Big Spring, Texas

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Population in 2019: 28,187 (98% urban, 2% rural).
Population change since 2000: +11.7%
 
Males: 15,766  (55.9%)
Females: 12,421  (44.1%)
Median resident age:

35.8 years
Texas median age:

35.1 years

Zip codes: 79720.

Estimated median household income in 2019: $54,100 (it was $28,257 in 2000)
Big Spring:

$54,100
TX:

$64,034

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $22,565 (it was $14,119 in 2000)

Big Spring city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $105,137 (it was $36,300 in 2000)
Big Spring:

$105,137
TX:

$200,400

Median gross rent in 2019: $917.

March 2019 cost of living index in Big Spring: 78.6 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 20.4%
(14.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 57.5% for Black residents, 23.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 38.6% for American Indian residents, 14.9% for other race residents, 5.8% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Big Spring, TX (2019)
    • 14,26949.6%Hispanic
    • 11,68640.6%White alone
    • 1,6995.9%Black alone
    • 6182.1%Two or more races
    • 2350.8%Asian alone
    • 2030.7%American Indian alone
    • 340.1%Other race alone
    • 100.03%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone

Races in Big Spring detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of Texas and other state lists, there were 123 registered sex offenders living in Big Spring, Texas as of April 21, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Big Spring is 238 to 1.


Crime rates in Big Spring by year

Type

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Murders
(per 100,000)
1
(4.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(8.4)
2
(8.3)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(7.2)
2
(7.2)
1
(3.5)
1
(3.5)
3
(10.3)
2
(7.0)
2
(7.1)
3
(10.6)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
17
(68.2)
35
(145.2)
16
(66.8)
22
(91.0)
17
(69.8)
19
(68.2)
15
(54.0)
8
(28.9)
5
(17.6)
10
(34.8)
6
(20.6)
8
(27.8)
7
(25.0)
11
(38.9)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
15
(60.1)
26
(107.9)
33
(137.8)
40
(165.4)
9
(37.0)
9
(32.3)
11
(39.6)
19
(68.7)
36
(127.0)
30
(104.3)
15
(51.4)
22
(76.5)
14
(50.0)
21
(74.3)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
105
(421.0)
136
(564.3)
108
(450.9)
118
(488.0)
152
(624.1)
162
(581.6)
132
(475.3)
118
(426.9)
174
(614.0)
190
(660.3)
150
(513.9)
134
(466.1)
129
(460.7)
117
(413.7)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
348
(1,395)
429
(1,780)
410
(1,712)
349
(1,443)
353
(1,449)
231
(829.3)
271
(975.7)
308
(1,114)
310
(1,094)
279
(969.6)
305
(1,045)
221
(768.8)
166
(592.8)
173
(611.8)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
751
(3,011)
1,112
(4,614)
1,103
(4,605)
1,317
(5,446)
1,001
(4,110)
768
(2,757)
785
(2,826)
817
(2,956)
965
(3,405)
969
(3,368)
1,022
(3,501)
723
(2,515)
552
(1,971)
731
(2,585)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
60
(240.6)
75
(311.2)
76
(317.3)
59
(244.0)
47
(193.0)
36
(129.2)
43
(154.8)
51
(184.5)
58
(204.7)
81
(281.5)
79
(270.6)
85
(295.7)
77
(275.0)
145
(512.8)
Arson
(per 100,000)
6
(24.1)
9
(37.3)
17
(71.0)
24
(99.3)
1
(4.1)
1
(3.6)
6
(21.6)
3
(10.9)
5
(17.6)
9
(31.3)
8
(27.4)
7
(24.4)
3
(10.7)
7
(24.8)
City-Data.com crime index402.2595.5531.1575.0473.0359.2358.3354.6411.2423.2390.0330.4283.8344.6

The City-Data.com crime index weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. Higher means more crime, U.S. average is 270.6. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

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City-data.com crime index in Big Spring, TX

Crime rate in Big Spring detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2019, including police officers: 47 (33 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.17
Texas average:

1.79
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Ancestries: American (5.9%), German (2.7%), English (2.5%), Irish (1.9%), Scottish (1.4%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 2432 feet

Land area: 19.1 square miles.

Population density: 1,475 people per square mile   (low).

Big Spring, Texas map

4,186 residents are foreign born (13.2% Latin America).

This city:

14.5%
Texas:

17.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $2,584 (1.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $971 (1.3%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Midland, TX (40.1 miles , pop. 94,996).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Fort Worth, TX (244.0 miles , pop. 534,694).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: San Antonio, TX (261.2 miles , pop. 1,144,646).

Nearest cities:

Sand Springs, TX (2.8 miles ),
Coahoma, TX (3.3 miles ),
Forsan, TX (3.4 miles ),
Stanton, TX (4.5 miles ),
Ackerly, TX (4.9 miles ),
Garden City, TX (5.1 miles ),
Tarzan-Lenorah, TX (5.2 miles ),
Westbrook, TX (5.3 miles )

Latitude: 32.24 N, Longitude: 101.48 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +1,517 (+5.3%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 8,628 (79.5%)

Area code: 432

Distribution of median household income in Big Spring, TX in 2019
Distribution of house value in Big Spring, TX in 2019
Big Spring satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 22 buildings, average cost: $115,100
  • 1998: 22 buildings, average cost: $67,000
  • 1999: 13 buildings, average cost: $38,800
  • 2000: 15 buildings, average cost: $64,300
  • 2001: 3 buildings, average cost: $113,300
  • 2003: 3 buildings, average cost: $75,300
  • 2005: 2 buildings, average cost: $142,000
  • 2006: 2 buildings, average cost: $140,000
  • 2007: 16 buildings, average cost: $165,000
  • 2008: 10 buildings, average cost: $107,400
  • 2009: 2 buildings, average cost: $238,000
  • 2010: 2 buildings, average cost: $192,500
  • 2011: 5 buildings, average cost: $108,100
  • 2012: 15 buildings, average cost: $165,100
  • 2013: 39 buildings, average cost: $140,700
  • 2014: 29 buildings, average cost: $120,600
  • 2015: 95 buildings, average cost: $100,500
  • 2016: 21 buildings, average cost: $130,100
  • 2017: 22 buildings, average cost: $179,400
  • 2018: 28 buildings, average cost: $172,500
  • 2019: 37 buildings, average cost: $204,900
Number of permits per 10,000 Big Spring, TX residents
Average permit cost in Big Spring, TX
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

9.7%
Texas:

8.0%
Unemployment by year
Historical population in Big Spring, TX
Historical housing units in Big Spring, TX

Population change in the 1990s: +2,106 (+9.1%).
Most common industries in Big Spring, TX (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (19.1%)
  • Educational services (11.5%)
  • Public administration (8.4%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.5%)
  • Construction (6.3%)
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (3.9%)
  • Finance & insurance (3.5%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (11.0%)
  • Public administration (10.5%)
  • Health care (9.4%)
  • Educational services (7.7%)
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (7.1%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.0%)
  • Plastics & rubber products (3.0%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (28.9%)
  • Educational services (15.4%)
  • Accommodation & food services (8.1%)
  • Public administration (6.3%)
  • Finance & insurance (5.1%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (3.7%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (2.9%)
Most common occupations in Big Spring, TX (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (4.6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.6%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.3%)
  • Law enforcement workers, including supervisors (3.5%)
  • Registered nurses (3.4%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (2.9%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6.3%)
  • Law enforcement workers, including supervisors (5.9%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5.3%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.0%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (3.6%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (3.5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (3.2%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (6.8%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (6.7%)
  • Registered nurses (6.1%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (5.1%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.9%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.0%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (3.8%)

Average climate in Big Spring, Texas

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Tornado activity:

Big Spring-area historical tornado activity is below Texas state average. It is 19% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/24/1957, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 23.7 miles away from the Big Spring city center injured one person and caused between $500 and $5000 in damages.

On 6/20/1964, a category F2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado 11.4 miles away from the city center caused between $500 and $5000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Big Spring-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Texas state average. It is 340% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/16/1978 at 11:46:54, a magnitude 5.3 (4.4 MB, 4.6 UK, 5.3 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 68.3 miles away from Big Spring center
On 4/14/1995 at 00:32:56, a magnitude 5.7 (5.6 MB, 5.7 MS, 5.7 MW, Depth: 11.1 mi) earthquake occurred 176.0 miles away from Big Spring center
On 1/2/1992 at 11:45:35, a magnitude 5.0 (4.6 MB, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 95.3 miles away from Big Spring center
On 3/26/2020 at 15:16:27, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MW, Depth: 5.9 mi) earthquake occurred 154.9 miles away from the city center
On 9/11/2011 at 12:27:44, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 58.7 miles away from the city center
On 11/6/2011 at 03:53:10, a magnitude 5.7 (5.7 MW, Depth: 3.2 mi) earthquake occurred 353.3 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Howard County (13) is near the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Fires: 8, Hurricanes: 3, Flood: 1, Storm: 1, Tornado: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Big Spring topographic map

Hospitals in Big Spring:

  • BIG SPRING STATE HOSPITAL (1901 NORTH HIGHWAY 87)
  • COMANCHE FLATS (1315 BAYLOR)
  • FORDHAM HOME BIG SPRING (3304 FORDHAM AVE)
  • HALL BENNETT MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (411 EAST 9TH STREET)
  • HAMILTON HOME (3801 HAMILTON ST)
  • ODYSSEY HEALTHCARE OF BIG SPRING (1510 SOUTH GREGG STREET)
  • SCENIC MOUNTAIN MEDICAL CENTER (Proprietary, 1601 W 11TH PLACE)
  • VA WEST TEXAS HEALTHCARE SYSTEM (Government Federal, 300 VETERANS BLVD.)

Nursing Homes in Big Spring:

  • BIG SPRING CARE CENTER (901 GOLIAD STREET)
  • COMANCHE TRAIL NURSING CENTER (3200 PARKWAY)
  • LAMUN-LUSK-SANCHEZ TEXAS STATE VETERANS HOME (1809 N HWY 87)
  • MOUNTAIN VIEW LODGE (2009 VIRGINIA)
  • PARKVIEW NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER (3200 PARKWAY)

Dialysis Facilities in Big Spring:

  • FMC WEST TEXAS DIALYSIS (501 BIRDWELL LANE)

Home Health Centers in Big Spring:

  • CARING HEARTS (1900 SCURRY STREET)
  • ENCOMPASS HOME HEALTH OF THE PERMIAN BASIN (1900 GREGG STREET SUITE C)

Airports and heliports located in Big Spring:

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Amtrak station:

BIG SPRING (GREYHOUND STA., 311 E. THIRD ST.) - Bus Station . Services: intercity bus service.

Colleges/Universities in Big Spring:

  • Howard College (Full-time enrollment: 2,587; Location: 1001 Birdwell Lane; Public; Website: www.howardcollege.edu)
  • Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf (Full-time enrollment: 110; Location: 3200 Ave C; Public; Website: www.howardcollege.edu/swcid/)

Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Big Spring:

  • Midland College (about 40 miles; Midland, TX; Full-time enrollment: 3,650)
  • The University of Texas of the Permian Basin (about 56 miles; Odessa, TX; FT enrollment: 2,982)
  • Odessa College (about 60 miles; Odessa, TX; FT enrollment: 3,107)
  • Angelo State University (about 82 miles; San Angelo, TX; FT enrollment: 6,019)
  • Texas Tech University (about 96 miles; Lubbock, TX; FT enrollment: 29,251)
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (about 97 miles; Lubbock, TX; FT enrollment: 3,269)
  • Abilene Christian University (about 105 miles; Abilene, TX; FT enrollment: 4,025)

Public high schools in Big Spring:

Public elementary/middle schools in Big Spring:

  • BIG SPRING INT (Students: 974, Location: 2000 S GOLIAD, Grades: 6)
  • MARCY EL (Students: 533, Location: 2101 WASSON RD, Grades: KG-5)
  • WASHINGTON EL (Students: 394, Location: 1201 BIRDWELL LN, Grades: KG-5)
  • FORSAN EL AT ELBOW (Students: 322, Location: 5001 NICHOLS RD, Grades: PK-5)
  • GOLIAD EL (Location: 1900 S GOLIAD, Grades: KG-5)
  • MOSS EL (Location: 3200 FORDHAM AVE, Grades: KG-5)
  • BIG SPRING J H (Location: 610 E 6TH ST, Grades: 7-8)
See full list of schools located in Big Spring

Library in Big Spring:

  • HOWARD COUNTY LIBRARY (Operating income: $387,519; Location: 500 S MAIN ST; 70,296 books; 2,047 audio materials; 1,849 video materials; 50 state licensed databases; 61 print serial subscriptions)

User-submitted facts and corrections:

  • Big Spring Veterans Hospital

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Big Spring: Big Spring Fire Department Station 5 (A), Big Spring Fire Department Station 1 (B), Big Spring Fire Department Station 2 (C), Big Spring Fire Department Station 4 (D), Big Spring Fire Department Station 3 (E), Air Evac Lifeteam Base Big Spring (F), Potton-Hayden House (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Big Spring include: Saint Paul Church (A), Trinity Baptist Church (B), Primitive Baptist Church (C), Northside Baptist Church (D), New Mount Zion Baptist Church (E), Iglesia Bautista Central Church (F), Hillcrest Baptist Church (G), First Mexican Baptist Church (H), College Baptist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Mount Olive Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Reservoirs: Cosden Lake (A), Comanche Lake (B), Refinery Lake (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Big Spring include: Comanche Trail City Park (1), ABC Park (2), Big Spring State Park (3), Birdwell Park (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attraction: Fastrax Family Fun Center (1001 Scurry Street) (1). Display/hide its approximate location on the map

Hotels: Camlot Inn (2902 East Interstate 20) (1), Best Western Plaza Inn (300 Tulane Avenue) (2), Best Western Motor Lodge (I 20 And Us # 87) (3), Classic Inn (2900 West Highway 80) (4), Comfort Inn Big Spring (2900 East I-20) (5). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Courts: Big Spring City - Municipal Court (310 Nolan Street) (1), C A S A Court Appointed Special Advocates (210 West 3rd Street) (2). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Birthplace of: Betty Buckley - Actress, Ryan Tannehill - Football player, Sonny Dykes - College football coach, J. J. Pickle - Politician, Janette Luu - Television news anchor, Ronna Reeves - Country singer, Celinda Pink - Country singer, Charley Johnson - Football player, Charlie West - Football player, Dave O'Brien (actor) - Film actor.

Howard County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential
Average household size:
This city:

2.6 people
Texas:

2.8 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

66.3%
Whole state:

69.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

7.9%
Whole state:

6.0%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

People in group quarters in Big Spring in 2010:

  • 2,940 people in federal detention centers
  • 2,288 people in federal prisons
  • 280 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 264 people in college/university student housing
  • 192 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 68 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 19 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 15 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 14 people in other noninstitutional facilities

People in group quarters in Big Spring in 2000:

  • 2,620 people in other types of correctional institutions
  • 1,294 people in federal prisons and detention centers
  • 244 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 208 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 147 people in nursing homes
  • 135 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 78 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 45 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 13 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 2 people in other nonhousehold living situations

Banks with branches in Big Spring (2011 data):

  • Western Bank: Downtown Big Spring Branch at 607 S. Scurry, branch established on 2003/07/01; Big Spring Branch at 1810 East Fm 700, branch established on 1992/09/21. Info updated 2009/06/01: Bank assets: $196.5 mil, Deposits: $174.0 mil, headquarters in Coahoma, TX, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 8 total offices, Holding Company: Western Bancshares, Inc.
  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Big Spring Branch at 400 S Main Street, branch established on 1934/02/02. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
  • The State National Bank of Big Spring: The State National Bank Of Big Sprin at 901 Main Street, branch established on 1909/03/01. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $299.9 mil, Deposits: $273.3 mil, local headquarters, positive income, 3 total offices, Holding Company: Snb Financial, Inc.
  • LONE STAR STATE BANK OF WEST TEXAS: Big Spring Branch at 600 E. Fm 700, branch established on 2008/04/21. Info updated 2009/01/08: Bank assets: $431.3 mil, Deposits: $384.4 mil, headquarters in Lubbock, TX, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 4 total offices, Holding Company: Lone Star State Bancshares, Inc.
  • Compass Bank: Big Spring Branch at 1500 South Gregg Street, branch established on 1935/07/01. Info updated 2011/02/24: Bank assets: $63,107.0 mil, Deposits: $46,232.4 mil, headquarters in Birmingham, AL, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 720 total offices, Holding Company: Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.
  • Woodforest National Bank: Big Spring Wal-Mart Branch at 201 West Marcy, branch established on 2001/06/23. Info updated 2011/05/10: Bank assets: $3,488.9 mil, Deposits: $3,097.6 mil, headquarters in Houston, TX, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 766 total offices, Holding Company: Woodforest Financial Group Employee Stock Ownership Plan (With 401(K) Provisions)
  • American State Bank: Big Spring Branch at 1411 Gregg Street, branch established on 1956/07/14. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $3,079.1 mil, Deposits: $2,459.5 mil, headquarters in Lubbock, TX, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 46 total offices, Holding Company: American State Financial Corporation

For population 15 years and over in Big Spring:

Marital status in Big Spring, TX
  • Never married: 36.7%
  • Now married: 39.6%
  • Separated: 3.5%
  • Widowed: 6.9%
  • Divorced: 13.4%

For population 25 years and over in Big Spring:

  • High school or higher: 78.6%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 11.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.8%
  • Unemployed: 7.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 17.3 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

12.2
Texas average:

13.8

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2019
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Big Spring
Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Big Spring, TX (based on Howard County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant12,58953
Catholic4,5002
Mainline Protestant2,0417
Other4072
Black Protestant3642
None15,111-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 3
This county:

0.93 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.47 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Howard County:

0.31 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Howard County:

0.62 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.11 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 23
This county:

7.13 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

3.95 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 21
Here:

6.51 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

6.13 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

9.1%
Texas:

8.9%
Adult obesity rate:
Howard County:

28.4%
Texas:

26.6%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Howard County:

10.2%
Texas:

15.7%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

47.8%
State:

48.0%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Big Spring:

45.6%
Texas:

46.4%

Average BMI:
Here:

28.6
State:

28.5

People feeling badly about themselves:
Here:

20.7%
Texas:

21.2%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

10.0%
State:

10.4%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Big Spring:

6.8
Texas:

6.8

Overweight people:
Big Spring:

32.4%
State:

33.0%

General health condition:
This city:

54.8%
Texas:

55.5%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

79.4%
Texas:

80.4%

More about Health and Nutrition of Big Spring, TX Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2019)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Firefighters 53$293,233$66,3920$0
Police Protection - Officers 43$225,895$63,0400$0
Parks and Recreation 19$68,922$43,5302$2,345
Water Supply 19$85,102$53,7490$0
Financial Administration 16$66,143$49,6070$0
Solid Waste Management 14$53,121$45,5320$0
Fire - Other 11$75,932$82,8350$0
Streets and Highways 11$38,002$41,4570$0
Other and Unallocable 9$26,822$35,7630$0
Sewerage 8$28,423$42,6350$0
Airports 7$28,168$48,2880$0
Judicial and Legal 7$36,925$63,3000$0
Other Government Administration 6$38,325$76,6500$0
Housing and Community Development (Local) 6$11,346$22,6921$1,094
Health 5$14,096$33,8300$0
Welfare 4$12,757$38,2712$1,703
Totals for Government 238$1,103,210$55,6245$5,141

Big Spring government finances - Expenditure in 2017 (per resident):

  • Construction - Air Transportation: $861,000 ($30.55)
  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $12,460,000 ($442.05)
    Police Protection: $5,057,000 ($179.41)
    Local Fire Protection: $2,898,000 ($102.81)
    Regular Highways: $2,452,000 ($86.99)
    Central Staff Services: $2,329,000 ($82.63)
    Parks and Recreation: $1,826,000 ($64.78)
    Air Transportation: $1,153,000 ($40.91)
    Financial Administration: $610,000 ($21.64)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $336,000 ($11.92)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $297,000 ($10.54)
    General Public Buildings: $26,000 ($0.92)
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - General - Other: $400,000 ($14.19)
    Other - Financial Administration: $75,000 ($2.66)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $19,967,000 ($708.38)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $1,099,000 ($38.99)

Big Spring government finances - Revenue in 2017 (per resident):

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $3,161,000 ($112.14)
    Sewerage: $2,755,000 ($97.74)
    Air Transportation: $2,044,000 ($72.52)
    Other: $876,000 ($31.08)
    Parks and Recreation: $690,000 ($24.48)
    Natural Resources - Other: $248,000 ($8.80)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $75,000 ($2.66)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $5,000 ($0.18)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $454,000 ($16.11)
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $422,000 ($14.97)
    Special Assessments: $147,000 ($5.22)
    Interest Earnings: $71,000 ($2.52)
    Sale of Property: $3,000 ($0.11)
    Donations From Private Sources: $2,000 ($0.07)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $10,200,000 ($361.87)
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $684,000 ($24.27)
    Water Utilities: $15,000 ($0.53)
  • Tax - Property: $6,520,000 ($231.31)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $6,345,000 ($225.10)
    Other License: $342,000 ($12.13)
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $35,000 ($1.24)
    Amusements License: $1,000 ($0.04)

Big Spring government finances - Debt in 2017 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $27,465,000 ($974.39)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $25,400,000 ($901.12)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $10,045,000 ($356.37)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $7,980,000 ($283.11)
  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - End of Fiscal Year: $2,007,000 ($71.20)
    Beginning: $1,755,000 ($62.26)

Big Spring government finances - Cash and Securities in 2017 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $17,656,000 ($626.39)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $60,000 ($2.13)

9.26% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($48,292 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.26%
Texas average:

7.26%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Midland County, TX  0.74% ($71,881 average AGI)
to Tarrant County, TX  0.41% ($34,065)
to Bexar County, TX  0.34% ($38,333)
Businesses in Big Spring, TX
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven7Long John Silver's1
Ace Hardware1MasterBrand Cabinets3
AutoZone1Maurices1
Best Western1McDonald's1
Blockbuster1Motel 61
Chevrolet1Nike3
ColorTyme1Payless1
Days Inn1RadioShack1
Dennys1SONIC Drive-In2
Domino's Pizza1Sears1
FedEx2Super 81
Ford1T-Mobile2
GameStop1True Value1
H&R Block2U-Haul2
Hilton1UPS3
Holiday Inn1Walmart1
KFC1Wendy's1
La Quinta1YMCA1
La-Z-Boy1

Strongest AM radio stations in Big Spring:

  • KBYG (1400 AM; 1 kW; BIG SPRING, TX; Owner: DREW BALLARD)
  • KBST (1490 AM; 1 kW; BIG SPRING, TX; Owner: EQUICOM, INC.)
  • KCRS (550 AM; 5 kW; MIDLAND, TX; Owner: CCB TEXAS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KICA (980 AM; 50 kW; CLOVIS, NM; Owner: BROADCAST ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION)
  • KWEL (1070 AM; daytime; 3 kW; MIDLAND, TX; Owner: FAUSTINO QUIROZ)
  • KINF (1020 AM; 50 kW; ROSWELL, NM; Owner: JAMES CRYSTAL HOLDINGS OF NEW MEXICO, INC.)
  • KKYX (680 AM; 50 kW; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • KMUL (1380 AM; 50 kW; MULESHOE, TX; Owner: BROADCAST ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION)
  • KMND (1510 AM; daytime; 2 kW; MIDLAND, TX; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WBAP (820 AM; 50 kW; FORT WORTH, TX; Owner: WBAP-KSCS OPERATING, LTD.)
  • KTKR (760 AM; 50 kW; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Owner: CCB TEXAS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KFYO (790 AM; 5 kW; LUBBOCK, TX; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KGKL (960 AM; 5 kW; SAN ANGELO, TX; Owner: KGKL, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Big Spring:

  • KBTS (94.3 FM; BIG SPRING, TX; Owner: EQUICOM, INC.)
  • KBST-FM (95.7 FM; BIG SPRING, TX; Owner: EQUICOM, INC.)
  • KBCX (91.5 FM; BIG SPRING, TX; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • KTXC (104.7 FM; LAMESA, TX; Owner: MIDESSA BROADCASTING LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • K209DK (89.7 FM; BIG SPRING, TX; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • KCHX (106.7 FM; MIDLAND, TX; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • DK280BP (103.9 FM; BIG SPRING, TX; Owner: PONCA CITY RADIO INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Big Spring:

  • KWAB-TV (Channel 4; BIG SPRING, TX; Owner: MIDESSA TELEVISION COMPANY)
  • K10HH (Channel 10; BIG SPRINGS, TX; Owner: ICA BROADCASTING I, LTD.)
  • K46FO (Channel 46; BIG SPRING, TX; Owner: PRIME TIME CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING, INC.)
Fatal accident count
See more detailed statistics of Big Spring fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2019 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 106Number of bridges
  • 1,778ft / 542mTotal length
  • $16,804,000Total costs
  • 777,082Total average daily traffic
  • 213,958Total average daily truck traffic
  • 805,175Total future (year 2027) average daily traffic
New bridges in Big Spring, TX - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 71930-1939
  • 21940-1949
  • 201950-1959
  • 431960-1969
  • 71970-1979
  • 21980-1989
  • 21990-1999
  • 32000-2009
  • 202010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Big Spring, TX
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Big Spring)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 428 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Big Spring, TX)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 5 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 30 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 98 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 5 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 4 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 131 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Big Spring)

FAA Registered Aircraft: 52 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Big Spring)

2003 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2003 - 2018 the average number of fire incidents per year is 188. The highest number of fires - 313 took place in 2011, and the least - 0 in 2005. The data has a rising trend.
    Fire incident types in Big Spring, TX When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Outside Fires (62.6%), and Structure Fires (19.0%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Big Spring, TX
    • 1,88462.6%Outside Fires
    • 57219.0%Structure Fires
    • 38512.8%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 1695.6%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Big Spring, TX

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Big Spring, Texas:

  • Motel 6 Big Spring, 600 W Ih-20 Rt 2, Big Spring, Texas 79720 , Phone: (432) 267-1695, Fax: (432) 267-4048
  • Comfort Inn Big Spring, 2900 E I-20, Big Spring, Texas 79720 , Phone: (432) 267-4553, Fax: (432) 267-4553
  • Holiday Inn Express, 1109 Aylesford, Big Spring, Texas 79720 , Phone: (432) 263-5400, Fax: (432) 263-5401
  • Hampton Inn & Suites, 805 W I-20 Hwy, Big Spring, Texas 79720 , Phone: (432) 264-9800, Fax: (432) 264-9801
  • Advantage Inn And Suites, 804 W Interstate 20, Big Spring, Texas 79720 , Phone: (432) 263-5200, Fax: (432) 263-5462
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites, 1102 Ih 20 W, Big Spring, Texas 79720 , Phone: (432) 264-0222, Fax: (432) 264-0840
  • The Hotel Settles, 200 E 3rd St, Big Spring, Texas 79720 , Phone: (432) 267-7500
  • Baymont Inn, 917 Lamesa Hwy, Big Spring, Texas 79720 , Phone: (432) 268-0568
  • Quality Inn and Suites, 300 Tulane Ave, Big spring, Texas 79720 , Phone: (432) 264-7086, Fax: (432) 264-7995
All 9 fire-safe hotels and motels in Big Spring, Texas
Most common first names in Big Spring, TX among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James22972.0 years
William20872.7 years
John18473.5 years
Mary17877.6 years
Robert13068.0 years
George10173.6 years
Joe7968.2 years
Willie7976.0 years
Charles7569.8 years
Ruby6680.2 years
Most common last names in Big Spring, TX among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith12976.2 years
Jones7575.3 years
Johnson7074.3 years
Williams6873.7 years
Brown6775.0 years
White6170.2 years
Walker5874.9 years
Miller5577.4 years
Anderson5578.2 years
Moore5475.0 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Big Spring, TX
  • 67.8%Utility gas
  • 31.2%Electricity
  • 0.6%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.4%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Big Spring, TX
  • 56.2%Electricity
  • 42.6%Utility gas
  • 0.8%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.4%No fuel used


Big Spring compared to Texas state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.

Big Spring on our top lists:

  • #14 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in other types of correctional institutions (population 1,000+)"
  • #38 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in federal prisons and detention centers (population 1,000+)"
  • #44 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (population 5,000+)"
  • #49 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: transportation occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #49 on the list of "Top 100 cities with lowest ratio of median house value to median household income (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #81 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards (population 1,000+)"
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