Standing tall as the crown of the Texas Panhandle, Amarillo has a diversified economy, enjoys some of the Southwest's finest schools, medical facilities and cultural centers, and has the state's best year-round climate. The Texas Panhandle is known for its magnificent sunsets, glowing hospitality and unique terrain.
Amarillo has over 182,000 residents. The name Amarillo is from the Spanish translation for "yellow." Amarillo offers sunny skies 95% of the days through the year. Golf and many other outdoor activities are common year-round.
Amarillo's location accommodates drivable out-of-state vacations while also providing plenty of local activities. The Texas Panhandle is home of the Palo Duro Canyon and offers scenic valleys, canyons, and mesas, plus all the recreational activities that accompany these natural wonders like hiking, biking, camping, and more. Amarillo is also well-known for historic Route 66, American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum, The Cadillac Ranch, the Big Texan Steak House and much more.
Quality schools are among the reason that many out-of-town companies look closely at Amarillo for expansion. They want the best schools for their employees' families, as well as advanced educational opportunities to ensure that employees and potential workers can upgrade their skills. Amarillo offers all that and more.
The Amarillo Independent School District has 37 elementary schools, 10 middle schools, 4 high schools, plus AACAL (Amarillo Area Center for Advanced Learning), North Heights Alternative School and 3 magnet schools.
Eighteen miles south of Amarillo is the city of Canyon. The Canyon Independent School District has 2 elementary schools, 1 intermediate school, 2 junior highs and 1 high school in the city of Canyon. In the southern city limits, in or close to Amarillo are an additional 4 elementary schools, 1 intermediate school, 1 junior high and 1 high school.
Three additional school districts border the city of Amarillo. They are Bushland, Highland Park and River Road Independent School Districts. They each include 1 high school, 1 middle school and 1 elementary school. 15 private schools are also available in our city.
For college-bound students, Amarillo College, a public community college since 1929, has six campus locations to serve the Texas Panhandle. The faculty provides individual student attention both in class and in the lab. With more than 160 different programs of study, students can earn a certificate in designated technical and health occupations. Students can also earn degrees that will transfer to a college or university. Scheduling is convenient with morning, afternoon, evening or weekend classes and courses offered online or television and distance education. Students can expect outstanding faculty and quality education at affordable costs.
West Texas A&M University, a member of The Texas A&M University System, is a traditional tree-lined residential campus with brick and mortar dating back to the 1900's. It's also a progressive institution that has embraced 21st century technology and offers one of the best and most extensive online programs in Texas. WTAMU offers one doctoral program in agriculture and 60 undergraduate and 43 graduate degree programs. Its student population totals 7,508 (80 percent undergraduate, 20 percent minority) and represents approximately 45 states and 40 countries. Students enjoy personalized attention from faculty and staff, a safe and friendly learning environment and costs that rank among the most affordable in the state.
The Texas Tech Health Sciences Center at Amarillo provides education for medical students and residents in four different specialties, including the School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy, and School of Allied Health, which offers courses in physical therapy.
Amarillo is also home to a branch of Wayland Baptist University which offers a variety of courses.
Amarillo Chamber of Commerce
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Hello Amarillo City Guide
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Handbook of Texas Online
Lone Star Ballet
Amarillo Little Theater
Amarillo Museum of Art
Texas Outdoor Musical Drama
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