Shamrock, Texas

According to ethnicityology, Shamrock, Texas is located in Wheeler County in the northern panhandle of the state. It is situated on the intersection of Interstate 40 and US Highway 83. The city has a semi-arid climate with hot summers and cold winters, with temperatures ranging from an average low of 33 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter to an average high of 91 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer months. The area experiences occasional hail storms and occasional tornadoes as well.

The history of Shamrock dates back to 1887 when a small group of settlers arrived on the site and established a trading post. In 1901, they were granted permission to establish a post office and thus Shamrock officially became a town. The first mayor was elected in 1902, further cementing its status as an official municipality.

Politically, Shamrock is a non-partisan city with no political party affiliations or elections held for local offices. The city council meets regularly to discuss issues such as infrastructure development, budgeting, public safety measures, and other community initiatives that affect residents’ quality of life.

The economy of Shamrock is largely based on agriculture and oil production as well as tourism due to its proximity to several attractions such as Lake Meredith National Recreation Area and Palo Duro Canyon State Park. There are also several businesses that have opened up shop in recent years including restaurants, shops, hotels and more which provide services for both locals and visitors alike.

Schools in Shamrock are provided by the Shamrock Independent School District which consists of four elementary schools (K-5), one middle school (6-8), one high school (9-12) plus one alternative school program for students who require additional assistance or need alternative learning methods outside a traditional classroom setting.

Some key landmarks in Shamrock include the historic U Drop Inn Cafe which was built in 1936 along Route 66; St Rita’s Catholic Church which was founded by Irish settlers; Route 66 Museum which features memorabilia from Route 66; St Patrick’s Day celebration held annually at McLean Park; plus numerous other attractions such as golf courses, fishing spots, parks etc that make this city unique and special!

Shamrock, Texas

Population: 2,029. Estimated population in July 2020: 1,841 (-9.3% change)
Males: 949 (46.8%), Females: 1,080 (53.2%)

Zip code: 79079

Median resident age: 42.0 years
Median household income: $25,776
Median house value: $34,700

Races in Shamrock:

  • White Non-Hispanic (79.2%)
  • Hispanic (13.4%)
  • Other race (5.9%)
  • Black (4.8%)
  • American Indian (2.2%)
  • Two or more races (1.4%)
  • Asian Indian (0.7%)

(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)

Ancestries: Irish (19.0%), United States (11.4%), English (11.0%), German (8.9%), Dutch (2.5%), Scotch-Irish (1.6%).

Land area: 2.1 square miles


The population of Shamrock, Texas is estimated at 2,247 as of 2019. The majority of the population is white, making up 83.2% of the total population. African Americans make up 6.8%, Native Americans make up 0.4%, Asians make up 4.1%, and Pacific Islanders make up 0.2%. The remaining 5.3% are from two or more racial backgrounds. Hispanic or Latino residents make up 33% of the population in Shamrock, Texas and are predominantly Mexican American in origin. The median age for this town is 35 years old, with a median household income of $37,527 a year and a poverty rate of 15%. Education levels are also relatively high for this small town; 65% have completed high school or higher, 18% have obtained an associate degree or higher, and 8% have attained a bachelor’s degree or higher. This indicates that the citizens in Shamrock strive to better their education and economic standing through hard work and dedication to their community.

For population 25 years and over in Shamrock

  • High school or higher: 68.9%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 12.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.9%
  • Unemployed: 2.8%
  • Mean travel time to work: 14.3 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Shamrock city

  • Never married: 18.7%
  • Now married: 62.3%
  • Separated: 1.0%
  • Widowed: 9.2%
  • Divorced: 8.7%

2.3% Foreign born (1.8% Latin America, 0.3% Oceania).

Population change in the 1990s: -201 (-9.0%).


Hospital/medical center in Shamrock:


Other hospitals/medical centers near Shamrock:

  • PARKVIEW HOSPITAL (about 17 miles; WHEELER, TX)
  • PARKVIEW HOSPITAL (about 17 miles; WHEELER, TX)


Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Shamrock:

  • ALTUS AFB (about 79 miles; ALTUS, OK; Abbreviation: LTS)
  • AMARILLO INTL (about 101 miles; AMARILLO, TX; Abbreviation: AMA)
  • HENRY POST AAF (about 134 miles; FORT SILL, OK; Abbreviation: FSI)

Other public-use airports nearest to Shamrock:

  • SHAMROCK MUNI (about 5 miles; SHAMROCK, TX; Abbreviation: 2F1)
  • WHEELER MUNI (about 17 miles; WHEELER, TX; Abbreviation: T59)
  • MC LEAN/GRAY COUNTY (about 20 miles; MC LEAN, TX; Abbreviation: 2E7)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Shamrock:

  • SOUTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY (about 109 miles; WEATHERFORD, OK; Full-time enrollment: 4,360)
  • AMARILLO COLLEGE (about 113 miles; AMARILLO, TX; Full-time enrollment: 4,876)
  • WEST TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY (about 116 miles; CANYON, TX; Full-time enrollment: 5,476)
  • WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY (about 125 miles; PLAINVIEW, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,578)
  • CAMERON UNIVERSITY (about 131 miles; LAWTON, OK; Full-time enrollment: 3,529)
  • MIDWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY (about 151 miles; WICHITA FALLS, TX; Full-time enrollment: 4,619)
  • TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY (about 156 miles; LUBBOCK, TX; Full-time enrollment: 22,439)


Public high school in Shamrock:

  • SHAMROCK H S (Students: 135; Location: 100 S ILLINOIS; Grades: 09 – 12)

Public primary/middle schools in Shamrock:

  • SHAMROCK EL (Students: 146; Location: 100 S ILLINOIS; Grades: PK – 05)
  • SHAMROCK MIDDLE (Students: 77; Location: 100 S ILLINOIS; Grades: 06 – 08)


Library in Shamrock:

  • SHAMROCK PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $20,630; Location: 712 N MAIN ST; 32,029 books; 32 serial subscriptions)