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Amarillo, TX

Amarillo, TX

Moving to Amarillo, Texas

Founded in 1887 at the intersection of two railroads, Amarillo, Texas began as a cattle ranching market and has since grown into the economic center of the panhandle. Home to nearly 200,000 people and 25 percent of the nation’s beef production, Amarillo is the perfect blend of urban and country.  The city name comes from the Spanish word for “yellow” and is known as The Yellow Rose of Texas. Full of culture, growing industries, great employment and education opportunities and a variety of attractions, Amarillo is a great place to live.

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Weather​

Amarillo’s climate is semi-arid with about 19.5 inches of rain annually. The Weather Channel recently named Amarillo as the nation’s windiest city with an average wind speed of 13.6 mph. With clean air and low humidity, temperatures usually remain comfortable for most of the year with an occasional blizzard during fall/winter and severe tornadoes and thunderstorms during spring. 

Food

Whether you’re moving to Amarillo or just visiting, make time to try the delicious native cuisine. Known for their Tascosa Hot Sauce, the Amarilloians incorporate this fresh and flavorful salsa in just about everything they eat! This Texan city also happens to be the location of The Big Texan Steak Ranch restaurant – famous for its 72 oz. steak challenge. Anyone who can finish this steak (along with a baked potato, shrimp cocktail, salad and a roll) in one hour gets it for free. Other local favorites include:

Local Attractions

This Texan city is full of southern pride and southwest flair. There’s never a dull moment with so many fun things to do. Start any Amarilloian adventure at The Palo Duro Canyon State Park. It’s claimed as the nation’s second largest canyon (The Grand Canyon being the first) and you can experience its beauty from a zip line! You can also explore caves and waterfalls off the beaten path. If the outdoors doesn’t appeal to you, Amarillo offers other entertainment options:

  • Host of the World Championship Ranch Rodeo
  • Home of the 2013 Robertson Cup National Championship Bulls hockey team
  • Home of the Venoms, the city’s professional indoor football team
  • The funky artistic Cadillac Ranch along the famous Route 66
  • Amarillo Livestock Auction
  • Wonderland Amusement Park
  • Amarillo Symphony
  • American Quarter Horse Museum
  • Amarillo Botanical Gardens
  • Amarillo Dragway

Education

If you’re moving to Amarillo with children, you’ll be pleased to know there are several schools serving this area. The two biggest are the Amarillo Independent School District and the Canyon Independent School District. The AISD currently enrolls 33,269 students in over 55 schools: 37 elementary, 12 middle, 4 high schools and 2 specialty schools. The CISD is a bit smaller with 9,354 students enrolled in 15 schools: 8 elementary, 4 middle and 3 high schools. There are also a number of private and public colleges and universities such as Amarillo College, West Texas A&M University, Wayland Baptist University and Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extensions Center.

Employment

Amarillo has an unemployment rate of 3.7% as of December 2015. Home to the nation’s only nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly facility, Pantex offers a variety of job opportunities for people with related backgrounds. The city is also home to major agriculture centers and meat-packing industries, so if you’re worried about finding a job, don’t be; there are plenty of options to choose from. Some major employers are Tyson Foods, the Amarillo Independent School District, Baptist St. Anthony’s Healthcare System, Amarillo College, Bell Helicopter Textron and Owens-Corning.

Cost of Living

The cost of living in Amarillo is 15% lower than the national average due to its isolated location — the closest metro city is Oklahoma City at 260 miles away. Housing prices are also below the national average with median values at $123,862 for single family detached homes, making Amarillo a reasonably-priced city to move to.

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Moving to Amarillo with U-pack

Did you know the Texas Panhandle is bigger in size than 9 other states? Driving a rental truck across that distance can be costly and tiring. But if you move with U-Pack, you only do the packing, loading and unloading and we do all the driving. Here’s how moving with U-Pack works:

  • We deliver an empty moving trailer or ReloCube® to your home
     
  • You load your belongings
     
  • We drive cross country to your destination (estimated transit time of 2-5 business days)
     
  • You unload

It’s that easy! With U-Pack there are no hidden fees or charges. Get a free online moving quote today or call a U-Pack representative to find out how much you can save when moving to Amarillo. 

Station Address:
Address: 9100 E Triangle Dr
Amarillo, TX 79108
United States
Phone Numbers:
Customer Service: (806) 374-1666
Fax: (806) 373-2503

If we are not able to provide door-to-door delivery to your city near Amarillo, TX, you can save money by loading or unloading at the service center conveniently located in Amarillo, TX. If you have questions about serviceability to your location, please call us at 800-240-7422, and a U-Pack Moving Consultant will gladly help.

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