Get to know Lubbock, TX

Lubbock is located in northwest Texas in the Llano Estacado region.  It as known as “Hub City” because it is the economic, education, and health care hub of the South Plains region.  The county was founded in 1876 after Thomas Saltus Lubbock, a former Texas Ranger and brother to Texas’ governor during the Civil War.  The town was official formed in 1890 when the original small town of Old Lubbock merged with Monterey.  The city was incorporated in 1909, the same year the railroad arrived.  In 1923 Texas Technological College, later Texas Tech, was founded.  In 1951, the city witnessed one of the first UFO cases, the Lubbock Lights, when a series of sightings of a V-shaped formation of lights was seen over the city.  Several science professors at Texas Technological College witnessed the events and a student photographed the lights, giving credibility to the sighting.  Lubbock is home to Texas Tech University, the state’s sixth largest college.  It is also the home of Lubbock Lake Landmark, an archaeological and natural history preserve.  Popular attractions include the annual 4th on Broadway Independence Day celebration and National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration.  Lubbock is also the largest contiguous cotton-growing region in the world, and its economy is heavily dependent on federal agriculture subsidies and irrigation water form the Ogallala Aquifer.  Texas Tech University is the largest employer in Lubbock.  The city has been home to many musicians, including Buddy Holly, Mac Davis, Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks.

Quick Facts

Population: 236,868

Median Household Income: $44,139

Median Property Value: $111,900

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