Panhandle, Texas

According to THEMAKEUPEXPLORER, Panhandle, Texas is a small city located in the northern part of the state. It has a population of around 4,000 people and covers an area of approximately 10 square miles. The climate in Panhandle is generally warm and dry with temperatures ranging from the mid-30s in the winter to the upper 90s in the summer. The geography of Panhandle consists mostly of flat plains with occasional rolling hills interspersed throughout.

The history of Panhandle dates back to its establishment as a farming community in 1876. Since then, it has developed into a small city with many businesses, schools, and churches. Politics in Panhandle are largely conservative and residents tend to lean Republican when it comes to voting.

The economy in Panhandle is primarily supported by agriculture, oil & gas production, and tourism. There are several large farms that produce cotton, corn, wheat, sorghum, hay, cattle and hogs for sale throughout the region. Additionally, there are numerous oil & gas companies that have operations located within the city limits as well as outside of it. Tourism is also an important part of the local economy due to its close proximity to Amarillo and other major cities such as Lubbock and Dallas-Fort Worth.

Panhandle has several schools located within its city limits including three elementary schools (Kindergarten-5th grade), one middle school (6th-8th grade), one high school (9th-12th grade), two private schools (Kindergarten-12th grade) and two universities (Texas Tech University at Amarillo & West Texas A&M). All these educational institutions provide quality education for local students as well as those from surrounding areas.

When it comes to landmarks, Panhandle has plenty to offer visitors from all over Texas and beyond! One popular attraction is the Old Spanish Trail Museum which provides visitors with an interesting look into early pioneer life on the Texas frontier during the late 19th century. Other popular spots include Palo Duro State Park which offers camping opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts; Caprock Canyon State Park which features beautiful canyons; Lake Meredith National Recreation Area which offers boating activities; Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument where visitors can explore ancient Native American flint quarries; Cadillac Ranch – a roadside attraction featuring 10 Cadillacs half buried in a field; Big Texan Steak Ranch – famous for offering free 72 oz steaks if you can eat them within 1 hour! Finally there’s Palo Duro Canyon – one of America’s most stunning geological wonders! All these attractions make visiting Panhandle an unforgettable experience!

Panhandle, Texas

Population: 2,589. Estimated population in July 2020: 2,609 (+0.8% change)
Males: 1,231 (47.5%), Females: 1,358 (52.5%)

Zip code: 79068

Median resident age: 37.8 years
Median household income: $41,686
Median house value: $57,500

Races in Panhandle:

  • White Non-Hispanic (88.8%)
  • Hispanic (9.0%)
  • Other race (3.9%)
  • Two or more races (1.5%)
  • American Indian (1.1%)
  • Black (0.7%)

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

Ancestries: Irish (13.8%), United States (13.4%), German (13.4%), English (9.6%), Scotch-Irish (3.4%), Polish (2.6%).

Land area: 2.1 square miles


The population of Panhandle, Texas is estimated to be 2,590 as of 2019. This small town is located in Carson County and has a total area of 2.4 square miles, all land. The median age in Panhandle is 36 years old, which is slightly lower than the state average of 37. The population density is 1,092 people per square mile, which makes it one of the most densely populated towns in the region. The gender makeup of the town is almost even with 49% male and 51% female. The racial makeup of Panhandle consists mainly of White (83%), followed by Hispanic (13%), African American (2%), and other races (2%).

In terms of education levels, 27% have a high school diploma or equivalent while only 12% have a bachelor’s degree or higher. While the unemployment rate for Panhandle stands at 5%, it should be noted that this figure does not include those who are self-employed or working part-time jobs to make ends meet.

Panhandle has an estimated median household income of $47,000 and an average per capita income of $19,000. These figures are lower than both state and national averages but reflect the small size and rural nature of the town itself. Despite this fact, there are still many businesses within Panhandle that provide employment opportunities for its citizens such as agricultural production companies, convenience stores, restaurants and medical offices.

For population 25 years and over in Panhandle

  • High school or higher: 84.0%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 19.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.1%
  • Unemployed: 2.4%
  • Mean travel time to work: 20.3 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Panhandle town

  • Never married: 14.7%
  • Now married: 62.7%
  • Separated: 0.9%
  • Widowed: 11.9%
  • Divorced: 9.8%

3.6% Foreign born (2.9% Latin America, 0.4% Europe).

Population change in the 1990s: +236 (+10.0%).


Hospitals/medical centers near Panhandle:

  • GOLDEN PLAINS COMM HOSP (about 22 miles; BORGER, TX)


Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Panhandle:

  • AMARILLO INTL (about 24 miles; AMARILLO, TX; Abbreviation: AMA)
  • LIBERAL MUNI (about 120 miles; LIBERAL, KS; Abbreviation: LBL)
  • LUBBOCK INTL (about 121 miles; LUBBOCK, TX; Abbreviation: LBB)

Other public-use airports nearest to Panhandle:

  • PANHANDLE-CARSON COUNTY (about 3 miles; PANHANDLE, TX; Abbreviation: T45)
  • HUTCHINSON COUNTY (about 25 miles; BORGER, TX; Abbreviation: BGD)
  • TRADEWIND (about 33 miles; AMARILLO, TX; Abbreviation: TDW)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Panhandle:

  • AMARILLO COLLEGE (about 37 miles; AMARILLO, TX; Full-time enrollment: 4,876)
  • WEST TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY (about 45 miles; CANYON, TX; Full-time enrollment: 5,476)
  • WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY (about 83 miles; PLAINVIEW, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,578)
  • TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY (about 124 miles; LUBBOCK, TX; Full-time enrollment: 22,439)
  • SOUTH PLAINS COLLEGE (about 140 miles; LEVELLAND, TX; Full-time enrollment: 3,851)
  • EASTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY-MAIN CAMPUS (about 159 miles; PORTALES, NM; Full-time enrollment: 2,955)
  • SOUTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY (about 186 miles; WEATHERFORD, OK; Full-time enrollment: 4,360)


Public high school in Panhandle:

  • PANHANDLE H S (Students: 220; Location: 106 9TH ST; Grades: 09 – 12)

Public primary/middle schools in Panhandle:

  • PANHANDLE EL (Students: 305; Location: 106 9TH ST; Grades: PK – 05)
  • PANHANDLE J H (Students: 176; Location: 106 9TH ST; Grades: 06 – 08)


Library in Panhandle:

  • CARSON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $155,590; Location: 401 MAIN ST; 43,835 books; 3,123 audio materials; 141 serial subscriptions)