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Living in Lubbock, Texas:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Lubbock, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 14 people living in Lubbock what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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Lubbock is still comparatively cheap (by US standards) and small town-ish enough to encourage socialization amongst neighbors. We are still fiercely conservative, and hold dear to traditional American values.

Someone moving to Lubbock should be prepared for dust storms. Locally, they’re known as “haboobs.” The city is also known for a drink called a “chilton.” It’s extraordinarily refreshing, yet other cities remain unaware of its existence. Consisting plainly of vodka, lemon juice, lime juice, and soda water, one would think that every bar in the nation would know the name “chilton.”

Adrianna, says: 2020

MacKenzie Park in Lubbock contains Joyland Amusement Park, plenty of places to picnic and camp, and the famous Prairie Dog Town, the first protected prairie dog colony of black-tailed prairie dogs. Every Independence Day, Mackenzie Park is also home to Lubbock’s 4th on Broadway Fireworks Extravaganza. Thousands turn out to watch the city put on a fireworks display. Lubbock is rich in culture and history. Although the population is growing, it has a small home-town feel.

Lubbock astronaut William McCool graduated from Coronado High School and became the pilot of the space shuttle Columbia, which tragically disintegrated upon re-entry and killed all members of the crew. He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. Lubbock is home to the historic depot district, which has all kinds of live music and entertainment. Cactus Theatre was born in 1938 as the first neighborhood movie theatre but is now a live music venue. The Blue Light Live is a great place for local artists to showcase their talents.

Lindsey, says: 2020

Lubbock was voted Most Extreme Weather a few years ago because you can absolutely see all four seasons in one day! It is also the home of Buddy Holly and there is a wonderful museum dedicated to his (way too short!) life. Lubbock has three universities with Texas Tech being the largest and most well-known and sports (especially football!) are HUGE in this part of Texas.

Here in Lubbock, Texas, we are a college town. Texas Tech University is the main attraction here. We have a record amount of places to eat for our population so dig in! Not only that but we also have an amusement park as well called, Joyland. There are many other attractions such as our numerous parks much like Mackenzie park, which features a huge wooden life-size castle. One of the greats, Buddy Holly, was born in Lubbock; we have an entire museum dedicated to him and icons that have come from Lubbock.

Camille, says: 2020

The Depot District is home to Triple J Chophouse, known for its steaks and locally brewed beer. Downtown Lubbock is home to McPherson Cellars, which is owned and operated by Kim Mcpherson, son of the late “Doc” Mcpherson. Doc created Llano Estacado Winery, also in Lubbock, which was Texas’ first post-Prohibition winery.

Caitlin, says: 2020

Lubbock Lake Landmark is one of the most important archeological sites in North America. Peoples of all kinds visited this water resource including hunter-gatherers, Clovis people, Comanche and Apache nations, and other protohistoric people. In 1936 traces of human activity were found in this area, and 12,000 years of previous life was eventually uncovered.

Lubbock has the feel of a small town with all of the large city shopping. There are three great hospitals that offer cutting edge medicine and research. There are many new homes and businesses being built to keep up with Lubbock’s population growth of the last 10 years. Lubbock is the largest city in West Texas and it’s citizens have a big welcoming heart.

Destiny, says: 2020

The Hub City is the home of Buddy Holly and Texas Tech University. These provide for a rich history and nightlife to explore. The faith community is vast, strong and diverse, thus Lubbock affords the faithful plenty of opportunity to join a community. Lubbock’s school system has several fantastic districts where children can get a fantastic education. Anyone moving to Lubbock has much to appreciate. They need only adjust to our flat land and constantly blowing wind.

Kendra, says: 2020

In 1877, The Battle of Yellow House Canyon near present-day Lubbock took place. It was a battle fought between Comanche Native Americans and buffalo hunters. There is a granite marker in Mackenzie Park in Lubbock to commemorate Texas’ 100th anniversary of gaining its independence from Mexico and it tells the story of The Battle of Yellow House Canyon.

On the South Plains, Lubbock is subject to such climatic patterns as blistering hot summers, frigid winters, and year-round strong winds. given the size of Lubbock, one should expect far fewer things to do than such major cities as San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston. However, living in Lubbock also entails paying relatively less in living expenses. Caprock Canyons and Palo Duro state parks are both only 100 miles away from Lubbock, for anyone looking to go hiking on a weekend.

Lubbock is home to museums such as the Museum of Texas Tech, The Silent Wings Museum, and the National Ranching Heritage Center, which has 50 historic structures. Thirty of those are between 100-177 years old. They are arranged in chronological order, so you can physically walk through the times and see how Texas settlers lived. For the past 40 years, National Ranching Heritage Center has put on its annual Candlelight at the Ranch. They recreate what Christmas was like for each family that lived in the homes, from 1780-1950 with live actors.

Ciarra, says: 2020

Lubbock, Texas, is known as The Hub City. It is home to famous entertainers like Buddy Holly, Natalie Maines, Mac Davis, and Waylon Jennings, and of the Red Raiders, like Barry Corbin from Urban Cowboy, Scott Pelley from CBS evening news, Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs, Texas country music artists Pat Green, Wade Bowen, and Josh Abbott, and NASA astronauts Rick Husband.

Sierra, says: 2020

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