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|City of Lufkin|
Unique Lufkin welcome sign acknowledges the importance of lumber to the area
Location of Lufkin, Texas
|• City Council||Mayor Bob Brown
|• City Manager||Paul Parker|
|• Total||33.7 sq mi (87.2 km2)|
|• Land||33.4 sq mi (86.4 km2)|
|• Water||0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)|
|Elevation||312 ft (95 m)|
|• Density||1,051/sq mi (405.7/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC−6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC−5)|
|ZIP code||75901, 75902, 75903, 75904, 75915|
|GNIS feature ID||1382208|
Lufkin is a city in Angelina County in eastern Texas, United States. This city is one hundred and twenty miles northeast of Houston. Founded in 1882, the population was 35,067 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat and is situated in Deep East Texas.
The city is named for Abraham P. Lufkin, a cotton merchant and Galveston 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.
Lufkin is located at (31.336874, -94.730374).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 33.7 square miles (87.2 km2), of which 33.4 square miles (86.4 km2) is land and 0.27 square miles (0.7 km2), or 0.83%, 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 to the north, and US 69, which leads from the Golden Triangle of southeast Texas (Port Arthur and Beaumont) to points such as Jacksonville, Tyler, Dallas, and Oklahoma to the north.
Lufkin is 115 miles (185 km) northeast of Houston.
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- On average, the warmest month is August.
- The highest recorded temperature was 110 °F in 1909.
- On average, the coolest month is January.
- The lowest recorded temperature was -2 °F in 1930.
- The maximum average precipitation occurs in May.
As of the census of 2000, there were 32,709 people, 12,247 households, and 8,364 families residing in the city. 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, 1.37% Asian, 0.01% 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 age distribution of the population shows 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.
Lufkin is home to Lufkin Industries, which manufactures and services oil field equipment and power transmission equipment, and supplies of creosote-treated utility poles. It 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:
- Angelina College, community college with enrollment of 5,000
- Atkinson Candy Company, founded and headquartered in Lufkin, makers of Chick-O-Stick
- Brookshire Brothers, a regional grocery company founded and headquartered in Lufkin
- Lufkin Industries, founded and headquartered in Lufkin, oil pumping and power transmission equipment manufacturer
- Lufkin Independent School District
- Pilgrim's Pride, poultry processor
- Stephen F. Austin State University, state university (located in Nacogdoches; some employees reside in Lufkin)
- Temple-Inland, Fortune 500 company that produces paper, wood, and other related products. (Headquartered in Diboll, 15 miles (24 km) south of Lufkin, but with employment in Lufkin as well. Temple-Inland was sold to International Paper.)
According to the City's 2008 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees||Percentage of Total City Employment|
|3||Lufkin Independent School District||1,000+||3.91%|
|4||Memorial Health Systems||1,000+||3.53%|
|5||Lufkin State School||1,000+||2.84%|
|7||Temple-Inland Forest Products||500-999||2.37%|
|8||Woodland Heights Medical Center||500-999||1.83%|
General aviation service is provided by Angelina County Airport.
The Coach USA bus lines serves Lufkin, carried under the Kerville Bus Company.
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.
Lufkin has 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 wards.
|Councilmember Ward 1||Victor Travis|
|Councilmember Ward 2||Robert Shankle|
|Councilmember Ward 3||Lynn Torres|
|Councilmember Ward 4||Don Langston|
|Councilmember Ward 5||Rocky Thigpen|
|Councilmember Ward 6||Sarah Murray|
The organization of city departments is:
|City Manager||Keith N. Wright|
|Assistant City Manager||Steve Floyd|
|Public Works Director||Chuck Walker|
|City Engineer||Chuck Walker|
|Director of Human Resources||Rodney Ivy|
|Lufkin Police Chief||Gerald Williamson|
|LISD Police Chief||Jay Jost|
|Fire Chief||Ted Lovett|
|Director of Finance||Belinda Southern|
|City Secretary||Kara Atwood|
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 A very small portion of the town on Highway 69 is within Central ISD. Lufkin also has a small charter school, Pineywoods Community Academy, that serves grades K-12 and is an early college high school. Angelina College and Texas Bible College serve the area. A sizable number of people in Lufkin attend Stephen F. Austin State University in nearby Nacogdoches.
Lufkin is served by two hospitals, CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial (formerly Memorial Health System of East Texas at Lufkin) which includes the Arthur Temple Sr. Regional Cancer Center and the Woodlands Heights Medical Center.
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