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Overview

Introduction to Monahans, Texas

Monahans, Texas, in Ward county, is 35 miles SW of Odessa, Texas (center to center) and 211 miles E of El Paso, Texas.

Monahans History

Monahans was initially inhabited by Mescalero, Lipan Apache, and Comanches Indian tribes. The tribes were called "Vaqueros" by Spanish explorers, because they mostly hunted the bison or "hump-backed cow." A Spanish explorer, Antonio de Espejo, travelled through the area on his way to New Mexico in 1583. The development of Monahans dates back to the 1880s when the Texas and Pacific Railway extended across the southern plains. John Thomas Monahan was a surveyor who was instrumental in the digging of a water well which led to availability of good water for the area. Before this, water was brought from the Big Spring area of Texas.

Monahans and Nearby Attractions

  • Monahans Sandhills State Park
  • Million Barrel Museum
  • Fort Davis National Historic Site
  • American Airpower Heritage Museum
  • Davis Mountains State Park

Things To Do In Monahans

Rattlesnake Bomber Base Museum displays artifacts on the local heritage and the Rattlesnake Bomber Base. Million Barrel Museum is located in Monahans. West of the Pecos Museum, Petroleum Museum, Ellen Noel Art Museum, and Museum of the Southwest are located near the city as well. Recreational activities like canoeing, picnicking, and hiking may be enjoyed at the 3,840-acre Monahans Sand Hills State Park, which also has provisions for camel treks, sand surfing, and wildlife watching. A trip may also be planned to St. Genevieve Winery.

Monahans Transportation

Air transportation is available from Midland International Airport.

Monahans Higher Education

University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Midland College, and Odessa College are located near Monahans.

People

Total Population 7,349
Male Share of the Population 49.8%
Female Share of the Population 50.2%
Senior Citizens 14.5%
Employed Population 16+ 2,893
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 46.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $58,837
% Above Poverty Level 81.5%
% Below Poverty Level 18.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.4%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 26.7%
Median Gross Rent $668
Median House Value $84,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 75.3%
US/American 0%
English 3.9%
Irish 5.1%

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

Monahans Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 35 miles SW of Odessa, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 211 miles E of El Paso, Texas
County Ward
Standard Zip Codes 79756
Phone Area Codes 432
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 31.594
Longitude -102.892

Monahans 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 MONAHANS
Distance 0.9 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
Station WINK WINKLER CO AP
Distance 22.3 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 59 F
Apr Temp 48 to 81 F
Jul Temp 70 to 96 F
Oct Temp 50 to 80 F
Annual Precip 12.9 inches
Station CRANE 2 E
Distance 36.5 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 60 F
Apr Temp 52 to 81 F
Jul Temp 72 to 95 F
Oct Temp 53 to 79 F
Annual Precip 15.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Grandfalls 331 $36,563

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

Monahans Public Libraries

Library
Ward County Library
409 S DWIGHT ST
Monahans, Texas
(432) 943-3332

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Monahans High Schools

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MONAHANS H S
809 S BETTY ST
915-943-2519
Serves 595 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.6

MONAHANS ED CTR
813 S ALICE
915-943-2019
A Non-traditional School
Serves 32 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.3

SPECIAL ED SERVICES
402 W 6TH ST
915-943-3504

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