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Pros

-Cost of living
-Low unemployment
-Relatively cool, dry climate

Cons

-Isolation
-Unattractive setting
-Crime rate


What Bert Has To Say About Amarillo Metro Area


Set in the middle of the rugged plains of the Texas Panhandle, Amarillo is a true “cow town” of cowboys and ranch life, with some color left over from its glory days as a watering hole on legendary Route 66. Today the area is accessible by modern transportation, and modern heating and air-conditioning have tamed the harsh plains environment. These changes have led to population growth and buildup of the downtown area, but other than steakhouses and a few museums and historic sites, cultural amenities outside the native Western culture are about as scarce as trees.

Along with agriculture and food processing, there is some primarily defense-related manufacturing and some other basic industries. Downtown is clean, plain and mostly modern. For the region, the area has a relatively pleasant, dry climate; a small-town feel; and low cost of living, but the downside is a wide-open, featureless space far across the plains from anywhere else.

The Spaniards named Amarillo, which means “yellow” in Spanish, for a dry clay soil in the area. The mostly flat, empty, high plains support scrubby prairie vegetation and irrigated fields. The climate is semiarid continental with dramatic temperature variations and high winds. Summer days are warm to hot with low humidity; evenings are pleasant. Winters are changeable with alternating mild air from the south and cold blasts that can drive temperatures below zero from the northwest. The area is generally sunny and dry with periods of spring and summer thunderstorms and winter snowstorms. Some years when the storm track stays north, droughts occur and dust is a problem. First freeze is early November, last is late April.


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Quick Facts About Amarillo


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Amarillo is 3.20 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Negative. Amarillo jobs have Decreased by 0.34 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Amarillo's cost of living is 18.00% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Amarillo's population is 191,118 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 7.60 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 17 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Amarillo is $97,700. Home appreciation the last year has been 1.10 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Amarillo public schools spend $8,660 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 14.5 students per teacher in Amarillo.

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Comments


re: A REAL opinion + Facts - 1/3/2013
Hi Mr. Alex, Please can I get the information. I am planning to stay with my family. But I am doing MBA in West Texas A and M university. I do not have job and home... (read more)
So glad I got out of here!
I unfortunately spent my first 18 years in this city. On a positive note, growing up here taught me not to take more lively, active cities for granted. Had I grown up on... (read more)
A REAL opinion + Facts
I've lived in Amarillo all my life and reading these opinions of other people disappoint me. I want to do our city justice. Amarillo as a city has everything you need... (read more)
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