Perryton, Texas

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Perryton, Texas

Introduction to Perryton, Texas

Perryton, Texas, in Ochiltree county, is 99 miles NE of Amarillo, Texas (center to center) and 195 miles W of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The city is home to some 7,774 residents.

Perryton History

The history of Perryton dates back to the early 1900's when the region had two communities known as "Ochiltree" and "Gray". Residents of these two farming and ranching settlements needed a railroad for economic development. However, when a railroad was finally established, it was situated some distance away from these two communities which led to the merger of Ochiltree and Gray in 1919. It resulted in the birth of the new town, "Perryton", named in honor of the county judge, George M. Perry. At the time of its incorporation, advertisements attracted many settlers. Soon, the city had electrical and water distribution plants, and grain elevators, and gradually emerged as an agribusiness center. The "Sewer-Side Airport" was established near Perryton in 1932. The city grew more prosperous in the 1950s when oil and natural gas reserves were discovered close by. Perryton has been called the "Wheatheart of the Nation" since 1947.

Perryton and Nearby Attractions

  • Museum of the Plains
  • Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument
  • Wolf Creek Park & Lake Fryer
  • Lake Meredith National Recreation Area
  • Beaver Dunes State Park

Things To Do In Perryton

The Museum of the Plains in Perryton showcases exhibits related to the history of the region. Spears, arrowheads, and other tools that were used by Indians, were quarried at the nearby Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument. The nearby 520-acre Beaver Dunes State Park has facilities for camping and also features sand dunes, nature trails, and a playground. Swimming, fishing, boating, and picnicking can be enjoyed at the Wolf Creek Park & Lake Fryer. The park also has a floating fish dock accessible to people with physical handicaps. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Perryton Municipal Golf Course, Hansford Golf Club, and Booker Country Club.

Perryton Transportation

Air transportation is available from Amarillo International Airport.

Perryton Higher Education

Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Frank Phillips College, and Seward County Community College are located nearby.

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High Points

Perryton strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Texas):

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Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 12% Perryton Short Commute Times
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Perryton Low Property Crime

Comparative Profile of Perryton, Texas

Comparing Perryton to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Texas (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 9 8
Male Share of the Population 9 8
Racial Diversity 6 3
Senior Citizens 3 4
Well-Paid Single Men 3 6
Female Share of the Population 3 3
Age of the Population 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 8
Average Household Size 8 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 5 7
People Above Poverty 4 6
College Educated Adults 4 7
People in Middle Class or Better 3 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 9 9
Public Transportation Use 3 7
Walking and Biking to Work 3 4
Working at Home 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 8 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 8 6
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 6
Housing Recently Built 6 4
People Living Alone 3 4
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 9 9
Low Violent Crime 7 8

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Perryton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 99 miles NE of Amarillo, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 195 miles W of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
County Ochiltree
Standard Zip Codes 79070
Phone Area Codes 806
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.4
Longitude -100.802

Perryton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 1.4 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 45 F
Apr Temp 39 to 68 F
Jul Temp 65 to 91 F
Oct Temp 43 to 72 F
Annual Precip 20.8 inches
Distance 26 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 53 F
Apr Temp 42 to 75 F
Jul Temp 66 to 96 F
Oct Temp 45 to 77 F
Annual Precip 20.3 inches
Distance 32 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 47 F
Apr Temp 39 to 71 F
Jul Temp 65 to 94 F
Oct Temp 41 to 74 F
Annual Precip 22.5 inches
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Perryton Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 7,774 100%
Male 3,850 49.5%
Female 3,924 50.5%
Under 18 2,432 31.3%
18+ 5,342 68.7%
65+ 877 11.3%
Median Age 32.7
Average Family Size 3.22
White 6,626 85.2%
African-American 12 0.2%
Asian 31 0.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 76 1%
Other 863 11.1%
Mixed Race 165 2.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 2,653 34.1%

Estimated Perryton Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 8,096
Growth 322
Growth % 4.1%

Perryton Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 49.7%
US/American 18%
German 11%
English 6.6%
Irish 6.6%
Scotch-Irish 1.8%
French (except Basque) 1.8%
Scottish 0.8%
Dutch 0.7%
Welsh 0.5%
French Canadian 0.4%
British 0.4%
Dutch West Indian 0.3%
Polish 0.3%
Danish 0.2%
Swedish 0.2%
Norwegian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Perryton 7,774 $45,045
Booker 1,315 $39,904

Perryton Public Libraries

Perry Memorial Library
Perryton, Texas
(806) 435-5801

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Student/teacher ratio: 11.5

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Serves 39 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.5

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1. Sonora, Texas 89.3   19.3% 10.7% 11.3% 14 $38,106 7.9% 25.8% 2,924 16.7% 9.2 1.8% 2.4
2. Dalhart, Texas 87.9   26.9% 13.2% 14.6% 14 $39,193 8.2% 14.6% 7,237 11.8% 25.3 0.6% 3.2
3. Fort Gibson, Oklahoma 87.4   22.4% 11.3% 14.5% 23 $36,944 7.8% 31.3% 4,054 16.5% 13.1 0.4% 3.5
4. Schuyler, Nebraska 86.4   25.8% 14.4% 11.9% 18 $41,747 8.6% 30.7% 5,371 11.2% 12.9 0.3% 0.6
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6. Heyburn, Idaho 84.6   19.9% 9.2% 10% 16 $37,663 9% 25.1% 2,899 17% 5.5 0.4% 1.7
7. Ingleside, Texas 79.9   21.1% 5.9% 13.9% 20 $42,247 8.7% 22.4% 9,388 10.2% 23.8 0.7% 2
8. Richwood, Texas 79.5   23.7% 6% 17.6% 22 $54,280 8.8% 21.8% 3,012 10.5% 25.2 0.5% 2
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