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Moving to Amarillo

This is some information that may be of interest to you. For general information and some local links, please refer to the Regional Information for Amarillo.

Cost of Living

Amarillo is a relatively inexpensive city to live in. There is no state income tax. City sales tax is 8.25%. Housing is relatively easy to find and is priced from about $50.00/ square foot for established neighborhoods to $110/sq. ft. for new construction. Those figures can vary, but that is the average.

Transportation

Amarillo is very much a "car" city. Nothing is really far away, but you will find that your car is always taken. There is very limited public transportation, but would rarely be an option. Many people walk around parks for exercise, but drive there to do this. Biking is somewhat popular, but there are no bike racks at most locations so it tends to be for recreation rather than transportation.

Activities

Cultural

  • Art Museum -located on the campus of Amarillo College.
  • Historical/Art Museum - located on the campus of WTAMU
  • Theater - Two live theaters - Amarillo College and Amarillo Little Theater. Both excellent.
  • Symphony
  • Civic Ballet
  • Discovery Center (Hands-on Science Center) - located in Harrington Regional Medical Center

Libraries

  • The city has several branches to it's main downtown library. The library offers year-round program, mostly for younger children.
  • There is a medical library in the Medical School building.
  • There is a college library on the campus of WTAMU.

Movie Theaters

There are 2 new theaters with stadium seating and digital sound.

Sports

There are 2 country clubs in Amarillo with 3 courses. There are also 2 public course. One is open nights with lights. There are 2 miniature golf courses, one in the southwest and 1 in the northeast as part of "Wonderland Park".

There are 2 tennis centers as well as courts at many of the area parks. There are also tennis facilities at the country clubs and at one of the health clubs.

There are 4 major 4-plex ball fields and at least one 2 other lighted fields with two or more diamonds. These are utilized by young and old alike. Leagues are scheduled through the city and umpires are provided with the fees.

Children

There are many Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops and there are camps for each just outside the city limits. The Girls Scout Camp is utilized year round.

Photo highlights of Amarillo

Schools

Public

Amarillo Independent School District

Private

There are many accredited Private Schools in Amarillo:

  • Alamo Catholic High School/Middle School - 6-124114 S. Bonham / 4110 S. Bonham355-9637 / 356-0550
  • Ascension Academy - 6-1245th and Soncy (under construction)342-0515
  • Bible Heritage - pre-124100 Republic352-0642
  • San Jacinto Christian Academy - Pre-12501 S Mississippi372-2285
  • Trinity Fellowship - 5000 Hollywood Rd.355-8955
  • Victory Academy - k-126300 Arden Rd359-9416

Elementary Schools

  • Amarillo Montessori Academy - Pre-53806 S. Bowie353-3871
  • St Andrew's Episcopal School - Pre-81515 Georgia376-9501
  • St Mary's Montessori / School - Pre-51200 Washington376-9112
  • Trinity Lutheran - Pre-55005 I-40 West352-5620

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