As the ninth largest city in the state of Texas, Lubbock has a population of more than two hundred thousand. Located in the northwestern part of Texas, Lubbock is a cotton growing center even though agriculturally the region is dependent on irrigation drawn from the Ogallala Aquifer. The largest employer in the city, however, and the biggest population center for Lubbock single men and women is Texas Tech University.
In terms of ethnicity, Lubbock has a Caucasian population of some seventy-two percent with eight percent African-Americans, and twenty-seven percent Hispanic. A Lubbock single can expect a ratio of ninety-five males per every one hundred females. Married couples make up forty-six percent of households in Lubbock. Single mothers account for thirteen-percent of households, and about thirty percent of households are occupied by Lubbock single residents.
A Lubbock female can expect to earn approximately $22,000 a year compared to $32,000 for males. The median age for the Lubbock female and male population is thirty years. Only eleven percent of residents are more than sixty-five years of age.
At the center of Lubbock's youthful population is Texas Tech University, a public institution with an undergraduate enrollment of 28,325 taught by a faculty of 2,179. The school offers one hundred and seventeen bachelor's degrees, one hundred and four master's, and fifty-nine doctoral programs. The Texas Tech campus covers some 1,990 acres. Not surprisingly the majority of Lubbock single men and woman are college-age students at Texas Tech.
As the hometown of rock and roll legend Buddy Holly, Lubbock hosts an annual music festival in his honor and many young Lubbock residents dream of making it big in music just like Buddy. Lubbock is also proud of its western heritage and is home to the National Ranching Heritage Center and each year conducts the National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration in September.
Like any major city Lubbock has its fair share of good restaurants, night clubs, and movie theatres - especially in the neighborhood of the Texas Tech campus. Dating singles will have no trouble finding a place for dinner or dancing. Unquestionably this is a country and western town and Texas Tech has, historically, attracted a "kicker" or "cowboy" student body. If there's one thing that is not in short supply in Lubbock it's honky tonks - that's a nightclub or bar to you city slickers.
As a mid-range city that is home to a major university campus, Lubbock is a country town with big city prospects. Although dependent on agriculture, mainly cotton, for its livelihood, the other major employers in Lubbock behind the university are the town's medical centers, the Lubbock Independent School District, Cingular, and Convergys. While it might lack the cosmopolitan air of Houston or the big city glamour of Dallas, Lubbock is a solid presence on the South Plains of Texas and a prime location for single cowboys and cowgirls to get an education - in school and out.