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Overview

Introduction to Breckenridge, Texas

Breckenridge, Texas, in Stephens county, is 52 miles NE of Abilene, Texas (center to center) and 92 miles W of Fort Worth, Texas.

Breckenridge History

When Stephens County was created in 1876, Breckenridge was designated as its seat. The city, which was named after Vice-President John Cabell Breckinridge, prospered because of the cattle trade that flourished after the Civil War. Breckenridge was the local trading hub and also housed the court. In 1917, oil was discovered near Breckenridge and the town boomed as a consequence during the 1920s. Around the same time 200 wells were drilled and the city received its first railroad. Breckenridge continues to be the local commercial center for petroleum goods and also serves the retail and shipping industries.

Breckenridge and Nearby Attractions

  • Roaring Ranger Oil Boom Museum
  • Fort Belknap
  • Fort Griffin State Park
  • Possum Kingdom State Park
  • Abilene Zoo

Things To Do In Breckenridge

The Swenson Memorial Museum and Breckenridge Fine Arts Center are located in the city. Exhibits related to the oil boom of 1917 are displayed in the Roaring Ranger Oil Boom Museum. Fort Belknap, which is close to Breckenridge, was part of a series of forts built from Red River to Rio Grande. A stone arsenal is the only surviving building; the rest were rebuilt in 1936 when Texas celebrated its centennial year. A caboose and the house of a railroad section foreman are exhibited at the Clyde Centennial Museum. Swimming, fishing, boating, canoeing, horseback riding, and hiking can be enjoyed at the nearby Lake Mineral Wells State Park.

Breckenridge Transportation

Abilene Regional is the local airport.

Breckenridge Higher Education

Cisco Junior College, Ranger College, and Abilene Christian University are close to Breckenridge.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,573
Male Share of the Population49.2%
Female Share of the Population50.8%
Senior Citizens16%
Employed Population 16+2,171
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married49.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher17.6%
Median Earnings25+$32,114
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,807
Median Earnings With High School Degree$36,150

Wealth

Median Family Income$46,315
% Above Poverty Level71.6%
% Below Poverty Level28.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home0.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.6%
% Using Public Transportation1.1%

Housing

People Living Alone32%
Median Gross Rent$556
Median House Value$66,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)51.3%
Irish9.2%
German8.1%
English4%
Dutch1.4%
French Except Basque1.1%
Scottish0.6%
Italian0.6%
Norwegian0.6%
Polish0.5%
Danishn0.2%
Welsh0.1%
Czech0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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Breckenridge Almanac

CategoryValue
County Stephens County
Standard Zip Codes76424
Phone Area Codes254
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude32.75
Approximate Longitude-98.91

Breckenridge Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationBRECKENRIDGE
Distance0.4 miles
Jan Temp31 to 56 F
Apr Temp51 to 78 F
Jul Temp72 to 97 F
Oct Temp53 to 79 F
Annual Precip27 inches
StationALBANY
Distance23.3 miles
Jan Temp28 to 55 F
Apr Temp49 to 77 F
Jul Temp71 to 95 F
Oct Temp51 to 78 F
Annual Precip28.4 inches
StationTHROCKMORTON
Distance33.8 miles
Jan Temp28 to 55 F
Apr Temp48 to 77 F
Jul Temp71 to 97 F
Oct Temp51 to 79 F
Annual Precip26.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Albany2,051$56,500
Eastland3,879$46,375
Moran312$62,656
Ranger3,219$36,118

Breckenridge Public Libraries

Breckenridge Library
209 N BRECKENRIDGE AVE
Breckenridge, Texas
(254) 559-5505

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Breckenridge Hospitals

Stephens Memorial Hospital
(Government - Local)
200 South Geneva Street

Breckenridge Public Schools

Breckenridge H S
500 W Lindsey St
ZIP: 76424
(254) 559-2231
High
Total Enrollment 380
Breckenridge J H
502 W Lindsey St
ZIP: 76424
(254) 559-6581
Middle
Total Enrollment 208
East El
1310 E Elm St
ZIP: 76424
(254) 559-6531
Primary
Total Enrollment 303
North El
300 W 7th St
ZIP: 76424
(254) 559-6511
Primary
Total Enrollment 253
South El
1001 W Elliott St
ZIP: 76424
(254) 559-6554
Middle
Total Enrollment 328
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