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1 Potter County Population, 2001 estimate: 113,705
Land area, 2000 (square miles): 909
Metropolitan Area: Amarillo, TX MSA

2 Randall County Population, 2001 estimate: 105,671
Land area, 2000 (square miles): 914
Metropolitan Area: Amarillo, TX MSA

3 Potter County, on the High Plains of the Panhandle, is bordered on the north by Moore County, on the east by Carson County, on the south by Randall County, and on the west by Oldham County. Its center point is at 35°25' north latitude and 101°53' west longitude. Amarillo, the county seat, is on the county's southern border, about 110 miles due north of Lubbock. The county was named for Robert Potter. It comprises 909 square miles of level to rolling terrain, with elevations ranging from 3,000 to 3,800 feet above sea level. Its soils are mainly chocolate and red loams with some sand and clay. The area slopes to the Canadian River, which flows easterly across the northern part of Potter County.

4 Randall County, on the Llano Estacado near the center of the Panhandle, is bordered by Potter County to the north, Carson County to the northeast, Armstrong County to the east, Swisher County to the southeast, Castro County to the southwest, Deaf Smith County to the west, and Oldham County to the northwest. The county center lies at 34°57' north latitude and 101°54' west longitude. Randall County has an area of 914 square miles that extends over an eastward sloping tableland broken by the Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River, which flows through Palo Duro Canyon, and its tributaries, Palo Duro and Tierra Blanca creeks. The elevation is 3,000 to 3,800 feet above mean sea level; the canyons range from 50 to 1,750 feet in depth. Annual rainfall averages 20.16 inches. Temperatures range from an average low of 23° F in January to an average high of 92° in July; the average growing season lasts 195 days. The soil is Amarillo silty clay loam, easily cultivated and suitable for diversified farming. Native short grass and scant growths of cedar and cottonwood made the area a buffalo and antelope range before colonization. Fossil remains of prehistoric animals have been found in both Palo Duro and Cita canyons.

Information was provided by the following web sources:

1 http://www.fedstats.gov/qf/states/48/48375.html
2 http://www.fedstats.gov/qf/states/48/48381.html
3 http://www.rra.dst.tx.us/c_t/history/potter/default1.cfm
4 http://www.rra.dst.tx.us/c_t/history/randall/default1.cfm
Amarillo, Texas