Amarillo is the 14th-largest city in the state of Texas, the largest in the Texas Panhandle, and the seat of Potter County. In July 2009, the population was estimated at 189,389.
Most of Amarillo’s population growth and commercial development are occurring in the southern and northwestern parts of the city. Similar to many towns in the Texas Panhandle, the city’s downtown has suffered economic deterioration throughout the years. To help revitalize it, the organization Center City of Amarillo was formed to establish partnerships with groups who have a large presence in the city. Since its conception in the 1990s, Center City has sponsored public art projects and started block parties in the downtown area.
Amarillo is considered the regional economic center for the Texas Panhandle as well as Eastern New Mexico and the Oklahoma Panhandle. The meat packing industry is a major employer in Amarillo; about one-quarter of the United States' beef supply is processed in the area. The city is also the location of headquarters for the Texas Cattle Feeders Association. Petroleum extraction is also a major industry. The helium industry has decreased in significance since the federal government privatized local operations in the late 1990s. Bell Helicopter Textron opened a helicopter assembly plant near the city's international airport in 1999.
The city's largest employer in 2005 is Tyson Foods, with 3,700 employees. The Amarillo Independent School District is next with 3,659 employees followed by BWXT Pantex, Baptist St. Anthony’s Health Care System, City of Amarillo, Northwest Texas Healthcare System, Amarillo College, and United Supermarkets. Other major employers include Bell Helicopter Textron, Owens-Corning, and ASARCO.
The median income for a household in the city was $34,940, and the median income for a family was $42,536. Males had a median income of $31,321 versus $22,562 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,621. About 11.1% of families and 14.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.6% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.
Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle's climate is a temperate semi-arid climate. It is characterized by a rush of cold air from the north or northwest into a warmer area and occasionally, by blizzards during the winter season and a hot summer with generally low to moderate humidity. The normal annual precipitation is 19.7 inches, most of it occurring in the late spring and summer months. Average daily high temperatures range from 48 °F in January to 92 °F in July. Sunny weather prevails year-round, with nearly 3300 hours of bright sunshine annually.
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BEAUTY CARE - HAIR SALONS - MULTICULTURAL
Big Mama's Nail Boutique - Category: Black Beauty Salons - 4515 Parkside Drive -
Amarillo, TX 79109 (806)359-0112
DINING - CATERING - BBQ - SOUL FOOD
Aj's Soul Food - Category: Soul Food Restaurants - 507 S Alabama St -
Amarillo, TX (806) 379-6668
Butch's Bar-B-Q - Category: Bar-B-Q - REVIEW: "By far the best BBQ in Amarillo! If you have not been here, give it a try. Best BBQ sauce ever, not too sweet like most places." - 7028 S Western St - Amarillo, TX (806) 352-7011
Cee-N-Dee's Restaurant & BBQ - Category: Soul Food Restaurant & BBQ - REVIEW: "Just Plain Good!!: The restaurant is located in an old drive thru...so it's decor is really nothing fancy....but...oh the food! Just good ol' fashioned cookin'...and just plain good. The lunch crowd will varify that! If you love good Catfish...you'll love Cee-N-Dee's" - 1010 N Fillmore St - Amarillo, TX (806) 342-4014 1
Ms Vicky's Soul Food - Category: Soul Food Restaurants - 2917 W 6th Avenue -
Amarillo, TX (806) 220-2829
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