Olton, Texas

By | April 28, 2023

According to ehuzhou, Olton, Texas is a small town located about 95 miles northwest of Lubbock in the Texas Panhandle. The city is situated in Lamb County, which is known for its relatively flat terrain and arid climate. The area experiences hot summers and mild winters, with average temperatures ranging from 40-95 degrees Fahrenheit. Olton was established in 1902 by ranchers and farmers who were drawn to the area because of its rich soil. Since then, it has grown to become a thriving community with an estimated population of just under 2,000 people.

Politically, Olton is part of the Texas House District 85 and its current representative is Ken King. Olton’s economy is largely based around agriculture, with cotton being the main crop grown in the area. The city also has several businesses that are focused on providing services to local residents including restaurants, grocery stores, banks, and medical offices.

Education in Olton consists of two elementary schools (Olton Elementary School and Plainview Elementary), one middle school (Plainview Middle School), one high school (Plainview High School), and two private schools (St. Peter’s Catholic School and Trinity Christian Academy). All four public schools are part of the Plainview Independent School District which serves students from across multiple counties including Lamb County.

As far as landmarks go, one popular spot for locals to visit is the First Baptist Church which has been standing since 1910 and was once attended by President Lyndon B Johnson when he visited Olton during his time as President in 1964. Other notable sites include historic buildings such as the Old Post Office built in 1909 as well as various parks like Wilson Park which includes a playground with picnic tables and barbecue pits perfect for family outings.

Population: 2,288. Estimated population in July 2020: 2,275 (-0.6% change)
Males: 1,127 (49.3%), Females: 1,161 (50.7%)

Lamb County

Zip code: 79064

Median resident age: 32.1 years
Median household income: $24,010
Median house value: $31,900

Races in Olton:

  • Hispanic (64.5%)
  • White Non-Hispanic (32.5%)
  • Other race (27.5%)
  • Two or more races (2.5%)
  • Black (2.0%)
  • American Indian (1.8%)

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

Ancestries: United States (6.1%), German (4.0%), Irish (3.5%), English (2.5%).

Land area: 1.4 square miles

Olton, Texas


Olton, Texas is a small town located in Lamb County. The population of Olton is 2,004 according to the 2020 census. The majority of the population is white (78.7%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (16.1%), African American (2.7%) and Asian (1.9%). The median age of the town is 36 years old, with a range between 18 and 65 years old. The average household size is 2.4 people and the majority of the households are married couples living together with children under 18 years old making up 24% of households in Olton, Texas.

The median household income in Olton, Texas is $51,837 and the per capita income is $20,819 which is lower than both state ($26,933) and national ($28,555) averages respectively. The poverty rate among adults aged 18-64 years old stands at 12%, which is higher than both state (9%) and national (11%) averages respectively. Education attainment in Olton shows that 17% of adults aged 25 years or older have not completed high school while 33% have completed high school but no further education. Additionally, 24% have some college education while 26% have a bachelor’s degree or higher qualification.

For population 25 years and over in Olton

  • High school or higher: 51.2%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 8.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.2%
  • Unemployed: 7.4%
  • Mean travel time to work: 17.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Olton city

  • Never married: 19.4%
  • Now married: 59.9%
  • Separated: 2.9%
  • Widowed: 10.8%
  • Divorced: 6.9%

12.8% Foreign born (12.7% Latin America).

Population change in the 1990s: +173 (+8.2%).


Hospitals/medical centers near Olton:



Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Olton:

  • LUBBOCK INTL (about 43 miles; LUBBOCK, TX; Abbreviation: LBB)
  • AMARILLO INTL (about 78 miles; AMARILLO, TX; Abbreviation: AMA)
  • CANNON AFB (about 83 miles; CLOVIS, NM; Abbreviation: CVS)

Other public-use airports nearest to Olton:

  • LITTLEFIELD MUNICIPAL (about 25 miles; LITTLEFIELD, TX; Abbreviation: Q00)
  • HALE COUNTY (about 29 miles; PLAINVIEW, TX; Abbreviation: PVW)
  • JOE VAUGHN SPRAYING (about 30 miles; KRESS, TX; Abbreviation: 29F)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Olton:

  • WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY (about 29 miles; PLAINVIEW, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,578)
  • SOUTH PLAINS COLLEGE (about 44 miles; LEVELLAND, TX; Full-time enrollment: 3,851)
  • TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY (about 45 miles; LUBBOCK, TX; Full-time enrollment: 22,439)
  • WEST TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY (about 57 miles; CANYON, TX; Full-time enrollment: 5,476)
  • AMARILLO COLLEGE (about 71 miles; AMARILLO, TX; Full-time enrollment: 4,876)
  • EASTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY-MAIN CAMPUS (about 84 miles; PORTALES, NM; Full-time enrollment: 2,955)
  • MIDLAND COLLEGE (about 148 miles; MIDLAND, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,800)


Public high school in Olton:

  • OLTON H S (Students: 197; Location: 7TH & AVE G; Grades: 09 – 12)

Public primary/middle schools in Olton:

  • WEBB EL (Students: 391; Location: 7TH & AVE G; Grades: PK – 05)
  • OLTON J H (Students: 171; Location: 7TH & AVE G; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • OLTON D A E P (Students: 5; Location: 7TH & AVE G; Grades: 06 – 12)