Introduction to Vernon, Texas

Vernon, Texas, in Wilbarger county, is 47 miles W of Wichita Falls, Texas (center to center) and 134 miles SW of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Vernon History

This region was originally occupied by the Tonkawa Indians. According to records, in the 1850s, the place was referred to as "Eagle Springs" by the natives because of the unusual abundance of nesting eagles. Settlers began arriving after the Civil War. Initially, an application was made to establish a post office by the name of "Eagle Flat." This name was ultimately changed to "Vernon," and the post office was set up in 1880. According to some sources, the community was named after George Washington's Mount Vernon estate. However, other traditions claim that the city was named for Vernon Brown, a traveling whiskey salesman. Vernon was officially incorporated on February 12th, 1889.

Vernon and Nearby Attractions

  • Red River Valley Museum
  • Fort Belknap
  • Museum of the Western Prarie
  • Copper Breaks State Park

Things To Do In Vernon

Red River Valley Museum, which is situated in the city of Vernon, houses artifacts that reflect the historical and cultural background of the area. Harmon County Historical Museum, and the Museum of the Western Prarie also showcase exhibits of historical significance. Copper Breaks State Park, spread across an area of 1,898 acres, features amenities for boating, fishing, swimming, camping, picnicking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Fort Belknap is a historic site in the region. This fort was established after the Mexican War, in 1851, and served as the anchor of a chain of forts. The city of Vernon also organizes the Santa Rosa Parade in May every year.

Vernon Transportation

Air transportation is available from Sheppard AFB/Wichita Falls Municipal Airport.

Vernon Higher Education

The city of Vernon is home to Vernon College. Other colleges nearby include the Western Oklahoma State College, Cameron University, and Midwestern State University.


Total Population 10,887
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 15.9%
Employed Population 16+ 4,891
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 44.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $53,417
% Above Poverty Level 80.1%
% Below Poverty Level 19.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 13 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 35.5%
Median Gross Rent $547
Median House Value $65,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 51.4%
US/American 0%
English 5.5%
Irish 9.2%

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

Vernon Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 47 miles W of Wichita Falls, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 134 miles SW of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
County Wilbarger
Standard Zip Codes 76384
P.O. Box Zip Codes 76385
Phone Area Codes 940
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.154
Longitude -99.264

Vernon Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station VERNON
Distance 3.9 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 52 F
Apr Temp 48 to 75 F
Jul Temp 72 to 97 F
Oct Temp 50 to 77 F
Annual Precip 28.5 inches
Station QUANAH 5 SE
Distance 24.8 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 52 F
Apr Temp 47 to 75 F
Jul Temp 71 to 97 F
Oct Temp 49 to 77 F
Annual Precip 26.7 inches
Distance 28.7 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 52 F
Apr Temp 50 to 76 F
Jul Temp 72 to 98 F
Oct Temp 53 to 77 F
Annual Precip 24.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chillicothe 796 $52,222
Electra 2,737 $53,438

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

Vernon Public Libraries

Carnegie City-county Library
Vernon, Texas
(325) 552-2462

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Vernon Hospitals

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(940) 552-9351
Emergency Service: Yes

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Vernon High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

A Title I School.
Serves 665 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.8

8407 FM 433 W
Serves 257 students.

18040 HWY 283 N
A Title I School.
Serves 183 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.5

1713 WILBARGER ST # 203
A Non-traditional School
Serves 74 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.3

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