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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.

People

Total Population 9,358
Male Share of the Population 50.5%
Female Share of the Population 49.5%
Senior Citizens 9.1%
Employed Population 16+ 4,316
Age of the Population 30

Families

% of people married 55.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.8%
Median Earnings25+ $36,393
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,250
Median Earnings With High School Degree $36,692

Wealth

Median Family Income $56,950
% Above Poverty Level 85.6%
% Below Poverty Level 14.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 21.2%
Median Gross Rent $699
Median House Value $81,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 61%
US/American 0%
English 4.6%
Irish 7.3%

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

Perryton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 99 miles NE of Amarillo, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 195 miles W of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
County Ochiltree
Standard Zip Codes 79070
Phone Area Codes 806
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.4
Longitude -100.802

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)

Station PERRYTON
Distance 1.4 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 45 F
Apr Temp 39 to 68 F
Jul Temp 65 to 91 F
Oct Temp 43 to 72 F
Annual Precip 20.8 inches
Station SPEARMAN
Distance 26 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 53 F
Apr Temp 42 to 75 F
Jul Temp 66 to 96 F
Oct Temp 45 to 77 F
Annual Precip 20.3 inches
Station LIPSCOMB
Distance 32 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 47 F
Apr Temp 39 to 71 F
Jul Temp 65 to 94 F
Oct Temp 41 to 74 F
Annual Precip 22.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Booker 1,483 $75,139

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

Perryton Public Libraries

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

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Perryton High Schools

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PERRYTON H S
821 S W 17TH AVE
806-435-3633
Serves 494 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.5

TOP OF TEXAS ACCELERATED EDUCATION
821 S W 17TH AVE
806-434-0389
A Non-traditional School
Serves 39 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.5

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