Cactus, Texas

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Cactus, Texas
City of Cactus
Location of Cactus, Texas
Location of Cactus, Texas
Moore County Cactus.svg
Coordinates: 36°2′46″N 102°0′8″W / 36.04611°N 102.00222°W / 36.04611; -102.00222Coordinates: 36°2′46″N 102°0′8″W / 36.04611°N 102.00222°W / 36.04611; -102.00222
Country United States
State Texas
County Moore
 • Type Commission-Manager
 • Mayor Socorro Marquez
 • Total 2.0 sq mi (5.3 km2)
 • Land 2.0 sq mi (5.3 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 3,619 ft (1,103 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 2,538
 • Density 1,243.9/sq mi (480.3/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 79013
Area code(s) 806
FIPS code 48-11692[1]
GNIS feature ID 1353497[2]

Cactus is a city in Moore County, Texas, United States, along U.S. Route 287. The population was 2,538 at the 2000 census.

"Cactus Texas", a song by Waylon Jennings, is a sketch of Cactus in more innocent days [2].


Cactus is located at 36°2′46″N 102°0′8″W / 36.04611°N 102.00222°W / 36.04611; -102.00222 (36.046124, -102.002251).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2), all of it land. Cactus is located 54 miles north of Amarillo, and 13 miles north of Dumas, Texas.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 644
1980 898 39.4%
1990 1,529 70.3%
2000 2,538 66.0%
2010 3,179 25.3%
Est. 2015 3,197 [4] 0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[1] of 2000, 2,538 people, 660 households, and 570 families resided in the city. The population density was 1,243.9 people per square mile (480.4/km²). The 820 housing units averaged 401.9 per square mile (155.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 24.43% White, 0.55% African American, 0.87% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 71.24% from other races, and 2.64% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 96.10% of the population. Of the 660 households, 67.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.0% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 13.5% were not families. About 8.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 1.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.85 and the average family size was 4.10.

In the city, the population was distributed as 42.7% under the age of 18, 13.9% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 10.3% from 45 to 64, and 2.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 22 years. For every 100 females, there were 118.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 115.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,611, and for a family was $26,250. Males had a median income of $21,384 versus $18,110 for females. The per capita income for the city was $8,340. About 21.4% of families and 22.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.3% of those under age 18 and 15.4% of those age 65 or over.


The City of Cactus government is a commission-manager government with a mayor and five commissioners all elected from the city at-large, and a city manager appointed by the commission to serve as the administrative manager of the city.[6]

The current mayor is Socorro Marquez.[7]


The City of Cactus is served by the Dumas Independent School District.

  • Cactus Elementary School
  • Dumas Intermediate School
  • Dumas Junior High School
  • Dumas High School


On April 21, 2007, Cactus was hit by an EF2 tornado.[8] In all, 16 tornadoes were reported across the Texas Panhandle on that Saturday evening, including one in Tulia that damaged several businesses and injured three people, but Cactus suffered comparably greater damage. City and Moore County officials, including Cactus City Manager Jeff Jenkins, estimated about one-third of Cactus either was damaged or destroyed. The tornado injured 14 people, said Trooper Wayne Beighle of the Texas Department of Public Safety.[9] "I am shocked no one was killed," said Charles Morehead, a special projects manager for West Texas Gas. Morehead said the devastation in Cactus was akin to that which he saw in Higgins as a child. A tornado swept through the town, killing about 50 people on April 9, 1947. It remains the most destructive tornado in Texas Panhandle history.[9] The tornado was a mile wide when it struck the city of Cactus. Buildings were flattened, power was knocked out to thousands, and debris was scattered for miles after the tornado.[10]


According to the Köppen climate classification system, Cactus has a semiarid climate, BSk on climate maps.[11]


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