Welcome to Potter County
Potter County is located in the central part of the Texas Panhandle. It has a total land area of 581,357 acres, or 908.37 square miles.
Potter County’s population in 2010 was 121,073, this population lives primarily in Amarillo and surrounding subdivisions. Amarillo is the trade center of the Texas Panhandle. Amarillo has a population of 190,695 people. The city is situated astride the county line dividing Potter and Randall counties, with somewhat more than half of the area and population in Potter County. Amarillo is the county seat of Potter County.
The name Amarillo is from the Spanish translation for “yellow.” Under skies which are sunny 351 days a year and a temperature that averages 59 degrees, golf and other activities are common year-round.
Founded in 1888 at the junction of railroads crossing the Panhandle rangeland, Amarillo has emerged as the center of commerce, transportation, culture and healthcare for an extensive region of the southern High Plains. The Amarillo trade territory is an area roughly the size of Ohio, covering portions of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Kansas and Colorado.
Potter County’s three largest industries are trade, service and manufacturing. In agriculture, cattle are the largest segment of ag income in Potter County, while sorghum and wheat production complete the major list of commodities.
Visitors to Potter County and Amarillo are amazed at the wide array of area attractions and recreational opportunities. The list of attractions include the most popular Palo Duro Canyon State Park, where over 500,000 people visit each year, many attending the outdoor musical TEXAS LEGACIES. Other attractions include; Cowboy Morning Breakfast, Cadillac Ranch, The Big Texan Steak Ranch and Opry, Historic Route 66, Westgate Mall, Wonderland Amusement Park and Amarillo Splash Water Park. Amarillo also offers sports fans plenty of action with the Amarillo Sod Poodles minor league baseball and pro hockey’s Amarillo Bulls.