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Fritch, Texas

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Fritch is a city in Hutchinson and Moore counties in the US state of Texas The population was 2,117 at the 2010 census Fritch and the surrounding area is served by ZIP code 79036 The town is colloquially known as "Fritch, America" The current Mayor is Kelly Henderson3


  • 1 2014 Wildfire
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Demographics
  • 4 Recreation
  • 5 Notable natives
  • 6 Education
  • 7 Images
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links

2014 Wildfireedit

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 shelters4 5


Fritch is located at 35°38′23″N 101°36′3″W / 3563972°N 10160083°W / 3563972; -10160083 35639639, -1016009216 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 12 square miles 31 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


Historical population
1960 1,617
1970 1,778 100%
1980 2,299 293%
1990 2,335 16%
2000 2,235 −43%
2010 2,117 −53%
Est 2016 2,032 −40%
US Decennial Census8

As of the census1 of 2000, there were 2,235 people, 886 households, and 679 families residing in the city The population density was 1,8409 people per square mile 7132/km² There were 961 housing units at an average density of 7915 per square mile 3066/km² The racial makeup of the city was 9553% White, 009% African American, 166% Native American, 013% Asian, 130% from other races, and 130% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 430% of the population

There were 886 households out of which 347% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 663% were married couples living together, 81% had a female householder with no husband present, and 233% were non-families 216% of all households were made up of individuals and 117% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 252, and the average family size was 293

In the city, the population was spread out with 264% under the age of 18, 75% from 18 to 24, 258% from 25 to 44, 240% from 45 to 64, and 164% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 39 years For every 100 females, there were 981 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 936 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


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 is also located near the city The town is also home to the Lake Meredith Historical Museum

Notable nativesedit

  • Ron White, comedian mentioned in his comedy routine and not officially verified he was ever a Fritch resident
  • John Lehman, builder known for being the chief builder of the Lake Meredith Museum
  • Russell Powell, musician


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



  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Archived from the original on 2013-09-11 Retrieved 2008-01-31 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names" United States Geological Survey 2007-10-25 Retrieved 2008-01-31 
  3. ^ "The City of Fritch Directory" http://fritchcityhallcom/directoryphp  External link in |website= help; Missing or empty |url= help
  4. ^ "UPDATE Fire has destroyed roughly 100 homes" Retrieved May 12, 2014 
  5. ^ "Hutchinson County LEPC Facebook updates" Retrieved May 12, 2014 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990" United States Census Bureau 2011-02-12 Retrieved 2011-04-23 
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates" Retrieved June 9, 2017 
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing" Censusgov Archived from the original on May 12, 2015 Retrieved June 4, 2015 

External linksedit

  • City of Fritch - Official site
  • Lake Meredith National Recreation Area

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