Lubbock, Texas

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Lubbock (pronounced /ˈlʌbək/[3]) is a city in the U.S. state of Texas. Located in the northwestern part of the state, a region known historically as the Llano Estacado, it is the county seat of Lubbock County, and the home of Texas Tech University and Lubbock Christian University. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the city population was 199,564, making it the 87th largest city in the United States and the 11th largest in Texas.[4] The 2009 population was estimated to be 225,856.[5] with the Lubbock metropolitan area having a population of 276,659[6] Lubbock County had an estimated 2009 population of 270,550.[7]

Lubbock's nickname is the "Hub City," which derives from it being the economic, education, and health care hub of a multi-county region commonly called the South Plains.[8] The area is the largest contiguous cotton-growing region in the world[9][10] and is heavily dependent on irrigation water drawn from the Ogallala Aquifer.

Lubbock was selected as the 12th best place to start a small business by[11] They mentioned the community's traditional business atmosphere, less expensive rent for commercial space, and its central location and cooperation from city government.

Lubbock High School has been recognized for three consecutive years by Newsweek as one of the top high schools in the United States. Lubbock High School is home to the only International Baccalaureate (IB) program in the region. The IB program is one of the criteria examined by Newsweek in formulating their list of top high schools.[12]


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