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A+ Amarillo Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
A- Amarillo Cost of Living Cost of living is 6% lower than Texas
8515% less expensive than the US average
919% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Amarillo cost of living
F Amarillo Crime Total crime is 71% higher than Texas
Total crime
5,12786% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2086% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-3%Year over year crime is down
Amarillo crime
C- Amarillo Employment Household income is 9% lower than Texas
Median household income
$49,68410% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$26,08613% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%37% lower than the US average
Amarillo employment
B- Amarillo Housing Home value is 16% lower than Texas
Median home value
$120,50035% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$78118% lower than the US average
Home ownership
61%4% lower than the US average
Amarillo real estate or Amarillo rentals
A Amarillo Schools HS graduation rate is equal to Texas
High school grad. rates
78%6% lower than the US average
School test scores
75%53% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:110% lower than the US average
Amarillo K-12 schools or Amarillo colleges

Living in Amarillo, TX

Amarillo is a moderately-sized city located in the state of Texas. The city has a population of 197,570 inhabitants. At 83%, the majority of the Amarillo population is White; this is followed by 6% Black and 4% Asian. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Amarillo are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 20% of the population also speak Spanish. The median age of all Amarillo residents is 33, which is well below the national average. This is a good indication that this city could be ideal for young singles. 70% of the people in Amarillo (over the age of 15) are married and 57% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

Whether you’re moving to a new area to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Amarillo could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Texas if you know where to search. To help you find the best places to live in and around Amarillo, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like crime, weather, education, employment, housing and more.

Amarillo has a livability score of 78 out of 100 and is ranked #509 in Texas and #2,590 in the USA. Pack your bags! This is a very high score in comparison to other US cities. Living in Amarillo could be a great choice! Amarillo is also ranked in the top 10 percentile of all cities across the USA. If we probe a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Amarillo has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+), cost of living (A-), education (A) and housing (B-). Amarillo does not fare well for the following: crime (F). It might be a good idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Amarillo on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the notable things to do include: Cadillac Ranch, Don Harrington Discovery Center, and Amarillo Zoo.

The average school test scores in Amarillo are 75%. This far exceeds the national average and ensures that this educational system will provide your children with the skills and the tools they need to thrive.

Finding affordable real estate and apartments for rent in Amarillo can be tricky. Having said that, this area might be the place to get the best of both worlds. Based on factors like home/rental affordability and appreciation rates, this area has received an above average score in the housing category.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Amarillo is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Amarillo come in at $120,500, which is 15.6% lower than the Texas average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Amarillo, the home price to income ratio is 2.4, which is 7.7% lower than the Texas average.

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Amarillo, TX - A City with some Funk!

I'm not a huge fan of the West Texas plains, but I've always been surprised at how much I like Amarillo. It's a very funky, livable city. Many artists live in Amarillo due to the lower than average cost of living, and the Historic 66 District downtown is the center of Amarillo's art community. Public-art displays such as the Cadillac Ranch along Interstate 40 and the Dynamite Museum, a series of mock road signs located throughout the city, add to Amarillo's eclectic appeal.

One of the most famous attractions in Amarillo is the Big Texan Steak Ranch. At the Big Texan, if you eat a 72-ounce steak in less than an hour, you get your dinner for free. It reminds me of that restaurant in "The Great Outdoors" with John Candy. While I've never been tempted to try it, I will report that the Big Texan, although touristy, is a lot of fun, and the normal-sized steaks are very tasty. Amarillo is also home to the largest number of Laotian restaurants in Texas. These are definitely worth visiting, especially if you like spicy food.
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