Tahoka, Texas

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Tahoka, Texas
Pioneer Museum in Tahoka
Pioneer Museum in Tahoka
Location of Tahoka, Texas
Location of Tahoka, Texas
Lynn County Tahoka.svg
Coordinates: 33°9′57″N 101°47′58″W / 33.16583°N 101.79944°W / 33.16583; -101.79944Coordinates: 33°9′57″N 101°47′58″W / 33.16583°N 101.79944°W / 33.16583; -101.79944
Country United States
State Texas
County Lynn
 • Total 2.4 sq mi (6.2 km2)
 • Land 2.4 sq mi (6.2 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 3,081 ft (939 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 2,910
 • Density 1,213.9/sq mi (468.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 79373
Area code(s) 806
FIPS code 48-71708[1]
GNIS feature ID 1369558[2]
Lynn County Courthouse in Tahoka
First Baptist Church in Tahoka
First United Methodist Church in Tahoka

Tahoka is a city in and the county seat of Lynn County, Texas, United States.[3] The population was 2,673 at the 2010 census.


Tahoka is located at 33°9′57″N 101°47′58″W / 33.16583°N 101.79944°W / 33.16583; -101.79944 (33.165804, -101.799315).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2), of which, 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2) of it is land and .45% is water.


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Tahoka has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.[5]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 786
1930 1,620 106.1%
1940 2,129 31.4%
1950 2,848 33.8%
1960 3,012 5.8%
1970 2,956 −1.9%
1980 3,262 10.4%
1990 2,868 −12.1%
2000 2,910 1.5%
2010 2,673 −8.1%
Est. 2015 2,570 [6] −3.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[1] of 2000, 2,910 people, 1,063 households, and 783 families resided in the city. The population density was 1,213.9 people per square mile (468.1/km²). There were 1,194 housing units at an average density of 498.1 per square mile (192.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 74.71% White, 5.46% African American, 1.37% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 16.36% from other races, and 1.99% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 44.78% of the population.

Of 1,063 households, 39.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.5% were married couples living together, 15.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.3% were not families. About 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the city, the population was distributed as 32.0% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 19.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,214, and for a family was $30,200. Males had a median income of $29,293 versus $20,346 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,145. About 21.6% of families and 24.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.7% of those under age 18 and 32.9% of those age 65 or over.

Tahoka is served by a weekly newspaper, nearby stations KJJT and KPET (AM), and the various Lubbock radio and TV stations. KAMZ (FM) and KMMX (FM) are licensed to Tahoka, but have offices and studios in Lubbock and originate few if any programs from Lynn County.


The city of Tahoka is served by the Tahoka Independent School District.

Notable people[edit]

  • Mildred W. Abbe (1914–2008) was named "Woman of the Year" in 1987 by the Tahoka Chamber of Commerce. A former Texas Senior Poet Laureate, she was active with the Pioneer Museum of Lynn County and the Baptist church. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Mrs. Abbe and her husband, Robert E. Abbe, Sr. (1915–1977) came to Lubbock and then Tahoka through his business as a Certified Public Accountant. She was survived by a son, Donald R. Abbe, a former history professor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock who wrote a history of Lynn County, and one daughter, Barbara Abbe and a daughter in law Reda Lehman Abbe. A second son was Robert E. "Buster" Abbe, Jr. (1943–2002).[8][9]
  • John Fletcher Brandon, Jr. (1921–2009), was a farmer, originally from Post, Texas, who was the county judge of Lynn County from 1981-2001. He served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a deacon of the First Baptist Church of Tahoka and was affiliated with Tahoka Rotary International. He and his wife, the former Mary Caffey, moved to Lubbock in 2005. The couple had two children, Diane and husband Buddy Grammer and Johnny and wife Kathy Brandon, all of Lubbock; four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Brandon is interred at Terrace Cemetery in Post.[10]
  • James Gill (born 1934) was an artist.
  • E L Short (1925-2015) was a farmer, rancher, and Texas state legislator.
  • Val Joe Walker (1930-2013) was a former National Football League player with the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ Climate Summary for Tahoka, Texas
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Mildred W. Abbe". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, March 7, 2008. Retrieved March 8, 2008. 
  9. ^ "Social Security Death Index". ssdi.genealogy.rootsweb.com. Retrieved March 8, 2008. 
  10. ^ "Judge J.F. Brandon". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, October 20, 2009. Retrieved April 10, 2010.