Introduction to Pampa, Texas

Pampa, Texas, in Gray county, is 53 miles NE of Amarillo, Texas (center to center) and 194 miles W of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Pampa History

The Santa Fe Railroad was constructed through the present day city of Pampa in 1888. At that time, the area was known as Glasgow. By 1889, the city had been renamed to Sutton. The first post office of the area was established in 1892. Later on, George Tyng, manager of the White Deer Land Company, changed the city's name to Pampa. This name was derived from a Spanish term meaning "plains." The first school of the city was established in 1903. In 1912, J. N. Duncan was elected the first mayor of the city. Pampa became the county seat of Gray County in 1928.

Pampa and nearby Attractions

  • Freedom Museum
  • Marcus Sanders Park
  • White Deer Land Museum
  • Hutchinson County Museum
  • Devil's Rope Museum
  • Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument

Things To Do In Pampa

The City of Pampa offers numerous recreational facilities to make your vacation memorable. You can spend your leisure hours at Prairie Park, Aspen Park, Hobart Street Park, Coronado Park, Lions Club Park, and Evergreen City Park. The Freedom Museum and the White Deer Land Museum are also worth visiting. In addition, the city has several churches including the Primera Iglesia Bautista Mexicana Church, First Assembly of God Church, Pentecostal Holiness Church, and Church of the Nazarene.

Pampa Transportation

International flights are available from Amarillo International Airport.

Pampa Higher Education

Facilities for higher studies are offered by Amarillo College, Texas Tech University, and West Texas A & M University.


Total Population 18,216
Male Share of the Population 50%
Female Share of the Population 50%
Senior Citizens 16.4%
Employed Population 16+ 7,806
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 53.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.6%
Median Earnings25+ $31,656
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $26,332
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,604


Median Family Income $52,821
% Above Poverty Level 86%
% Below Poverty Level 14%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 0.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 30.9%
Median Gross Rent $685
Median House Value $74,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 42.7%
US/American 0.1%
English 12.6%
Irish 8.6%

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

Pampa Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 53 miles NE of Amarillo, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 194 miles W of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
County Gray
Standard Zip Codes 79065
P.O. Box Zip Codes 79066
Phone Area Codes 806
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.536
Longitude -100.959

Pampa Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station PAMPA 2
Distance 2.2 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 48 F
Apr Temp 41 to 70 F
Jul Temp 66 to 92 F
Oct Temp 45 to 72 F
Annual Precip 22.7 inches
Station BORGER
Distance 28.7 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 49 F
Apr Temp 43 to 72 F
Jul Temp 66 to 93 F
Oct Temp 46 to 74 F
Annual Precip 21.9 inches
Distance 41.7 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 47 F
Apr Temp 41 to 71 F
Jul Temp 66 to 94 F
Oct Temp 43 to 74 F
Annual Precip 21.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Groom 561 $71,528

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

Pampa Public Libraries

Lovett Memorial Library, Pampa
Pampa, Texas
(806) 669-5780
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Pampa Hospitals

(806) 665-3721
Emergency Service: Yes

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