|City of Longview|
|— City —|
|Nickname(s): Balloon Capital of Texas|
|Motto: Real East Texas|
|• City Council||Mayor Jay Dean
|• City Manager||David Willard|
|• City||54.8 sq mi (141.8 km2)|
|• Land||54.7 sq mi (141.6 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)|
|Elevation||371 ft (113 m)|
|• Density||1,468.2/sq mi (567.38/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||1374716|
Longview is a city in Gregg and Harrison Counties in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 80,455. Most of the city is located in Gregg County, of which it is the county seat; only a small part extends into the western part of neighboring Harrison County. It is situated in East Texas, on the grid of Interstate 20 and U.S. Highways 80 and 259, just north of the Sabine River. Longview is a commercial hub for the Longview Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Longview is the principal city of the Longview Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is part of the larger MSA made up of Gregg, Upshur, and Rusk counties (population 271,669). Longview is considered a major hub city in the region, as is the nearby city of Tyler.
The city of Longview was founded in the 1870's by Ossamus Hitch Methvin, Sr. In 1870, Methvin sold 100 acres to the Southern Pacific Railroad for one dollar. Later that year, he sold an additional 100 acres for $500 in gold. He hoped the railroad would increase the land's value. Methvin also coined the name of the town when he stated, "What a long view!" from his home. In June 1871, Longview was incorporated. Longview became the first town in Gregg County to do so.
In 1942 the Big Inch pipeline began being built in Longview. From 1943-45, the pipeline transported over 261 barrels of crude oil to the East Coast. At the time of construction, it along with its smaller twin, Little Inch, was the longest petroleum pipeline ever built. Both were fundamental in the United States War effort in World War II.
Longview is located at . Longview is surrounded by many smaller cities and towns including: Kilgore, Gladewater, Gilmer, Ore City, Hallsville, Harleton, Diana, White Oak, and Lakeport. It is approximately 40 miles (64 km) east of the similarly sized city of Tyler.(32.509147, -94.753909)
Incorporated areas include Spring Hill, Greggton, Pine Tree, Judson, and Longview Heights.
As of the 2010 census Longview had a population of 80,455. The median age was 34. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 56.2% non-Hispanic white, 22.6% non-Hispanic black, 0.5% Native American, 1.4% Asian, 9.5% from some other race, 2.3% from two or more races and 18.0% Hispanic or Latino.
As of the census of 2000, there were 73,344 people, 28,363 households, and 19,116 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,341.8 people per square mile (518.1/km²). There were 30,727 housing units at an average density of 562.1 per square mile (217.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 70.10% White, 22.11% African American, 0.50% Native American, 0.83% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 4.92% from other races, and 1.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.31% of the population.
There were 28,363 households out of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.9% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were non-families. 27.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.06.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 10.8% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $33,858, and the median income for a family was $42,378. Males had a median income of $33,078 versus $21,400 for females. The per capita income for the city was $156,768. About 13.0% of families and 16.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.7% of those under age 18 and 10.6% of those age 65 or over.
Local government 
According to the city's most recent Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the city's various funds had $75.9 million in Revenues, $87.7 million in expenditures, $47.6 million in total assets, $9.0 million in total liabilities, and $12.2 million in cash in investments.
The structure of the management and coordination of city services is:
|City Manager||David Willard|
|Director of Finance||Angela Coen|
|Director of Public Works||Keith Bonds|
|Director of Human Resources||Karri Hyko|
|Director of Development Services||Kevin Cummings|
|Director of Community Services||Laura Hill|
Longview operates two libraries.
- Longview Public Library
- Broughton Branch Library
State government 
Federal government 
Winter: Winters are mild. Average snowfall is less than 2 inches. There are usually one or two ice storms each winter. Normal highs are from the 50s–60s. Lows range from 30s to 40s. Temperature rarely dips below 20 and occasionally can get as warm as 80 during the winter months.
Spring: The season brings storms as a transition from winter to summer. Temperatures range from 60s–80s for the high, and 40–60s for the low. The date of the last frost is April 4. Severe thunderstorms are common during this season as cold fronts pass though the area. This is the wettest time of year
Summer: The summertime is hot and humid. Temperatures slowly climb from the 90s to the 100s going into the dog days of summer. Lows are in the 70s. This is the driest and sunniest time of year. Heat index can climb to around 110.
Fall: It's marked by the first cold front that knocks the 100 degree temps down into the 90s. Fall starts in mid September and lasts until December. Foliage begins to change in late October. Temps start cooling down and dew points begin to drop.
|Climate data for Longview|
|Record high °F (°C)||86
|Average high °F (°C)||57
|Average low °F (°C)||34
|Record low °F (°C)||−4
|Precipitation inches (mm)||3.79
Area events 
The Multicultural Festival of Longview is an event that attracts people country-wide. This event is held in the fall by the local Race Relations Committee. They boast a plethora of live entertainment, exhibitors, and cuisine that reflect the many ethnicities and cultures that make up Longview.
The East Texas Boat, RV and Camping Expo attracts people from around the region. This event is held the last weekend in January each year.
The East Texas Oilfield Expo is an oil and gas industry trade show held annually in Longview at the Maude Cobb Convention Center. It is the largest such show in the region, and features hundreds of exhibitors, heavy equipment displays and leading industry speakers.
The Zonta Antique Show and Sale is a three-day event held on the first weekend in March. One of the most popular antique shows in the region, it attracts antique dealers from all over the country who come to show and sell their antiques and collectibles to the many that attend from across East Texas.
The annual Memorial Day Weekend Motorcycle Rally, otherwise known as Party In The Pines, attracts motorcycle riders and clubs from across Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Begun in 2006, the event is growing with added attractions, exhibits and attendees each year. An open rally, all motorcycles and riders are welcome to come and enjoy the nightly music, daily activities, vendors and Sunday Patriotic Motorcycle & Flag parade through the city of Longview. More than 300 motorcycles participate in this parade which is escorted by the Longview Police Department's Motorcycle Traffic Unit. All active military personal in uniform are offered free admission to the event.
AlleyFest is held on the first weekend of June every year. Begun in 1978 with 39 artists in Historic Bank Alley and called "Alley Art", the show has grown each year. Today AlleyFest includes Alley Art, Alley Run (10K, 5K and 1Mile runs), Music Fest, Kids Fest and a Food Fest. Each year AlleyFest offers special exhibits such as antique car shows, Texas Parks and Wildlife traveling educational program, Budweiser Clydesdales, and others. Music is provided by popular and well known bands and have included Three Dog Night, Jefferson Starship, Percy Sledge, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Blue Oyster Cult and more. AlleyFest is a street festival in held in Longview's historic "One Hundred Acres of Heritage" downtown. It is a Real East Texas celebration to the arts and heritage of Longview.
The Great Texas Balloon Race is held each July at the East Texas Regional Airport. Begun as a celebration for the new Longview Mall in 1978, it has grown to become a world-class competitive event that attracts the best hot air balloon pilots in the world. Balloon flights begin the event on Friday morning with a flight over the City of Longview. Launch and landing sites change each year as they are always determined by wind and the weather. Balloon Glows on Friday and Saturday night entertain crowds with an awesome display of color and excitement. One of the most popular things to do at the event is to be able to get up close and watch how balloons are inflated and operate. It should be noted that the city's previous logo depicted a hot air balloon. Many of them can still be seen on area water towers and city vehicles.
East Texas Regional Airport offers service to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport via American Eagle. The airport continues to grow. In 2007 it was designated a foreign trade zone.
The airport is known by pilots around the region for its large 10,000 ft (3,000 m). long runway, which allows it to serve as a backup landing site for U.S. space shuttles. I
The Longview airport is home to the flight training program of LeTourneau University. The aeronautical students do class work out at the airport as well as all their flight training.
Public Transportation 
The city's public transit system, Longview Transit, runs daily routes, excluding Sundays and holidays. The fixed routes of Longview Transit provide transportation to key districts throughout the city.
City of Longview also operates C.O.L.T. (City of Longview Transit) which provides transportation to eligible passengers as a demand response transportation service. This service is provided for those who are unable to utilize the regular Longview Transit fixed route service.
Rail Service 
Amtrak passenger rail service is available on the Texas Eagle through a downtown terminal. Longview's Amtrak rail station is the second busiest in the state of Texas and the fourth busiest station along the Texas Eagle route. The Longview Amtrak station is a connection stop where passengers can connect to the Texas cities of Nacogdoches, Houston and Galveston, as well as Shreveport, Louisiana by motorcoach. Daily trains between Chicago, Illinois and San Antonio stop each morning (Chicago–San Antonio) and each evening (San Antonio–Chicago). Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the Longview Amtrak station serves Chicago to Los Angeles trains. The return train, Los Angeles to Chicago stop in Longview on Sunday, Tuesday and Friday. It serves about 20–50 passengers per day. A proposal is in the works for a high-speed rail system from Dallas / Ft. Worth to Shreveport along the I-20 corridor.
Longview is served by two freight railroad lines. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad operates two trains daily through Longview. The Union Pacific Railroad has 25 daily trains through Longview's facilities.
The Longview Economic Development Corporation website provides more details about the transportation infrastructure including air, rail, trucking, waterways, and highway information. Many maps are also available.
One Interstate freeway and two U.S. Highways run through the City of Longview. Four Texas State highways also run into Longview. Two Texas State highway Spurs serve to connect highways in Longview.
- Interstate 20 is an east–west freeway that connects Longview to Dallas, approx. 125 miles (201 km) to the west and to Shreveport, Louisiana, approx. 60 miles (97 km) to the east.
- U.S. Highway 80 runs through the central district of Longview. U.S. Hwy 80 was once a coast to coast highway from Tybee Beach near Savannah, Georgia and ran continuously across the southern part of the United States to San Diego, California. Today its western terminus is in Dallas, Texas making the length only 1,032 miles (1,661 km).
- U.S. Highway 259 is a 250-mile (400 km) north/south spur route connecting U.S. 59 from Nacogdoches, Texas and U.S. 59 near the Oklahoma/Arkansas border just south of Forth Smith, Arkansas. Before Interstate 20, US 259 went through the center of Longview on a route that now is designated Texas State Highway 31 and Spur 502
- Texas Highway 31 runs 143.3 miles (230.6 km) east/west between Longview and Waco, Texas.
- Texas Highway 149 is a 33.9-mile (54.6 km) north/south highway connecting Longview with Carthage, Texas.
- Texas Highway 300 is a short 18.62-mile (29.97 km) highway connecting Longview to U.S. 271 in Gilmer, Texas.
- Texas Highway 281 is a 19.3-mile (31.1 km) loop highway that circumnavigates much of Longview from its east connection at I-20 east of the Gregg/Harrison county line to I-20 in Longview. It runs northward, westward, southward and eastward around the city.
- Spur 502 connects north/south traffic between U.S. Hwy 80 in central Longview and U.S. Hwy 259 north of Longview.
- Spur 63 runs north/south through Longview connecting TX Hwy 31 at its Longview terminus with Spur 502 north of TX Loop 281.
Longview is accessed easily by I-20. New construction has prompted some major upgrades to the city's system of roads. Medians have been added to Loop 281 as Phase I of the project is nearing completion. Phase II of the project will upgrade the road to a six lane parkway. Slated to start in 2009 TxDOT has informed Longview officials that the funds have been withdrawn placing Phase II on indefinite hold. TxDOT is researching an outer loop around the north side of Longview to complete the East Texas Hourglass. The road will loop around Longview and Tyler and is slated to start in 2012.
The new I-69, part of the Trans-Texas Corridor, will be passing just east of the Longview area between Longview and Marshall. There has been huge local opposition to the 1/2 mile wide corridor that will include 6 lanes of traffic, along with rail lines and truck-only lanes. The planned I-69 highway will run near or over the current US 59 highway.
The economy in Longview is healthy. Despite a national downturn in the housing market, Longview has been growing, and home prices continue to rise. Some major sectors of the Longview economy include the East Texas Oil Field, services, technology, such as Exponential Networks, and manufacturing. In 2007, Longview added some major chain stores to the north side of the municipality. The addition of Kohl's, two Starbucks, a new Target, a third Wal-Mart supercenter on the south side and a handful of hotels means Longview is becoming a regional hub for shopping. Keeping shoppers in Longview and away from Tyler, Dallas and Shreveport has been an important strategy for the city. Most new construction has been located on the north side around Hawkins Pkwy. and US 259, with lesser development on the south side near Estes Pkwy.
In October 2007, Longview was re-certified as a Texas Urban Main Street City. There are 89 cities in the Texas Main Street Program, 10 of them are Urban Main Street Cities. In December 2007, Longview was awarded the "Certified Retirement Community" designation by the Texas Department of Agriculture through its "Go Texan" initiative. Longview was also included in 2007 in the "Top 100 Best Cities for Young People."
Largest Employers 
According to the municipal 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees||Type of Business|
|1||Good Shepherd Medical Center||3,200||Hospital and Medical Services|
|3||Longview Independent School District||1,205||Public Schools|
|5||LeTourneau Technologies||1,100||Heavy Equipment|
|6||Trinity Rail, LLC||1,100||Railway Cars|
|7||City of Longview||848||Government|
|8||Gregg Industrial Insulators||747||Contractor|
|9||Longview Regional Hospital||730||Medical/Hospital Services|
|10||Diagnostic Clinic of Longview||706||Medical/Hospital Services|
Colleges and universities 
The city of Longview is home to three institutions of higher learning and two trade (cosmetology) school:
- LeTourneau University
- Kilgore College, Longview Campus
- The University of Texas at Tyler, Longview University Center
- Texas Barber Institute
- Mane Concepts
Public school districts 
Longview is served by four school districts.
Longview Independent School District Enrollment 8,150. 16 Schools. Home of the Lobos. Serves south and northeast Longview.
Pine Tree Independent School District Enrollment 4,631. 7 Schools. Home of the Pirates. Serves west Longview including Pine Tree and Greggton. Spring Hill Independent School District Enrollment 1,862. 5 Schools. Home of the Panthers. Serves north Longview in the Spring Hill area.
Hallsville Independent School District Enrollment 4,037. 6 Schools. Home of the Bobcats. Serves far east Longview around Harrison county.
TV stations 
Longview and Gregg County are part of the Tyler-Longview-Lufkin-Nacogdoches DMA (Designated Market Area), DMA #110. The following in-market television stations are available over the air.
|Call letters||Channel number||Studio location||Name/Network||Format|
|19.2||Tyler||KYTX#CW (The CW)
|KCEB||54.1||Longview||Memorable Entertainment Television||480i|
The 5 major network stations in the market have local newscasts which all originate from Tyler. KYTX formerly presented a Longview centered newscast, which ended in 2010. The station does still continue to broadcast Longview news from their Longview newsroom, which is said to be the top TV newsroom in the city. The once-daily KFXK newscast is at 9:00 PM weekdays.
The market does not have a dedicated PBS affiliate. The acting PBS affiliate is KERA-TV Dallas, and is available on cable and Dish Network. KLTS, the PBS affiliate from Shreveport, LA, is available on digital cable and over the air in many parts of the city. DirecTV viewers in the market receive the PBS National feed.
|Call letters||Channel number||Studio location||Name/Network||Format|
|KTBS-WX||3.2||Shreveport||Mega3 Doppler Radar||480i|
|KTBS-DT||3.3||Shreveport||3 News 24/7||480i|
|KPXJ-HD||21.1||Minden||The CW HD||1080i DD5.1|
|24.2||Shreveport||LPB2 (PBS-Kids 6–9 pm, PBS Encore 9 pm – 6 pm)||480i|
Cable television/high-speed Internet 
Longview and Gregg County are part of the Tyler-Longview Arbitron Radio Market, market # 145. The following radio stations can be reliably received in most parts of the city.
FM stations 
|Frequency (MHz)||Call letters||Licensed location||Type||Format||Nickname|
|88.7||KZLO||Kilgore||Translator of K-LOVE||Contemporary Christian||K-LOVE|
|89.9||KDAQ||Shreveport||Primary||NPR, Classical, Jazz||Red River Radio|
|90.7||KTAA||Big Sandy||Translator of KCCV-FM||Christian talk|
|91.9||KHCJ||Jefferson||Translator of KHCB-FM||Christian radio|
|92.3||KCUL-FM||Marshall||Translator of KOYE||Regional Mexican||La Invasora|
|93.1||KTYL-FM||Tyler||Primary||Hot Adult Contemporary||Mix 93-1|
|95.3||KFRO-FM||Gilmer||Translator of KLJT||Top 40||The Breeze|
|99.3||KZTK||White Oak||Primary (?)||Talk radio|
|100.3||KZQX-FM||Tatum||Primary||Adult Standards, jazz||QX-FM|
|101.9||K270AW||Longview||Translator of KXAL-LP||Light Classical, Jazz|
|102.3||KLJT||Jacksonville||Primary||Top 40||The Breeze|
|102.7||KBLZ||Winona||Primary||Rhythmic contemporary||The Blaze|
|104.7||KXAL-LP||Chalk Hill||Primary, Low Power||Light Classical, Jazz|
|105.3||K287AJ||Kilgore||Translator of KXAL-LP||Light Classical, Jazz|
|106.5||KOOI||Jacksonville||Primary||Adult Contemporary||Sunny 106.5|
|106.9||KAZE||Ore City||Translator of KBLZ||Rhythmic contemporary||The Blaze|
|107.3||KISX||Whitehouse||Primary||Urban adult contemporary||Hot 107-3 Jamz|
AM stations 
|Frequency (kHz)||Call letters||Licensed location||Type||Format|
|1240||KDOK||Kilgore||Primary||Classic Hip-Hop and R&B|
|1370||KFRO||Longview||Primary||Moody Bible Institute/Christian Talk|
Notable people 
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- Dr. Bill Bussey, US and World record holder of hot air balloon flights.
- Rodney Carrington, stand-up comedian, actor, and country music singer.
- Chris Davis, professional baseball player for the Baltimore Orioles.
- Joe Delaney, running back for the Kansas City Chiefs in 1981 and 1982; born in nearby Henderson in 1958
- Don Fambrough, Former head football coach at the University of Kansas
- Evonne Hsu, American-born Taiwanese singer.
- Chris X. Johnson, American football player for the Oakland Raiders.
- Bill P. Keith, author and former member of the Louisiana State Senate
- Malcolm Kelly, American football player for the Washington Redskins.
- Lee Lacy, professional baseball player from 1972 to 1987.
- Miranda Lambert, country singer-songwriter; born in Longview and raised in nearby Lindale.
- R.G. LeTourneau, industrialist and founder of LeTourneau University
- Linda Maxey, musician, first marimbist on the prestigious roster of Columbia Artists Management.
- Mike Martin, Texas state representative from 1981 to 1982; involved in bizarre shooting incident, he resigned amid perjury charges.
- Matthew McConaughey, actor, producer and director, attended Longview High School.
- Neal McCoy, country singer-songwriter.
- Charlie Neal, professional baseball player from 1956 to 1963.
- Robert Newhouse, a professional football player from 1972 to 1983.
- Monte Pittman, musician, singer, songwriter
- Josh Scobee, place-kicker for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
- James Scott, professional football player 
- Karen Silkwood, union activist who discovered while working for Kerr-McGee that there was evidence of spills, leaks, and missing plutonium. She was the subject of a motion picture, Silkwood, released in 1983.
- Ben Spies, professional motorcycle road racer.
- Frank Steen, professional football player in 1939
- James Street, University of Texas quarterback from 1966 to 1969—led the Longhorns to the 1969 NCAA National Championship.
- Bobby Taylor, professional football player from 1995 to 2005.
- Jess Todd, professional baseball player for the Cleveland Indians.
- José Francisco Torres, professional soccer player.
- Craig Anthony Washington, politician, lawyer—former Texas state representative, Texas state senator and a U.S. Congressman representing Texas as a Democrat in the United States House of Representatives.
- David Wesley, professional basketball player from 1995 to 2007.
- Sam West, professional baseball player from 1927 to 1942.
- Forest Whitaker, Academy Award winning actor, producer and director.
- Trent Williams, professional football player for the Washington Redskins.
- Dan Wright, professional baseball player.
- Bruce Greer, award winning musician.
In popular culture 
- Folk singer-songwriter Cisco Houston refers to Longview and Kilgore in his song "East Texas Red."
- The band Lonestar mentions Longview in their 2006 song "Long Lost Smile."
- The 2010 film Skateland is based on Longview, Texas.
- The 1997 documentary Hands on a Hardbody about a competition to win a truck was filmed in Longview, Texas, and the 2013 musical Hands on a Hardbody was based on the same competition.
- In the 1978 Jimmy Stewart film, The Magic of Lassie, the child protagonist asks a man at a truck stop if he was going to Colorado Springs and the man responded "No, I'm on my way to Longview, Texas" 
- Longview, Texas Directory
- Longview's Official Community Portal
- City of Longview, Texas (Official Government Website)
- Convention and Visitors Bureau (Official Visitor Website)
- Longview Chamber of Commerce
- Longview Economic Development Corporation
- LongviewBound Community Website
- The East Texas Review
- The Longview News-Journal