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Wichita Falls is a city in Wichita County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after the Indian tribe.

The latitude of Wichita Falls is 33.913N. The longitude is -98.493W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 948 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 102,340.


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Median household income
Local
$32,554
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Wichita Falls demographic reports
Wichita Falls is on the Wichita River.
Wichita boomed with the discovery of oil in nearby Burkburnett, in 1918.

Mississippi resident John A. Scott bought this land in 1837, filed the deeds and forgot about them. Years later, his heirs found the documents and began development.

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1,082. The number of murders and homicides was 8. The violent crime rate was 10.4 per 1,000 people.
Wichita Falls received national attention for a 1979 tornado that killed 46 people and injured thousands.
Well-known residents have included:
· Tommy Tune, dancer, choreographer
· Larry McMurtry, author
· Mia Hamm, soccer player
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Legends of Western Swing Music Festival - June 14-16, 2007
  • FallsFest - Sept. 28-29, 2007
  • Texas-Oklahoma Fair & Livestock Show - Sept. 11-15, 2007
  • Oil Bowl Parade - June 16, 2007
  • Texas Ranch Festival & Roundup - Aug. 17-18, 2007
Dates often change. Check Wichita Falls web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Wichita Falls Ballet Theatre, Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation: Lake Arrowhead State Park
Sports teams: Drillers (minor league football)
Historic sites and museums: Railroad Museum, Kell House, Wichita Falls Museum and Art Center
Colleges and universities: Midwestern State University
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 63

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Wichita Falls demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Wichita County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Wichita Falls area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 76311 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

14% of Wichita Falls residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Wichita Falls ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Wichita Falls was $16,761, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

21% of Wichita Falls residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Wichita Falls include Morningside Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Wichita Falls, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $403.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $768.


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Libraries in Wichita Falls include Wichita Falls Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Wichita Falls include Wichita Falls Times Record News

TV stations in Wichita Falls include KAUZ, KFDX, KJTL.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KMCU.

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Wichita County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Wichita Falls political report.

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The average commute time for Wichita Falls workers is 16 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 17 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Wichita Falls between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.6 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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