Canyon, Texas
Downtown Canyon, Texas
Downtown Canyon, Texas
Official logo of Canyon, Texas
Nickname: 
Gateway to Palo Duro Canyon
Motto: 
"Feels like home..."
Location in the state of Texas
Location in the state of Texas
Randall County Canyon.svg
Coordinates: 34°58′46″N 101°55′33″W / 34.97944°N 101.92583°W / 34.97944; -101.92583Coordinates: 34°58′46″N 101°55′33″W / 34.97944°N 101.92583°W / 34.97944; -101.92583
CountryUnited States
StateTexas
CountyRandall
Government
 • MayorGary Hinders
Area
 • Total7.88 sq mi (20.40 km2)
 • Land7.85 sq mi (20.34 km2)
 • Water0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)
Elevation
3,543 ft (1,080 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total13,303
 • Estimate 
(2019)[2]
15,945
 • Density2,030.69/sq mi (784.06/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
79015-79016
Area code806
FIPS code48-12532[3]
GNIS feature ID1353772[4]
Websitecanyontx.com

Canyon is a city in, and the county seat of, Randall County, Texas, United States. The population was 13,303 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Amarillo, Texas, metropolitan statistical area. Canyon is the home of West Texas A&M University and Panhandle–Plains Historical Museum, and the outdoor musical drama Texas.

History

Canyon was founded by L.G. Conner.[5] The JA Ranch is east of Canyon.[6] An historic landmarked 47-foot tall statue of a cowboy, constructed in 1959, stands next to U.S. Route 60 in Canyon.[7]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, Canyon has a total area of 4.9 square miles (13 km2), all land. The city itself lies in a valley that eventually becomes Palo Duro Canyon to the east.

Climate

Climate data for Canyon, Texas (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 79
(26)
82
(28)
93
(34)
97
(36)
103
(39)
109
(43)
106
(41)
104
(40)
103
(39)
98
(37)
86
(30)
82
(28)
109
(43)
Average high °F (°C) 51.4
(10.8)
55.0
(12.8)
63.1
(17.3)
71.8
(22.1)
80.6
(27.0)
88.9
(31.6)
91.7
(33.2)
90.0
(32.2)
83.5
(28.6)
73.5
(23.1)
61.3
(16.3)
50.4
(10.2)
71.8
(22.1)
Average low °F (°C) 21.5
(−5.8)
24.1
(−4.4)
31.7
(−0.2)
41.2
(5.1)
51.9
(11.1)
60.7
(15.9)
65.4
(18.6)
64.3
(17.9)
56.2
(13.4)
43.8
(6.6)
31.6
(−0.2)
21.8
(−5.7)
42.9
(6.1)
Record low °F (°C) −3
(−19)
−11
(−24)
6
(−14)
19
(−7)
27
(−3)
44
(7)
51
(11)
47
(8)
29
(−2)
15
(−9)
6
(−14)
−6
(−21)
−11
(−24)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.60
(15)
0.48
(12)
1.12
(28)
1.10
(28)
2.55
(65)
3.33
(85)
2.24
(57)
3.43
(87)
2.13
(54)
1.81
(46)
0.76
(19)
0.60
(15)
20.15
(512)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 3.2
(8.1)
1.6
(4.1)
1.2
(3.0)
0.4
(1.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
1.4
(3.6)
3.1
(7.9)
11.8
(30)
Source: NOAA[8]

Demographics

Randall County Courthouse in downtown Canyon, Texas
Randall County Courthouse in downtown Canyon, Texas
Historical population
Census Pop.
19101,400
19201,61815.6%
19302,82174.4%
19402,622−7.1%
19504,36466.4%
19605,86434.4%
19708,33342.1%
198010,72428.7%
199011,3656.0%
200012,87513.3%
201013,3033.3%
2019 (est.)15,945[2]19.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

2020 census

Canyon racial composition[10]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 10,490 70.71%
Black or African American (NH) 536 3.61%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 120 0.81%
Asian (NH) 187 1.26%
Pacific Islander (NH) 7 0.05%
Some Other Race (NH) 62 0.42%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 529 3.57%
Hispanic or Latino 2,905 19.58%
Total 14,836

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 14,836 people, 5,189 households, and 3,444 families residing in the city.

2010 census

At the 2010 census,[3] 13,303 people, 5,185 households and 2,924 families resided in the city. The population density was 2687.47 per square mile (1,037.68/km2). The 5,611 housing units averaged 1,133.54 per square mile (437.68/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 88.5% White, 2.4% African American, 0.7% Native American, 1.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 4.7% from other races, and 2% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 15.7% of the population.

Of the 5,185 households, 27.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.5% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.6% were not families. About 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.99.

The population was distributed as 21.4% under the age of 18, 18.6% from 20 to 24, 22.3% from 25 to 44, 15.3% from 45 to 64, and 9.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.5 males.

The median household income was $32,361 and the median family income was $46,250. Males had a median income of $34,338 versus $25,255 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,292. About 8.1% of families and 14.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.2% of those under age 18 and 10.3% of those age 65 or over.

Education

Canyon High School

Public education in Canyon is served by the Canyon Independent School District. Currently, the only high school is Canyon High School, whose mascot is an Eagle.

Some students in Canyon, TX play soccer at the Brown Road Soccer Complex on the west side of town.

Intermediate school and junior high students playing soccer at Brown Road Soccer Complex in Canyon
Intermediate school and junior high students playing soccer at Brown Road Soccer Complex in Canyon

Notable people

See also

References

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "Canyon History". Canyon Chamber of Commerce. Archived from the original on 17 August 2019. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  6. ^ "HISTORY of the JA, THE RITCHIE FAMILY and the JA FAMILY". ranches.org. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  7. ^ Diaz, Joy (April 30, 2020). "How Tex Randall Went From Being Just A Statue To An Iconic Cowboy". Texas Standard. Retrieved 12 July 2022.
  8. ^ "NOWData - NOAA Online Weather Data". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved August 30, 2020.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2022-05-20.
  11. ^ http://www.census.gov[not specific enough to verify]
  12. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". www.census.gov. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  13. ^ Mark Lair
  1. ^ Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.[11][12]