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Overview

Introduction to Canyon, Texas

Canyon, Texas, in Randall county, is 17 miles S of Amarillo, Texas and 251 miles W of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The city is considered part of the Amarillo metropolitan area.

Canyon History

Canyon began as a community between the mid to late 19th century. On behalf of T. Anchor Ranch in 1878, William B. Munson and Jot Gunter selected the site where the City of Canyon would be built. Settlers arrived from 1887 onwards, after the arrival of L.G. Conner. Conner’s home went on to become the area’s general store, post office and voting place. Canyon City was declared the county seat of Randall County in 1889, and incorporated as the City of Canyon in 1906.

Canyon and nearby Attractions

  • Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
  • Lake Rita Blanca State Park
  • Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Things To Do In Canyon

The Palo Duro Canyon State Park occupies 26,275 acres in the northern area of the Palo Duro Canyon, which is the second largest canyon in the country. Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge is a popular wintering destination for migrating waterfowl, and is host to thousands of geese and ducks every winter. The area consists of 7,664 acres of shortgrass prairie, marsh, woodland, riparian and cropland habitats.

Canyon Transportation

Air transportation facilities are available at Amarillo International Airport.

Canyon Higher Education

West Texas A & M University is the local institution providing courses in higher education. Other nearby colleges include Amarillo College and Wayland Baptist University.

Demographics

People

Total Population14,533
Male Share of the Population46.9%
Female Share of the Population53.1%
Senior Citizens11.8%
Employed Population 16+7,634
Age of the Population27

Families

% of people married39.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher40.5%
Median Earnings25+$37,838
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,472
Median Earnings With High School Degree$29,224

Wealth

Median Family Income$71,996
% Above Poverty Level79.7%
% Below Poverty Level20.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work7.8%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone29.7%
Median Gross Rent$809
Median House Value$154,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)33.9%
German20.1%
Irish12%
English11.6%
Scottish2.9%
Italian2.8%
French Except Basque1.6%
Welsh1.2%
Swedish1.1%
Polish0.8%
Dutch0.8%
Czech0.8%
African0.6%
Austrian0.5%
Russian0.5%
Norwegian0.5%
Swiss0.2%
Greek0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
US Virgin Isl0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Basque0.1%
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Canyon Almanac

CategoryValue
County Randall County
Standard Zip Codes79015
Company Zip Codes79016
Phone Area Codes806
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude34.98
Approximate Longitude-101.92

Canyon Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationCANYON
Distance0.9 miles
Jan Temp24 to 52 F
Apr Temp43 to 74 F
Jul Temp66 to 93 F
Oct Temp46 to 75 F
Annual Precip19.1 inches
StationAMARILLO INTL AP
Distance20.5 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
StationDIMMITT 2 N
Distance34.7 miles
Jan Temp20 to 49 F
Apr Temp37 to 71 F
Jul Temp62 to 90 F
Oct Temp41 to 71 F
Annual Precip19.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Amarillo197,570$59,750
Happy719$48,125

Canyon Public Libraries

Canyon Area Library
1501 3RD AVE
Canyon, Texas
(806) 655-5015

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Canyon Public Schools

Canyon J H
910 9th Ave
ZIP: 79015
(806) 677-2700
Middle
Total Enrollment 564
Canyon H S
1701 23rd St
ZIP: 79015
(806) 677-2740
High
Total Enrollment 1118
Canyon Int
506 8th St
ZIP: 79015
(806) 677-2800
Middle
Total Enrollment 597
Crestview El
80 Hunsley Rd
ZIP: 79015
(806) 677-2780
Primary
Total Enrollment 521
Reeves-hinger El
1005 21st St
ZIP: 79015
(806) 677-2870
Primary
Total Enrollment 699
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