Leonard is located in Southwest Fannin County, about 35 minutes from McKinney and 1 hour from Dallas.
2012 U.S. Census Bureau population estimates:
Fannin County: 33,831
Bonham (county seat): 10,068
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Education: The Leonard Independent School District is made up of four campuses including Leonard Elementary School, Leonard Intermediate School, Leonard Junior High School and Leonard High School. Leonard Elementary has received one of the top two ratings given by the Texas Education Agency now for seven consecutive years and was named an “Exemplary” campus once again last school year. The campus has also earned several Commended Performance awards in math, reading, and attendance as well as has been named a Title I Distinguished Performance School during this time. A concerted effort has been made to keep the student-to-teacher ratio low enabling teachers, students and parents to develop excellent relationships in promoting an outstanding education.
Grayson College in Denison and Van Alstyne, Collin College in McKinney, and Texas A&M Commerce are within easy driving distance.
The public library located on the square holds more than 17,000 books and has internet access.
Housing: Leonard has a high quality of life, yet remains affordable. The estimated median home value in 2011 was $82,237, a bit less than the Texas national average of $127,700. A wide variety of housing is available within the city limits, and ranches are available just outside the city limits. Some families have even moved into lofts on the town square.
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $87,210; Detached houses: $90,980; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $23,817; Mobile homes: $32,062
Median gross rent in 2011: $632.
Parks: The famous annual picnic is held in 30 acre Old City Park. The park has a pond, walking track, restrooms and a large open pavilion that can be rented for parties (contact city hall at 903-587-3334). The city also owns the Kiwanis park on Connett St. which has baseball fields, restrooms and a concession stand.
Worship: Leonard is home to approximately 10 churches, with many more located in the surrounding area. A complete worship directory is published weekly in the Leonard Graphic.
Senior Citizen Resources: A SNAP Center is located on the square in downtown Leonard. The area is also served by Meals on Wheels. Seniors can arrange on-call bus service through TAPS. For information on senior housing, contact the Leonard Housing Authority at 903-587-3385.
Public Transportation: The TAPS bus service is available to all ages by calling 1-800-256-0911 at least a day before you need to take your trip.
Government: Leonard has a mayor-council form of government with a city administrator. There is a Volunteer Fire Department and a Police department with five police officers and a chief.
Leonard City Hall Utilities: The city bills for water, sewer and trash service. Several options, including wireless, are available for high-speed internet access.