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Living in Lubbock
With a population of more than 236,000, Lubbock and South Plains now rank 11th among the 25 Texas metropolitan areas. The area is best known to most Texans as the home of 28,000 Texas Tech University students. Around the world, it is remembered as the birthplace of rock music pioneer Buddy Holly.
As a large city, Lubbock includes the area's recreational center, a major symphony orchestra, world-class museums and libraries, and outstanding spectator events.
As a cozy college town, Lubbock boasts low housing costs, funky restaurants and boutiques, and a drive of less than 20 minutes to anywhere in the city.
The commercial hub of the Texas South Plains, Lubbock is a major agricultural center and provider of medical and other services to the region. A quarter of the annual U.S. cotton crop is produced here, and Lubbock is home to two prize-winning wineries. With more than 100 shopping centers, the "Hub City" is also the area's retail center. Oil, finance, agribusiness, and light industry round out the economic environment. Because of this broad economic base, the rate of unemployment in Lubbock typically ranks among the lowest in the state.
Lubbock's citizens enjoy a wide range of amenities. The school system is excellent, and almost 200 churches welcome participants of every denomination. Golf, tennis and water sports are available through the city's extensive system of 66 parks. Lubbock averages 277 days of sunshine per year, providing plenty of sunny days for outdoor activities. For hiking, fishing, camping and winter sports, the mountains of New Mexico are only four hours away by car.
Texas Tech University is one of the state's four major universities, offering degrees in seven colleges and sharing services and a campus with the Health Sciences Center. Enrolling more than 25,000 students, Texas Tech is a member of the Big 12 Athletic Conference and home of championship teams in men's and women's sports.
The new United Spirit Arena is one of the finest sports and multi-purpose facilities in the U.S. The Recreational Sports Center is a year-round swimming and fitness center. The Tom Doak-designed Jerry S. Rawls Red Raider Golf Course opened in 2003, and has been consistently mentioned as one of the top new public courses in the U.S. All of Tech's recreational, cultural and sports events are available to residents at reduced rates.
Lubbock's strongest asset, however, is its people--friendly, warm, caring.