Dumas, TX is a small town of approximately 15,000 in the Panhandle and is located at intersection of Highway 287 and Highway 87/152. One of the things we like about Dumas is the low cost of housing. The cost of housing is 25% lower than the rest of the state and the cost of living in Dumas is low. You can get a home for an average price of $86,000 and rents average $608. Dumas is considered a very safe place to live and it has an excellent school system.
The major sectors of employment are manufacturing and the oil industry, and Dumas' unemployment rate is lower than the state and national average. JB Swift is a large meatpacking plant in Dumas, and Valero, an oil refinery, is another major employer. Both employ many of the residents of Dumas and the surrounding area. A new 265 acre business park in Dumas is helping to build the growing economy. Recently the Moore County Airport made major renovations to accommodate larger jets and it is hoped this helps to bring even more business to the area. Amarillo is only 45 miles away, and if you choose to commute you will not have to worry about traffic jams with the wide open highway between Dumas and Amarillo.
One of the other reasons we like Dumas is the variety of golf courses in the area. There are three golf courses in nearby Pampa, and Dumas has an 18 hole regulation course suitable for beginners and pros. The Pheasant Trails Golf Course is located on Schuman Road and is open to the public. Dumas also has a free RV park on Highway 87 on the West side of town right before the railroad tracks. The RV park fills up quickly, so you need to get there early to find a spot. If you enjoy your stay, you’re encouraged to leave a donation to keep the park free. All of these things make Dumas a small town with lots to offer and one of our favorites in the Panhandle.