Lubbock has a population of 266,000, while the region (including 29 counties) has a population of 600,000. It's nicknamed the "Hub City" for being the economic, educational, and healthcare hub of the South Plains. In a BusinessWeek article in 2008, Lubbock was ranked among one the safest cities to live in during a recession due to our top industries being agriculture, medical and education.
Lubbock is the country's 6th least expensive city in which to live, according the the ACCRA First Quarter 2008 Cost of Living Index. Lubbock has a low cost of living with an all-items index at 87.4. This means the mix of items comprising the index cost $87.40 to buy in Lubbock while the same costs $92.10 in Dallas.
Lubbock has a mild, breezy, semi-arid climate with warm days and cool nights, and an average of 263 days of sunshine annually.
Lubbock's unemployment rate is low at 3.7%. Lubbock had a job growth rate of 1.5% in 2007-2008 and top-tier research facilities, partnerships, and new and upcoming workforce development initiatives fuel the Lubbock economy towards long-term growth.
Lubbock is headquarters to Covenant Medical Group, the preeminent medical center between Dallas and Phoenix, serving an area of 1.2 million people. It's health system holds 75% of the market share for hospital inpatient services. Lubbock is home to the state's first Level One Trauma Center and the only one in the region and Lubbock has more doctors per capita than Dallas, Phoenix, Denver, or Albuquerque.
The Hub City is home to three universities and one of the state's strongest community colleges: Texas Tech University, Lubbock Christian University, Wayland Baptist University, and South Plains College.
Lubbock County consists of eight independent school districts including: Lubbock, Frenship, Idalou, Lubbock-Cooper, New Deal, Roosevelt, Shallowater, and Slaton.
Texas Tech University is the only university system in the state of Texas with a university, medical school, and law school on the same campus. Texas Tech University offers more than 152 graduate and post graduate degree programs and is a nationally recognized center for research. Texas Tech School of Law holds the best record over the past decade on the state bar exam.