Potter County

Potter County, Texas

Potter County, Texas

The Potter County District Counrt Building in the City of Amarillo, Texas, the seat of Potter County. Photograph by Who What Where Nguyen Why.

Potter County, on the High Plains of the Panhandle, is bordered on the north by Moore County, on the east by Carson County, on the south by Randall County, and on the west by Oldham County. Its center point is at 35°25' north latitude and 101°53' west longitude. Amarillo, the county seat, is on the county's southern border, about 110 miles due north of Lubbock. The county was named for Robert Potter. It comprises 902 square miles of level to rolling terrain, with elevations ranging from 3,000 to 3,800 feet above sea level. Its soils are mainly chocolate and red loams with some sand and clay. The area slopes to the Canadian River, which flows easterly across the northern part of Potter County; Lake Meredith, formed when the Canadian was dammed in 1965, extends about eight miles into the northwestern section of the county. Prairie grasses cover much of the county, and mesquite, hackberry, juniper, and scrub oak grow in the breaks. Temperatures range from an average low of 23° F in January to an average high of 92° in July. Annual rainfall averages 20.28 inches. The growing season lasts 190 days.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Potter County is classified as a County

Altitude Range

2915 ft – 3910 ft

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Potter County by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Potter County
Pop. Year Source
117,415 2019 United States Census Bureau

Civilian Labor Counts

Potter County
People Year Source
52,736 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Per Capita Income (USD) Year Source
$43,945 2019 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

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Property Values

Potter County
USD ($) Year Source
8,750,679,547 2019 State Property Tax Board

Retail Sales

Potter County
USD ($) Year Source
2,516,843,793 2019 State Comptroller of Public Accounts

Wages

Potter County
USD ($) Year Source
984,957,092 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Unemployment Percentage Year Source
6.7 2019 Texas Workforce Commission

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Rainfall (inches) Year Source
20.4 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Min. (January Average, °F) Max. (July Average, °F) Year Source
23.4 91.4 2019 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Land Area

Potter County
Area (square miles) Year Source
908.4 2019 United States Census Bureau

Total Area

Potter County
Area (square miles) Year Source
922.0 2019 United States Census Bureau