Olney, Texas

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Olney, Texas
Downtown Olney.
Downtown Olney.
Location of Olney, Texas
Location of Olney, Texas
Young County Olney.svg
Coordinates: 33°22′5″N 98°45′29″W / 33.36806°N 98.75806°W / 33.36806; -98.75806Coordinates: 33°22′5″N 98°45′29″W / 33.36806°N 98.75806°W / 33.36806; -98.75806
CountryUnited States
Incorporated (city)1909
 • TypeMayor-Council
 • MayorPhil Jeske II
 • Mayor Pro-TemRobert "Rue" Rogers
 • Councilmembers:Tommy Kimbro, Chuck Stennett, Harrison Wellman, Terri Wipperman
 • Total2.0 sq mi (5 km2)
 • Land2.0 sq mi (5 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0 km2)
1,184 ft (361 m)
 • Total3,285
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,600/sq mi (630/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)940
FIPS code48-54000[1]
GNIS feature ID1364537[2]

Olney is a city in Young County, Texas, United States. The population was 3,285 in 2010.[3]


Olney is located at 33°22′5″N 98°45′29″W / 33.36806°N 98.75806°W / 33.36806; -98.75806 (33.368181, -98.758012).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km²), all of it land. The Town is 45 miles south of Wichita Falls.

Olney water tower, mentioning the high school athletic mascot


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20183,111[5]−5.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,396 people, 1,405 households, and 896 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,654.8 people per square mile (639.6/km²). There were 1,668 housing units at an average density of 812.8/sq mi (314.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.78% White, 2.47% African American, 0.80% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 4.59% from other races, and 2.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.43% of the population.

There were 1,405 households out of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.3% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.2% were non-families. 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the city, the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 22.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 81.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $21,991, and the median income for a family was $29,274. Males had a median income of $27,500 versus $16,466 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,723. About 18.3% of families and 21.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.8% of those under age 18 and 20.3% of those age 65 or over.

Olney Community Library & Arts Center[edit]

The Olney Community Library and Arts Center is located on the Olney school campus at 807 W. Hamilton.


Olney is the home of the One-Arm Dove Hunt.


Olney is served by the Olney Independent School District.


Olney Municipal Airport is 3 miles southwest of the city,[7][8] and includes the Air Tractor company with 270 employees, manufacturing agricultural aircraft.[9] The airport is the flight test site for the Carter Personal Air Vehicle,[10][11] as well as training for the 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship.[12]

Notable people[edit]

  • Kyle Clifton, former NFL player
  • Jim Grisham, former NFL player
  • George D. Keathley, Medal of Honor recipient
  • Bob Oliver, American football player
  • Johnny Vaught, legendary Ole Miss head coach, member of the College Football Hall of Fame
  • Frank Pollard, Baptist pastor and preacher on the former "Baptist Hour" radio broadcast and president of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Bob Lilly, "Mr. Cowboy" former Dallas Cowboy Defensive Tackle and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • James Vick, UFC Lightweight Fighter
  • Kevin "KT" Turner, Dallas-Fort Worth Radio Personality, formerly of Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket and currently on The Ben and Skin Show on 105.3 The Fan.
  • Parker Mayers, Texas Tech University student and contestant on the hit television show “Forged by Fire” (The History Channel), Season 7, Episode 17.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Olney has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[13]


  1. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". 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. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Counts, 2010 Census of Population and Housing" (PDF). Texas: 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "Olney Municipal Airport" SkyVector. Accessed: 2 September 2013.
  8. ^ "City Data Olney Municipal Airport (ONY)". Accessed: 2 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Business Buzz: Texas Tech chancellor to speak at Abilene chamber membership banquet". Reporter News, September 23, 2012. Accessed: 2 September 2013.
  10. ^ Aircraft Completes First Phase Of Flight Testing Archived 2013-11-03 at the Wayback Machine KAUZ-TV NewsChannel 6, January 26, 2011. Retrieved January 27, 2011.
  11. ^ "Carter Personal Air Vehicle completes first flights with new rotor Archived 2013-11-25 at the Wayback Machine" Carter Aviation Technologies, August 29, 2013. Accessed: September 2, 2013.
  12. ^ "Pilots train for Red Bull Air Race Archived 2013-11-04 at the Wayback Machine" Olney Enterprise, 25 October 2013. Accessed: 3 November 2013. Photos and videos
  13. ^ Climate Summary for Olney, Texas

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