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|Founded by||Clinton E. Smyer (1871-1957)|
|• Total||0.80 sq mi (2.06 km2)|
|• Land||0.80 sq mi (2.06 km2)|
|• Water||0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)|
|Elevation||3,389 ft (1,033 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||599.75/sq mi (231.63/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|GNIS feature ID||1368526|
In 1902, Isaac L. Ellwood acquired 262,000 acres (1,060 km2) in Hockley and Lamb Counties and formed the Spade Ranch. The ranch, located deep within the heart of the Llano Estacado, was 10 mi (16 km) wide by 54 mi (87 km) long. The ranch's main headquarters were located in southeastern Lamb County, and the south pasture operations were headed up in eastern Hockley County, near present-day Smyer. The town of Smyer was founded in 1917, when William Leonard Ellwood began selling portions of the Spade Ranch to farmers. The town finished construction in 1925 and was named after Clinton E. Smyer, a Santa Fe Railroad division superintendent. the town built many useful items after it was completed such as a school, a steam gin, a lumberyard, and a store. Clinton E. Smyer built a small house for himself on the corner of the town near Highway 114 and present day Horseshoe store and stayed until moving back to Catawba County, NC with his family. In 1929, a terrible tornado struck the town and damaged many things in the town at the time, causing most of the townspeople to struggle through the Great Depression. By the early 1930s, Smyer picked up on new technology for the school and other homes around for good use and better conditions, making Smyer the first of its time to be purchased in its county. Smyer was awarded for such amazing features and was opened with new adjustments of the Smyer School. In 1947, Smyer had 5 business and a planned construction of a new section of schooling area for younger grades, which would complete the school in preparation for an end date in 1950. In 1979, the schools were redone and connected after major construction happened on the building's architecture and mainframe adding a new high school area, office, board room, gymnasium, and auditorium. In 2022, Smyer was awarded the Blue Ribbon Schools award after pushing through the COVID-19 pandemic and performing at a high level of teaching and learning. The school is one of the most important parts of the town, as most activities take place at the school such as sports, meetings, band performances, and other antics. Today, Smyer continues to improve students and strive for a major degree in teaching and skills, making them a top school in the area.
Smyer is located on the high plains of the Llano Estacado at (33.5842563, –102.1632291), in eastern Hockley County. Texas State Highway 114 passes through the southern side of the town, leading west 16 miles (26 km) to Levelland, the county seat, and east 17 miles (27 km) to Lubbock.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2020, 481 people, 182 households, and 148 families resided in the town. The population density was 617.3 people per square mile (237.6/km2). The 215 housing units averaged 276.5 per square mile (106.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 81.88% White, 2.08% African American, 1.25% Native American, 13.12% from other races, and 1.67% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 29.17% of the population.
Of the 182 households, 39.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.9% were married couples living together, 17.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.7% were not families. About 19.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.04.
In the town, the population was distributed as 32.1% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.2 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $30,667, and for a family was $32,000. Males had a median income of $23,594 versus $20,313 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,784. About 16.4% of families and 17.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.9% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of those age 65 or over.
The town is served by the Smyer Independent School District. The Principal of the Elementary School is Mr. Pond. The Principal of the High School is Mr. Schaap, and the Superintendent of Smyer is Mr. Chris Wade
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