According to Mathgeneral.com, Spur, Texas is a small city located in the South Plains region of the state. It is situated near the confluence of three rivers – the Brazos, Colorado, and Llano. The climate in Spur is typically hot and dry during the summer months and mild during the winter months. The average rainfall for Spur is around 17 inches per year. The city has a rich history that dates back to its founding in 1879 as a trading post for cowboys and ranchers. The population of Spur has steadily increased over time, reaching 4,874 as of 2019.
Politically, Spur is a part of Dickens County which leans conservatively Republican. The economy of Spur is largely based on agriculture and ranching with some small businesses operating in town as well. There are several schools located in or nearby Spur including Spur ISD and Dickens High School. Some notable landmarks include the historic downtown square which features a variety of shops, restaurants, and other attractions; Pecan Park which provides outdoor recreation activities such as fishing, camping, and picnicking; and the Spur Museum which houses artifacts from the early days of Texas settlement.
Population: 1,088. Estimated population in July 2020: 1,027 (-5.6% change)
Males: 496 (45.6%), Females: 592 (54.4%)
Zip code: 79370
Median resident age: 44.3 years
Median household income: $24,286
Median house value: $19,800
Races in Spur:
- White Non-Hispanic (64.3%)
- Hispanic (31.3%)
- Other race (21.1%)
- Black (3.4%)
- American Indian (1.7%)
- Two or more races (1.6%)
(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)
Ancestries: United States (16.2%), English (7.6%), Irish (6.3%), German (5.8%), Scotch-Irish (2.5%), Scottish (2.2%).
Elevation: 2291 feet
Land area: 1.6 square miles
Spur, Texas is a small rural town located in Dickens County with a population of 1,722. The majority of the population is White Americans, making up 86.7 percent of the population. African Americans make up 6.8 percent, Native Americans make up 0.4 percent, Asians make up 4.4 percent, and Pacific Islanders make up 0.2 percent. The remaining population is made up of those from other racial backgrounds such as Hispanic or Latino (of any race), at 2.6 percent; and those from two or more races, at 0.3 percent.
The median age in Spur is 38 years old and the median household income is $37,874 per year. The town has an unemployment rate of 4%, which is lower than the national average of 5%. Most of Spur’s residents are employed in agriculture and manufacturing jobs; however, there are also many small businesses throughout town that employ people locally as well as some larger companies located nearby that provide employment opportunities to Spur’s citizens who commute to work outside of town limits daily.
Education wise, Spur has its own school district that includes an elementary school for grades pre-K through 5th grade; a middle school for grades 6th through 8th grade; and a high school for grades 9th through 12th grade which also offers dual credit programs for college courses for students who wish to pursue higher education after graduation from high school.
For population 25 years and over in Spur
- High school or higher: 66.7%
- Bachelor’s degree or higher: 7.6%
- Graduate or professional degree: 1.0%
- Unemployed: 8.1%
- Mean travel time to work: 19.2 minutes
For population 15 years and over in Spur city
- Never married: 16.9%
- Now married: 56.5%
- Separated: 2.3%
- Widowed: 11.0%
- Divorced: 13.3%
2.8% Foreign born (2.8% Latin America).
Population change in the 1990s: -221 (-16.9%).
Hospitals/medical centers near Spur:
- CROSBYTON CLINIC HOSPITAL (about 29 miles; CROSBYTON, TX)
- STONEWALL MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (about 48 miles; ASPERMONT, TX)
- FISHER COUNTY HOSPITAL DISTRICT (about 50 miles; ROTAN, TX)
Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Spur:
- LUBBOCK INTL (about 68 miles; LUBBOCK, TX; Abbreviation: LBB)
- DYESS AFB (about 101 miles; ABILENE, TX; Abbreviation: DYS)
- ABILENE REGIONAL (about 111 miles; ABILENE, TX; Abbreviation: ABI)
Other public-use airports nearest to Spur:
- KENT COUNTY (about 27 miles; JAYTON, TX; Abbreviation: 22F)
- CROSBYTON MUNICIPAL (about 28 miles; CROSBYTON, TX; Abbreviation: 8F3)
- POST-GARZA COUNTY MUNI (about 39 miles; POST, TX; Abbreviation: 5F1)
Colleges and Universities
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Spur:
- TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY (about 68 miles; LUBBOCK, TX; Full-time enrollment: 22,439)
- WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY (about 78 miles; PLAINVIEW, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,578)
- HARDIN-SIMMONS UNIVERSITY (about 104 miles; Abilene, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,026)
- ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY (about 106 miles; ABILENE, TX; Full-time enrollment: 4,380)
- SOUTH PLAINS COLLEGE (about 109 miles; LEVELLAND, TX; Full-time enrollment: 3,851)
- WEST TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY (about 125 miles; CANYON, TX; Full-time enrollment: 5,476)
- MIDLAND COLLEGE (about 131 miles; MIDLAND, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,800)
Public primary/middle school in Spur:
- SPUR SCHOOL (Students: 294; Location: 800 N WILLIAMS; Grades: PK – 12)
Library in Spur:
- DICKENS COUNTY SPUR PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $16,347; Location: 415 E HILL ST; 11,927 books; 76 audio materials; 74 video materials; 1 serial subscriptions)