Introduction to Slaton, Texas

Slaton, Texas, in Lubbock county, is 15 miles SE of Lubbock, Texas (center to center) and 255 miles W of Fort Worth, Texas. The city is located in the Lubbock metropolitan area.

Slaton History

The place where the city now stands was owned by Eli Stilson and J. I. Case during the 1880s. The town was established when the Santa Fe Railroad desired a division point for servicing trains. The site was purchased in 1911, and laid out emulating the Washington, D.C. formation. The community was named after O. L. Slaton, a local banker. Slaton's population grew when the employees of the railway moved in with their families. However, the growth slowed once the Santa Fe company relocated its offices elsewhere. The city now flourishes as an agribusiness hub.

Slaton and Nearby Attractions

  • Texas Air Museum
  • Buddy Holly Center
  • American Museum of Agriculture
  • Twin Pine RV Park
  • Science Spectrum

Things To Do In Slaton

Memorabilia related to the armed forces are displayed at the nearby Texas Air Museum. The Caprock chapter of the museum is located near Slaton Municipal Airport. Exhibits include machine guns, fanjets, glider artifacts, aircrafts, and a 1930s Japanese army artillery field gun. The eyeglasses, clothes, and guitar belonging to Buddy Holly may be viewed at the Buddy Holly Center. The 6-acre Twin Pine RV Park can be accessed from Slaton. Camping opportunities are also available at the park.

Slaton Transportation

Air transportation is available from Lubbock International Airport.

Slaton Higher Education

Lubbock Christian University, Texas Tech, and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center are located close to the city.


Total Population 6,097
Male Share of the Population 45.2%
Female Share of the Population 54.8%
Senior Citizens 20%
Employed Population 16+ 2,789
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 43.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.7%
Median Earnings25+ $26,599
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,875
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,489


Median Family Income $52,326
% Above Poverty Level 84.9%
% Below Poverty Level 15.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 35.5%
Median Gross Rent $640
Median House Value $57,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 52.7%
US/American 0%
English 5.3%
Irish 8.7%

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

Slaton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 15 miles SE of Lubbock, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 255 miles W of Fort Worth, Texas
County Lubbock
Metro Area Lubbock
Standard Zip Codes 79364
Phone Area Codes 806
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.437
Longitude -101.643

Slaton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 18.8 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 20.8 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 POST
Distance 23.1 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 54 F
Apr Temp 47 to 77 F
Jul Temp 70 to 94 F
Oct Temp 51 to 77 F
Annual Precip 21.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Southland (79364)

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

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/.

Slaton Public Libraries

Slaton City Library
Slaton, Texas
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Slaton High Schools

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105 N 20TH ST
A Title I School.
Serves 364 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.6

300 S 9TH ST
A Special Education School
Serves 1 students.

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