Introduction to Breckenridge, Texas

Breckenridge, Texas, in Stephens county, is 52 miles NE of Abilene, Texas (center to center) and 92 miles W of Fort Worth, Texas.

Breckenridge History

When Stephens County was created in 1876, Breckenridge was designated as its seat. The city, which was named after Vice-President John Cabell Breckinridge, prospered because of the cattle trade that flourished after the Civil War. Breckenridge was the local trading hub and also housed the court. In 1917, oil was discovered near Breckenridge and the town boomed as a consequence during the 1920s. Around the same time 200 wells were drilled and the city received its first railroad. Breckenridge continues to be the local commercial center for petroleum goods and also serves the retail and shipping industries.

Breckenridge and Nearby Attractions

  • Roaring Ranger Oil Boom Museum
  • Fort Belknap
  • Fort Griffin State Park
  • Possum Kingdom State Park
  • Abilene Zoo

Things To Do In Breckenridge

The Swenson Memorial Museum and Breckenridge Fine Arts Center are located in the city. Exhibits related to the oil boom of 1917 are displayed in the Roaring Ranger Oil Boom Museum. Fort Belknap, which is close to Breckenridge, was part of a series of forts built from Red River to Rio Grande. A stone arsenal is the only surviving building; the rest were rebuilt in 1936 when Texas celebrated its centennial year. A caboose and the house of a railroad section foreman are exhibited at the Clyde Centennial Museum. Swimming, fishing, boating, canoeing, horseback riding, and hiking can be enjoyed at the nearby Lake Mineral Wells State Park.

Breckenridge Transportation

Abilene Regional is the local airport.

Breckenridge Higher Education

Cisco Junior College, Ranger College, and Abilene Christian University are close to Breckenridge.


Total Population 5,596
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 16.8%
Employed Population 16+ 2,162
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 54.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $44,651
% Above Poverty Level 72%
% Below Poverty Level 28%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 0.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.6%
% Using Public Transportation 1%


People Living Alone 32%
Median Gross Rent $563
Median House Value $67,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 44.3%
US/American 0%
English 5%
Irish 7.6%

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

Breckenridge Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 52 miles NE of Abilene, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 92 miles W of Fort Worth, Texas
County Stephens
Standard Zip Codes 76424
Phone Area Codes 254
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.755
Longitude -98.901

Breckenridge Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.4 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 56 F
Apr Temp 51 to 78 F
Jul Temp 72 to 97 F
Oct Temp 53 to 79 F
Annual Precip 27 inches
Station ALBANY
Distance 23.3 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 55 F
Apr Temp 49 to 77 F
Jul Temp 71 to 95 F
Oct Temp 51 to 78 F
Annual Precip 28.4 inches
Distance 33.8 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 55 F
Apr Temp 48 to 77 F
Jul Temp 71 to 97 F
Oct Temp 51 to 79 F
Annual Precip 26.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Albany 2,203 $57,813
Eastland 3,881 $51,150

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

Breckenridge Public Libraries

Breckenridge Public Library
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(254) 559-5505

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Breckenridge Hospitals

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(254) 559-2241
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Student/teacher ratio: 1.1

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