Perryton, Texas

According to Best Countries, Perryton, Texas is located in the northern part of the state, along the Oklahoma border. It has a humid subtropical climate with hot summers and mild winters. The city was founded in 1906 and named for rancher George Perry. Politically, Perryton is a Republican stronghold. The economy is largely agricultural, with wheat farming being the primary industry. Other prominent industries include oil and gas production and manufacturing.

The city is served by two school districts: Perryton Independent School District and Booker Independent School District. There are several elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, a vocational-technical center, and a community college offering certificate programs in various trades. There are also multiple private schools in the area.

Perryton is home to numerous landmarks including the historic Ochiltree County Courthouse built in 1910; the old post office built in 1915; Plemons Memorial Park; Perryton Municipal Auditorium; and Perryton City Park which offers an outdoor swimming pool complex with two pools, water slides, a lazy river ride, and other amenities. Additionally there are three large churches: First United Methodist Church of Perryton; St Mary’s Catholic Church; and Grace Lutheran Church.

Population: 7,774. Estimated population in July 2020: 8,096 (+4.1% change)
Males: 3,850 (49.5%), Females: 3,924 (50.5%)

Ochiltree County

Zip code: 79070

Median resident age: 32.7 years
Median household income: $37,362
Median house value: $47,700

Races in Perryton:

  • White Non-Hispanic (63.9%)
  • Hispanic (34.1%)
  • Other race (11.1%)
  • Two or more races (2.1%)
  • American Indian (1.6%)

(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)

Ancestries: United States (13.7%), German (10.6%), Irish (7.6%), English (7.2%), Scotch-Irish (2.0%), French (1.5%).

Land area: 4.4 square miles

Perryton, Texas


Perryton, Texas is a small city located in the northern part of the state. It has a population of 8,871 people according to the 2018 U.S. Census estimate. The city is situated on the banks of the Canadian River and is home to many diverse cultures and backgrounds. The population is made up of 26% Hispanic or Latino, 21% White, 15% African American, 0.7% Native American, and 0.2% Asian. The median household income in Perryton is $42,755 which is slightly below the state average of $54,727 and significantly lower than the national average of $60,336. Education levels tend to be lower than average in Perryton with only 84% of adults having a high school diploma or GED compared to 89% nationally and 93% statewide. Despite these lower educational levels, job opportunities are plentiful due to Perryton’s location at the intersection of two major highways and its proximity to Amarillo which makes it an ideal place for businesses looking for an affordable place with easy access from all directions. Additionally, Perryton’s agricultural economy provides employment opportunities for those willing to work hard in farming or ranching related fields.

For population 25 years and over in Perryton

  • High school or higher: 66.2%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 14.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.8%
  • Unemployed: 5.3%
  • Mean travel time to work: 19.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Perryton city

  • Never married: 15.7%
  • Now married: 68.1%
  • Separated: 1.4%
  • Widowed: 5.9%
  • Divorced: 8.8%

17.2% Foreign born (16.7% Latin America).

Population change in the 1990s: +118 (+1.5%).


Hospital/medical center in Perryton:


Other hospitals/medical centers near Perryton:

  • HANSFORD HOSPITAL (about 30 miles; SPEARMAN, TX)


Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Perryton:

  • LIBERAL MUNI (about 46 miles; LIBERAL, KS; Abbreviation: LBL)
  • AMARILLO INTL (about 102 miles; AMARILLO, TX; Abbreviation: AMA)
  • GARDEN CITY REGIONAL (about 105 miles; GARDEN CITY, KS; Abbreviation: GCK)

Other public-use airports nearest to Perryton:

  • PERRYTON OCHILTREE COUNTY (about 6 miles; PERRYTON, TX; Abbreviation: PYX)
  • SPEARMAN MUNICIPAL (about 29 miles; SPEARMAN, TX; Abbreviation: E42)
  • BEAVER MUNI (about 34 miles; BEAVER, OK; Abbreviation: Q44)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Perryton:

  • AMARILLO COLLEGE (about 112 miles; AMARILLO, TX; Full-time enrollment: 4,876)
  • WEST TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY (about 124 miles; CANYON, TX; Full-time enrollment: 5,476)
  • SOUTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY (about 157 miles; WEATHERFORD, OK; Full-time enrollment: 4,360)
  • WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY (about 165 miles; PLAINVIEW, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,578)
  • BARTON COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 195 miles; GREAT BEND, KS; Full-time enrollment: 2,268)
  • FORT HAYS STATE UNIVERSITY (about 200 miles; HAYS, KS; Full-time enrollment: 4,572)
  • CAMERON UNIVERSITY (about 203 miles; LAWTON, OK; Full-time enrollment: 3,529)


Public high schools in Perryton:

  • PERRYTON H S (Students: 494; Location: 821 S W 17TH AVE; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • TOP OF TEXAS ACCELERATED EDUCATION (Students: 39; Location: 821 S W 17TH AVE; Grades: 07 – 12)

Public primary/middle schools in Perryton:

  • PERRYTON J H (Students: 460; Location: 821 S W 17TH AVE; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • JAMES L WRIGHT EL (Students: 433; Location: 821 S W 17TH AVE; Grades: 01 – 03)
  • EDWIN F WILLIAMS INTERMEDIATE SCHO (Students: 288; Location: 821 S W 17TH AVE; Grades: 04 – 05)
  • PERRYTON KINDER (Students: 270; Location: 821 S W 17TH AVE; Grades: PK – KG)

Private primary/middle schools in Perryton:

  • VICTORY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Students: 56; Location: 2322 S MAIN; Grades: PK – 11)
  • THE CHILDREN’S HOUSE MONTES (Students: 13; Location: 201 SW 5TH AVE; Grades: PK – KG)


Library in Perryton:

  • PERRY MEMORIAL LIBRARY (Operating income: $141,485; Location: 22 SE 5TH AVE; 53,200 books; 1,950 audio materials; 1,055 video materials; 52 serial subscriptions)


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