Lubbock is a safe, diverse city with a population of more than 260,000 people. New students at Texas Tech are told “if you can’t find something to do, something that interests you, then you’re just not looking.” The same is true of Lubbock.
Lubbock is home to a vibrant arts and music scene. The employment and business climate is strong. The cost of living is low. Housing is affordable and a number of public school districts in Lubbock County and private schools offer excellent education opportunities.
The cost of living in Lubbock is attractive. According to the Council for Community and Economic Research, Lubbock’s 2012 annual overall cost of living was less than 89 percent of the national average. There is no state income tax in Texas. A sales tax of 8.25% is imposed on retail goods.
Lubbock is a growing, dynamic city that easily mixes its western heritage and agricultural roots with high-tech health care. Cotton may still be king, the region around Lubbock produces 64% of the state’s cotton crop, but it is the city’s arts district that shines the first Friday of every month.
Named for Thomas S. Lubbock, a former Texas Ranger, Lubbock was established in 1890. It is known as the Hub City for its central location, at the intersection of Interstate 27 and four major U.S. highways, making it a retail, business and medical hub for the region.
Lubbock sits at 3,200 feet above sea level in the heart of the Llano Estacado on the South Plains of Texas. The city has a mild climate with predominately warm days and cool nights throughout the year. Summers are hot, but the humidity is relatively low. Winters are sunny and mostly mild, but there are periods of cold and snow.
While Lubbock has only been a town since 1890, the area has been the site of continuous population for more than 12,000 years. The Lubbock Lake Landmark, a part of the Museum of Texas Tech University, is a world-renowned archeological site that provides the documented proof of constant habitation from about 4,000 B.C.
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Lubbock at a glance
- In 2013 Lubbock ranked fourth on Yahoo! Finance's Best Places to Retire on the Cheap list and 17th on the Milken Institute’s Best Cities for Successful Aging among Small Metros.
- In 2012 Lubbock was named one of the Best 100 Places for Young People by the Americas Promise Alliance.
- In 2012 the Americas Promise Alliance announced that Lubbock ranked fourth for the Top 10 Best Hispanic Communities for Young People. Read the story here.
- In 2009 Forbes ranked Lubbock’s cost of living 41st out of the 200 Best Metropolitan Areas in the Nation.
- In 2009 Children’s Health ranked Lubbock 35th on the list of Best 100 Places to Raise Kids.
- The Milken Institute ranked Lubbock 16th out of 200 large cities for its five-year high-tech GDP growth from 2001 to 2009.
Photos courtesy of the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance and the Lubbock Convention and Visitors Bureau.