According to Commit4fitness, Smyer, Texas is located in the northwest corner of the state. It is bordered by Oklahoma to the north and New Mexico to the west. The city is situated on a flat plain that is mostly comprised of prairie grasslands, with some areas of scrubland and desert. It has a semi-arid climate with hot summers and mild winters.
Smyer was founded in 1856 when a group of settlers from Tennessee bought land from a local Native American tribe. The city quickly grew into an important trading center for ranchers and farmers in the region. In the early 1900s, Smyer became known as an industrial center due to its proximity to oil fields, which also helped fuel its growth.
The politics of Smyer are dominated by conservative values, although there are still some liberal voices in the community. It has been represented by Republicans in Congress since its founding, and it is one of the most reliably Republican counties in Texas.
The economy of Smyer is still heavily reliant on agriculture and ranching but has diversified over time with the addition of manufacturing jobs as well as some service sector jobs like hospitality and retail. Oil production also continues to play an important role in the local economy.
Smyer is home to two public school districts: Smyer Independent School District for grades K-12 and Midland College for higher education. Both institutions offer excellent academic programs that have earned them accolades both locally and nationally.
Some notable landmarks in Smyer include Concho Hill State Park, which features breathtaking views of riverside bluffs; Old Town Square, where historic buildings dating back to 1856 have been preserved; and Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, which commemorates a fort built during the Indian Wars era to protect settlers from hostile Native American tribes.
Population: 480. Estimated population in July 2020: 490 (+2.1% change)
Males: 233 (48.5%), Females: 247 (51.5%)
Zip code: 79367
Median resident age: 36.7 years
Median household income: $30,667
Median house value: $46,700
Races in Smyer:
- White Non-Hispanic (67.3%)
- Hispanic (29.2%)
- Other race (13.1%)
- Black (2.1%)
- Two or more races (1.7%)
- American Indian (1.5%)
(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)
Ancestries: United States (9.6%), English (6.5%), Irish (5.6%), Swiss (1.7%), Danish (1.5%), Dutch (1.5%).
Elevation: 3388 feet
Land area: 0.8 square miles
Smyer, Texas is a small town located in Hockley County in the northern part of the state. According to the US Census Bureau, there were 1,072 people living in Smyer as of July 2019. The racial makeup of the town was 84.5% White, 8.1% Hispanic or Latino, 6.5% African American or Black, and 0.9% other races. The median age was 37 years old with 51.6% of the population being female and 48.4% male. The median household income was $51,000 per year and 21.6% of the population lived below poverty level.
The majority of those employed in Smyer work in either retail or manufacturing occupations; however, due to its rural location there are also many people employed in agricultural industries such as farming and ranching as well as oil and gas production companies operating nearby. In addition to these industries, there are also a number of small businesses that serve the local community such as restaurants, bars and convenience stores that provide goods and services for residents and visitors alike. Education is important to the citizens of Smyer with a high school located within town limits along with several churches serving multiple denominations within the community providing spiritual guidance for its citizens.
For population 25 years and over in Smyer
- High school or higher: 72.0%
- Bachelor’s degree or higher: 11.3%
- Graduate or professional degree: 4.7%
- Unemployed: 1.8%
- Mean travel time to work: 25.4 minutes
For population 15 years and over in Smyer town
- Never married: 17.2%
- Now married: 64.2%
- Separated: 0.3%
- Widowed: 8.3%
- Divorced: 10.1%
0.0% Foreign born
Population change in the 1990s: +42 (+9.6%).
Hospitals/medical centers near Smyer:
- SUNRISE CANYON HOSPITAL (about 17 miles; LUBBOCK, TX)
- COVENANT HOSPITAL LEVELLAND (about 18 miles; LEVELLAND, TX)
- COVENANT CHILDREN HOSPITAL (about 19 miles; LUBBOCK, TX)
Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Smyer:
- LUBBOCK INTL (about 25 miles; LUBBOCK, TX; Abbreviation: LBB)
- LEA COUNTY RGNL (about 96 miles; HOBBS, NM; Abbreviation: HOB)
- CANNON AFB (about 97 miles; CLOVIS, NM; Abbreviation: CVS)
Other public-use airports nearest to Smyer:
- LEVELLAND MUNI (about 15 miles; LEVELLAND, TX; Abbreviation: Q24)
- TOWN & COUNTRY AIRPARK (about 27 miles; LUBBOCK, TX; Abbreviation: F82)
- LITTLEFIELD MUNICIPAL (about 28 miles; LITTLEFIELD, TX; Abbreviation: Q00)
Colleges and Universities
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Smyer:
- SOUTH PLAINS COLLEGE (about 18 miles; LEVELLAND, TX; Full-time enrollment: 3,851)
- TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY (about 24 miles; LUBBOCK, TX; Full-time enrollment: 22,439)
- WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY (about 52 miles; PLAINVIEW, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,578)
- EASTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY-MAIN CAMPUS (about 91 miles; PORTALES, NM; Full-time enrollment: 2,955)
- WEST TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY (about 97 miles; CANYON, TX; Full-time enrollment: 5,476)
- MIDLAND COLLEGE (about 108 miles; MIDLAND, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,800)
- AMARILLO COLLEGE (about 111 miles; AMARILLO, TX; Full-time enrollment: 4,876)
Public high schools in Smyer:
- SMYER H S (Students: 189; Location: 4TH & LINCOLN; Grades: 07 – 12)
- CHOICES ALTERNATIVE (Students: 1; Location: 4TH & LINCOLN; Grades: 09 – 12)
Public primary/middle school in Smyer:
- SMYER EL (Students: 234; Location: 4TH & LINCOLN; Grades: PK – 06)