Fritch, Texas

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Fritch, Texas
City
Location of Fritch, Texas
Location of Fritch, Texas
Hutchinson County Fritch.svg
Coordinates: 35°38′23″N 101°36′3″W / 35.63972°N 101.60083°W / 35.63972; -101.60083Coordinates: 35°38′23″N 101°36′3″W / 35.63972°N 101.60083°W / 35.63972; -101.60083
Country United States
State Texas
Counties Hutchinson, Carson
Area
 • Total 1.2 sq mi (3.1 km2)
 • Land 1.2 sq mi (3.1 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 3,196 ft (974 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 2,235
 • Density 1,840.9/sq mi (710.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 79036
Area code(s) 806
FIPS code 48-27696[1]
GNIS feature ID 1357770[2]

Fritch is a city in Hutchinson and Moore counties in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 2,235 at the 2000 census. Fritch and the surrounding area is served by ZIP code 79036. The town is colloquially known as "Fritch, America." The current Mayor is Kevin Keener.

2014 Wildfire[edit]

On May 11, 2014 a fast moving wildfire in the area began causing much destruction and loss of homes in the Fritch area which was evacuated by authorities. Media reported 100 structures destroyed with numerous people in local shelters. [3] [4]

Geography[edit]

Fritch is located at 35°38′23″N 101°36′3″W / 35.63972°N 101.60083°W / 35.63972; -101.60083 (35.639639, -101.600921)[5] in the geographic center of the Texas Panhandle region. It is 30 miles north-northeast of Amarillo and 15 miles west of Borger in an area of where the typically flat High Plains are broken up into canyons and draws by the Canadian River. The city itself sits on a flat piece of land surrounded by undulating terrain due to this phenomenon.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km²), all of it land. Lake Meredith lies just outside the city of Fritch and is a main source of water for surrounding communities, though the city actually uses well water drawn from the Ogallala Aquifer for its municipal water supply.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,235 people, 886 households, and 679 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,840.9 people per square mile (713.2/km²). There were 961 housing units at an average density of 791.5 per square mile (306.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.53% White, 0.09% African American, 1.66% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 1.30% from other races, and 1.30% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.30% of the population.

There were 886 households out of which 34.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.3% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.3% were non-families. 21.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52, and the average family size was 2.93.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $42,098, and the median income for a family was $46,600. Males had a median income of $41,134 versus $21,860 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,745. None of the population were below the poverty line.

The city of Fritch is primarily a bedroom community with the majority of citizens commuting to nearby Borger and Amarillo for work. Major employers in the area include Pantex, ConocoPhillips and Agrium, all located with a short distance of Fritch. Due to its nature as a commuting town, Fritch differs from most small towns in the region which rely more on agriculture as their economic base. Though there are several large ranches adjacent to the town, there is little to no farming due to the uneven topography, and the town has no agriculture-related services to speak of.

Recreation[edit]

Fritch is located adjacent to the Lake Meredith National Recreation Area offering residents and visitors ample opportunities for outdoor activities including boating, fishing, camping, hiking, and seasonal hunting. Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument, the only U.S. National Monument in Texas, is also located near the city.

Notable natives[edit]

  • Ron White, comedian (mentioned in his comedy routine and not officially verified he was ever a Fritch resident)

Education[edit]

The City of Fritch is served by the Sanford-Fritch Independent School District.

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