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Overview

Introduction to Childress, Texas

Childress, Texas, in Childress county, is 104 miles W of Wichita Falls, Texas (center to center) and 168 miles SW of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Childress History

Childress was formed from two competitor townships, Henry and Childress. In February 1887, when the Fort Worth and Denver Railway arrived, the county of Childress was established. After an election in April of the same year, it was decided that Childress would be the county seat. A dispute followed and the election was declared illegal as it was believed that Henry had a smoother terrain than Childress. In another election, Henry was chosen as the county seat. The name of the city was changed from 'Henry' to 'Childress' and by September 1887, businesses and residences of the city were relocated.

Childress and Nearby Attractions

  • Childress County Heritage Museum
  • Copper Breaks State Park
  • Baylor Lake
  • Collingsworth County Museum
  • Engine 501
  • Fair Park Rotary Bowl

Things To Do In Childress

Stoney Ridge Golf Course is an 18-hole golf course with a swimming pool and pro shop. Fair Park, which is the city park, has a large lake, walking trails, and picnic areas as well. Baylor Lake, which is situated at some distance from Childress, is a popular spot for fishing. Another popular attraction is Engine 501 which is based in Armstrong Park. This engine was presented to the City by the Fort Worth and Denver Railroad in 1959. Childress County Heritage Museum houses artifacts that depict the culture and history of the region. Opportunities for recreation are also available at parks like Quartz Mountain State Park, Foss State Park, and Great Plains State Park located some distance away from the city.

Childress Transportation

The closest major airport is Amarillo International Airport.

Childress Higher Education

Clarendon College is the local college. Western Oklahoma State College and Vernon College are located nearby.

People

Total Population 6,085
Male Share of the Population 59.3%
Female Share of the Population 40.7%
Senior Citizens 13.1%
Employed Population 16+ 1,983
Age of the Population 32

Families

% of people married 45%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.6%
Median Earnings25+ $25,882
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,974
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,230

Wealth

Median Family Income $36,729
% Above Poverty Level 76.8%
% Below Poverty Level 23.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 10 minutes
% Working from Home 0.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 32.1%
Median Gross Rent $700
Median House Value $66,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 40.3%
US/American 0.3%
English 4.7%
Irish 7.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Childress Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 104 miles W of Wichita Falls, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 168 miles SW of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
County Childress
Standard Zip Codes 79201
Phone Area Codes 940
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.426
Longitude -100.203

Childress Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station CHILDRESS MUNICIPAL AP
Distance 4.6 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 52 F
Apr Temp 48 to 75 F
Jul Temp 71 to 95 F
Oct Temp 50 to 76 F
Annual Precip 22.6 inches
Station WELLINGTON
Distance 28.2 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 54 F
Apr Temp 46 to 78 F
Jul Temp 70 to 98 F
Oct Temp 50 to 78 F
Annual Precip 22.8 inches
Station HOLLIS 5 E
Distance 28.3 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 51 F
Apr Temp 46 to 76 F
Jul Temp 70 to 97 F
Oct Temp 48 to 76 F
Annual Precip 26.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Childress, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Carey (79201)

Kirkland (79201)

Northfield (79201)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Estelline 76 $88,750

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Childress Public Libraries

Library
Childress Public Library
117 AVENUE B NE
Childress, Texas
(940) 937-8421

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Childress Hospitals

CHILDRESS REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
HWY 83 NORTH
(940) 937-6371
Emergency Service: Yes

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800 AVE J N W
940-937-6131
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Serves 309 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.8

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