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Cactus, Texas
City of Cactus
Location of Cactus, Texas
Location of Cactus, Texas
Moore County Cactus.svg
Country United States
State Texas
County Moore
 • Type Commission-Manager
 • Total 2.13 sq mi (5.52 km2)
 • Land 2.13 sq mi (5.52 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
3,619 ft (1,103 m)
 • Total 3,179
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,522.76/sq mi (587.97/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 806
FIPS code 48-11692
GNIS feature ID 1353497

Cactus is a city in Moore County, Texas, United States, located along U.S. Route 287. The population was 3,179 at the 2010 census.

"Cactus Texas", a song by Waylon Jennings, is a sketch of Cactus from years past.


Cactus is located at 36°2′46″N 102°0′8″W / 36.04611°N 102.00222°W / 36.04611; -102.00222 (36.046124, -102.002251).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2), all of it land. Cactus is located 54 miles north of Amarillo, and 13 miles north of Dumas, Texas.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 644
1980 898 39.4%
1990 1,529 70.3%
2000 2,538 66.0%
2010 3,179 25.3%
2019 (est.) 3,245 2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 Census

As of the census of 2010, 3,179 people, 801 households, and 650 families resided in the city. The population density was 1,558.1 people per square mile (601.7/km2). The 908 housing units averaged 445.0 per square mile (171.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 48.22% White, 1.01% African American, 2.8% Native American, 19.35% Asian, 24.41% from other races, and 3.84% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 74.08% of the population. 67.9% of the city identified themselves as being of Mexican origin and 16.4% identified themselves as being of Burmese origin.

Of the 801 households, 54.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.8% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.9% were not families. About 9.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 1.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.97 and the average family size was 4.26.

In the city, the population was distributed as 37.34% under the age of 18, 12.8% from 18 to 24, 30% from 25 to 44, 16.6% from 45 to 64, and 3.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females, there were 127.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 131.4 males.


On April 21, 2007, Cactus was hit by an EF2 tornado. In all, 16 tornadoes were reported across the Texas Panhandle on that Saturday evening, including one in Tulia that damaged several businesses and injured three people, but Cactus suffered comparably greater damage. City and Moore County officials, including Cactus City Manager Jeff Jenkins, estimated about one-third of Cactus either was damaged or destroyed. The tornado injured 14 people, said Trooper Wayne Beighle of the Texas Department of Public Safety. "I am shocked no one was killed," said Charles Morehead, a special projects manager for West Texas Gas. Morehead said the devastation in Cactus was akin to that which he saw in Higgins as a child. A tornado swept through the town, killing about 50 people on April 9, 1947. It remains the most destructive tornado in Texas Panhandle history. The tornado was a mile wide when it struck the city of Cactus. Buildings were flattened, power was knocked out to thousands, and debris was scattered for miles after the tornado.


According to the Köppen climate classification system, Cactus has a semiarid climate, BSk on climate maps.


JBS USA has a beef plant in Cactus.


The City of Cactus is served by the Dumas Independent School District.

  • Cactus Elementary School
  • Dumas Intermediate School
  • Dumas Junior High School
  • Dumas High School

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