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Lubbock, Texas is located in the heart of the high plains of West Texas (elevation ~3,300 feet). Located only 80 miles east of New Mexico and 120 miles south of Amarillo, this canyon-pocked mesa was first discovered in 1540 by the Spanish explorer Francisco Vázquez de Coronado during his quest for the "City of Gold." It was the Spanish who named most of the major geographic features of the area, including Cañon Casas Amarillas (Yellow House Canyon), Cañon de Rescate (Ransom Canyon), and Llano Estacado (Staked Plains).

LBK Prior to the late 1800's, the Apache, Comanche, Kiowa, and Cheyenne Nations dominated  this region where they roamed the high plains living off the large populations of buffalo,  antelope, wolves, and coyotes. Indeed, the Lubbock Lake  Landmark State Historical Park  houses an active archaeological site that has  uncovered the remains of an ancient Native  American civilization dating back  more than 12,000 years. The city of Lubbock was named  after Tom S. Lubbock  who was a Texas Ranger and signer of the Texas Declaration of      Independence.  The city began as two smaller towns named "Old Lubbock" and "Monterey"    which were consolidated in 1890 to establish the town of Lubbock. As agriculture  continued  to grow within the region, and as the railroads continued to expand, Lubbock became the  marketing center of the region and earned the nickname  "Hub of the Plains."

In 1923, the citizens of Lubbock were successful in their bid to the state to establish a new college, called Texas Technological College (now called Texas Tech University). The college opened its doors in 1925 with 1,379 students. In 1976, Texas Tech University underwent a major expansion with the establishment of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Known as the "Music Crossroads of West Texas,: Lubbock has produced many musical legends, including Lubbock's son, Buddy Holly, who attracted followers and inspired musicians all around the world. Other well-known Lubbock musicians include Mac Davis, Waylon Jennings, Delbert McClinton, the Dixie Chicks, the Josh Abbott Band, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, Tanya Tucker, Lloyd Maines, Terry Allen, Butch Hancock, The Maines Brothers, Bob Wills Tommy X. Hancock and his Supernatural Family. Thousand of visitors come to Lubbock every year to experience the great music, shopping, fine arts, performing arts, unique dining, Big XII sports, and entertainment. The population of Lubbock and its surrounding communities have continued to grow over the past four decades with a total population approaching 300,000 people.

Texas Tech University

The Texas Tech University System (TTUS) is based in Lubbock and consists of Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and Angelo State University. With an annual operating budget nearing $2 billion, the TTUS educates approximately 47,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students as well as employs more than 18,000 faculty and staff. Collectively, the TTUS generates a combined economic impact of $7.5 billion for the state of Texas. The oldest and largest TTUS campus is Texas Tech University (TTU) which is located in Lubbock and home to almost 40,000 undergraduate, graduate, law and health sciences students. TTU occupies 1,900 acres making it the second largest contiguous campus in the United States. TTU is the only university in Texas to house an undergraduate and graduate university, law school, and medical school on the same campus.

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The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) offers programs in Biomedical Sciences, Medicine, Health Professions, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health. The oldest TTUHSC campus is located in Lubbock with major campuses located in Abilene, Amarillo, Dallas, El Paso and the Permian Basin. The Texas Tech Red Raiders are charter members of the Big 12 Conference and compete in Division I for all varsity sports. Lubbock's climate is semi-arid in nature (low humidty; mild temperatures) with more than 275 days of sunshine per year. In addition to the Lubbock campus, TTU has campuses in Abilene, Fredericksburg, Highland Lakes and Junction. Angelo State University (ASU) is located in San Angelo, Texas and provides undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts, sciences, an professional disciplines to more than 7,000 students in San Angelo.

Housing

The Lubbock community has a wide selection of reasonably priced apartments, duplex housing and rental homes including some within walking distance to the University and Health Sciences Center.

Visit Lubbock Apartments OR Apartmentlist.com, online guides featuring a variety of homes and apartments to choose from.

Airport

Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport provides nonstop service to all of the major airports that serve as hubs for Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, and United Airlines including Denver, Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Austin, Dallas/Ft. Worth and Houston.

Visit Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport.

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