Introduction to Big Spring, Texas

Big Spring, Texas, in Howard county, is 39 miles NE of Midland, Texas and 244 miles W of Fort Worth, Texas.

Big Spring History

The first European settler to inspect the area now known as Big Spring was a member of a Spanish expedition. An important landmark in the history of Big Spring was the discovery of oil in the area during the 1920s. Since then, the oil industry has been a dominant part of the area's economy. The city of Big Spring was incorporated in the year 1907.

Big Spring and nearby Attractions

  • Big Spring State Park
  • Heritage Museum of Big Spring
  • Hangar 25 Air Museum
  • Fastrax Family Fun Center
  • Brushworks Studio Gallery
  • Potton House

Things To Do In Big Spring

The Heritage Museum of Big Spring displays a collection of historical artifacts of the region. There are several parks in the city that offer opportunities to indulge in various sports and other physical activities. These parks also organize various events throughout the year. Big Spring's restaurants and cafes are great places to hang out during your leisure hours.

Big Spring Transportation

Air transportation facilities are available at the Midland International Airport.

Big Spring Higher Education

Howard County Junior College District offers facilities for higher education to the citizens of Big Spring. Among the other institutes nearby are Midland College, and Odessa College.


Total Population 28,054
Male Share of the Population 58%
Female Share of the Population 42%
Senior Citizens 10.8%
Employed Population 16+ 9,947
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 40.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.9%
Median Earnings25+ $30,768
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,375
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,119


Median Family Income $55,211
% Above Poverty Level 82.5%
% Below Poverty Level 17.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 1.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 29.3%
Median Gross Rent $797
Median House Value $68,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 53.3%
US/American 0.1%
English 5.9%
Irish 7.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Big Spring Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 39 miles NE of Midland, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 244 miles W of Fort Worth, Texas
County Howard
Standard Zip Codes 79720
P.O. Box Zip Codes 79721
Phone Area Codes 432
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.25
Longitude -101.478

Big Spring Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 2 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 56 F
Apr Temp 50 to 78 F
Jul Temp 71 to 94 F
Oct Temp 53 to 78 F
Annual Precip 20.1 inches
Distance 35 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 57 F
Apr Temp 48 to 80 F
Jul Temp 70 to 96 F
Oct Temp 50 to 79 F
Annual Precip 19.4 inches
Station LAMESA 1 SSE
Distance 42.4 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 54 F
Apr Temp 44 to 76 F
Jul Temp 66 to 93 F
Oct Temp 48 to 77 F
Annual Precip 19 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Big Spring, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Vealmoor (79720)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Coahoma 749 $70,625
Forsan 216 $48,333

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Big Spring Public Libraries

Howard County Library
Big Spring, Texas
(432) 264-2260
Library Web Site

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Big Spring Hospitals

1601 W 11TH PLACE
(432) 263-1211
Emergency Service: Yes

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Big Spring High Schools

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708 E 11TH PALCE
A Title I School.
Serves 1,102 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.6

708 E 11TH PL
A Non-traditional School

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