I was born near there.
May account for my values and culture.
I enjoyed growing up there until moved to California heat smog fog slums Mexicans Okies etc.
High altitude 3333 feet lots of sunshine and not too much rain.
Far south so no cold winters.
No cities nearby so no smog.
Healthy amount of sun as I recall.
If people take advantage of it.
Huge university with medical and law colleges Texas Tech.
Very beautiful campus, one of the most beautiful in the USA looks like Stanford.
Academically not as good as UT or TA&M.
Sort of remote from everything I prefer the middle.
Huge oil fields directly south in Midland area big discovery recently biggest ever.
President Bush family wealth.
Zero income tax, very aggressive on helping business move to Texas.
Lubbock was known as the second-most conservative city in the nation since it made the spot in a 2005 ranking.
But a recently released study by different researchers puts Oklahoma City in that spot.
Lubbock didn’t make the Top 10, nor could it because population not quite big enough.
A city population of 250,000 or more was the cutoff for the new ranking published in the American Political Science Review and reported by AlterNet.
Lubbock’s population is about 239,000, according to a 2013 U.S. Census estimate.
Researchers at UCLA and MIT analyzed large-scale surveys that questioned residents of over 1,600 towns and cities about a range of policy areas, from education to healthcare, according to AlterNet.
Lubbock’s conservative credentials stand out when the population threshold is lowered, or at least that was the case in 2005.
The 2005 ranking is a thing of legend in Lubbock.
It’s a regular talking point among Lubbockites and others wanting either to brag about or condemn the city and its culture.
Some conservatives see the ranking as a badge of honor for their home town while liberals bring up the ranking to out-of-town friends, seeking sympathy about what they have to deal with.
The 2005 study released by the nonpartisan Bay Area Center for Voting Research ranked the political leanings of 237 United States cities with populations greater than 100,000.
It found Detroit, Michigan is the most liberal and Provo, Utah is the most conservative.
As a comparison, the newly released study places Detroit at No. 7.
Provo isn’t big enough, but another western city, Mesa, Arizona, took the top spot in the new ranking.
Lubbock came in second in the 2005 ranking, with Abilene following at third.
Here are the complete rankings for both studies:
Americas 25 most conservative cities in 2005
1 Provo Utah
2 Lubbock Texas
3 Abilene Texas
4 Hialeah Florida
5 Plano Texas
6 Colorado Springs Colorado
7 Gilbert Arizona
8 Bakersfield California
9 Lafayette Louisiana
10 Orange California
Most liberal cities for 2005
1 Detroit Michigan
2 Gary Indiana
3 Berkeley California
4 Washington, D.C. Dist. of Columbia
5 Oakland California
6 Inglewood California
7 Newark New Jersey
8 Cambridge Massachusetts
9 San Francisco California
10 Flint Michigan
11 Cleveland Ohio
12 Hartford Connecticut
13 Paterson New Jersey
14 Baltimore Maryland
15 New Haven Connecticut
16 Seattle Washington
17 Chicago Illinois
18 Philadelphia Pennsylvania
19 Birmingham Alabama
20 St. Louis Missouri
21 New York New York
22 Providence Rhode Island
23 Minneapolis Minnesota
24 Boston Massachusetts
25 Buffalo New York
Most conservative cities for 2014
1. Mesa, Arizona
2. Oklahoma City, OK
3. Virginia Beach, VA
4. Colorado Springs, CO
5. Jacksonville, FL
6. Arlington, TX
7. Anaheim, CA
8. Omaha, NE
9. Tulsa, OK
10. Aurora, CO
Most Liberal cities for 2014
1. San Francisco, CA
2. Washington, DC
3. Seattle, WA
4. Oakland, CA
5. Boston, MA
6. Minneapolis, MN
7. Detroit, MI
8. New York, NY
9. Buffalo, NY
10. Baltimore, MD