A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C
  12. Commute
    B+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$120,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$781
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    39%
  • Own
    61%

Amarillo Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    490
    283
  • Murder
    5
    6
  • Rape
    84
    41
  • Robbery
    130
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    898
    500
  • Theft
    3,376
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    459
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$49,684
National
$55,322
Children
23%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    36%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    17%
    13%

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I love Amarillo! It is a great city with a lot of opportunity and friendly people. It is a growing city and there are many fun things to do, like visit the Palo Duro Canyon and see the show Texas. The school system is great too! There are new developments like the Town Square and many job opportunities for all types of careers.
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Amarillo is not the worst place to live, but it is also not the greatest place either. There is a very small amount of nightlife and quality restaurants (granted, I have higher expectations being from Chicago which has fantastic food). Really the only nightlife is the movies or the bowling alley. I am also a very different person than others here. I have extremely different political views than most (being more liberal in a land of conservatives). Now, there are some good things about Amarillo. Amarillo college is partnered with some of the high schools to allow students to get college credit for a greatly reduced price in high school. There are also many extracurricular programs at school for people who like science, sports, computers, woodworking, and a multitude of others. Housing is also very inexpensive and there are many low level jobs available.
In the 9 years I have lived here, I have made some long lasting friends. The people are friendly and are willing to help out with anything that you might ask. I have been involved with one of the local FFA organizations, the kids and parents have taught me so much about animals, their care and the showmanship. For the most part, the city is clean, but you do have the shadier side as you would in all major cities. The choice of restaurants is quite diverse - from ethnic to all kinds of fast foods. I really like living in Amarillo and can't see myself moving any place in the near future!