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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 78,319 10 41 134 396 857 3,073 360 4,871  62.19
Tyler 100,125 6 44 99 495 1,040 3,828 223 5,735  57.28
Shreveport  199,900 26 121 355 1,031 2,616 6,317 526 10,992  54.99
Dallas 1,306,775 148 505 4,487 4,021 19,594 36,147 8,384 73,286  56.08
Houston 2,280,859 269 712 9,449 12,061 27,924 74,582 12,817 137,814  60.42
Austin 796,310 38 265 1,231 2,256 8,749 34,827 2,250 49,616 62.31
Waco 127,039 5 51 195 587 1,856 4,373 210 7,277  57.28
New York  8,336,002 536 1,036 19,608 27,309 17,926 111,370 10,319 188,104 22.57
Los Angeles  3,841,707 293 923 10,924 9,344 17,410 55,248 17,046 111,188  28.94
Washington  DC 601,723 132 184 3,914 3,238 4,224 18,050 4,864 34,606    57.51
USA 2010 308,745,538 14,748 84,767 367,832 778,901 2,159,878 6,185,867 737,142 10,329,135  33.46

 

 

Housing

 

Housing
Number of Homes on the Market  
Single Family 470
Townhouses & Condominiums 12
Average Selling Prices New and Existing
Average Price (Jan - Oct 2012) $145,210
Median Price (Jan - Oct 2012) $135,430
Townhouse/Condominiums 1,800 SF, 2 Bedrooms $110,000
Number of Single Family Homes for sale by Price  New and Existing
Under - $150,000 167
$150,001 - $200,000 110
$200,001 - $250,000 73
$250,001 - Over 120
Rentals Average Monthly Rent
Average Apartment Rent (2013) $544 - $800
Number of Apartments in Longview (2013) 7,336
Apartment Vacancy % (2013) 4%

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

Updated: Dec 2012

 

Education

 

Education (3)
Number of School Districts 54
Central City & Selected Suburban School Districts 11 -County region statistics
Elementary School Enrollment 65,498
Secondary School Enrollment 54,289
Spending per Student  
Total $7,836.95
Instructional $3,629
Student Teacher Ratios- Overall 12.7
7th Grade Standard Achievement Test Results  
Test Name TAAS
Average Score 89.9% Passing
ACT  
Average Score 19.5
SAT 997
% of Students Taking the ACT/SAT 61
% of High School Seniors  
Attending College 68.9
Entering the Labor Market 31.1
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
* The 11 counties are Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Marion, Panola, Rusk, Smith, Upshur, Wood.

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 has consistently maintained a cost of living at least 10% below 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%.

Healthcare

Longview’s two major medical centers provide the region with state-of-the-art health care services. With a spectrum of options ranging from primary care and prevention to highly specialized surgery and disease treatment, nearly every health situation is managed within the community.

Emergency, home health care, elder care and outpatient facilities are just some of the many services available to the business community and residents.

“Longview has exceptional medical services,” quoting a Longview industrialist. “We find the medical community to be growing, providing innovative treatment and always on the cutting edge of technology for our employees and families.”

Good Shepherd Medical Center

Longview Regional Medical Center

Gregg-Upshur Medical Society

East Texas Medical Center

Hospitals No. of Beds
Good Shepherd Medical Center 425
Longview Regional Medical Center 230

 

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