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Floydada, Texas aka "WHIRLWIND COUNTRY"
—  City  —
Location of Floydada, Texas
Coordinates: 33°59′2″N 101°20′14″W / 33.98389°N 101.33722°W / 33.98389; -101.33722
Country United States
State Texas
County Floyd
 - Total 2.0 sq mi (5.3 km2)
 - Land 2.0 sq mi (5.3 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 3,182 ft (970 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 3,676
 - Density 1,810.8/sq mi (699.1/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 79235
Area code(s) 806
FIPS code 48-26268[1]
GNIS feature ID 1357507[2]

Floydada is a city in and the county seat of Floyd County, Texas, United States.[3] The population was 3,676 at the 2000 census.



Floydada is located at 33°59′2″N 101°20′14″W / 33.98389°N 101.33722°W / 33.98389; -101.33722 (33.983771, -101.337259).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,676 people, 1,304 households, and 980 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,810.8 people per square mile (699.2/km²). There were 1,507 housing units at an average density of 742.3/sq mi (286.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 70.35% White, 4.13% African American, 1.09% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 22.20% from other races, and 2.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 51.63% of the population.

There were 1,304 households out of which 38.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.8% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.8% were non-families. 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.24.

In the city the population was spread out with 31.6% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 23.6% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 91.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,429, and the median income for a family was $30,038. Males had a median income of $25,179 versus $17,381 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,431. About 24.7% of families and 26.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.2% of those under age 18 and 19.7% of those age 65 or over.

Welcome Sign.


The City of Floydada is served by the Floydada Independent School District. Apple has teamed up with Floydada and has distributed laptop computers to the students and staff of Floydada's Jr. High and High School. In 2007-08, Floydada was the only town in Texas to be an Apple distinguished school.[5]

The Coronado Site

Archaeologists from Wichita State University excavated in Blanco Canyon, 5 miles south of Floydada. They discovered significant evidence that Spanish explorer Francisco Vázquez de Coronado established a major camp there during his search for Quivira, one of the legendary Seven Cities of Gold.[6]

Notable Residents & Former Residents

Tim & Tom "Spanky" Assiter - auctioneers who appear on the world-famous Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction.[7]

Lance Barrow - coordinating producer of CBS golf and football now living in Colleyville, Texas, served as director of the Floydada Chamber of Commerce in the 1970s.

Max Crawford (1938- ) - author of "Lords of the Plains: A Novel", "The Bad Communist", "Waltz Across Texas", and other books, was born near Floydada and attended Floydada schools.[8]

Major General Robert Dempsey - Retired US Air Force General and former commander of Dyess Air Force Base who graduated from Floydada High School.[9]

Don Hardy () - National Hot Rod Association driver and builder of race cars grew up in Floydada and operates the business Don Hardy Race Cars in Floydada.[10]

Harry Jeff Kimble - William L. Valentine Professor of Physics at CalTech and recipient of the 2004 Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize

"For his pioneering work in quantum optics, for his innovative experiments in single-atom optical experiments, and for his skill in communicating the scientific excitement of his research to a broad range of audiences."[11]

. In 1998, Dr. Kimble and his team at CalTech succeeded in the first true teleportation of a quantum state.[12] Dr. Kimble grew up in Floydada and graduated from FHS.

Robert Wayne Pratt (1967- ) - politician and host of the talk show, "Pratt on Texas", grew up near Floydada and attended Floydada Schools.[13]

Price Pritchett (1941- ) - organizational change consultant, founder of Pritchett & Associates, and author of 29 books grew up in nearby South Plains and graduated from Floydada High School in 1960.[14]

Kelly Turner - musician, guitarist, and one of the founders of alternative country music group Cooder Graw grew up in Floydada and graduated from Floydada High School.

W.R. "Raz" Ware (December 12, 1927—October 12, 2008), a former professional rodeo rider lived and ranched outside near Floydada.[15]

Don Williams, a Country music performer, was born in Floydada in 1939.

L.G. Wilson (1924-2001) - noted high school football coach was the athletic director and head football coach at Floydada High School from 1968 to 1982.

James Havens Word (1918-1999) - respected amateur archaeologist who was named the Society for American Archaeology's Crabtree Award in 1996.[16][17]

Floydada in Popular Culture

Floydada was the inspiration for the James McMurtry song Levelland, also covered by musician Robert Earl Keen. As McMurtry explains on the track Max's Theormem on the live album Live in Aught-Three, he named the song "Levelland" because Floydada wouldn't fit the meter.

Floydada is referenced in the Kevin Costner golf movie Tin Cup during a scene where Costner's character, Roy "Tin Cup" McAvoy is playing in the U.S. Open when the golf analysts are speculating about the location of Roy's hometown Salome (a fictional town). CBS golf executive Lance Barrow makes the comment, "I think it's somewhere near Floydada."

Floydada was the code name for a 1991 Department of Energy Atomic Weapon Test.[18]


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
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  15. ^ Obituary of W.R. "Raz" Ware, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal October 14, 2008:
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