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Skellytown, Texas
A restored Skelly filling station on Main Street in Skellytown.
A restored Skelly filling station on Main Street in Skellytown.
Location of Skellytown, Texas
Location of Skellytown, Texas
Carson County Skellytown.svg
Country United States
State Texas
County Carson
 • Total 0.53 sq mi (1.37 km2)
 • Land 0.53 sq mi (1.37 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 3,235 ft (986 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 473
 • Density 891/sq mi (344.0/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 79080
Area code(s) 806
FIPS code 48-68120
GNIS feature ID 1368382

Skellytown is a town in Carson County, Texas, United States. The population was 473 at the 2010 census, down from 610 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Amarillo, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area. In 1926 Skelly Oil Company purchased a 320-acre (130 ha) lease from Henry Schafer, a local rancher on whose land the Roxana oil pool was located. Schafer platted a new townsite, which he named "Skelly" in honor of the company's founder and president, William Grove Skelly of Tulsa, Oklahoma.


Skellytown is located in northeastern Carson County at 35°34′22″N 101°10′21″W / 35.57278°N 101.1725°W / 35.57278; -101.1725 (35.572712, -101.172517), just northeast of Texas State Highway 152, which leads northwest 14 miles (23 km) to Borger and southeast 13 miles (21 km) to Pampa.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Skellytown has a total area of 0.54 square miles (1.4 km2), all of it land.


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Skellytown has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 967
1970 716 −26.0%
1980 899 25.6%
1990 664 −26.1%
2000 610 −8.1%
2010 473 −22.5%
Est. 2015 457 −3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 610 people, 237 households, and 182 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,416.5 people per square mile (547.7/km²). There were 283 housing units at an average density of 657.2 per square mile (254.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.93% White, 0.33% African American, 2.95% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 1.80% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.75% of the population.

There were 237 households out of which 35.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.1% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.2% were non-families. 21.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the town, the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 22.5% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 17.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 94.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $31,771, and the median income for a family was $37,667. Males had a median income of $31,250 versus $18,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,087. About 15.3% of families and 14.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.1% of those under age 18 and 8.5% of those age 65 or over.

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