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Dumas, Texas
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An F-4 Phantom II in a recreational park in Dumas
Location of Dumas, Texas
Coordinates: 35°51′45″N 101°58′1″W / 35.8625°N 101.96694°W / 35.8625; -101.96694
Country United States
State Texas
County Moore
 - Total 5.1 sq mi (13.3 km2)
 - Land 5.1 sq mi (13.3 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 3,661 ft (1,116 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 13,747
 - Density 2,681.0/sq mi (1,035.1/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC–6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC–5)
ZIP code 79029
Area code(s) 806
FIPS code 48-21556[1]
GNIS feature ID 1356433[2]

Dumas is a city in Moore County, Texas, United States. The population was 13,747 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Moore County.[3] Located approximately fifty miles north of Amarillo, the city is named for its founder, Louis Dumas (1856–1923). Dumas Avenue, the main thoroughfare, is also United States Highways 287 and 87. The actor Chris Cooper, a native of Kansas City, Missouri, indicated that his parents were Texan-born and that his maternal great-grandfather was Louis Dumas.

Window on the Plains Museum, which offers exhibits on Moore County and the Texas Panhandle, is located on South Dumas Avenue, the main thoroughfare.

The Dumas government claims that the song "I'm a Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas" was written about the city.[4] Composed in the late 1920s by Phil Baxter (a native Texan) and Carl Moore, the song could also refer to Dumas in Desha County in southeastern Arkansas.

Dumas is the home of veteran Republican State Representative David A. Swinford and the birth place of Joe "King" Carrasco.



Dumas is located at 35°51′45″N 101°58′1″W / 35.8625°N 101.96694°W / 35.8625; -101.96694 (35.862478, -101.966931).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.2 square miles (13.3 km²), of which, 5.1 square miles (13.3 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.39%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 13,747 people, 4,755 households, and 3,675 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,681.0 people per square mile (1,034.6/km²). There were 5,119 housing units at an average density of 998.3/sq mi (385.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 68.09% White, 0.72% African American, 0.59% Native American, 1.16% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 26.73% from other races, and 2.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 42.74% of the population.

There were 4,755 households out of which 42.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.6% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.7% were non-families. 19.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.29.

In the city the population was spread out with 32.3% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 18.7% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 96.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,147, and the median income for a family was $39,652. Males had a median income of $30,833 versus $19,967 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,180. About 8.7% of families and 12.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.8% of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over.


Dumas Independent School District serves Dumas.

Four separate elementary schools serve separate sections of Dumas:

  • Green Acres Elementary School
  • Hillcrest Elementary School
  • Morningside Elementary School
  • Sunset Elementary School

Dumas Independent School District also serves Cactus.

  • Cactus Elementary School Cactus, Texas

All Dumas and Cactus children attend Dumas Junior High School and Dumas High School.

Amarillo College, a two-year fully accredited community college, has a branch campus in Dumas.



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