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Overview

Introduction to Vernon, Texas

Vernon, Texas, in Wilbarger county, is 47 miles W of Wichita Falls, Texas (center to center) and 134 miles SW of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Vernon History

This region was originally occupied by the Tonkawa Indians. According to records, in the 1850s, the place was referred to as "Eagle Springs" by the natives because of the unusual abundance of nesting eagles. Settlers began arriving after the Civil War. Initially, an application was made to establish a post office by the name of "Eagle Flat." This name was ultimately changed to "Vernon," and the post office was set up in 1880. According to some sources, the community was named after George Washington's Mount Vernon estate. However, other traditions claim that the city was named for Vernon Brown, a traveling whiskey salesman. Vernon was officially incorporated on February 12th, 1889.

Vernon and Nearby Attractions

  • Red River Valley Museum
  • Fort Belknap
  • Museum of the Western Prarie
  • Copper Breaks State Park

Things To Do In Vernon

Red River Valley Museum, which is situated in the city of Vernon, houses artifacts that reflect the historical and cultural background of the area. Harmon County Historical Museum, and the Museum of the Western Prarie also showcase exhibits of historical significance. Copper Breaks State Park, spread across an area of 1,898 acres, features amenities for boating, fishing, swimming, camping, picnicking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Fort Belknap is a historic site in the region. This fort was established after the Mexican War, in 1851, and served as the anchor of a chain of forts. The city of Vernon also organizes the Santa Rosa Parade in May every year.

Vernon Transportation

Air transportation is available from Sheppard AFB/Wichita Falls Municipal Airport.

Vernon Higher Education

The city of Vernon is home to Vernon College. Other colleges nearby include the Western Oklahoma State College, Cameron University, and Midwestern State University.

Demographics

People

Total Population10,761
Male Share of the Population49.3%
Female Share of the Population50.7%
Senior Citizens16.1%
Employed Population 16+5,142
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married45.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher13.5%
Median Earnings25+$27,255
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,596
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,380

Wealth

Median Family Income$53,038
% Above Poverty Level81.6%
% Below Poverty Level18.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time12 minutes
% Working from Home1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.5%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone36.5%
Median Gross Rent$622
Median House Value$66,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)50.3%
German12.1%
Irish8%
English5%
French Except Basque2%
Italian1.4%
Scottish1.3%
African1.2%
Swiss0.8%
Arab0.5%
Jordanian0.5%
Dutch0.3%
West Indian0.3%
Polish0.2%
Australian0.2%
Swedish0.2%
Welsh0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
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Vernon Almanac

CategoryValue
County Wilbarger County
Standard Zip Codes76384
P.O. Box Zip Codes76385
Phone Area Codes940
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude34.14
Approximate Longitude-99.3

Vernon Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationVERNON
Distance3.9 miles
Jan Temp26 to 52 F
Apr Temp48 to 75 F
Jul Temp72 to 97 F
Oct Temp50 to 77 F
Annual Precip28.5 inches
StationQUANAH 5 SE
Distance24.8 miles
Jan Temp25 to 52 F
Apr Temp47 to 75 F
Jul Temp71 to 97 F
Oct Temp49 to 77 F
Annual Precip26.7 inches
StationLAKE KEMP
Distance28.7 miles
Jan Temp28 to 52 F
Apr Temp50 to 76 F
Jul Temp72 to 98 F
Oct Temp53 to 77 F
Annual Precip24.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Chillicothe876$52,396
Electra2,746$50,244

Vernon Public Libraries

Carnegie City-county Library
2810 WILBARGER ST
Vernon, Texas
(940) 552-2462

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Vernon Hospitals

Wilbarger General Hospital
(Government - District/authority)
920 Hillcrest Drive
North Texas State Hospital
(Government - State)
4730 College Drive

Vernon Public Schools

Central El
1300 Paradise St
ZIP: 76384
(940) 553-1859
Primary
Total Enrollment 325
North Texas State Hospital - Afp - Vernon
Hwy 70 N W
ZIP: 76384
(940) 552-9901
Other
Total Enrollment 70
Northside School
18040 Hwy 283 N
ZIP: 76384
(940) 552-2551
Other
Total Enrollment 201
Shive El
3130 Bacon St
ZIP: 76384
(940) 553-4309
Middle
Total Enrollment 330
T G Mccord El
2915 Sand Rd
ZIP: 76384
(940) 553-4381
Primary
Total Enrollment 416
Vernon H S
2102 Yucca Ln
ZIP: 76384
(940) 553-3377
High
Total Enrollment 526
Vernon Middle School
2200yamparika St
ZIP: 76384
(940) 552-6231
Middle
Total Enrollment 475

Vernon Private Schools

St Paul Lutheran School
4405 Hospital Dr
ZIP: 76384
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
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