Wheeler, Texas

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Wheeler, Texas
Wheeler welcome sign
Wheeler welcome sign
Wheeler County Texas incorporated and unincorporated areas Wheeler highlighted.svg
Coordinates: 35°26′43″N 100°16′15″W / 35.44528°N 100.27083°W / 35.44528; -100.27083Coordinates: 35°26′43″N 100°16′15″W / 35.44528°N 100.27083°W / 35.44528; -100.27083[1]
CountryUnited States
 • Total1.5 sq mi (4.0 km2)
 • Land1.5 sq mi (4.0 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation2,507 ft (764 m)
 • Total1,592
 • Density1,100/sq mi (400/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)806
FIPS code48-78208 [2]

Wheeler is a city, and the county seat of Wheeler County, Texas, United States, located on the eastern border of the Texas Panhandle. The population was last reported at 1,592 in the 2010 census.[3]


Both the town of Wheeler and Wheeler County are named for Royall Tyler Wheeler, who was a Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court.[4]


The town is positioned 3 miles northwest from the center of the county, 100 miles east of Amarillo, TX, and 12 miles west of the Texas-Oklahoma states’ line. According to the United States Census Bureau, Wheeler has a total township-area of 1.5 square miles (4.0 km²), all of it land.


According to the Köppen climate classification system, Wheeler has a semiarid climate, BSk on climate maps.[5]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20181,507[6]−5.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[2] of 2000, 1,378 people, 520 households, and 365 families resided in the city. The population density was 900.4 people per square mile (347.7/km²). The 612 housing units averaged 399.9 per square mile (154.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 85.05% White, 1.81% African American, 0.44% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 10.60% from other races, and 1.96% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 18.07% of the population.

Of the 520 households, 33.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.8% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.8% were not families. About 28.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city, the population was distributed as 25.0% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 21.4% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 21.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,375, and for a family was $36,667. Males had a median income of $27,679 versus $16,723 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,224. About 6.8% of families and 10.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.6% of those under age 18 and 10.7% of those age 65 or over.


Wheeler Public Schools are part of the Wheeler Independent School District. One elementary school, one junior high school, and one high school (Wheeler High School) serve the district.

Notable people[edit]

  • Alan Bean, NASA astronaut, artist, and, as a member of Apollo 12 became the fourth man to walk on the Moon. Bean was born in Wheeler, and a street in Wheeler is named in his honor.
  • Don Rives, a linebacker for Texas Tech and the Chicago Bears, was born in Wheeler.
  • Jack Frye, Aviation Pioneer and President of TWA was raised and is buried in Wheeler.



  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Wheeler, Texas
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Counts, 2010 Census of Population and Housing" (PDF). Texas: 2010. Retrieved 2017-01-05.
  4. ^ "Profile for Wheeler, Texas, TX". ePodunk. Retrieved July 27, 2012.
  5. ^ Climate Summary for Wheeler, Texas
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved January 12, 2020.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.

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