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Overview

Introduction to Fort Stockton, Texas

Fort Stockton, Texas, in Pecos county, is 72 miles SW of Odessa, Texas (center to center) and 221 miles E of El Paso, Texas.

Fort Stockton History

The community now known as "Fort Stockton" developed around Comanche Springs, one of the largest springs in Texas. It was also close to a 19th century military fort which was named after Robert Field Stockton. A few years after the Civil War started, the army rebuilt the fort to protect travelers and the local people. By the late 19th century, Fort Stockton had become a center for the sheep and cattle ranching industries. The early 20th century saw an economic boom after the opening of oilfields. Over the years, the city has developed into a major center for producing, processing, and distributing oil, gas, and sulfur.

Fort Stockton and Nearby Attractions

  • Fort Davis National Historic Site
  • American Airpower Heritage Museum
  • Monahans Sand Hills State Park
  • West of the Pecos Museum
  • Knoebels Amusement Park

Things To Do In Fort Stockton

Fort Davis National Historic Site is a historic fort named after the Secretary of War, Jefferson Davis. Fort Leaton State Historic Site is another place of historic interest near the city. The Petroleum Museum showcases oil drilling equipment and other exhibits related to oilfields, while the West of the Pecos Museum features artifacts and memorabilia reflecting the area's historical and cultural background. Among other popular destinations in the region are Monahans Sand Hills State Park, Davis Mountains State Park, and Balmorhea State Park which offer amenities for the enjoyment of recreational activities like swimming, camping, and picnicking.

Fort Stockton Transportation

Air transportation is available from Midland International Airport.

Fort Stockton Higher Education

Midland College, Odessa College, Sul Ross State University, and University of Texas of the Permian Basin are some of the colleges near Fort Stockton.

People

Total Population 8,441
Male Share of the Population 53.3%
Female Share of the Population 46.7%
Senior Citizens 14%
Employed Population 16+ 3,527
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 48.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 10.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $66,103
% Above Poverty Level 89.7%
% Below Poverty Level 10.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 0.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 26%
Median Gross Rent $743
Median House Value $80,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 76.5%
US/American 0%
English 2.7%
Irish 3.4%

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

Fort Stockton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 72 miles SW of Odessa, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 221 miles E of El Paso, Texas
County Pecos
Standard Zip Codes 79735
Phone Area Codes 432
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.893
Longitude -102.878

Fort Stockton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station FORT STOCKTON
Distance 2.3 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 61 F
Apr Temp 50 to 82 F
Jul Temp 69 to 96 F
Oct Temp 52 to 81 F
Annual Precip 14 inches
Station BAKERSFIELD
Distance 34.4 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 60 F
Apr Temp 51 to 82 F
Jul Temp 70 to 96 F
Oct Temp 53 to 79 F
Annual Precip 15.3 inches
Station MONAHANS
Distance 47.7 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 60 F
Apr Temp 47 to 84 F
Jul Temp 68 to 99 F
Oct Temp 49 to 82 F
Annual Precip 13.2 inches

Fort Stockton Public Libraries

Library
Fort Stockton Public Library
500 N WATER ST
Fort Stockton, Texas
(432) 336-3374
Library Web Site

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Fort Stockton Hospitals

PECOS COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
387 WEST I 10
(432) 336-2241
Emergency Service: Yes

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Fort Stockton High Schools

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FORT STOCKTON H S
101 W DIVISION ST
432-336-4101
A Title I School.
Serves 657 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

BUTZ EDUCATION CTR
101 W DIVISION ST
432-336-4121
A Non-traditional School
Serves 35 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.8

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