Low Cost of Living
In July 2019, Business Facilities’ 2019 Metro Rankings Report ranked Sherman, TX as one of the Top 10 Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living. Sherman scores a 90.9 on the cost of living index, which is well below the national average. Residents experience a much higher quality of life than those living in larger cities, because your wages stretch further in Sherman towards housing and other cost of living expenses. With commute times less than 15 minutes within the city, think of the money you’ll save on gas! For those looking to move into Sherman from out of state, watch your savings grow at the grocery store with no tax on groceries. Looking for fun things to do that are cheap or free? The Sherman area offers numerous FREE concerts, events, activities, and more throughout the year. Compare the cost of living in Sherman with your current city.
Sherman Independent School District (SISD) has 7,500+ students across 12 campuses. SISD offers 22 career and technology education certifications, competitive athletic teams, award-winning high school and middle school fine arts programs, and is home to one of the longest-running, early childhood centers in Grayson County. The district has a 94% graduation rate. Sherman High School has been named to the U.S. News and World Report’s Best High Schools list and one of the Washington Post’s Most Challenging High Schools in America. These recognitions place SHS in the top 8% of schools across the nation.
In January 2021, SISD will welcome students at its newly constructed high school, and a second 6th-8th grade middle school campus will open at the current SHS. These changes will increase classroom space, provide capacity for current and future enrollment growth, improve academic, fine arts, athletics, career and technology education programs, and serve generations of Bearcats to come.
You can’t live in Texas and not get swept up in the Friday night lights. The biggest game of the season is the infamous Battle of the Ax game between Sherman and Denison. A rivalry that began in 1901, Battle of the Ax is the longest continuous rivalry among Texas high schools.
Sherman is fortunate to have two institutions of higher learning in the community:
Austin College is a private, residential, co-educational college dedicated to educating undergraduate students in the liberal arts and sciences while also offering select pre-professional programs and a graduate teacher education program. Austin College is consistently ranked as one of the country’s best small colleges by US News and World Report.
Grayson College is the two-year community college serving the Sherman, Texas area. It offers academic transfer programs, career training, credit and non-credit certificate programs, customized training programs, and continuing education
Sherman residents and visitors can expect the comforts of mom & pop restaurants, food trucks, pubs and breweries, and several popular chain restaurants. However, the dining options don’t stop there. Foodies can also enjoy a variety of international dishes including Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. Check out this list of Sherman restaurants.
Spend a weekend afternoon at the largest shopping spot between the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and Oklahoma City. With many national retailers, restaurants, and entertainment venues, it’s a one-stop shop along the U.S. Highway 75 corridor. Boutique shopping for fashionable clothing and accessories, antiques, home décor and gifts can all be found in downtown Sherman.
Sherman’s vibrant downtown is a gathering place for hospitality, arts and entertainment. This area recently received the Texas Cultural District designation by the Texas Commission on the Arts. The city is now among only 40 other cities in Texas to receive this prestigious designation. Downtown Sherman offers classic antiques, boutiques, salons, restaurants, a farmer’s market, crafts, an art gallery, a newly renovated public library, churches, museums, murals, and more with a historic county courthouse at its center. Reserve tickets for the Sherman Symphony Orchestra or a production at the Finley Playhouse. Get a front row seat to see your favorite band during the City’s free summer concert series – Hot Summer Nights. Attend numerous annual events that are designed to gather the community in celebration of food, holidays, pets, music, wine and craft beer, and more. Oh, and don’t forget about the ghost tours and the escape room! Enjoy a weekend getaway just 25 minutes north of Sherman at the Choctaw Casino & Resort.
The Sherman area offers outdoor recreational activities galore! Sixteen parks, a 10-mile mountain bike trail, Stone Creek Golf Club, The Splash Pool, Hawn Spray Ground, a skate park, a dog park, Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, and unlimited boating, fishing, and camping opportunities at the 4th largest lake in Texas – Lake Texoma. The City of Sherman’s Parks and Recreation department hosts special events, classes, adult athletics, and more for ages one to 65+. Get a glimpse at all the current activities in their seasonal Activity Guide.
There’s more on the horizon as Sherman continues to grow. Our newest attraction – Schulman’s Movie Bowl Grille just opened in southeast Sherman. This area of the city is coming alive as the new high school and new neighborhoods are being developed.