Introduction to Childress, Texas

Childress, Texas, in Childress county, is 104 miles W of Wichita Falls, Texas (center to center) and 168 miles SW of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Childress History

Childress was formed from two competitor townships, Henry and Childress. In February 1887, when the Fort Worth and Denver Railway arrived, the county of Childress was established. After an election in April of the same year, it was decided that Childress would be the county seat. A dispute followed and the election was declared illegal as it was believed that Henry had a smoother terrain than Childress. In another election, Henry was chosen as the county seat. The name of the city was changed from 'Henry' to 'Childress' and by September 1887, businesses and residences of the city were relocated.

Childress and Nearby Attractions

  • Childress County Heritage Museum
  • Copper Breaks State Park
  • Baylor Lake
  • Collingsworth County Museum
  • Engine 501
  • Fair Park Rotary Bowl

Things To Do In Childress

Stoney Ridge Golf Course is an 18-hole golf course with a swimming pool and pro shop. Fair Park, which is the city park, has a large lake, walking trails, and picnic areas as well. Baylor Lake, which is situated at some distance from Childress, is a popular spot for fishing. Another popular attraction is Engine 501 which is based in Armstrong Park. This engine was presented to the City by the Fort Worth and Denver Railroad in 1959. Childress County Heritage Museum houses artifacts that depict the culture and history of the region. Opportunities for recreation are also available at parks like Quartz Mountain State Park, Foss State Park, and Great Plains State Park located some distance away from the city.

Childress Transportation

The closest major airport is Amarillo International Airport.

Childress Higher Education

Clarendon College is the local college. Western Oklahoma State College and Vernon College are located nearby.



Total Population6,007
Male Share of the Population57.3%
Female Share of the Population42.7%
Senior Citizens13.4%
Employed Population 16+2,014
Age of the Population32


% of people married41.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher15.8%
Median Earnings25+$28,778
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,269
Median Earnings With High School Degree$20,398


Median Family Income$42,130
% Above Poverty Level77.6%
% Below Poverty Level22.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time15 minutes
% Working from Home2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.1%
% Using Public Transportation%


People Living Alone35%
Median Gross Rent$747
Median House Value$75,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)45.1%
French Except Basque2.5%
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Childress Almanac

County Childress County
Standard Zip Codes79201
Phone Area Codes940
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude34.42
Approximate Longitude-100.24

Childress Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance4.6 miles
Jan Temp27 to 52 F
Apr Temp48 to 75 F
Jul Temp71 to 95 F
Oct Temp50 to 76 F
Annual Precip22.6 inches
Distance28.2 miles
Jan Temp27 to 54 F
Apr Temp46 to 78 F
Jul Temp70 to 98 F
Oct Temp50 to 78 F
Annual Precip22.8 inches
StationHOLLIS 5 E
Distance28.3 miles
Jan Temp25 to 51 F
Apr Temp46 to 76 F
Jul Temp70 to 97 F
Oct Temp48 to 76 F
Annual Precip26.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income

Childress Public Libraries

Childress Public Library
117 AVE B NE
Childress, Texas
(940) 937-8421

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Childress Hospitals

Childress Regional Medical Center
(Government - District/authority)
901 Hwy 83 North

Childress Public Schools

Childress El
300 3rd St S E
ZIP: 79201
(940) 937-6313
Total Enrollment 575
Childress H S
800 Ave J N W
ZIP: 79201
(940) 937-6131
Total Enrollment 306
Childress J H
700 Commerce St
ZIP: 79201
(940) 937-3641
Total Enrollment 271
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