Located in the middle of the Texas Panhandle on Interstate 27, just 15 minutes south of Amarillo, Canyon is a bustling community that has successfully combined a progressive attitude with small town friendliness and charm. Canyon claims a rich history based in cattle and ranching, and a heritage rooted in the pioneer spirit of the West.
Canyon was incorporated in 1906, but its roots as a community date back to the mid- to late-1800s. The early pioneers of Canyon built a solid foundation for the city, which has withstood the test of time.
Today, Canyon boasts one of the lowest tax rates in the State, compared to other cities its size. The City Commission and City Staff maintain a "pay as you go" philosophy, while staying ahead of infrastructure replacement needs. The City's unequivocal commitment to comprehensive and long-range planning results in dependability of services. Citizens can rely on the fact that when they wake up in the morning, the water will be flowing, the trash will be picked up, and they will be able to drive to and from work and school on safe, well-maintained streets.
The Canyon Police and Fire Departments remain unswerving in their commitment to public safety for Canyon residents. The Canyon Police Department is the only nationally accredited police department of its size in Texas. Canyon residents enjoy one of the lowest crime rates in the State.
Despite the fact that the Canyon Fire Department is mostly volunteer, it has outpaced many larger cities to become ranked the second-best fire department in Texas. Because of its exemplary service, Canyon has an insurance rating (ISO) of 3. This low rating translates into lower insurance rates for Canyon homeowners.
While committed to the future, Canyon is also loyal to preserving the past. The City was recognized as a 2002 Texas Main Street City. The Main Street program offers an approach to downtown revitalization that has been successful in more than 1,000 towns and cities throughout the country. With this designation, Canyon will continue to preserve the past while planning for the future. Resources have been dedicated toward restoring Canyon¹s celebrated brick streets, as well as enhancing the inherent qualities around the square and within the central business district.
Read more about Canyon, Texas in our Quality of Life section.
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