Profile for Amarillo, Texas, TX
City Hall and fire station, Amarillo, TX
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"Crossroads of the Panhandle"
Amarillo is a city in Potter County. (The community straddles Potter and Randall counties; ePodunk links to the county with the greater share of population.)
It is the county seat.
The community name derives from Spanish for "yellow."
The latitude of Amarillo is 35.221N. The longitude is -101.83W.
It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 3,668 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 178,612.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Amarillo demographic reports
Amarillo is in the Panhandle.
Former and merged names include:
Coronado explored the region in 1541.
Merchants from Colorado City established the city along the Fort Worth & Denver Railway.
Once a major cattle-shipping point; oil was discovered in the area in 1921.
Local landmarks include the Helium Monument, marking the city's role in helium production
Public transportation: Amarillo City Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1,501. The number of murders and homicides was 17. The violent crime rate was 8.3 per 1,000 people.
Rated No. 14 on Healthy Cities list, by Organic Style magazine, September/October 2003
Amarillo received national attention for 1998 civil trial of talk show host Oprah Winfrey. She was accused by cattlemen of disparaging beef during a show about mad cow disease. Jurors rejected the suit.
Filming location for:
· 1989 movie, "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"
· 2002 movie, "Waking up in Reno"
Well-known residents have included:
· Rick D. Husband, astronaut who died aboard the space shuttle Columbia in 2003
· Cyd Charisse, dancer and actress
· Joe Ely, musician
· Jimmie Dale Gilmore, singer and songwriter
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- Cowboy Roundup USA - June 1-3, 2007
- Celtic Festival - Oct. 20-21, 2007
- Greater Southwest Music Festival - May 3-5, 2007
- Tri-State Fair - Sept. 14-22, 2007
- Top of Texas Music Revue - June 16, 2007
Dates often change. Check Amarillo web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Amarillo Symphony, Amarillo Little Theatre, Amarillo Opera, Lonestar Ballet
Nearby parks & recreation:
Palo Duro Canyon
Amarillo attractions: Amarillo Zoo, Botanical Garden, Amarillo Livestock Auction, Wonderland Park, Cadillac Ranch (10 Cadillacs buried nose first in a farmfield)
Sports teams: Gorillas (CHL), Dillas (United League Baseball)
Historic routes: Route 66
Historic sites and museums: Alibates National Monument, American Quarter Horse Heritage Center, Kritser Aviation and Space Museum, Amarillo Museum of Art
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 75
Amarillo, Texas, a thousand miles east of Santa Barbara, California, is at least a thousand times more 'western.'
-- Inside U.S.A.
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Ancestry & family history
13% of Amarillo residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Amarillo ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Amarillo was $18,621, compared with $21,587 nationally.
21% of Amarillo residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Amarillo festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Greater Southwest Music Festival - M
- Cowboy Roundup USA - J
- Tri-State Fair - S
- Celtic Festival - O
- Top of Texas Music Revue - J
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Median rent in Amarillo, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $411. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $796.
Libraries in Amarillo include Amarillo Public Library, East Branch Library, North Branch Library, Southwest Branch Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Amarillo include Amarillo Globe-News
TV stations in Amarillo include KACV, KAMR, KCIT, KFDA, KVII.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KJJP.
Potter County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Amarillo political report.
The average commute time for Amarillo workers is 17 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 42 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Amarillo between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 2.4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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