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Texas is divided into two hundred and fifty-four counties, more than any other state. Texas was originally divided into municipalities, a unit of local government under Spanish and Mexican rule. When the Republic of Texas gained its independence in 1836, there were 23 municipalities, which became the original Texas counties. Many of these would later be divided into new counties. The most recent county to be created was Kenedy County in 1921. The most recent county to be organized was Loving County in 1931

Lubbock County, Texas

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Lubbock County is a county located in the state of Texas. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 278,831. Its county seat is Lubbock. The county was created in 1876 and organized in 1891. It is named for Thomas Saltus Lubbock, a Confederate colonel and Texas Ranger (some sources give his first name as Thompson).

Lubbock County, along with Crosby County, and Lynn County, is part of the Lubbock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). The Lubbock MSA and Levelland Micropolitan Statistical Area , encompassing only Hockley County, form the larger Lubbock-Levelland Combined Statistical Area (CSA).

Etymology - Origin of Lubbock County Name

Thomas Saltus Lubbock, a Texas Ranger and soldier in the Confederate army during the Civil War (some sources give Lubbock's first name as "Thompson")


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Lubbock County History

Lubbock County is a county located in the US state of Texas. Its county seat is Lubbock. Lubbock is named for Thomas Saltus Lubbock, a Confederate colonel and Texas Ranger (some sources give his first name as Thompson).

Handbook of Texas Online
Lubbock County was attractive to the growing number of people lured to West Texas by the favorable land laws of the state as well as by fertile soil. The census of 1890 listed only thirty-three people in the county, but after it was taken a wave of settlers in the summer and fall of that year boosted the number of county residents to about a hundred, many of them cattle raisers. Formal organization of Lubbock County came on March 10, 1891, when an election was held for the purpose and Lubbock was made the county seat. The town had been put together by a group of town promoters led by Frank E. Wheelock and W. E. Rayner, who, in a burst of cooperation somewhat unusual for contending town promoters, compromised their differences and in December 1890 united their competing settlements, Monterey and old Lubbock, into the single town of Lubbock. The new county was named for Col. Thomas S. Lubbock, former Texas Ranger, Confederate officer, and brother of a former governor. More at
Lawrence L. Graves, "LUBBOCK COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcl14), accessed January 24, 2016. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 901 square miles (2,333 km2), of which, 899 square miles (2,330 km2) of it is land and 1 square miles (3 km2) of it (0.13%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Hale County (north)
  • Crosby County (east)
  • Lynn County (south)
  • Hockley County (west)


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