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Lubbock facts and figures


Area: 115 square miles

City population: 202,000

County population: 246,108

Altitude: 3,245 feet above sea level


Households: 84,066 (City Planning Department estimate)

Per capita income: $17,658

Median family income: $42,892


Average high temperature: 73.5 degrees

Average low temperature: 46.8 degrees

Annual average temperature: 60.1 degrees

Average precipitation: 18.65 inches

Coldest month: January, average low temperature 24.6 degrees

Hottest month: July, average high temperature 91.9 degrees

Annual snowfall: 11.3 inches

Wettest month: June, average precipitation 2.75 inches

Average annual days of sunshine: 277

Average days with highs over 90 degrees: 80

Average days with lows 32 degrees and below: 92

Prevailing wind direction: south

Average wind speed: 12.4 mph


Lubbock is located in the center of the Texas South Plains; North Latitude: 33 degrees, 39 minutes, 5 seconds; West Longitude: 101 degrees, 49 minutes, 33 seconds


Albuquerque, N.M.: 321 miles

Amarillo: 119 miles

Dallas: 322 miles

Denver: 538 miles

El Paso: 344 miles

Fort Worth: 292 miles

Houston: 518 miles

Midland: 117 miles

San Antonio: 397 miles


300,000 square feet total space

1,500 parking spaces

1,403-seat theater

40,000-square-foot exhibit hall (column-free) with the following seating capacity:

4,914 auditorium seating

1,344 classroom seating

2,688 banquet seating

Computerized climate control; hospitality suite; terrace suite; 12 meeting rooms

14,105-square foot banquet hall:

960 banquet seating divisible by folding partitions into one-third and two-thirds space


Total of nine libraries in Lubbock, including four public libraries with about 300,000 volumes


More than 65 public parks with 3,267 total acres, including 2,198 developed acres. There also are 382 surface acres of water at 24 sites.

Six public and three private golf courses

Four public swimming pools

200 public and private tennis courts

Museum of Texas Tech

Moody Planetarium

Ranching Heritage Center

Science Spectrum/Omnimax theater

Lubbock Symphony Orchestra

Lubbock Lake Landmark

Ballet Lubbock

Lubbock Ballet Theatre

Lubbock Municipal Coliseum, 9,023 maximum capacity

Lubbock Municipal Auditorium, 2,835 seating capacity

Texas Tech's United Spirit Arena, 15,050 seating capacity

Buffalo Springs Lake (1,229 square acres)

Canyon Lakes Project (710 acres)

Prairie Dog Town

American Wind Power Center

Buddy Holly Center and Walk of Fame

Lake Alan Henry in Justiceburg


Electric: Xcel Energy, Lubbock Power & Light & Water (City of Lubbock) and South Plains Electric Cooperative Inc.

Gas: Atmos Energy


Highways (East-West): U.S. 62/82 and Texas 114; (North-South): U.S. 84, U.S. 87 and Interstate 27

Railroads: Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe; Burlington Northern; and Seagraves, Whiteface and Lubbock (Brownfield).

Motor freight: About 38 carriers offering interstate and/or intrastate service

Air travel: Lubbock International Airport. Four commercial carriers: American Eagle, ASA/Delta Connection, Southwest Airlines and Continental Express

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