Lubbock is a safe, diverse city with a population of almost 300,000. The city 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.
Lubbock is home to several museums, including the Museum of Texas Tech University, and is within driving distance of a variety of major museums in Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.
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. Texas does not have a state income tax, but does have a sales tax of 8.25 percent 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 as the region around Lubbock produces 64 percent of the state's cotton crop, but it is the city's arts district that shines the first Friday of every month with the First Friday Art Trail program.
The city recently was recognized in a survey by the website HavenLife.com as having the shortest commute time in the nation.
Named for Thomas S. Lubbock, a former Texas Ranger, Lubbock was established in 1890 and incorporated in 1909. 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 Southern 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 with periods of cold and snow.