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Overview

Introduction to Wichita Falls, Texas

Wichita Falls is a city located in north-central Texas, about 15 miles south of the Oklahoma border and 120 miles northwest of Dallas. Home to Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls is serviced by Interstate I-44 and U.S. Routes 277, 281, 287, and 82. Texas State Highways 79 and 240 also run through the city. Wichita Falls serves as the county seat of Wichita County and is considered the primary population center of North Texas.

First settled in the mid-1800s, Wichita Falls experienced a boom in the sale of town lots concurrent with the arrival of the first train in 1882. Soon thereafter a lumberyard and mill took root, followed by a general merchandise store. Incorporated in 1889, the city continued to see its economy stimulated by the arrival of more railroads, establishing Wichita Falls as a transportation and supply center for Northwest Texas and southern Oklahoma. By the early 1900s, the city's economic focus shifted to oil and by 1913 the North Texas fields were producing 46 percent of the state's oil supply. The oil boom ushered in a building boom which was later slowed, but not stopped, by the Great Depression. In 1941 the economy was further bolstered by the opening of Sheppard Field, an Army Air Corps training facility which would later become Sheppard Air Force Base. Wichita Falls was devastated on April 10, 1979, by one of the largest tornadoes in recorded history which swept through the southern part of the city, destroying a large percentage of town dwellings and damaging numerous business establishments. The city made a rapid recovery, repairing most of the damage within a few short years.

Arts and Culture in Wichita Falls

Wichita Falls has a wide variety of attractions and places of interest for visitors and residents alike. The Wichita Falls Museum and Arts Center sponsors a variety of arts programs and features hands-on science displays and traditional art exhibitions throughout the year. The Wichita Falls Railroad Museum, which opened in 1980, is a must-see for visiting train buffs. On display are old steam engines and other train-related memorabilia. The Kell House Museum is housed in a beautiful Neo-classical home built in 1909 and previously owned by one of the city's founders, Frank Kell. The Heritage Center, located on Sheppard Air Force Base, boasts a unique collection of artifacts which chronicle the growth of the base and its close ties to the city. For performing arts, Wichita Falls has the Backdoor Theater, the Wichita Falls Ballet Theatre, and the Wichita Falls Symphony.

Sports fans can root for the Wichita Falls Wildcats, a professional ice hockey team which competes in the North American Hockey League (NAHL). Also in town are the Wichita Falls Drillers, a semi-Pro football team which has won a Minor League Football national championship.

Demographics

People

Total Population105,013
Male Share of the Population52.8%
Female Share of the Population47.2%
Senior Citizens13%
Employed Population 16+47,748
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married41.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher23.6%
Median Earnings25+$31,363
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,952
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,875

Wealth

Median Family Income$56,239
% Above Poverty Level79.4%
% Below Poverty Level20.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time15 minutes
% Working from Home4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work8.6%
% Using Public Transportation0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone32.2%
Median Gross Rent$747
Median House Value$94,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)42.4%
Irish9.7%
English6.9%
Italian2.2%
French Except Basque1.8%
African1.8%
Scottish1.8%
Polish0.8%
Swedish0.8%
Welsh0.8%
Czech0.5%
West Indian0.5%
Norwegian0.4%
Nigerian0.3%
Arab0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Lebanese0.2%
British0.2%
Russian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Sudanese0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Dutch0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Guyanese0.1%
Greek0.1%
German0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
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Wichita Falls Almanac

CategoryValue
County Wichita County
Standard Zip Codes76301, 76302, 76306, 76308, 76309, 76310, 76305
P.O. Box Zip Codes76307
Phone Area Codes940
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude33.89
Approximate Longitude-98.51

Wichita Falls Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationWICHITA FALLS SHEPPRD AP
Distance4.8 miles
Jan Temp29 to 52 F
Apr Temp49 to 76 F
Jul Temp72 to 97 F
Oct Temp52 to 77 F
Annual Precip28.8 inches
StationWALTERS
Distance33.2 miles
Jan Temp25 to 51 F
Apr Temp47 to 74 F
Jul Temp70 to 97 F
Oct Temp50 to 77 F
Annual Precip34 inches
StationCHATTANOOGA 3 NE
Distance37.8 miles
Jan Temp24 to 51 F
Apr Temp45 to 74 F
Jul Temp69 to 99 F
Oct Temp49 to 78 F
Annual Precip31.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Burkburnett11,046$65,348
Henrietta3,020$54,635
Holliday1,580$77,596
Iowa Park6,390$55,614
Petrolia758$44,135

Wichita Falls Public Libraries

Wichita Falls Public Library
600 11TH ST
Wichita Falls, Texas
(940) 767-0868

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Wichita Falls Hospitals

Red River Hospital
(Proprietary)
1505 8th Street
Texas Specialty Hospital At Wichita Falls
(Proprietary)
1103 Grace Street
Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital Of Wichita Falls
(Proprietary)
3901 Armory Road
United Regional Health Care System
(Non-profit)
1600 11th Street
Kell West Regional Hospital
(Proprietary)
5420 Kell Boulevard West

Wichita Falls Public Schools

Alamo El
1912 11th St
ZIP: 76301
(940) 235-1128
Denver Ctr
5th And Denver
ZIP: 76301
(940) 235-1101
Other
Harrell Accelerated Learning Center
3115 Fifth St
ZIP: 76301
(940) 235-1096
High
Total Enrollment 76
Northwest Head Start
2310 5th St
ZIP: 76301
(940) 235-4307
Primary
Total Enrollment 50
Rosewood Head Start
503 Rosewood Head Start
ZIP: 76301
(940) 235-4309
Primary
Total Enrollment 98
Brook Village Early Childhood
222 Brook St
ZIP: 76302
(940) 235-1132
Primary
Total Enrollment 251
Fain El
1562 Norman St
ZIP: 76302
(940) 235-1148
Primary
Total Enrollment 540
Southern Hills El
3920 Armory Rd
ZIP: 76302
(940) 235-1188
Primary
Total Enrollment 573
Lamar El
2206 Lucas Ave
ZIP: 76303
(940) 235-1172
Primary
Total Enrollment 415
Washington-jackson El Magnet
1300 Harding St
ZIP: 76303
(940) 235-1196
Primary
Total Enrollment 310
Wichita County J J A E P
1001 Calhoun St
ZIP: 76303
(940) 322-7414
Other
Total Enrollment 1
Iowa Park Jjaep
1001 Calhoun St
ZIP: 76304
(940) 592-1410
Burgess El
3106 Maurine St
ZIP: 76305
(940) 235-1136
Primary
Total Enrollment 429
Hirschi H S
3106 Borton St
ZIP: 76305
(940) 235-1070
High
Total Enrollment 791
City View El
1023 City View Dr
ZIP: 76306
(940) 855-2351
Primary
Total Enrollment 611
City View Junior/senior High
1600 City View Dr
ZIP: 76306
(940) 855-7511
High
Total Enrollment 431
Farris Early Childhood Ctr
710 Burkburnett Rd
ZIP: 76306
(940) 235-4302
Primary
Total Enrollment 204
Haynes El
1705 Katherine Dr
ZIP: 76306
(940) 235-1160
Primary
Total Enrollment 250
John G Tower El
5200 Hooper Dr
ZIP: 76306
(940) 855-3221
Primary
Total Enrollment 575
Kirby Middle
1715 N Loop 11
ZIP: 76306
(940) 235-1113
Middle
Total Enrollment 610
Scotland Park El
1415 N 5th St
ZIP: 76306
(940) 235-1180
Primary
Total Enrollment 542
Wichita Co Jjaep
1001 Calhoun
ZIP: 76306
(940) 569-3326
Wichita County Juvenile Justice Aep
401 Burkburnett Rd
ZIP: 76306
(940) 322-7414
Other
Total Enrollment 24
Barwise J H
3807 Kemp Blvd
ZIP: 76308
(940) 235-1108
Barwise Leadership Academy
3807 Kemp
ZIP: 76308
(940) 235-1108
Middle
Total Enrollment 784
Bright Ideas Charter
2617 Plaza Pkwy Unit 720
ZIP: 76308
(940) 767-1561
Other
Total Enrollment 115
Cunningham School
4107 Phillips Dr
ZIP: 76308
(940) 235-1144
Primary
Total Enrollment 381
Cunningham Special Ed Center
4100 Pool St
ZIP: 76308
(940) 235-1147
Primary
Total Enrollment 9
Franklin El
2112 Speedway Ave
ZIP: 76308
(940) 235-1156
Primary
Total Enrollment 488
Milam El
2901 Boren Ave
ZIP: 76308
(940) 235-1176
Primary
Total Enrollment 552
Crockett El
3015 Ave I
ZIP: 76309
(940) 235-1140
Primary
Total Enrollment 597
Houston El
2500 Grant St
ZIP: 76309
(940) 235-1164
Wichita Falls H S
2149 Ave H
ZIP: 76309
(940) 235-1084
High
Total Enrollment 1201
Zundelowitz El
1706 Polk
ZIP: 76309
(940) 235-1164
Primary
Total Enrollment 690
Zundelowitz Middle
1706 Polk St
ZIP: 76309
(940) 235-1123
Fowler El
5100 Ridgecrest Dr
ZIP: 76310
(940) 235-1152
Primary
Total Enrollment 588
Jefferson El
4628 Mistletoe Dr
ZIP: 76310
(940) 235-1168
Primary
Total Enrollment 465
Mcniel J H
4712 Barnett Rd
ZIP: 76310
(940) 235-1118
Middle
Total Enrollment 737
Rider H S
4611 Cypress Ave
ZIP: 76310
(940) 235-1077
High
Total Enrollment 1642
West Foundation El
5220 Lk Wellington Pkwy
ZIP: 76310
(940) 235-1192
Primary
Total Enrollment 527
Sheppard Afb El
301 Anderson Dr
ZIP: 76311
(940) 235-1184
Primary
Total Enrollment 288

Wichita Falls Private Schools

Notre Dame Catholic School
2821 Lansing Blvd
ZIP: 76301
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 179
Bible Baptist Christian School
1606 30th St
ZIP: 76302
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 22
Wichita Christian School
4729 Neta Ln
ZIP: 76302
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 231
Christ Academy
5501 Stone Lake Dr
ZIP: 76310
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 206
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