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Overview

Introduction to Amarillo, Texas

The Texas city of Amarillo, located near the middle of the Texas Panhandle in the northern part of the state, is the county seat of Potter County. The city is almost equidistant from Albuquerque, New Mexico (285 miles to the west) and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (245 miles to the east), both of which are accessible via Interstate I-40. Interstate I-27 also services the city, as do U.S. Routes 60, 66, 87, and 287. Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport, named after the NASA astronaut and Amarillo native who commanded the Space Shuttle Columbia, provides air transportation by several major air carriers.

First settled in 1887, the settlement originally called Oneida would later change its name to Amarillo, the Spanish language translation of "yellow." The name was based on the color of the sub-soil in the channel of the Amarillo Creek and in the town's early days many of its houses were painted yellow to commemorate the name. Industry in Amarillo prospered in its early years largely due to railroading, cattle and merchandising. By the turn of the 20th century, Amarillo had established itself as one of the world's busiest cattle shipping centers. In more recent years, Amarillo has become a major world force in the development of natural gas, providing pipelines to many large cities and towns throughout the U.S. Amarillo today boasts a diversified economy which includes heavy manufacturing, petrochemicals, farming, modern ranching, and a burgeoning tourism industry.

Attractions in Amarillo

Amarillo has a wide variety of attractions in and around the city. The English Field Air & Space Museum offers visitors a unique perspective on our aerospace past and features the only Mars Lander on Earth (the other two are on the surface of Mars). The American Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame & Museum showcases the history of the world’s most popular breed of horse. The Don Harrington Discovery Center & Space Theater features interactive exhibits, educational programs, and the only planetarium in the Texas Panhandle. The Harrington House Historic Home, built in 1914, was acquired in 1940 by Don and Sybil Harrington, local philanthropists who were leaders in the oil and gas industry. One of Amarillo's newest attractions is the Kwahadi Kiva Indian Museum & Performance Center, a large facility designed in the style of an Indian Pueblo and housing an expansive museum and a dance performance theater. One of the city's most unique attractions is Cadillac Ranch, where ten Cadillacs are buried nose down in a field at the same formation as the Cheops Pyramid. Other attractions in and around the city include the Amarillo Zoo, the Palo Duro Canyon State Park, and the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum. Annual events in Amarillo include the Tri-State Fair & Rodeo, held every September, and November's World Championship Ranch Rodeo.

Amarillo is home to a small number of professional sports teams. The Amarillo Dillas are a minor league baseball team playing in the independent United League Baseball (ULB). Fans of Arena Football can cheer for the Amarillo Dusters, a professional team belonging to the Af2 (arenafootball2) League. The Amarillo Gorillas are a minor league hockey team playing in the Central Hockey League (CHL).

Demographics

People

Total Population197,570
Male Share of the Population48.8%
Female Share of the Population51.2%
Senior Citizens12.5%
Employed Population 16+94,951
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married48.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher22.3%
Median Earnings25+$32,781
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,001
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,930

Wealth

Median Family Income$59,750
% Above Poverty Level83.3%
% Below Poverty Level16.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.4%
% Using Public Transportation0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone28.5%
Median Gross Rent$781
Median House Value$120,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)44.3%
German11.7%
Irish8.9%
English8%
French Except Basque2%
Italian1.6%
Scottish1.5%
African1.3%
Polish0.9%
Swedish0.6%
Norwegian0.5%
Arab0.4%
West Indian0.4%
Somali0.3%
Dutch0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Iraqi0.2%
Czech0.2%
Russian0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Greek0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
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Amarillo Almanac

CategoryValue
County Potter County, Moore County, Randall County
Standard Zip Codes79101, 79102, 79103, 79104, 79106, 79107, 79108, 79109, 79110, 79111, 79119, 79121, 79124, 79118
P.O. Box Zip Codes79105, 79114, 79116, 79117, 79120, 79159, 79189
Company Zip Codes79166, 79168, 79172, 79174, 79178, 79185
Phone Area Codes806
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude35.21
Approximate Longitude-101.84

Amarillo Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationAMARILLO INTL AP
Distance7.4 miles
Jan Temp23 to 49 F
Apr Temp42 to 71 F
Jul Temp65 to 91 F
Oct Temp45 to 72 F
Annual Precip19.7 inches
StationPANHANDLE
Distance29.5 miles
Jan Temp19 to 48 F
Apr Temp38 to 71 F
Jul Temp62 to 91 F
Oct Temp42 to 71 F
Annual Precip22.2 inches
StationBOYS RANCH
Distance32 miles
Jan Temp21 to 51 F
Apr Temp40 to 73 F
Jul Temp65 to 92 F
Oct Temp42 to 73 F
Annual Precip18.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Canyon14,533$71,996

Amarillo Public Libraries

Amarillo Public Library
413 E 4TH AVE
Amarillo, Texas
(806) 378-3050

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Amarillo Hospitals

Plum Creek Specialty Hospital
(Proprietary)
5601 Plum Creek Drive
Kindred Rehabilitation Hospital Amarillo
(Proprietary)
7200 West 9th Street
(806) 468-2900
Thomas E. Creek Va Medical Center
(Government - Federal)
6010 Amarillo Blvd W
Kindred Hospital-amarillo
(Proprietary)
7501 Wallace Blvd
(806) 468-2900
Baptist St. Anthony's Health System - Baptist Campus
(Non-profit)
1600 Wallace Boulevard
Northwest Texas Hospital
(Proprietary)
1501 South Coulter Street
Vibra Hospital Of Amarillo
(Proprietary)
7501 Wallace Blvd
Northwest Texas Surgery Center
(Proprietary)
3501 Soncy Road, Suite 118
Vibra Rehabilitation Hospital Of Amarillo
(Proprietary)
7200 Sw 9th Ave
Physicians Surgical Hospital - Quail Creek
(Proprietary)
6819 Plum Creek Drive

Amarillo Public Schools

Bivins El
1500 S Fannin
ZIP: 79102
(806) 326-4100
Primary
Total Enrollment 553
Sanborn El
700 S Roberts
ZIP: 79102
(806) 326-5250
Primary
Total Enrollment 680
Tascosa H S
3921 Westlawn
ZIP: 79102
(806) 326-2600
High
Total Enrollment 2137
Caprock H S
3001 E 34th
ZIP: 79103
(806) 326-2200
Other
Total Enrollment 1854
Glenwood El
2407 S Houston
ZIP: 79103
(806) 326-4450
Primary
Total Enrollment 394
Lawndale El
2215 S Bivins
ZIP: 79103
(806) 326-4700
Primary
Total Enrollment 406
Oak Dale El
2711 S Hill
ZIP: 79103
(806) 326-4850
Primary
Total Enrollment 407
Bowie 6th Grade Campus
2905 Tee Anchor Blvd
ZIP: 79104
(806) 326-3209
Bowie Middle
3001 E 12th
ZIP: 79104
(806) 326-3200
Middle
Total Enrollment 1096
Humphrey's Highland El
3900 E 13th
ZIP: 79104
(806) 326-4550
Primary
Total Enrollment 596
Sunrise El
5123 E 14th
ZIP: 79104
(806) 326-5450
Primary
Total Enrollment 367
Amarillo Area Ctr For Advanced Lrn
1100 N Forest
ZIP: 79106
(806) 326-2800
High
Total Enrollment 15
Avondale El
1500 Avondale
ZIP: 79106
(806) 326-4000
Primary
Total Enrollment 533
Belmar El
6324 Adirondack
ZIP: 79106
(806) 326-4050
Primary
Total Enrollment 353
Crockett Middle
4720 Floyd St
ZIP: 79106
(806) 326-3300
Middle
Total Enrollment 851
Homebound
7200 I 40 W
ZIP: 79106
(806) 326-1334
Other
Houston Middle
815 Independence
ZIP: 79106
(806) 326-3600
Middle
Total Enrollment 870
Olsen Park El
2409 Anna
ZIP: 79106
(806) 326-4900
Primary
Total Enrollment 490
San Jacinto El
3400 W 4th
ZIP: 79106
(806) 326-5200
Primary
Total Enrollment 662
Wills El
3500 W 11th
ZIP: 79106
(806) 326-5650
Primary
Total Enrollment 586
Woodlands El
2501 N Coulter
ZIP: 79106
(806) 326-5800
Primary
Total Enrollment 397
Carver Early Childhood Academy
1800 N Travis
ZIP: 79107
(806) 326-4200
Primary
Total Enrollment 374
Carver El Academy
1905 W 12th
ZIP: 79107
(806) 326-4150
Primary
Total Enrollment 354
Eastridge El
1314 Evergreen
ZIP: 79107
(806) 326-4300
Primary
Total Enrollment 789
Emerson El
600 N Cleveland
ZIP: 79107
(806) 326-4350
Primary
Total Enrollment 614
Forest Hill El
3515 Amarillo Blvd E
ZIP: 79107
(806) 326-4400
Primary
Total Enrollment 602
Hamlet El
705 Sycamore
ZIP: 79107
(806) 326-4500
Primary
Total Enrollment 367
Johnny N Allen-6th Grade Campus
700 N Lincoln
ZIP: 79107
(806) 326-3770
Middle
Total Enrollment 221
Lee El
119 N E 15th
ZIP: 79107
(806) 326-4750
Primary
Total Enrollment 398
Mann Middle
610 N Buchanan
ZIP: 79107
(806) 326-3700
Middle
Total Enrollment 443
Mesa Verde El
4011 Beaver
ZIP: 79107
(806) 326-4800
Primary
Total Enrollment 532
North Heights Alter
607 N Hughes
ZIP: 79107
(806) 326-2850
High
Total Enrollment 514
Palo Duro H S
1400 N Grant
ZIP: 79107
(806) 326-2400
Other
Total Enrollment 1987
Rogers El
920 N Mirror
ZIP: 79107
(806) 326-5150
Primary
Total Enrollment 567
Travis 6th Grade Campus
2801 Ne 24th
ZIP: 79107
(806) 326-3809
Travis Middle
2815 Martin Rd
ZIP: 79107
(806) 326-3800
Middle
Total Enrollment 1033
Whittier El
2004 N Marrs
ZIP: 79107
(806) 326-5600
Primary
Total Enrollment 562
Highland Park El
15300 Amarillo Blvd E
ZIP: 79108
(806) 335-2823
Primary
Total Enrollment 434
Highland Park H S
15300 Amarillo Blvd E
ZIP: 79108
(806) 335-2821
High
Total Enrollment 264
Highland Park Middle
15300 Amarillo Blvd E
ZIP: 79108
(806) 335-4714
Middle
Total Enrollment 190
North Heights Alter
9500 U S 287 N
ZIP: 79108
(806) 381-7800
Pleasant Valley El
4413 River Dr
ZIP: 79108
(806) 326-5000
Primary
Total Enrollment 312
River Road H S
101 W Mobley
ZIP: 79108
(806) 383-8867
High
Total Enrollment 405
River Road Middle
9500 Us 287 N
ZIP: 79108
(806) 383-8721
Middle
Total Enrollment 180
Rolling Hills El
2800 W Cherry Ave
ZIP: 79108
(806) 383-8621
Primary
Total Enrollment 511
Willow Vista Int
7600 Pavillard
ZIP: 79108
(806) 383-8820
Middle
Total Enrollment 216
Amarillo H S
4225 Danbury
ZIP: 79109
(806) 326-2000
High
Total Enrollment 2199
Arden Road El
6801 Learning Tree Ave
ZIP: 79109
(806) 677-2360
Primary
Total Enrollment 430
Austin Middle
1808 Wimberly Rd
ZIP: 79109
(806) 326-3000
Middle
Total Enrollment 815
Bonham Middle
5600 S W 49th
ZIP: 79109
(806) 326-3100
Middle
Total Enrollment 766
Coronado El
3210 Wimberly Rd
ZIP: 79109
(806) 354-4600
Primary
Total Enrollment 499
Paramount Terrace El
3906 Cougar Dr
ZIP: 79109
(806) 326-4950
Primary
Total Enrollment 339
Premier H S Of Amarillo
3242 Hobbs Rd
ZIP: 79109
(806) 352-0171
High
Total Enrollment 143
Puckett El
6700 Oakhurst
ZIP: 79109
(806) 326-5050
Primary
Total Enrollment 378
Richard Milburn Academy Amarillo
4106 Sw 51st St
ZIP: 79109
(806) 463-2284
High
Total Enrollment 189
Ridgecrest El
5306 W 37th
ZIP: 79109
(806) 326-5100
Primary
Total Enrollment 493
Western Plateau El
4927 Shawnee
ZIP: 79109
(806) 326-5550
Primary
Total Enrollment 374
Westover Park Jr High
7200 Pinnacle
ZIP: 79109
(806) 677-2420
Middle
Total Enrollment 864
Windsor El
6700 Hyde Pkwy
ZIP: 79109
(806) 326-5700
Primary
Total Enrollment 468
Wolflin El
2026 S Hughes
ZIP: 79109
(806) 371-5790
Primary
Total Enrollment 427
Fannin Middle
4627 S Rusk
ZIP: 79110
(806) 326-3500
Middle
Total Enrollment 645
Gene Howe El
5108 Pico
ZIP: 79110
(806) 677-2380
Primary
Total Enrollment 366
Lamar El
3800 Lipscomb
ZIP: 79110
(806) 326-4600
Primary
Total Enrollment 325
Landergin El
3209 S Taylor
ZIP: 79110
(806) 326-4650
Primary
Total Enrollment 375
South Georgia El
5018 Susan Dr
ZIP: 79110
(806) 326-5350
Primary
Total Enrollment 450
South Lawn El
4719 S Bowie
ZIP: 79110
(806) 326-5401
Primary
Total Enrollment 465
City View El
3400 Knoll
ZIP: 79118
(806) 677-2500
Primary
Total Enrollment 533
Lakeview El
6407 Lair Rd
ZIP: 79118
(806) 677-2830
Primary
Total Enrollment 463
Midway Alternative H S
13501 S Bell
ZIP: 79118
(806) 677-2455
High
Total Enrollment 38
Randall H S
5800 Attebury
ZIP: 79118
(806) 677-2333
High
Total Enrollment 1575
Sundown Lane El
4715 Sundown Ln
ZIP: 79118
(806) 677-2400
Primary
Total Enrollment 330
Tradewind El
4300 Williams
ZIP: 79118
(806) 326-5500
Primary
Total Enrollment 677
Youth Ctr Of High Plains
9300 S Georgia
ZIP: 79118
(806) 677-2450
Other
Total Enrollment 53
Greenways Intermediate
8100 Pineridge
ZIP: 79119
(806) 677-2460
Middle
Total Enrollment 902
Hillside El
9600 Perry Ave
ZIP: 79119
(806) 677-2520
Primary
Total Enrollment 366
Vista Academy Of Amarillo
6000 S Georgia
ZIP: 79119
(806) 367-5447
Other
Total Enrollment 319
Sleepy Hollow El
3435 Reeder
ZIP: 79121
(806) 326-5300
Primary
Total Enrollment 577
Lorenzo De Zavala Middle
2801 N Coulter St
ZIP: 79124
(806) 326-3400
Middle
Total Enrollment 388

Amarillo Private Schools

St Marys Cathedral School
1200 S Washington St
ZIP: 79102
Elementary
Total Enrollment 134
San Jacinto Christian Academy
501 S Carolina
ZIP: 79106
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 373
Trinity Lutheran School
5005 W Interstate 40
ZIP: 79106
Elementary
Total Enrollment 52
Amarillo Montessori Academy
3886 S Bowie St
ZIP: 79110
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
Central Baptist Christian Academy
1601 Sw 58th Ave
ZIP: 79110
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 23
Holy Cross Catholic Academy
4110 S Bonham St
ZIP: 79110
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 112
St Joseph Catholic Elementary School
4118 S Bonham St
ZIP: 79110
Elementary
Total Enrollment 77
Arbor Christian Academy
5000 Hollywood Rd
ZIP: 79118
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 283
Ascension Academy
9301 Ascension Pkwy
ZIP: 79119
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 151
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