Big Wells, Texas

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Population in 2012: 725 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: +3.0%
 
Males: 365  (50.5%)
Females: 360  (49.5%)
Median resident age:  40.9 years
Texas median age:  30.8 years

Zip codes: 78830.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $33,914 (it was $15,208 in 2000)
Big Wells:

$33,914
TX:

$50,740
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $16,683 (it was $6,594 in 2000)

Big Wells city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $33,915 (it was $19,500 in 2000)
Big Wells:

$33,915
TX:

$129,200
Mean prices in 2012: All housing units: $45,151; Detached houses: $34,348; Mobile homes: $65,986
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Big Wells races chart
  • Hispanic - 656 (94.1%)
  • White alone - 33 (4.7%)
  • Black alone - 5 (0.7%)
  • American Indian alone - 2 (0.3%)
  • Two or more races - 1 (0.1%)

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

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Big Wells: 77.9 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (8.6%), Polish (2.8%), Irish (1.5%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 535 feet

Land area: 0.56 square miles.

Population density: 1,306 people per square mile 
 
 (low).
Big Wells, Texas map

For population 25 years and over in Big Wells:

  • High school or higher: 55.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 2.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 13.6%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Big Wells city:

  • Never married: 13.5%
  • Now married: 58.2%
  • Separated: 3.8%
  • Widowed: 11.8%
  • Divorced: 12.7%

32 residents are foreign born

This city:  5.0%
Texas:  16.4%



According to our research of Texas and other state lists there were 3 registered sex offenders living in Big Wells, Texas as of January 27, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in Big Wells to the number of sex offenders is 242 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $379 (1.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $368 (1.1%)

Big Wells satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Laredo, TX (72.5 miles , pop. 176,576).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: San Antonio, TX (88.3 miles , pop. 1,144,646).

Nearest cities: Brundage, TX (2.4 miles) , Asherton, TX (3.8 miles ), Chula Vista-River Spur, TX (4.0 miles ), Catarina, TX (4.0 miles) , Carrizo Hill, TX (4.0 miles ), Crystal City, TX (4.2 miles ), Carrizo Springs, TX (4.2 miles ), Las Colonias, TX (4.2 miles ).

Latitude: 28.57 N, Longitude: 99.57 W

Area code: 830

Big Wells household income distribution Big Wells home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

4.0%
Texas:

5.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -49 (-6.5%).
Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (28%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (28%)
  • Utilities (10%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (9%)
  • Retail trade (8%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (6%)
  • Construction (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (32%)
  • Educational services (22%)
  • Public administration (19%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (2%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (12%)
  • Carpenters (7%)
  • Material moving workers except supervisors and laborers and material movers, hand (7%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (6%)
  • Extraction workers (6%)
  • Religious workers (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (24%)
  • Other teachers and instructors, education, training, and library occupations (12%)
  • Cashiers (12%)
  • Supervisors and other personal care and service workers except personal appearance, transportation, and child care workers (11%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (10%)
  • Business operations specialists (7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)

Work and jobs in Big Wells: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Big Wells, Texas

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Big Wells-area historical tornado activity is significantly below Texas state average. It is 70% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/15/1973, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 27.8 miles away from the Big Wells city center killed 5 people and injured 12 people.

On 4/29/1975, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 41.8 miles away from the city center killed 3 people and injured 5 people.

Earthquake activity:

Big Wells-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Texas state average. It is 78% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

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, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 257.4 miles away from the city center
On 4/9/1993 at 12:29:19, a magnitude 4.3 (4.1 MB, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 89.3 miles away from Big Wells center
On 6/16/1978 at 11:46:54, a magnitude 5.3 (4.4 MB, 4.6 UK, 5.3 ML) earthquake occurred 316.5 miles away from the city center
On 4/7/2008 at 09:51:12, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 MB, 3.9 MW, 3.8 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 96.2 miles away from the city center
On 4/3/2005 at 14:39:16, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 46.3 miles away from Big Wells center
On 3/24/1997 at 22:31:34, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 109.7 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 Dimmit County (7) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 2
Emergencies Declared: 4

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

Airports located in Big Wells:

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Big Wells:

  • Southwest Texas Junior College (about 47 miles; Uvalde, TX; Full-time enrollment: 3,569)
  • Texas A & M International University (about 70 miles; Laredo, TX; FT enrollment: 5,203)
  • Laredo Community College (about 74 miles; Laredo, TX; FT enrollment: 9,743)
  • Palo Alto College (about 81 miles; San Antonio, TX; FT enrollment: 5,055)
  • Northwest Vista College (about 82 miles; San Antonio, TX; FT enrollment: 9,683)
  • Our Lady of the Lake University (about 86 miles; San Antonio, TX; FT enrollment: 2,133)
  • San Antonio College (about 89 miles; San Antonio, TX; FT enrollment: 15,182)

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Notable location: Big Wells Volunteer Fire Department (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Dimmit County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 10.1%
(0.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Black residents, 11.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 12.5% for other race residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.7 people
Texas:  2.8 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  63.7%
Whole state:  69.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  9.0%
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: 0.4% of all households
2 people in other noninstitutional facilities in 2010
3 people in religious group quarters in 2000

Big Wells compared to Texas state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage above state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

Big Wells travel time to work - commute Big Wells mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (80%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (12%)
  • Other fuel (7%)
  • No fuel used (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Big Wells city (based on Dimmit County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 111.42%
Here: 111.4%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchChurches of ChristOther
Adherents85.0%11.6%2.0%0.4%0.9%
Congregations16.7%25.0%16.7%8.3%33.3%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
Dimmit County:

2.04 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.47 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Dimmit County:

2.04 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.11 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 4
Dimmit County:

4.09 / 10,000 pop.
State:

3.95 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 8
Here:

8.17 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

9.0%
Texas:

8.9%
Adult obesity rate:
Dimmit County:

27.6%
Texas:

26.6%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

21.0%
State:

15.7%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 3$4,933$19,7320$0
Solid Waste Management 0$0 3$3,131
Sewerage 0$0 1$400
Water Supply 1$1,600$19,2000$0
Totals for Government 4$6,533$19,5994$3,531

6.30% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 200522,172 ($ average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.30%
Texas average:

8.37%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Bexar County, TX  1.05% ($17,516 average AGI)
from Zavala County, TX  0.68% ($28,250)


8.34% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 200623,913 ($ average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.34%
Texas average:

7.44%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Bexar County, TX  1.92% ($20,293 average AGI)
to Zavala County, TX  0.96% ($18,448)
to Uvalde County, TX  0.46% ($32,071)

Strongest AM radio stations in Big Wells:

  • KKYX (680 AM; 50 kW; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • KVOZ (890 AM; 12 kW; DEL MAR HILLS, TX; Owner: CONSOLIDATED RADIO, INC.)
  • KTKR (760 AM; 50 kW; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Owner: CCB TEXAS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WOAI (1200 AM; 50 kW; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Owner: CCB TEXAS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KENS (1160 AM; 25 kW; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Owner: KENS-TV, INC.)
  • KCTA (1030 AM; 50 kW; CORPUS CHRISTI, TX; Owner: BROADCASTING CORPORATION OF THE SOUTHWEST)
  • KBEN (1450 AM; 1 kW; CARRIZO SPRINGS, TX; Owner: SYLVIA MIJARES)
  • KSAH (720 AM; 10 kW; UNIVERSAL CITY, TX; Owner: KSAH LICENSING, INC.)
  • KDRY (1100 AM; 11 kW; ALAMO HEIGHTS, TX; Owner: KDRY RADIO, INC.)
  • KGBT (1530 AM; 50 kW; HARLINGEN, TX; Owner: TICHENOR LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • KTSA (550 AM; 5 kW; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING CORPORATION OF SAN ANTONIO)
  • KSLR (630 AM; 5 kW; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Owner: SALEM MEDIA OF TEXAS, INC.)
  • KTRH (740 AM; 50 kW; HOUSTON, TX; Owner: AMFM TEXAS LICENSES LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)

Strongest FM radio stations in Big Wells:

  • KLMO-FM (98.9 FM; DILLEY, TX; Owner: DILLEY BROADCASTERS)
  • KBNU (93.9 FM; UVALDE, TX; Owner: RADIO CACTUS, LTD.)
  • KCZO (92.1 FM; CARRIZO SPRINGS, TX; Owner: PAULINO BERNAL EVANGELISM)
  • KHER (94.3 FM; CRYSTAL CITY, TX; Owner: SYLVIA MIJARES)

Big Wells fatal accident list:

Oct 4, 2009 05:35 PM, Travis, Arkansas, Lat: 28.56838, Lon: -99.57191, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 5, Fatalities: 1, Drunken drivers: 1
Mar 18, 1979 00:50 AM, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 1, Drunken drivers: 2

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

45 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers in Big Wells)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

3
  • 200 Ft W Of Fm 1558 & 10 Mi Sse (Lat: 28.467500 Lon: -99.495056), Type: Tower, Structure height: 91 m, Overall height: 97 m, Call Sign: WNDE725
    Assigned Frequencies: 159.090 MHz, 159.210 MHz, 159.097 MHz, 159.217 MHz
    Grant Date: 04/17/2012, Expiration Date: 07/14/2022
    Registrant: Texas Department Of Public Safety, 5805 N. Lamar, Austin, TX 78773-0259, Phone: (512) 424-7134, Fax: (512) 424-5320, Email:
  • .5 Mi N On Hwy 1867 .25 Mi W (Lat: 28.583583 Lon: -99.571167), Structure height: 122 m, Call Sign: KNCZ536, Licensee ID: L00009844
    Assigned Frequencies: 854.637 MHz
    Grant Date: 08/12/1996, Expiration Date: 08/12/2001, Cancellation Date: 06/22/2001
    Registrant: Texaco Communications Inc, 777 Walker, Houston, TX 77252-2099, Phone: (877) 860-3584, Fax: (713) 241-1716, Email:
  • Oryx Big Wills 1.1 Mi Ne (Lat: 28.591083 Lon: -99.561722), Structure height: 15 m, Call Sign: WNXC515
    Assigned Frequencies: 154.471 MHz
    Grant Date: 08/19/1996, Expiration Date: 08/19/2001, Cancellation Date: 06/19/2001
    Registrant: Keller And Heckman LLP, 1001 G Street Nw Suite 500 West, Washington, DC 20001, Phone: (202) 434-4130, Fax: (202) 434-4646, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

5
  • STATION, 0.4 Mi N Of Hwy 85 (Lat: 28.583583 Lon: -99.571139), Overall height: 127.4 m, Call Sign: WNTI655
    Assigned Frequencies: 928.081 MHz, 952.081 MHz
    Grant Date: 04/21/1999, Expiration Date: 02/27/2001, Cancellation Date: 06/03/2001
    Registrant: Phone: (202) 434-4180
  • BIG WELLS, E On Fm 85 For 1.8 Mi Right On Paved Rd For .9 Mi (Lat: 28.557472 Lon: -99.536972), Type: Tower, Structure height: 21.3 m, Call Sign: WNTP606
    Assigned Frequencies: 2140.40 MHz
    Grant Date: 06/20/2002, Expiration Date: 08/10/2012, Cancellation Date: 09/11/2006, Certifier: Peet Bighorse
    Registrant: Keller And Heckman LLP, 1001 G Street, Nw, Suite 500 West, Washington, DC 20001, Phone: (202) 434-4130, Fax: (202) 434-4646, Email:
  • BIG WELLS, 2.3 Mi E Of Big Wells (Lat: 28.572194 Lon: -99.514194), Overall height: 141.7 m, Call Sign: WPNN473
    Assigned Frequencies: 2174.80 MHz
    Grant Date: 09/03/1998, Expiration Date: 09/03/2008, Cancellation Date: 02/05/2008, Certifier: David C Jatlow
    Registrant: At&t Mobility LLC, 1120 20th Street, Nw, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: (202) 457-2055, Fax: (202) 457-3074, Email:
  • BGWLTX01, 615 N Fm 1867 (Lat: 28.582028 Lon: -99.570556), Type: Gtower, Structure height: 122.2 m, Overall height: 124 m, Call Sign: WQRH582
    Assigned Frequencies: 6226.89 MHz, 6286.19 MHz
    Grant Date: 05/15/2013, Expiration Date: 05/15/2023, Certifier: Allen Shipman
    Registrant: Texas Energy Network, LLC, 4900 Woodway Drive, Suite 512, Houston, TX 77056, Phone: (713) 621-0800, Fax: (713) 621-0804, Email:
  • BIG WELLS, 115 Commerce Street (Lat: 28.573861 Lon: -99.569472), Overall height: 47.5 m, Call Sign: WDU610
    Assigned Frequencies: 6004.50 MHz, 6041.60 MHz
    Grant Date: 08/24/1990, Expiration Date: 08/01/2000, Cancellation Date: 06/08/1994
    Registrant: Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, One Bell Plaza Rm 3350, Dallas, TX 75265-5521

FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers:

1
  • Approx 6 Mi Nne (Lat: 28.642389 Lon: -99.464194), Type: Tower, Structure height: 54.9 m, Call Sign: WQOW417
    Assigned Frequencies: 217.000 MHz, 219.000 MHz
    Grant Date: 12/27/2012, Expiration Date: 06/25/2013, Certifier: Larry Jacobs
    Registrant: Keller And Heckman LLP, 1001 G Street Nw, Suite 500 West, Washington, DC 20001, Phone: (202) 434-4178, Email:

FAA Registered Aircraft:

1
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 182D (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 119 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR O-470 SERIES (230 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 9017X , Serial Number: 18253417, Year manufactured: 1961, Airworthiness Date: 05/13/1961
    Registrant (Individual): Randall R Matthews, Po Box 63, Big Wells, TX 78830

Most common first names in Big Wells, TX among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Manuel679.3 years
Maria673.5 years
Pedro673.3 years
Jesus475.7 years
Jose475.2 years
Juan477.3 years
Manuela479.0 years
Carlos369.3 years
Felix360.7 years
Guadalupe374.4 years
Most common last names in Big Wells, TX among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Perez1081.3 years
Talamantes1078.8 years
Galan972.8 years
Rodriguez971.2 years
Lopez874.9 years
Villarreal878.4 years
Cortez772.8 years
Garcia776.6 years
Martinez677.0 years
Marinez583.4 years
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