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Overview

Introduction to Lubbock, Texas

Lubbock, Texas is one of the state's largest cities and is famous for being the birthplace of Rock and Roll legend Buddy Holly. The city, county seat of Lubbock County, is located at the convergence of U.S. routes 62 and 84 in northwest Texas, about 60 miles east of the New Mexico border and 120 miles south of the city of Amarillo. Other major thoroughfares servicing Lubbock include Interstate I-27, U.S. Route 87, and Texas State Highway 114. Lubbock is home to Texas Tech University.

Founded in 1876, Lubbock was named after Thomas S. Lubbock, a former Texas Ranger and Confederate officer. The city became incorporated in 1909, shortly before the establishment of rail service which would help make Lubbock the agricultural marketing center of the region, earning it the name "Hub of the Plains." The city's growth continued throughout the 20th century, aided by the establishment in 1925 of Texas Technological College (now Texas Tech University) and the opening of two military training bases during World War II. Today Lubbock continues to grow, relying on the area's vast agricultural resources in addition to a variety of manufacturing facilities.

Lubbock Attractions

The National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration is an annual September event which celebrates the prototypical Old West cowboy and features cowboy poetry, art, music, and presentations on cowboy culture and the history of the American West. Also included as part of the festivities are a chuckwagon cookoff and horse parade. On July 4, Lubbock hosts the "4th on Broadway" event, an Independence Day festival featuring a morning parade, a street fair along Broadway Avenue with food stalls and live bands, and an evening concert/fireworks program. Lubbock is also home to several places of interest, including the following:

  • The National Ranching Heritage Center: A museum of ranching history which includes a number of authentic early Texas ranch buildings as well as a railroad depot
  • The Buddy Holly Center: A museum celebrating the life and music of the legendary Rock & Roll pioneer
  • The Silent Wings Museum: Features photographs and artifacts from World War II era glider pilots
  • The Science Spectrum: An interactive museum and IMAX Dome theatre targeted largely for the young
  • Mackenzie Park: Home to Joyland Amusement Park, Prairie Dog town, and golf courses for both disc-golf and conventional golf
  • American Wind Power Center: Chronicles the entire history of the windmill from the 1800’s to present day
  • American Museum of Agriculture
  • Lubbock Area Veterans War Memorial
  • The Louise H. Underwood Center for the Arts
  • Cactus Theater
  • Lubbock Community Theatre

Texas Tech University's athletic teams, known as the Red Raiders, belong to the Big 12 Conference and compete in the NCAA's Division I-A. The Lady Raiders were winners of the 1993 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship. For professional sports, Lubbock is home to the Lubbock Renegades of the af2 Arena Football league and also to the Cotton Kings, a hockey team in the Southwest Division of the Central Hockey League (CHL).

People

Total Population 240,719
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 11.2%
Employed Population 16+ 115,983
Age of the Population 29

Families

% of people married 40.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28.7%
Median Earnings25+ $31,557
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,215
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,964

Wealth

Median Family Income $56,984
% Above Poverty Level 79.3%
% Below Poverty Level 20.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation 1%

Housing

People Living Alone 30%
Median Gross Rent $823
Median House Value $114,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 47.8%
US/American 0%
English 7.1%
Irish 7.6%

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

Lubbock Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 269 miles W of Fort Worth, Texas
County Lubbock
Metro Area Lubbock
Standard Zip Codes 79401, 79402, 79403, 79404, 79405, 79406, 79407, 79409, 79410, 79411, 79412, 79413, 79414, 79415, 79416, 79423, 79424
P.O. Box Zip Codes 79408, 79452, 79453, 79464, 79490, 79493, 79499
Company Zip Codes 79430, 79457, 79491
Phone Area Codes 806
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.577
Longitude -101.854

Lubbock 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 LUBBOCK RGNL AP
Distance 6.5 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 52 F
Apr Temp 45 to 75 F
Jul Temp 68 to 92 F
Oct Temp 47 to 74 F
Annual Precip 18.6 inches
Station TAHOKA
Distance 28.6 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 53 F
Apr Temp 44 to 75 F
Jul Temp 66 to 92 F
Oct Temp 47 to 76 F
Annual Precip 20.4 inches
Station CROSBYTON
Distance 35.2 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 53 F
Apr Temp 45 to 75 F
Jul Temp 67 to 93 F
Oct Temp 48 to 75 F
Annual Precip 22.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Idalou 2,373 $63,527

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

Lubbock Public Libraries

Library
Lubbock Public Library
1306 9TH ST
Lubbock, Texas
(806) 775-2824
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Lubbock Hospitals

COVENANT MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
3615 19TH STREET
(806) 725-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

HIGHLAND COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
2412 50TH ST
(806) 788-4100
Emergency Service: Yes

UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
602 INDIANA AVENUE
(806) 775-8200
Emergency Service: Yes

LUBBOCK HEART HOSPITAL LP
(Proprietary)
4810 NORTH LOOP 289
(806) 687-7777
Emergency Service: Yes

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Lubbock High Schools

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LUBBOCK H S
2004 19TH ST
806-766-1444
Serves 1,702 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

CORONADO H S
3307 VICKSBURG AVE
806-766-0600
Serves 1,667 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

MONTEREY H S
3211 47TH ST
806-766-0700
Serves 1,605 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

ESTACADO H S
1504 E ITASCA ST
806-766-1400
A Title I School.
Serves 837 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.5

LUBBOCK-COOPER HIGH SCHOOL
HWY 87 & WOODROW RD
806-863-2282
Serves 600 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.7

ROOSEVELT H S
1406 COUNTY RD 3300
806-842-3283
Serves 307 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.8

MATTHEWS LRN CTR/NEW DIRECTIONS
417 N AKRON
806-766-1533
A Non-traditional School
Serves 243 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.9

SOUTH PLAINS ACADEMY
4008 AVE R
806-744-0330
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 201 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.3

RICHARD MILBURN ALTER H S (LUBBOCK
4902 34TH ST STE 10
806-740-0811
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 112 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.2

PROJECT INTERCEPT SCH
1323 E 24TH ST
806-766-1633
A Non-traditional School
Serves 111 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.7

LUBBOCK CO JUVENILE JUSTICE CTR
1323 E 24TH ST
806-766-1633
A Non-traditional School
Serves 79 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.2

HOMEBOUND
1628 19TH ST
806-766-1948
A Special Education School
Serves 73 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.8

ROOSEVELT DAEP
1406 COUNTY RD 3300
806-842-3282
A Non-traditional School
Serves 9 students.

LUBBOCK CO J J A E P
1628 19TH ST
806-766-1090
A Non-traditional School
Serves 7 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 1.4

L C Y C
HWY 87 & WOODROW RD
806-863-2282
A Non-traditional School
Serves 1 students.

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