Amarillo is the major city in the Texas Panhandle, and its 190,000 residents are proud to call the area home. Amarillo has a number of major employers that provide the foundation of the local economy. These include players in the meatpacking and aircraft manufacturing industries. Meatpacking is such a large industry here that it is estimated that almost 25% of the county's beef gets packed in or around Amarillo.Amarillo is home to a few private colleges, branches of some of the major Texas Universities including A & M and Texas Tech, and Amarillo College, which offers two-year programs. The numerous tourist attractions nearby the city work with the schools to bring a constant flow of newcomers into the area.
Apartment hunting in Amarillo is usually pretty straightforward. With low prices and high availability most landlords are just happy to get their suites filled. If you start looking for an apartment six weeks before you plan on moving in, you should find an apartment without too much difficulty.
Don't let low prices fool you into not taking your application seriously. You should be completing your applications neatly and making sure that you supply all the supplemental information that the landlords request. Even if they're not requested, try adding in some letters of reference to make your applications really stand out.
Amarillo is a driving town. If you don't have a car, you'll find yourself at the mercy of less than ideal public transportation services, and the city is too large to get around in solely by foot. If you don't bring a car, do your best to find an apartment very close to your school or job.
Near to Amarillo you can see and tour the Palo Duro Canyon, second only to the Grand Canyon in size in the United States. Also outside the city, the Cadillac Ranch is a stranger-than-fiction attraction where Cadillac's are half-buried in the middle of a field. The town is also filled with restaurants that have reached legendary status with tourists to this part of the country. Try the Big Texan Steak Ranch & Opry and challenge yourself to eating a 72 oz. steak in 60 minutes.