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Quality of Life

Longview prides itself as being a great place to live, work, and raise a family. Our location offers the best of both worlds. For people seeking an escape from rush hour traffic and overcrowded venues, Longview is the perfect place. A typical commute across town takes less than 30 minutes and traffic is essentially non-existent. And Longview supports a vibrant cultural arts community. Positioned on Interstate 20 between Shreveport, LA and Dallas, the amenities of a large metropolitan area are within an hour or two drive.

With a low crime rate, affordable housing, quality healthcare facilities, low cost of living, and exceptional schools, Longview has something to offer everyone. Our national rankings explain why residents who visit Longview overwhelmingly decide to stay. And why those who venture off always manage to find their way back home.

  • Longview ranked #9 in the 2011 Milken Institute's Best-Performing Cities Index on the smallest metro list. Ranking is based on how well the metro is creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth.
  • Longview's cost of living is below the national average.
  • Longview's unemployment rate is consistently lower than the state and the nation. May 2014 Longview's unemployment rate was 4.6%, the State's 5.1% and the Nation's 6.1%.

Longview has no match for its beautiful, pine-covered hills, public and private golf courses, trophy-yielding bass lakes, antiques shops and an abundance of community and regional festivals.

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Amenity # in area
Public Parks 33
Public Swimming Pools 5
Tennis Courts 47
Football / Soccer Fields 14
Mall 1
Cinemas 3
Public Libraries 1
Theatres 1
Symphonies 1
Orchestras 1
Ballets 1
Museums / Galleries 3
Protestant Churches 98
Catholic Churches 7
Jewish Synagogues 1
Mosque 1

 

Climate

Longview enjoys a moderate climate all year long with an average of 268 sunny days. Winters are moderately cold with very little snow and ice precipitation. Total snowfall for the whole season is usually less than 2 inches. Summers are warm and dry. Average annual rainfall ranges from 45-50 inches per year.

Temperature:

Average Precipitation

Climate(1)
Average Daily Temperatures High Low Average
Annual 76 56 66
January 56 38 47
July 93 74 84
Rainfall in Inches 46.5    
Snowfall in Inches 1.0    
Wind speed in Miles per Hour (Annual Average)      
Number of Days Sunny or Partly Sunny (Annual) 268    
Elevation (Mean Feet Above Sea Level) 330    
(1) www.weather.com
 

  

 

Crime Statistics

 

City Population Murder Rape Robbery Assault Burglary Larceny-
theft
Vehicle
theft
Total Crime Index Crime Rate per 1000 People
Longview 81,273 5 39 152 255 630 2,542 200 3,823 47
Tyler 100,033 5 43 53 275 825 3,111 180 4,492 45
Waco 127,570 4 58 142 311 1,508 3,751 163 5,937 47
Shreveport 202,189 26 84 376 911 2,360 6,720 504 10,981 54
Washington DC 646,449 103 393 3,660 3,724 3,314 23,108 3,147 37,449 58
Austin 859,180 26 217 763 2,117 6,550 32,948 2,169 44,790 52
Dallas 1,255,015 143 543 4,202 3,442 14,516 30,374 7,384 60,604 48
Houston 2,180,606 214 618 9,891 10,270 23,733 73,591 13,595 131,912 60
Los Angeles 3,878,725 251 764 7,885 7,624 15,728 55,734 14,382 102,368 26
New York 8,396,126 335 1,112 19,170 31,767 16,606 117,931 7,434 194,355 23
USA 2013 316,128,839 14,196 79,770 345,031 724,149 1,928,465 6,004,453 699,594 9,795,658 31

 Source: FBI.gov, CIUS 2013, updated June 2015

 

Housing

 

Housing
Number of Homes on the Market  
Single Family 563
Townhouses & Condominiums 20
Average Selling Prices New and Existing
Average Price (2014) $157,200
Median Price (2014) $139,600
Townhouse/Condominiums 1,000+ SF, 2 Bedrooms $136,067
Number of Single Family Homes for sale by Price  New and Existing
Under - $150,000 157
$150,001 - $200,000 136
$200,001 - $250,000 71
$250,001 - Over 199
Rentals Average Monthly Rent
Average Apartment Rent (2014) $552 - $814
Number of Apartments in Longview (2014) 6,948
Apartment Vacancy % (2014) 5%

 Sources: www.realtor.com; Texas A&M Real Estate Center; LEDCO Apartment Survey- 2013

Updated: June 2015

 

Education

 

Education (3)
Number of School Districts 96
Central City & Selected Suburban School Districts 17 -County region statistics
Elementary School Enrollment (grades pre-k through 8) 124,569
Secondary School Enrollment (grades 9-12) 46,095
Spending per Student  
Total $7,836.95
Instructional $3,629
Student Teacher Ratios- Overall 13.7
All Grades Standard Achievement Test Results  
    Test Name STAAR
    Percent at Phase-In, Satifactory, Standard or Above 89%
Average Score  
     ACT 20.1
     SAT 1423
     % of Students Taking the ACT/SAT 52
 % of High School Seniors  
   Attending College 51.5
   Entering the Labor Market 48.5
Mandatory Competency Testing for High School Graduation (Yes or No) Yes
If Yes, % of Students Passing on First Attempt 89
Science and Technology Magnet Schools 1
Specialized High Schools 0
Tech Prep Programs Yes
Occupational Clusters or Career Pathways Yes
Vocational High Schools 2
Public Schools  
No. of Schools 230
Total Enrollment 109,000
Private Schools  
No. of Schools 23
Total Enrollment 4,700

(3) Texas Education Agency, Academic Excellence Indicator System
* Region 7 includes Gregg and 16 other counties. The city of Longview has 4 school districts. Gregg County has an additional 4 districts.

Sports

 

Sports
Major & Minor College & Professional Teams Professional College
Major Minor    
Football Dallas Cowboys     Tyler Junior College Apaches, Trinity Valley Cardinals, SFA Lumberjacks, Kilgore Rangers
Baseball Texas Rangers Tyler Roughnecks, Shreveport Captains   Tyler Junior College Apaches, Panola Ponies
Basketball Dallas Mavericks     Tyler Junior College Apaches, Panola Ponies & Fillies,Trinity Valley Cardinals& Lady Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars, SFA Lumberjacks, Kilgore College Rangers & Lady Rangers
Hockey Dallas Stars Shreveport Mudbugs    
Soccer       Tyler Junior College Apaches,SFA Ladyjacks
Culture

 

Culture (6)
Top Annual Events Dates
Alleyfest May
Texas Shakespeare Festival June-July
Great Texas Balloon Race Mid-July
Festival on the Square Mid Sept.
Gladewater Arts & Crafts Festival End of Sept.
Tyler Rose Festival Mid-October
East Texas Yamboree Mid-October
Winnsboro Autumn Trails October
Wonderland of Lights Thanksgiving-Christmas
   
Cultural Places & Amenities (11 county area) Number
Museums 25
Dance Companies 3
Symphony Orchestras 5
Opera Companies 1
Theater Companies 5
Recreational Outlets 25 lakes within this region

(6) Longview Convention and Visitors Bureau, East Texas Tourism Association

Economy

New investments and recent expansions in the area have helped to create a stable and growing economy for the Longview area. Longview's cost of living hovers around the national average. Average Weekly Wages have increased steadily over the last several decades, as have per capita income and median effective buying income. Texas led the nation in job growth from 2006 to 2009. Unemployment for the Longview Labor Market Draw area maintained at 8% during 2009-2010 and in 2011 is under 8%.

Community Services

 

Motels/Hotels 34
Bed & Breakfasts 1
      Total Number of Rooms 1,900
Banks 16
Major Daily Newspapers 1
Television Stations 7
Radio Stations 5
Local Telephone Services 9
Long Distance Services 6
Weekly Newspapers 3
Cable Television Channels 69
Civic Center / Auditorium Maude Cobb Auditorium
Entertainment

From music to theatre to outdoor activities, Longview has it all. Among the area’s many cultural landmarks are the Longview Museum of Fine Arts, The Longview Ballet and The Longview Symphony Orchestra.

For the avid outdoorsman there are several lakes perfect for fishing, swimming, and boating. Parks are scattered throughout the area providing plenty of opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty while walking, jogging, or cycling.

Shopping in Longview is truly an experience with several retail, gift, antique and craft shops.

 

Longview, Texas

Welcome to Longview, Texas, in the beautiful piney woods of Northeast Texas!

Longview is a prime location for business relocation, expansion and development.

Contact Information

Longview Economic Development Corporation
410 North Center Street
Longview, Texas 75601
(800) 952-2613 Toll Free
(903) 753-7878 Office
(903) 753-3646 Fax
Info@LongviewUSA.com