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Overview

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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population9,351
Male Share of the Population50.7%
Female Share of the Population49.3%
Senior Citizens10%
Employed Population 16+4,018
Age of the Population31

Families

% of people married61.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher15.8%
Median Earnings25+$32,109
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$27,198
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,609

Wealth

Median Family Income$53,712
% Above Poverty Level86.5%
% Below Poverty Level13.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home0.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.7%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone19.7%
Median Gross Rent$727
Median House Value$98,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)60.6%
German7.5%
English5.5%
Irish4.7%
Polish1.2%
French Except Basque1%
Scottish0.6%
Czech0.4%
Norwegian0.2%
Swedish0.2%
Italian0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Welsh0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Dutch0.1%
Canadian0.1%
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Perryton Almanac

CategoryValue
County Ochiltree County
Standard Zip Codes79070
Phone Area Codes806
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude36.39
Approximate Longitude-100.8

Perryton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationPERRYTON
Distance1.4 miles
Jan Temp18 to 45 F
Apr Temp39 to 68 F
Jul Temp65 to 91 F
Oct Temp43 to 72 F
Annual Precip20.8 inches
StationSPEARMAN
Distance26 miles
Jan Temp22 to 53 F
Apr Temp42 to 75 F
Jul Temp66 to 96 F
Oct Temp45 to 77 F
Annual Precip20.3 inches
StationLIPSCOMB
Distance32 miles
Jan Temp16 to 47 F
Apr Temp39 to 71 F
Jul Temp65 to 94 F
Oct Temp41 to 74 F
Annual Precip22.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Booker1,359$74,231

Perryton Public Libraries

Perry Memorial Library
22 SE 5TH AVE
Perryton, Texas
(806) 435-5801

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Perryton Hospitals

Ochiltree General Hospital
(Government - District/authority)
3101 Garrett Drive

Perryton Public Schools

Edwin F Williams Int
902 Sw 19th
ZIP: 79070
(806) 435-3436
Middle
Total Enrollment 399
James L Wright El
1702 S Grinnell St
ZIP: 79070
(806) 435-2371
Primary
Total Enrollment 627
Perryton H S
1102 S Jefferson St
ZIP: 79070
(806) 435-3633
High
Total Enrollment 558
Perryton J H
510 S Eton
ZIP: 79070
(806) 435-3601
Middle
Total Enrollment 534
Perryton Kinder
410 S Eton St
ZIP: 79070
(806) 435-3436
Primary
Total Enrollment 269
Top Of Texas Accelerated Education Center
605 N Main
ZIP: 79070
(806) 434-0389
High
Total Enrollment 38

Perryton Private Schools

Victory Christian Academy
2232 S Main
ZIP: 79070
Elementary
Total Enrollment 56
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