Introduction to Sweetwater, Texas

Sweetwater, Texas, in Nolan county, is 39 miles W of Abilene, Texas (center to center) and 180 miles W of Fort Worth, Texas.

Sweetwater History

The city was named after the Sweetwater Creek that flows through the region. The city was incorporated three times, in 1884, 1897, and finally in 1902. The area prospered rapidly after 1903 with the beginning of the construction of Kansas City in Mexico and Orient Railway.

Sweetwater and nearby Attractions

  • First National Bank Building
  • Evangelical Methodist Church
  • Rolling Plains Girls Softball Park
  • Pioneer City-County Museum
  • County-City Library
  • Sweetwater Cemetery

Things To Do In Sweetwater

First National Bank Building stands as a witness to the progression of the city through the ages. Evangelical Methodist Church is an Evangelical Christian Church that is famous among visitors for its beautiful architecture. Sweetwater Cemetery is well known for its collection of exotic flowers. Pioneer City-County Museum has many historical artifacts on display. Rolling Plains Girls Softball Park frequently hosts sports events that tourists can attend as spectators.

Sweetwater Transportation

Dyess AFB Airport provides air transportation facilities.

Sweetwater Higher Education

Hardin-Simmons University, Midland College, and Texas Tech University are close by.


Total Population 10,794
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 16.1%
Employed Population 16+ 4,435
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 46.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 8.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $41,229
% Above Poverty Level 75.1%
% Below Poverty Level 24.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 0.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 30.6%
Median Gross Rent $579
Median House Value $48,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 59.5%
US/American 0%
English 3.9%
Irish 7.2%

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

Sweetwater Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 39 miles W of Abilene, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 180 miles W of Fort Worth, Texas
County Nolan
Standard Zip Codes 79556
Phone Area Codes 325
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.47
Longitude -100.405

Sweetwater Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station ROSCOE
Distance 7.6 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 55 F
Apr Temp 49 to 78 F
Jul Temp 70 to 94 F
Oct Temp 51 to 76 F
Annual Precip 23.5 inches
Distance 29.5 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 57 F
Apr Temp 48 to 80 F
Jul Temp 70 to 96 F
Oct Temp 50 to 79 F
Annual Precip 19.4 inches
Station ANSON
Distance 35.9 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 56 F
Apr Temp 51 to 78 F
Jul Temp 72 to 96 F
Oct Temp 54 to 78 F
Annual Precip 26 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Claytonville (79556)

Palava (79556)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income

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

Sweetwater Public Libraries

County-city Library
206 ELM ST
Sweetwater, Texas
(325) 235-4978

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Sweetwater Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(325) 235-1701
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 11.9

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