According to Itypemba, Vega, Texas is a small city situated in the Texas Panhandle, approximately 85 miles east of Amarillo. The city is surrounded by flat plains, with some rolling hills in the distance. It is a dry climate with hot summers and cold winters. The average temperature in Vega ranges from the mid-50s in winter to the upper-90s in summer.
The history of Vega dates back to 1893 when it was founded by the railroad company as a stop on their line. It has since grown into a small city with a population of around 4,000 people. Politically, Vega is considered to be conservative and Republican-leaning. The economy of Vega centers around agriculture and oil production, but there are also several small businesses located within the city limits.
Education is provided by the Vega Independent School District which serves students from pre-K through 12th grade. In addition to public schools, there are several private schools available in the area as well as nearby colleges and universities for higher education options.
Vega has many landmarks that contribute to its unique character and charm including historic buildings such as the Old Saloon Museum and the First National Bank building which date back to 1896; several churches such as St Paul’s Catholic Church; parks like Memorial Park; and scenic walking trails like Black Creek Trail for outdoor recreation opportunities; and several eateries offering local cuisine like Chuy’s Mexican Restaurant. There are also popular annual events like Fiesta de la Paloma which celebrates local culture with parades, music, dancing, food vendors, artisans and more!
Population: 936. Estimated population in July 2020: 898 (-4.1% change)
Males: 437 (46.7%), Females: 499 (53.3%)
Zip code: 79092
Median resident age: 39.1 years
Median household income: $30,481
Median house value: $49,500
Races in Vega:
- White Non-Hispanic (88.2%)
- Hispanic (9.4%)
- Other race (2.9%)
- Black (1.0%)
- American Indian (1.0%)
(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)
Ancestries: United States (15.2%), German (12.5%), Irish (11.3%), English (7.4%), Dutch (2.6%), Scotch-Irish (2.4%).
Elevation: 4025 feet
Land area: 1.1 square miles
Vega, Texas is a small city located in the Texas Panhandle. As of the 2010 Census, the population of Vega was 2,441 people. The median age of the population was 33.4 years, with about 45% of the population under 18 years old and about 11% over 65 years old. The racial makeup of Vega was 83.7% White, 0.6% African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 11.6% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race made up 34.3%.
Vega has a small-town atmosphere and is a great place to raise a family due to its low cost of living and excellent school system which includes two elementary schools, one middle school and one high school within city limits as well as several private schools in the area such as Faith Academy and St Paul’s Lutheran School. The town also boasts an impressive selection of restaurants ranging from Mexican food to traditional American fare like burgers and BBQs as well as several locally owned establishments offering unique dishes such as homemade tamales or homemade tortillas with locally grown produce for sale at local farmer’s markets throughout the summer months. Additionally, there are plenty of outdoor activities available for visitors to enjoy including camping at nearby Palo Duro Canyon State Park or kayaking down the Canadian River which flows through town providing a great way to get out in nature while still being close to home!
For population 25 years and over in Vega
- High school or higher: 74.3%
- Bachelor’s degree or higher: 16.5%
- Graduate or professional degree: 2.9%
- Unemployed: 3.6%
- Mean travel time to work: 22.9 minutes
For population 15 years and over in Vega city
- Never married: 12.2%
- Now married: 67.7%
- Separated: 1.8%
- Widowed: 8.6%
- Divorced: 9.7%
4.6% Foreign born (3.7% Latin America).
Population change in the 1990s: +96 (+11.4%).
Hospitals/medical centers near Vega:
- HEREFORD REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (about 27 miles; HEREFORD, TX)
- INTEGRATED HEALTH SERVICE HOSPITAL (about 33 miles; AMARILLO, TX)
- BAPTIST ST ANTHONYS HS BAPTIST CAMPUS (about 38 miles; AMARILLO, TX)
Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Vega:
- AMARILLO INTL (about 51 miles; AMARILLO, TX; Abbreviation: AMA)
- CANNON AFB (about 87 miles; CLOVIS, NM; Abbreviation: CVS)
- LUBBOCK INTL (about 118 miles; LUBBOCK, TX; Abbreviation: LBB)
Other public-use airports nearest to Vega:
- OLDHAM COUNTY (about 4 miles; VEGA, TX; Abbreviation: E52)
- HEREFORD MUNI (about 29 miles; HEREFORD, TX; Abbreviation: HRX)
- MAPLES FIELD (about 36 miles; CANYON, TX; Abbreviation: 1E9)
Colleges and Universities
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Vega:
- AMARILLO COLLEGE (about 39 miles; AMARILLO, TX; Full-time enrollment: 4,876)
- WEST TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY (about 42 miles; CANYON, TX; Full-time enrollment: 5,476)
- WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY (about 88 miles; PLAINVIEW, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,578)
- EASTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY-MAIN CAMPUS (about 98 miles; PORTALES, NM; Full-time enrollment: 2,955)
- SOUTH PLAINS COLLEGE (about 113 miles; LEVELLAND, TX; Full-time enrollment: 3,851)
- TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY (about 120 miles; LUBBOCK, TX; Full-time enrollment: 22,439)
- NEW MEXICO HIGHLANDS UNIVERSITY (about 186 miles; LAS VEGAS, NM; Full-time enrollment: 2,278)
Public high school in Vega:
- VEGA H S (Students: 175; Location: 200 LONGHORN DR; Grades: 07 – 12)
Public primary/middle school in Vega:
- VEGA EL (Students: 123; Location: 200 LONGHORN DR; Grades: PK – 06)
Library in Vega:
- OLDHAM COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $18,736; Location: 914 MAIN; 12,700 books; 82 audio materials; 99 video materials; 10 serial subscriptions)