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Wheeler, Texas
City
Wheeler welcome sign
Wheeler welcome sign
Location of Wheeler, Texas
Location of Wheeler, Texas
Wheeler County Texas incorporated and unincorporated areas Wheeler highlighted.svg
Country United States
State Texas
County Wheeler
Area
 • Total 1.5 sq mi (4.0 km2)
 • Land 1.5 sq mi (4.0 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 2,507 ft (764 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,592
 • Density 1,060/sq mi (398/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 79096
Area code(s) 806
FIPS code 48-78208
GNIS feature ID 1371329
Website wheelertexas.org

Wheeler is a city and county seat of Wheeler County, Texas, United States, situated on the eastern edge of the Texas Panhandle. The population was 1,592 at the 2010 census.

History

Both the city of Wheeler and Wheeler County are named for Royall Tyler Wheeler, a chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court.

Geography

Wheeler is located at 35°26′33″N 100°16′27″W / 35.4425°N 100.27417°W / 35.4425; -100.27417 (35.442424, -100.274068). The city is three miles northwest of the center of the county and is 100 miles east of Amarillo and 12 miles west of the Texas-Oklahoma line. According to the United States Census Bureau, Wheeler has a total area of 1.5 square miles (4.0 km²), all of it land.

Climate

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

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 931
1940 848 −8.9%
1950 904 6.6%
1960 1,174 29.9%
1970 1,116 −4.9%
1980 1,584 41.9%
1990 1,393 −12.1%
2000 1,378 −1.1%
2010 1,592 15.5%
Est. 2015 1,656 4.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,378 people, 520 households, and 365 families residing in the city. The population density was 900.4 people per square mile (347.7/km²). There were 612 housing units at an average density of 399.9 per square mile (154.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 85.05% White, 1.81% African American, 0.44% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 10.60% from other races, and 1.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.07% of the population.

There were 520 households out of which 33.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.8% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.8% were non-families. 28.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city, the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 21.4% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 21.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 88.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,375, and the median income for a family was $36,667. Males had a median income of $27,679 versus $16,723 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,224. About 6.8% of families and 10.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.6% of those under age 18 and 10.7% of those age 65 or over.

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