Cotton farming is an important part of Childress’ diverse economy.
 
 
 

About our town...

Location

Childress is the seat of Childress County and and is located 116 miles southeast of Amarillo, 139 miles northeast of Lubbock, and 108 miles northwest of Wichita Falls at the intersection of Highways 62, 83 & 287.


Childress Business

Childress is a regional hub for economic activity for the southeastern Texas Panhandle and Southwest Oklahoma.  For a small town, Childress has a diverse and progressive economic and business climate that’s business friendly due to affordable real estate, a strategic location at the crossroad of three major U.S. Highways, and a capable workforce.  Generous lodging, retail stores of all kinds, state governmental entities, and varying service industries makes Childress an exciting place full of opportunity to live and work.


Education

Childress County is served by the Childress Independent School District (ISD).   The Childress Independent School District has an elementary, middle, and high school that serves 1,116 students and has an annual operating budget of approximately $10 million.  The school system boasts an outstanding educational system that’s consistently recognized by the Texas Education Agency.  Recognized as a leader among Texas school districts with their 1-to-1 technology program, every student in grades 6-12 are provided with a laptop computer and teachers utilize electronic technology in creative and relevant ways.  Extracurricularly, the Childress ISD fields competitive athletic teams each year and has active FFA, FCCLA, and TSA, and FCA chapters.


Health Care
Childress Regional Medical Center is a 75 bed acute care general hospital accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of health care organizations. Services include surgical, obstetrical and gynecological, radiology, ultrasound, computerized tomography and nuclear medicine diagnostic services. There is a fully automated laboratory diagnostic center, and the medical center also offers a full spectrum of comprehensive ambulatory care services. A home health service is offered by Childress Regional Medical Center, and provides services with skilled nursing care in physical therapy, respiratory, speech, counseling and referral services.


Climate
Childress boasts a mild climate with an average January temperature of 40-degrees F and an average July temperature of 83-degrees F.  Annually, the average high temperature is 74.3-degree F and an average low of 49-degrees F.  Located in a semi-arid climate, Childress receives an average of 22.7 inches of annual precipitation and over 80% of the days are sunny.

 

Physical Features
Geographically, Childress lies in the Rolling Plains region of Texas.  Gently rolling, red dirt hills are peppered with common semi-arid vegetation like mesquite trees, yucca, and prickly pear cactus, and prairie grasses.  In the counties mid-section flows the Prairie Dog Fork of the Red River.  The perfect mix of farm and ranch land provides excellent wildlife habitat for bobwhite quail, whitetail and mule deer, Rio Grande turkey, and feral hogs.

Quick Facts
July 2008 Population - 6,513
Median Age - 35.8 years
Median Household Inc. - $30,571
Median House Value - $65,717
2008 cost of living index in Childress: 74.6 (low, U.S. average is 100)