Archer City, Texas

Archer City is a city in Archer County, Texas, United States. It is the county seat of Archer County.

Archer City, Texas
Downtown Archer City, Texas
Downtown Archer City, Texas
Location of Archer City, Texas
Location of Archer City, Texas
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Coordinates: 33°35′39″N 98°37′35″W / 33.59417°N 98.62639°W / 33.59417; -98.62639Coordinates: 33°35′39″N 98°37′35″W / 33.59417°N 98.62639°W / 33.59417; -98.62639
CountryUnited States
 • MayorKelvin Green
 • Total2.2 sq mi (5.8 km2)
 • Land2.2 sq mi (5.7 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
1,063 ft (324 m)
 • Total1,834
 • Density837.3/sq mi (323.3/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)940
FIPS code48-03696[1]
GNIS feature ID1351239[2]
Archer City Round Up, July 4, 1921

The city lies at the junction of State Highway 79 and State Highway 25. It is located 25 miles (40 km) south of Wichita Falls, Texas, and is part of the Wichita Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,834 at the 2010 census.[3]

The city is named for Branch Tanner Archer, a commissioner for the Republic of Texas.[4][5][6][7]

Twelve miles (19 km) west-northwest of the city lies a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) antenna, the Lake Kickapoo Field Station, operated by the 20th Space Control Squadron, and part of the Air Force Space Surveillance System, used for observing objects passing over the United States. It is the primary anchor transmitter for the Space Command southern "fence" (or "Space Fence") network for monitoring the space defense system. It extends east-to-west across America at about the 33rd parallel north. The antenna has no public access and restricted entry.[8][9]


Archer City is located at 33°35′39″N 98°37′35″W / 33.59417°N 98.62639°W / 33.59417; -98.62639 (33.594036, -98.626499).[10]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2), of which, 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2) of it are land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it is covered by water.


Census Pop.
Est. 20181,744[11]−4.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 1,834 people, 758 households, and 506 families residing in the city. The population density was 837.3 people per square mile (322.9/km2). There were 869 housing units at an average density of 393.7 per square mile (151.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.56% White, 0.70% Native American, 0.81% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.33% of the population.

There were 758 households out of which 33.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.2% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% were non-families. 30.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the city, the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 18.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,886, and the median income for a family was $36,563. Males had a median income of $29,524 versus $18,977 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,140. About 11.3% of families and 13.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.8% of those under age 18 and 17.9% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructureEdit

Kelvin Green was elected mayor of Archer City in 2014 at the age of 18. He ran unopposed and was in high school. He was re-elected in 2017.[13]


Archer City is served by the Archer City Independent School District. There is one school campus at Archer City consisting of Archer City High School (Grades 7-12) and Archer City Elementary School (Grades K-6).

Notable peopleEdit


The climate in this area is characterized as very hot, with humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen climate classification system, Archer City has a humid subtropical climate, Cfa on climate maps.[16]



  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. 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. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  4. ^ a b Archer City, Texas from the Handbook of Texas Online
  5. ^ Branch Tanner Archer from the Handbook of Texas Online
  6. ^ Branch T. Archer (1790-1856) - at the Lone Star Junction
  7. ^ Branch Tanner Archer - at the Naval Historical Center
  8. ^ US Naval Space Command Space Surveillance System - at the Federation of American Scientists
  9. ^ Eyeballing the Lake Kickapoo Space Surveillance Station - at Trust Us
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  11. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved December 31, 2019.
  12. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  13. ^ Campion, Steve (7 November 2017). "Texas' youngest mayor barely old enough to drink". KTRK-TV Houston. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  14. ^ Filming locations for The Last Picture Show - at IMDb
  15. ^ Filming locations for Texasville - at IMDb
  16. ^ Climate Summary for Archer City, Texas

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