Introduction to Pecos, Texas

Pecos, Texas is 72 miles SW of Odessa, Texas (center to center) and 177 miles E of El Paso, Texas. It is located in Reeves county.

Pecos History

When the Texas and Pacific Railway was constructed, Pecos emerged as a train depot. The introduction of irrigation turned the city into a commercial center for produce, such as onions, cotton and cantaloupes. When mining operations ceased in the 1990s, the growth of the city reversed.

Pecos and Nearby Attractions

  • West of the Pecos Museum
  • Balmorhea State Park
  • Ellen Noel Art Museum
  • Monahans Sand Hills State Park
  • Texas Rodeo Hall of Fame

Things To Do In Pecos

People may visit popular museums like West of the Pecos Museum and Ellen Noel Art Museum. West of the Pecos Museum displays artifacts of the areas history. Several of the nearby parks are Balmorhea State Park, Maxey Park, and Monahans Sand Hills State Park. Local celebrations include West of the Pecos Parade, and Night in Old Pecos/Cantaloupe Festival.

Pecos Transportation

Midland International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Pecos Higher Education

Colleges near Pecos include Odessa College, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, and Sul Ross State University.


Total Population 9,074
Male Share of the Population 46.6%
Female Share of the Population 53.4%
Senior Citizens 15%
Employed Population 16+ 3,812
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 46.1%
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


Median Family Income $60,331
% Above Poverty Level 84.9%
% Below Poverty Level 15.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 0.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 30.2%
Median Gross Rent $711
Median House Value $44,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 80.9%
US/American 0%
English 1.4%
Irish 2.3%

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

Pecos Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 72 miles SW of Odessa, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 177 miles E of El Paso, Texas
County Reeves
Standard Zip Codes 79772
Phone Area Codes 432
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 31.422
Longitude -103.492

Pecos Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station PECOS
Distance 0.6 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 60 F
Apr Temp 46 to 83 F
Jul Temp 69 to 99 F
Oct Temp 48 to 82 F
Annual Precip 11.6 inches
Distance 30.3 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 KENT 8 SE
Distance 47.1 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 56 F
Apr Temp 46 to 76 F
Jul Temp 64 to 89 F
Oct Temp 49 to 75 F
Annual Precip 13.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Verhalen (79772)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Barstow 462 $40,000

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

Pecos Public Libraries

Reeves County Library
Pecos, Texas
(915) 445-5340

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Pecos Hospitals

(432) 447-3551
Emergency Service: Yes

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Pecos High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

1302 S PARK ST
A Title I School.
Serves 658 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.9

1302 S PARK ST
A Non-traditional School
Serves 27 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.9

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