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Big Spring is a city in Howard County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named for spring on Sulphur Draw, which served as a watering hole for Indians, buffalo, wild mustangs and antelope.

The latitude of Big Spring is 32.250N. The longitude is -101.478W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 2,441 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 24,556.


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Median household income
Local
$28,257
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Big Spring demographic reports
Former and merged names include:
· Baptizing Hole
· Drowning Hole
· Swimming Hole
Oil was discovered here in the 1920s.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 85. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 3.4 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1969 movie, "Midnight Cowboy"
Well-known residents have included:
· Betty Buckley, actress
Local festivals include:
  • Howard County Fair - Sept. 26-29, 2007
Dates often change. Check Big Spring web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Big Spring State Park, City Park, Quahadi Wildlife Refuge
Historic routes: Santa Fe Trail
Historic sites and museums: Heritage Museum
Colleges and universities: Howard College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Big Spring demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Howard County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 79720 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

8% of Big Spring residents report German ancestry, and 8% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Big Spring ancestry & family history guide.

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Big Spring was $14,119, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

11% of Big Spring residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Environment
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Big Spring festival dates:

Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Big Spring, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $292.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $629.


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Libraries in Big Spring include Howard County Library ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Big Spring include Big Spring Herald

TV stations in Big Spring include KWAB.

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Politics

Howard County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Big Spring political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Big Spring workers is 16 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 4 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Big Spring between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.6 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

Travel

Hotels in Big Spring include Best Western Plaza Inn, Comfort Inn Big Spring, Days Inn Big Spring, Holiday Inn, Motel 6, Super 8.

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