Google Answers The Top 10 Questions About Amarillo
I love Google. It can literally answer ANYTHING you need it to answer. Whether it's right or wrong is a totally different question.
One thing most people do is start looking up things about a city they're moving to. I did it when I moved from Colorado to Austin, then again from Austin to Amarillo.
One thing I started to think about recently though was I wonder what the most asked questions are about the city. Some of them made perfect sense, some of them were interesting, and one of them was downright baffling...and it was a top 10 question which is even more absurd.
So let's see what we've got. Here's the top 10 questions as asked to Google about Amarillo.
It's always one of the first questions almost anyone asks when they move somewhere. How many people live here? So what's the answer?
There you have it. According to the most recent census, there's nearly 200,000 people living in our fair city. I've heard rumors that we're over 200,000 now but we'll roll with the official number for the purposes of this article.
Staying in the same vein of how many people live here:
Most people want to know the "kind" of person that lives in the city they're headed to, so it's not all that surprising this question was asked often. So what did Google say about Amarillo culture?
Now the debate begins. Is Amarillo a "cowboy culture" as Google likes to describe it? I've definitely seen some cowboy culture here since I moved in. I've also seen more of a suburban life to it as well. So which one is it?
Well now that I'm intrigued by what they mention the culture is, I wanna know the answer to this question:
I mean, if it's a cowboy culture we've got going on, surely there's a reason as to why right?
Turns out Google knows it wasn't named with anything cowboy in mind really. If you know your Spanish, you know Amarillo translates to "yellow", which is where we get one of our city nicknames.
But Amarillo is full of different nicknames. I get Yellow City, but:
I had this very question myself. I had no idea why a place would be called Bomb City unless it was, well you know, the BOMB! What answer does Google give us for this?
I mean it's a little vague in its response to that question. It brings up the movie with the same title and gives a TOUCH of insight into the origin of it, but you need to dig a bit deeper in my mind on this one.
Well what about the weather? I mean it's Texas, so I know it's probably gonna be hot in the summer but:
I also know it's closer to Colorado than some other cities in Texas and they get snow in Colorado. Am I going to see that in Amarillo?
Well would you look at that! A place in Texas DOES get snow regularly. Now, it's not a TON but hey, almost 18 inches a year is nothing to scoff at.
Well all that intrigues me a bit, so it seems the next thing people want to know about Amarillo is:
Well we know Google believes it to be a cowboy culture with a Spanish name, but what is the city itself known for?
Well it's known for all the things you and I already know about. Route 66, The Big Texan, Cadillac Ranch, etc. I will say this...I didn't know about The Big Texan until I did my Google searching before coming here, so it does give some good answers!
Amarillo is starting to feel like a place I can live in, so I guess I should figure this part of it out:
Money is always going to be a factor when asking questions about a city. I've heard Texas can be super expensive. Is Amarillo the same?
Now THAT is what I wanna see! Talk about one of the cheaper places to live in Texas. While everything around us is exploding in cost, Amarillo is maintaining an affordable lifestyle.
Now that we know a little bit about Amarillo history and what it's all about, it seems people want to know the answer to this:
I mean if you're going to move, you want to know it's a good place you're headed. Some cities are so bad you have ZERO interest in moving there. What did Google have to say about Amarillo?
Well now I'm starting to feel REALLY good about moving to Bomb City. Google says it's one of the best places to live in Texas and gives an idea of who's living here. Love this answer about our city.
However, that's not quite the full story for me. I need to know what the answer to this is:
Nearly the same question, but you can see why it's asked so much. It goes hand-in-hand with the question above. So what did Google have to say about crime here?
Oooooof. Yeah, that's the first time I've been unexcited about becoming an Amarillo resident. High crime rates aren't really my thing. Now, one thing that wasn't one of the more asked questions was what KIND of crime is committed here, but I'm sure it's in the top 20 if you look enough.
Now, the most baffling question I saw pop up in the top 10...and no, I'm not making this up:
This has got to be one of the most ignorant questions I'd even think someone could ask, but the fact that it popped up in the top 10?? Appalling. So what's the answer to the asinine question?
Of course there is. There's also Hispanic, Asian and every other ethnicity you can think of. Maybe when this question is asked it should be phrased more like "what's the ethnicity breakdown" or something like that. What a ridiculous question to ask.
So that's the top 10 things asked to Google about Amarillo. I went down a rabbit hole though and found a few other questions that were commonly asked. One of them was:
I mean that's a valid question to ask isn't it? What does Google have to say?
Basically what we know...it depends on where you are right? Palo Duro is BEAUTIFUL, not just pretty.
But I've got family who is going to want to come and see me. Guess I better ask this:
If you're gonna have guests come to town, you'll want things to do with them right? Google says,
If you believe Google, there is PLENTY to do here and is totally worth visiting. Now, I'd imagine it depends on your tastes and what you enjoy doing, but we do have quite a few historical things to check out.
I end on this one, mainly because I thought it was hilarious:
It's funny because I swear it's one of the questions I've had asked of me the most since we moved here. People find out we came here from Austin and they simply ask, "Why?". Here's the answer according to Google.
Well I didn't come here because of those particular things, I came here for YOU! But I can see how those are all valid reasons to make the move to Center City.