Lufkin, Texas

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Lufkin, Texas
—  City  —
View of downtown Lufkin
Location of Lufkin, Texas
Coordinates: 31°20′13″N 94°43′49″W / 31.33694°N 94.73028°W / 31.33694; -94.73028Coordinates: 31°20′13″N 94°43′49″W / 31.33694°N 94.73028°W / 31.33694; -94.73028
CountryUnited States United States
StateTexas Texas
CountyAngelina
Government
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • City CouncilMayor Bob Brown
Rufus Duncan
Don Langston
R.L. Kuykendall
Lynn Torres
Phil Medford
Robert Shankle
 • City ManagerPaul Parker
Area
 • Total26.8 sq mi (69.5 km2)
 • Land26.7 sq mi (69.2 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation312 ft (95 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total35,067
 • Density1,308.5/sq mi (504.6/km2)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code75901, 75902, 75903, 75904, 75915
Area code(s)936
FIPS code48-45072[1]
GNIS feature ID1382208[2]
Websitehttp://cityoflufkin.com/
 
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Lufkin, Texas
—  City  —
View of downtown Lufkin
Location of Lufkin, Texas
Coordinates: 31°20′13″N 94°43′49″W / 31.33694°N 94.73028°W / 31.33694; -94.73028Coordinates: 31°20′13″N 94°43′49″W / 31.33694°N 94.73028°W / 31.33694; -94.73028
CountryUnited States United States
StateTexas Texas
CountyAngelina
Government
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • City CouncilMayor Bob Brown
Rufus Duncan
Don Langston
R.L. Kuykendall
Lynn Torres
Phil Medford
Robert Shankle
 • City ManagerPaul Parker
Area
 • Total26.8 sq mi (69.5 km2)
 • Land26.7 sq mi (69.2 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation312 ft (95 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total35,067
 • Density1,308.5/sq mi (504.6/km2)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code75901, 75902, 75903, 75904, 75915
Area code(s)936
FIPS code48-45072[1]
GNIS feature ID1382208[2]
Websitehttp://cityoflufkin.com/

Lufkin is a city in Angelina County, Texas, United States. Founded in 1882, the population was 35,067 in 2010. It is the county seat of Angelina County[3], and is situated in Deep East Texas.

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History

The town is named fo Abraham P. Lufkin, a cotton merchant and Galveston, Texas city councilman. Lufkin was the father-in-law of Paul Bremond, president of the Houston, East and West Texas Railway which developed the town.

In 1906 while living in Lufkin, writer Katherine Anne Porter married her first husband John Henry Koontze in a double ring ceremony that also saw her sister Gay Porter marry T.H. Holloway. The minister who presided over the ceremony was Rev. Ira Bryce, serving at the time at Lufkin's First Methodist Church.

Debris from the space shuttle Columbia disaster fell over the Lufkin area on February 1, 2003.

Lufkin celebrated its 125th anniversary in October 2007.

Geography

Lufkin is located at 31°20′13″N 94°43′49″W / 31.33694°N 94.73028°W / 31.33694; -94.73028 (31.336874, -94.730374)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 26.8 square miles (69 km2), of which, 26.7 square miles (69 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.48%) is water.

Lufkin is at the crossroads of East Texas at the intersections of Highways US 59, future Interstate 69, which leads to Houston and the Rio Grande Valley to the south and Nacogdoches and Texarkana and points to the North and US 69 which leads from the Golden Triangle of Southeast Texas, Port Arthur and Beaumont to the Southeast to points such as Jacksonville, Tyler, Dallas, and Oklahoma to the north.

Climate

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Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 32,709 people, 12,247 households, and 8,364 families residing in the city.[1] The population density was 1,225.1 people per square mile (473.0/km²). There were 13,402 housing units at an average density of 502.0 per square mile (193.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 59.92% White, 26.58% African American, 0.26% Native American, 1.38% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 10.31% from other races, and 1.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.59% of the population.

There were 12,247 households out of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.7% were non-families. 27.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 10.6% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 88.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,989, and the median income for a family was $40,591. Males had a median income of $30,922 versus $20,008 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,613. About 15.0% of families and 18.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.4% of those under age 18 and 12.6% of those age 65 or over.

Economy

Lufkin is home to Lufkin Industries, which manufactures and services oil field equipment and power transmission equipment. It is also a leading supplier of creosote-treated utility poles. Lufkin is also home to the Atkinson Candy Company, the creator of the Chick-O-Stick, and Brookshire Brothers, a chain of grocery stores in Texas and Louisiana. Lufkin received Texas's first biomass power plant in late 2009. Aspen Power is building the power plant.

Some of the city's major employers include:

According to the City's 2008 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[5] the top employers in the city are:

#Employer# of EmployeesPercentage of Total City Employment
1Lufkin Industries1,000+4.56%
2Pilgrim’s Pride1,000+4.42%
3Lufkin Independent School District1,000+3.91%
4Memorial Health Systems1,000+3.53%
5Lufkin State School1,000+2.84%
6Angelina College500-9992.72%
7Temple-Inland Forest Products500-9992.37%
8Woodland Heights Medical Center500-9991.83%
9Brookshire Brothers500-9991.80%
10Burke Center500-9991.62%

Transportation

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Lufkin is served by U.S. Highway 69 and U.S. Highway 59.

State Highway 103 and State Highway 94 serve Lufkin.

Lufkin will be served by the extension to Interstate 69 which is planned to run from Canadian border at Port Huron, Michigan to the Texas/Mexico border.

General Aviation service is provided by Angelina County Airport.

The Coach USA bus lines is served in Lufkin, carried under the Kerville Bus Company.

The District (formerly Brazos Valley Transit Authority) provides public bus transportation in the Lufkin area.

The Angelina and Neches River Railroad (A&NR) runs through Lufkin. It runs for approx. 20 miles and runs into the Union Pacific Railroad lines.

Government

Local Government

According to the city’s most recent Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the city’s various funds had $56.6 million in Revenues, $52.8 million in expenditures, $192.2 million in total assets, $66.4 million in total liabilities, and $24.9 million in cash and investments.[6]

The City of Lufkin is a Council-Manager form of government with all legislative and policy responsibilities vested in the City Council and all administrative responsibilities vested in the City Manager. The City Council is composed of the Mayor and Councilmembers representing six (6) wards.

City CouncilPosition
MayorBob Brown
Councilmember Ward 1Victor Travis
Councilmember Ward 2Robert Shankle
Councilmember Ward 3Lynn Torres
Councilmember Ward 4Don Langston
Councilmember Ward 5Rufus Duncan
Councilmember Ward 6Sarah Murray

The structure of the management and coordination of city services is:[7]

City DepartmentDirector
City ManagerPaul L. Parker
Deputy City ManagerKeith Wright
Public Works DirectorSteve Floyd
City EngineerChuck Walker
Director of Human ResourcesRodney Ivy
Lufkin Police ChiefScott Marcotte
LISD Police ChiefJay Jost
Fire ChiefTed Lovett
Director of FinanceDouglas R. Wood
City SecretaryRenee Thompson

Education

Almost all of Lufkin is served by the Lufkin Independent School District, with a few small sections in the west within the Hudson Independent School District. Angelina College also serves the Lufkin area, while Stephen F. Austin State University is located in nearby Nacogdoches.

Health care

Lufkin is served by two hospitals, the Memorial Medical Center at Lufkin, which includes the Arthur Temple Sr. Regional Cancer Center, and Woodlands Heights Medical Center.

Notable people

Media

Lufkin currently has a growing number of media.

Newspaper

Television

Radio

AM stations

FM stations

Points of interest

National forests and grasslands

The headquarters of all four United States National Forests and two United States National Grasslands in Texas are located in Lufkin. They are the Angelina, Davy Crockett, Sabine, and Sam Houston National Forests and the Caddo and Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands. (Three other National Grasslands in Texas, the Black Kettle, McClellan Creek, and Rita Blanca, are headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico.)

References

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ City of Lufkin CAFR Retrieved 2009-08-18
  6. ^ City of Lufkin CAFR Retrieved 2009-08-18
  7. ^ City of Lufkin CAFR Retrieved 2009-08-18
  8. ^ [1]

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