Fannin County Bonham.svg
Coordinates: 33°35′2″N 96°10′54″W / 33.58389°N 96.18167°W / 33.58389; -96.18167Coordinates: 33°35′2″N 96°10′54″W / 33.58389°N 96.18167°W / 33.58389; -96.18167
CountryUnited States
 • Total9.83 sq mi (25.47 km2)
 • Land9.83 sq mi (25.47 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
610 ft (186 m)
 • Total10,127
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,056.24/sq mi (407.81/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area codes430, 903
FIPS code48-09328[4]
GNIS feature ID1352653[5]

Bonham is a city and the county seat of Fannin County, Texas.[6] The population was 10,408 at the 2020 census.[7] James Bonham (the city's namesake) sought the aid of James Fannin (the county's namesake) at the Battle of the Alamo. Bonham is part of the Texoma region in north Texas and south Oklahoma.


Bonham is slightly west of the center of Fannin County in northeastern Texas. The main highway corridors in around Bonham include U.S. Route 82, a four-lane bypass, crosses the northern part of the city, leading east 37 miles (60 km) to Paris and west 27 miles (43 km) to Sherman. Texas State Highway 78 passes through the center of Bonham, leading north 12 miles (19 km) to the Oklahoma border at the Red River and south 10 miles (16 km) to Bailey. Texas State Highway 56, following an old routing of US 82, crosses Highway 78 in the center of Bonham, leading east 6 miles (10 km) to Dodd City and west 6 miles to Ector. Texas State Highway 121 leads southwest from Bonham 41 miles (66 km) to McKinney. Dallas is 72 miles (116 km) to the southwest via McKinney.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bonham has a total area of 9.8 square miles (25.3 km2), all of it land.[7]


One of Texas's oldest cities, Bonham dates to 1837, when Bailey Inglish built a two-story blockhouse named Fort Inglish about 2 miles (3 km) from the current downtown. Inglish and other acquaintances settled there in the summer of 1837, and the settlement was named "Bois D'Arc". The Congress of the Republic of Texas named the city Bloomington in 1843, but renamed it Bonham in honor of James Butler Bonham, a defender of the Alamo. On February 2, 1848, Bonham was incorporated as a city. A 1936 statue of Bonham by Texas sculptor Allie Tennant is on the courthouse grounds.[8]

After connecting to the Texas and Pacific Railway the city began to grow, and by 1885 there were six churches, three colleges, two public schools, three weekly newspapers, a sawmill, two grain mills, a power plant, and about 2,300 inhabitants. 1890 saw the addition of streetcars, an ice plant, and the opening of the Texas Power and Light Company, the area's utility provider. In 1925 the city was connected to natural gas lines.

In 1898, 1911–1914 and 1921–1922, Bonham hosted minor league baseball. The Bonham Boosters and other Bonham teams played as members of the Class D Texas-Oklahoma League (1911–1914, 1921–1922) and the Independent Southwestern League (1898). Bonham teams featured a different moniker each season. Baseball Hall of Fame member Kid Nichols was Manager of the 1914 Bonham Sliders.[9][10]

During the Second World War, a training camp and an aviation school for the United States Army Air Forces were in the vicinity of Bonham, as was a prisoner-of-war camp for German soldiers. Parts of the camp, approximately 0.5 miles north of US 82, can still be visited today.


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

2020 census

Bonham racial composition[12]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 6,537 62.81%
Black or African American (NH) 1,506 14.47%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 78 0.75%
Asian (NH) 80 0.77%
Pacific Islander (NH) 6 0.06%
Some Other Race (NH) 20 0.19%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 348 3.34%
Hispanic or Latino 1,833 17.61%
Total 10,408

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 10,408 people, 2,963 households, and 1,696 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,067.1 people per square mile (412.1/km2). There were 3,400 housing units. There were 2,963 households, out of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.3% were married couples living together, 15.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37% were non-families. 32.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 32.3% had someone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.4 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 21% under the age of 19, 9% from 20 to 24, 31% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years.

The median income for a household in the city was $43,793, and the median income for a family was $52,334. Males had a median income of $26,035 versus $21,897 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,874. About 14.9% of the population were below the poverty line.


Bonham High School

The city is served by the Bonham Independent School District. The city's high school is Bonham High School.

In addition, Grayson County College serves Bonham. It once operated a branch campus in Bonham, its only campus outside its namesake county, but it ceased operations in Bonham after 2012 due to small enrollment numbers.[15] Texas A&M University-Commerce, a university of over 12,000 students, is Commerce, 35 minutes southeast of Bonham.

Notable people


Bonham's climate is characterized by hot, humid summers and mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Bonham has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[17]


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  3. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  7. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Bonham city, Texas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved August 22, 2016.[dead link]
  8. ^ Little, Carol Morris, A Comprehensive Guide to Outdoor Sculpture in Texas, University of Texas Press, Austin, 1996 p. 100
  9. ^ "Register Team Encyclopedia".
  10. ^ "Texas-Oklahoma League (D) Encyclopedia and History".
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  12. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2022-05-22.
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  14. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  15. ^ Staff, KXII-TV. "Fannin County's only college campus to close". Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  16. ^ "Tiananmen Square Tank Man photographer Charlie Cole dies in Bali". South China Morning Post. Sep 13, 2019. Retrieved Mar 16, 2021.
  17. ^ "Bonham, Texas Köppen Climate Classification (Weatherbase)". Weatherbase.
  1. ^ Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.[13][14]