Throughout the months of November and December, we've seen a lot of different holiday types of drives happening. We've seen the usual Toys 4 Tots, food bank food drive, coat drives, etc. I mean, we even held our own drive with Help 4 The Holidays.

Every city has people in need, that need help throughout the year. However, what I saw in a report from WalletHub shocked and surprised me.

They recently compared more than 180 cities to one another to give us a look at what cities and areas in the U.S. are struggling the most. Not the cities themselves, but the people within the city. Amarillo popped up on this list, and it wasn't good.

According to the results, Amarillo is among the 75 "neediest" cities in America. Not a list we want to be on. So what constitutes being a needy city? This report took 28 different things into account, such as food insecurity, child poverty, and uninsured rates among other things.

When it came to economic well-being, we checked in pretty much in the middle at 96. That's not too bad and wouldn't constitute us being one of the needier cities in the country. It's relatively affordable to live in Amarillo, and the salaries are pretty commensurate with the cost of living here.

Where Amarillo found itself in a bad spot was when it came to health and safety. We ranked 25th in that category, and in this report, the bigger number you had, the better shape you were in.

It kind of makes sense to be honest. Every time I've had to go into the ER or doctor's office, it seems like it's overloaded with people. When it comes to safety though, that's where I think we got hammered. With the amount of crime that seems to happen within city limits, that had to drive the number up. The number of murders per capita alone here probably ranked us higher than we wanted to be.

You can take a look at where we rank against other cities below.

Source: WalletHub

Amarillo's Biggest Drug Busts in 2021.....So Far

Amarillo can be a rowdy place with some lawless characters. Here's some of the biggest drug busts made in Amarillo for 2021 so far....and a little bit of the backstory.

Let's just say that these folks are in t-r-o-u-b-l-e.

Note from editor: An indictment is not a conviction. All individuals shown below who have not appeared in court for a judgement are to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Amarillo Murders in 2021

With an official tally of 27 murders, the year 2021 saw the highest number of homicides in Amarillo since 1994.

Below is a closer look at the year's criminal acts that resulted in life lost.

**Note from the Editor: The following is not an exhaustive list. We have compiled what you see below from news reports, official police statements, along with where the case stands in the court system. If you see any errors in reporting or fact, please email the editor directly at along with any supporting documents.

We wish to stress that all individuals charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

***Not pictured: Edward Matthew Gamez

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