Happy, Texas

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Happy, Texas
Town
Motto: The Town Without A Frown
Location of Happy, Texas
Location of Happy, Texas
Swisher County Happy.svg
Coordinates: 34°44′38″N 101°51′25″W / 34.74389°N 101.85694°W / 34.74389; -101.85694Coordinates: 34°44′38″N 101°51′25″W / 34.74389°N 101.85694°W / 34.74389; -101.85694
CountryUnited States
StateTexas
CountiesSwisher, Randall
Area
 • Total1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
 • Land1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation3,615 ft (1,102 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total648
 • Density607.5/sq mi (234.5/km2)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code79042
Area code(s)806
FIPS code48-32156[1]
GNIS feature ID1358748[2]
 
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This article is about the town in Texas; for the 1999 film of the same name, see: Happy, Texas (film).
Happy, Texas
Town
Motto: The Town Without A Frown
Location of Happy, Texas
Location of Happy, Texas
Swisher County Happy.svg
Coordinates: 34°44′38″N 101°51′25″W / 34.74389°N 101.85694°W / 34.74389; -101.85694Coordinates: 34°44′38″N 101°51′25″W / 34.74389°N 101.85694°W / 34.74389; -101.85694
CountryUnited States
StateTexas
CountiesSwisher, Randall
Area
 • Total1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
 • Land1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation3,615 ft (1,102 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total648
 • Density607.5/sq mi (234.5/km2)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code79042
Area code(s)806
FIPS code48-32156[1]
GNIS feature ID1358748[2]

Happy is a town in Randall and Swisher counties in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 647 at the 2000 census. The Randall County portion of Happy is part of the Amarillo, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area.

A 1999 movie named Happy, Texas starring Jeremy Northam, Steve Zahn, Ally Walker, Ileana Douglas and William H. Macy was named for but not shot in the town.

The Happy State Bank and Trust Company, based in Amarillo, serves fourteen communities in the Texas Panhandle, including Happy.

Geography[edit]

Happy is located at 34°44.6′N 101°51.4′W / 34.7433°N 101.8567°W / 34.7433; -101.8567,[3] primarily within Swisher County.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km²), all of it land.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 647 people, 267 households, and 182 families residing in the town. The population density was 607.5 people per square mile (233.5/km²). There were 295 housing units at an average density of 277.0 per square mile (106.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 89.18% White, 0.62% African American, 1.24% Native American, 6.80% from other races, and 2.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.31% of the population.

There were 267 households out of which 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.2% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.8% were non-families. 28.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 18.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $28,393, and the median income for a family was $39,375. Males had a median income of $26,964 versus $17,917 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,618. About 10.9% of families and 13.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.1% of those under age 18 and 10.0% of those age 65 or over.

The population is decreasing by 10 percent annually because of water shortage.[4]

Education[edit]

The City of Happy is served by the Happy Independent School District and home to the Happy High School Cowboys.

Notable denizens[edit]

Happy is the birthplace of Rockabilly musician Buddy Knox. Fictional 24 character George Avila was from Happy, Texas.

The Uncle Sam Band[edit]

Happy is the home of the Uncle Sam Band[5] which was organized in the 1930s and directed by Happy High School Band Director James Douglass Forbus. The Uncle Sam Band led a parade in Amarillo, Texas, during a visit by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.[6]

Town Motto[edit]

The Town Without A Frown

Climate[edit]

According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Happy has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.[7]

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