In 1950, according to the U. S. Census, Paris, Texas – the County Seat of Lamar County – was the largest city in a 100-mile circle of NE Texas and SE Oklahoma.
We were a good-sized community of around 25,000 fairly contented individuals.
And Paris was an attractive small city.
Today, over a half-century later, our population is still around 25,000 – according to the 2010 U. S. Census – but not quite as content; losing the fight to blight and decay. This, during the time when, a short distance to our Southwest, the Dallas Metroplex area has experience amazing growth.
Even Lamar County has enjoyed growth over the years.
But according to the 2010 Census, Paris lost 2.8% of it’s population between 2000 and 2010. And the Paris Texas Chamber is the only organization in Paris asking, “Why?
Hopefully, the answer to this and other questions can be found in this website.