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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
Lubbock's strongest asset, however, is its people--friendly, warm, caring.
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