Amarillo's most prominent recent resident was the industrialist T. Boone Pickens who graduated from Amarillo High School and later served as chairman of the Potter County Republican Party. Rick Husband, commander of the Space Shuttle Challenger which disintegrated over east Texas, was also from Amarillo; the city airport (a former Air Force Base, with one of the longest commercial runways among airports) was renamed in his memory.
- Amarillo (city) Quick Facts from the U.S. Census. Retrieved on September 24, 2012. The 2010 census population was 190,695.