Community Profile

Overview
County Nolan
Zip Code 79556
Population - Nolan County 15,216 (2010 Census)
Population - City of Sweetwater 10,906 (2010 Census)
Land Area - City of Sweetwater 10 suare miles
Closest Major Highways IH-20
  US-84
  Texas-70
Mean Temperature 63F
Clost Major Metropolitan Area Dallas, TX (220 miles)
Source: townhunter.com

Demographic Data

Selected Comparisons Across Geographic Areas for Year 2013 Tentative Data
                   
  Within # Miles of Sweetwater, Tx   State of   Entire
  30
45   60   Texas   U S
Population by Gender                  
Female 46.2%   50.1%   49.2%   50.4%   50.8%
Male 53.8%   49.9%   50.8%   49.6%   49.2%
                   
Population by Race                  
American Indian, Eskimo, Aleut 0.7%   0.7%   0.7%   0.7%   1.0%
Asian 0.5%   1.3%   1.2%   4.0%   5.0%
Black 6.8%   6.9%   7.0%   11.9%   12.7%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0.0%   0.1%   0.1%   0.1%   0.2%
White 78.8%   79.1%   79.2%   70.1%   71.9%
Other 10.9%   8.8%   8.9%   10.4%   6.2%
Multi-Race 2.3%   3.0%   2.9%   2.9%   3.1%
                   
Population by Ethnicity                  
Hispanic 31.8%   26.5%   25.8%   38.7%   17.1%
Not Hispanic 68.2%   73.5%   74.2%   61.3%   82.9%
                   
Population by Age                  
0-4 6.1%   7.2%   6.9%   7.6%   6.5%
5-14 12.6%   13.1%   12.9%   15.1%   13.2%
15-19 6.8%   7.3%   7.1%   7.3%   6.9%
20-24 6.9%   9.0%   8.5%   7.3%   7.1%
25-34 13.2%   13.7%   13.6%   14.4%   13.4%
35-44 12.2%   11.1%   11.4%   13.6%   13.1%
45-54 13.5%   13.0%   13.3%   13.5%   14.3%
55-64 12.8%   11.4%   11.7%   10.7%   12.2%
65-74 8.7%   7.4%   7.6%   6.0%   7.2%
75-84 5.3%   4.9%   5.1%   3.3%   4.2%
85 + 2.0%   1.9%   1.9%   1.3%   1.8%
Median Age 38.7   34.7   35.9   33.8   37.3
                   
Households by Income                  
$0 - $9,999 9.4%   8.3%   8.5%   7.7%   7.4%
$10,000 - $14,999 7.2%   6.8%   7.0%   5.6%   5.5%
$15,000 - $24,999 15.8%   15.1%   14.8%   11.4%   11.0%
$25,000 - $34,999 13.5%   13.1%   13.0%   10.8%   10.4%
$35,000 - $49,999 17.9%   16.6%   16.7%   14.3%   13.9%
$50,000 - $74,999 18.8%   18.8%   18.7%   18.3%   18.5%
$75,000 - $99,999 8.6%   9.6%   9.7%   11.7%   12.2%
$100,000 - $124,999 3.9%   5.2%   5.1%   7.8%   8.0%
$125,000 - $149,999 2.2%   2.6%   2.6%   4.3%   4.5%
$150,000 + 2.8%   3.8%   3.9%   8.2%   8.5%
                   
Average Household Income  $51,088    $55,882    $55,938    $72,705    $74,349
Median Household Income  $38,220    $40,482    $40,512    $50,328    $52,018
Per Capita Income  $18,609    $21,792    $21,745    $26,195    $28,546
                   
Housing Units Vacant 21.1%   13.5%   14.9%   8.3%   10.1%
                   
Educational Attainment                  
High School Graduate 30.4%   27.6%   28.6%   25.4%   28.3%
Associates Degree 7.4%   6.9%   6.7%   6.4%   7.7%
Bachelor's Degree 10.9%   13.9%   13.2%   17.5%   17.9%
Graduate Degree 4.3%   6.9%   6.5%   8.7%   10.6%
Some College, No Degree 23.4%   26.4%   25.9%   22.8%   21.2%
Total High School Grad & Above 76.4%   81.6%   80.9%   80.9%   85.6%
                   
Business and Employment                  
Average Number of Employees                  
per Establishment 7.6   9.3   9.0   9.8   10.3
                   
                   
Notes:                  
1. Some individual data summaries, totals, and percentages are affected by rounding.          
2. Base data provided by Small Business Development Center National Information Clearinghouse.        
3. Presentation and selected analysis by Texas Tech University Small Business Development Center Abilene.      

 

For 30-45-60 mile radius demographic information, see attached document

Nolan County

Nolan County is a county located in the west central region of the U.S. state of Texas. Its seat is Sweetwater. The county is named for Philip Nolan, one of the first American traders to visit Texas. Nolan County has established itself as a center for wind power generation. As of July 2008, Nolan County generates more wind energy than the entire state of California, and would rank 6th in wind power generation among all nations if it were counted as its own nation.

Income Data

Nolan County Average Per Capita Income

Year Avg. Income
2012 $35,059.00
2011 $33,948.00
2010 $31,554.00
2009 $31,806.00
2008 $31,418.00
2007 $27,539.00
Source: TWC - LMCI Tracer

 

Tax Rates

Nolan County Tax Rates
Year City County School Hospital Total
2013 .480 .44701 1.2150 .2523 2.39431
2012 .463 .34067 1.2150 .2217 2.24037
2010 .480 .37536 1.2250 .2523 2.33266
2009 .480 .30852 1.2300 .2081 2.28062
2008 .480 .40530 1.1234 .1414 2.15010
2007 .480 .48270 1.4534 .2055 2.62160
2006 .480 .49180 1.5834 .2550 2.79070
Nolan County Appraisal District: (325) 235-8421
Or visit their website at www.nolan-cad.org

Employment

Nolan County Employment
Year Labor Force # Employed # Unemployed Unemployment Rate
2013 7,468 7,068 400 5.4
2012 7,640 7,217 423 5.5
2011 8,064 7,535 529 6.6
2010 7,883 7,337 546 6.9
2009 8,057 7,499 558 6.9
2008 7,801 7,469 332 4.3
2007 7,576 7,293 287 3.7
Source: Texas LMI Tracer

 

Wage Data

Nolan County Wage Data
Year Industry Avg. Employment Avg. Weekly Wage
2013 All 6,041 $755.00
2012 All 6,038 $761.00
2011 All 6,186 $688.00
2010 All 6,035 $620.25
2009 All 6,156 $611.25
2008 All 6,402 $605.00
2007 All 6,027 $592.00
Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Major Employers

Major Employers
Organzation/Company # of Employers
Ludlum Measurements 425
SISD 390
Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital 251
Wal-Mart 250
USG 215
TSTC 137
City of Sweetwater 135
Crest Pumping Technologies 120
Buzzi Unicern, USA 105
Nolan County 100
MHMR 100
TA Travel Stop 97
National Gypsum 86
K-Mart 71
Georgia Pacific 70
Union Pacific Railway 70
E.On 60
Brookshire's Grocery 60
Crane Services Inc. 51
Rolling Plains Rural Health Clinic 50
Texas TST Inc. 50
Sweetwater Steel 45
Eagle Rail Car 44
Shale Tank Truck 40
Lone Star Trucking 40
First Financial Bank 38
Rolling Plains Cotton Compress 36
W.E.T.S. 35
T&R Oil Field 28
Texas National Bank 28
Roscoe State Bank 26
Mahaffey Construction 25
Oncor 21
B-Line Lube 20

 

Utilities

 

Water, Sewer, and Refuse - City of Sweetwater

Electricity – ONCOR

Gas – ATMOS
 
 
Telephone – AT&T

Water / Sewer / Refuse

Water, sewer, and refuse services provided by:

 

The City of Sweetwater

For more information regarding coverage areas and rates visit their website at www.cityofsweetwatertx.com or call 325-236-6315.

  • $6.31 per 1,000 gallons (within city limits)
  • $10.14 per 1,000 gallons (outside city limits)
  • Tap fee dependent upon line sizes.
  • Cost of installation for meter, water line, and sewer line dependant on size.
 
 
 
Bitter Creek Water Supply (Outside of Sweetwater):
 
Total Rates/Fees ($1,500.00) are as follows:
  • Membership $100.00
  • Reserve Account $650.00
  • Meter Installation & Account Set up $750.00
  • Minimum Monthly Charge $ 45.00
  • TCEQ regulatory .005% per water bill
  • $11.00 per 1,000 gallons
Cost of installation for meter and water line dependant on size
Septic system required.
For more information call 325-235-4919 or visit their office at 2803 E. Broadway, Sweetwater, TX.

 

Electric Power

Electric Power
Oncor Electric Delivery
Reliability: .999765
Total Capacity: 22,808,000 KW
Transmission Voltage: 69 KV
  138 KV
  345 KV
Service Voltage 120/208
  120/240
  240/480
  277/480
For new service visit: www.powertochoose.org or call 1-877-PWR-4-TEX

 

Natural Gas

Natural Gas
ATMOS
BTU content per cubic foot 1,040
Call (800) 460-3030 for more information

 

Telephone / Cable / Internet

Telephone / Cable / Internet
Telephone:
AT&T:
Call (800) 464-7928 for more information. 
 
Suddenlink:
Call (325) 236-6375 form more information. 
   
Cellular: Internet Service Providers:
Verizon                                      Suddenlink
AT&T AT&T
 

Dish Network (Satellite Internet)

  Balatize Broadband Services
   
Cable: Satellite Cable Providers:
Suddenlink DirecTV
  Dish Network

 

Transportation

Public Transporation
Greyhound Station - 201 Lamar, (325) 235-2742
City and Rural Rides (CARR) - (800) 710-CARR (2277)

 

Airports

Airports in Sweetwater
Avenger Field
Number of Runways 2
Runway Surface Paved

 

Highways

Sweetwater sits at the crossroads of Interstate Highway-20 and Highways 70 and 84. Highway 84 is a major divided, four-lane road connecting Sweetwater to Lubbock, approximately 120 miles northwest.

Railways

Sweetwater is served by two rail lines - the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and the Union Pacific.

Education/Workforce Training

College/University in Sweetwater:

Texas State Technical College - West Texas
Location: 300 Homer K Taylor Dr.
 

Colleges/universities within 50 miles of Sweetwater:

Abilene, TX approximately 45 miles:
Hardin-Simmons University
Abilene Christian University
McMurray University
Cisco Junior College
TSTC West Texas - Abilene Campus

Snyder, TX approximately 35 miles:
Western Texas College

 

Sweetwater Independant School District

207 Musgrove Street, Sweetwater, TX 79556
(325) 235-8601
Fax - (325) 235-5561
Mr. Terry Pittman, Superintendent
Mrs. Kathy Smartt, Asst. Superintendent

 

Total Enrollment 2,289

 

Sweetwater High School
Location: 1205 Ragland
Grades: 9-12

Primary/middle schools:

Sweetwater Middle School
Location: 305 Lamar
Grades: 6-8
 

Sweetwater Intermediate School
Location: 705 E Third
Grades: 4-5
 

East Ridge Elem. School
Location: 1700 E 12th St.
Grades: 2 - 3

Southeast Elem. School
Location: 1201 Mustang Dr.
Grades: K - 1

J.P. Cowen Elem. School
Location: 700 W. Fourth
Grades: EC - PK

 

Healthcare

Hospital/medical centers in Sweetwater:

Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital

The hospital offers the following services:

RPMH is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. RPMH also earned high schores from Healthgrades.com

Medical staff includes OB/GYN specialists, surgeons, a pediatrician, internists, and Family Medicine physicians.

200 E. Arizona St. / Call (325) 235-1701

 

Rolling Plains Rural Health Clinic

201 E Arizona Ave
Sweetwater, TX 79556

Phone: (325) 235-8641

Fax: (325) 235-3525 & (325) 235-4649

rprhc@rollingplainsrhc.com

Across the street from: Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital

See Location on Google Maps

 

 

Emergency Medical Service/Fire Department

Sweetwater is one of only 23% of Texas fire departments that are "Full Time" staffed/funded fire departments & EMS.  The other 77% are strictly volunteer.

Call (325) 235-4304 for more information. Or call the City of Sweetwater at (325) 236-6313.

 

Police

Sweetwater has a municipal police department, and Nolan County has a Sheriff's office. Sweetwater's department employs 26 officers. Contact the Sweetwater Police Department at (325) 236-6687 or the Nolan County Sherriff at (325) 235-5471 for more information.

 

 

 

 

Media

Media
AM radio stations in Sweetwater:
KXOX 1640
 
FM radio stations in Sweetwater:
KXOX-FM 96.7 
 
Newspaper in Sweetwater:
Sweetwater Reporter
 
TV broadcast stations around Sweetwater:
KTAB Abilene, TX
KRBC Abilene, TX
KTXS-TV Sweetwater, TX
FOX Abilene, TX
 
Library in Sweetwater: County-City Library

Location: 206 Elm St., Sweetwater, TX 79556

 
Suddenlink Advertising Channel:  325-236-6376

 

Climate

Climate
  Sweetwater, TX USA
Average Seasonal Temperature
Min/Max Degrees in FH
Min/Max Degrees in FH
Winter 30/60 19/46
Spring
46/81 38/67
Summer
65/97 57/87
Fall 46/78 40/69
Average Rainfall
23 inches 39 inches


Workforce

    Year
 
  Period
 
  Area
 
  Adjusted
 
  Labor Force
 
  Employment
 
  Unemployment
 
  Unemployment Rate
 
2014 Jan Nolan County Not Adj 7,281 6,943 338 4.6
2014 Feb Nolan County Not Adj 7,334 6,986 348 4.7
2014 Mar Nolan County Not Adj 7,469 7,139 330 4.4
2014 Apr Nolan County Not Adj 7,437 7,146 291 3.9
2014 May Nolan County Not Adj 7,479 7,164 315 4.2
2014 Jun Nolan County Not Adj 7,514 7,182 332 4.4
2014 Jul Nolan County Not Adj 7,725 7,384 341 4.4

Source:  Texas LMI Data Tracer  www.tracer2.com

 

By Commute

Commuting To Work
Workers 16 years and over 6,329
Percent drove alone 80.5
Percent in carpools 14.2
Percent using public transportation 0
Percent using other means 1.3
Percent walked or worked at home 2.3
Mean travel time to work (minutes) 16.4

 

 

By Occupation

Occupation
Employed persons 16 years and over 6,430
Executive, Professional Specialty, Administrative support occupations, including clerical and related support occupations 1,907
Technicians, Sales occupations, Administrative support occupations, including clerical and related support occupations 1,372
Service Occupations 1,212
Farming, forestry, and fishing occupations 97
Machine operators, assemblers, and inspectors 640
Transportation and material moving occupations 1,202

 

By Industry

Industry
Employed persons 16 years and over 6,430
Agriculture, forestry, and fisheries 386
Construction 442
Manufacturing 785
Transportation, Warehousing & Public Utilities 479
Wholesale trade 106
Retail trade 732
Finance, insurance, and real estate 289
Business and repair services 202
Personal services 197
Entertainment, Recreation Services and Food Service 426
Health Services, Education and Social Services 1,783
Other professional and related services 330
Public Administration 273

 

 

By Class of Worker

Class of Worker
Employed persons 16 years and over 6,430
Private wage and salary workers 4,403
Government workers 1,249
Self-employed workers 732
Unpaid family workers 46

 

 

Community Services

Utilities  - Water, Sewer, and Refuse - City of Sweetwater

               -  Electricity – ONCOR

               -  Gas – ATMOS
 
               -  Telephone – AT&T 
 
Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital - Full Service 
 
Sweetwater Independent School District
 
Roscoe Independant School District
 
Highland Independant School District 

Blackwell Independant School District
 
Texas State Technical College West Texas  - Custom Training Programs available
 
Sweetwater Fire Department & EMS – Full Service
 
 

 

Quality of Life

More than a great place for business, Sweetwater is a great place to live. Great weather and beautiful scenery help make Sweetwater a desirable locale for people of all ages.

Events occur every weekend at the Nolan County Coliseum from rodeos to rattlesnake roundups. You could visit the statue at Avenger field commemorating the ladies who flew during WWII, or take a walking tour of the places downtown listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You could spend a day at the Pioneer City-County Museum looking at over 800 arrowheads, dinosaur relics, antique automobiles and much more.

In a town complete with parks, golf courses and lakes, recreation is sweet indeed.

A great climate and mild weather allow residents to enjoy ample outdoor and other recreational activities. With an average of 327 days of sunshine per year, people living in Sweetwater enjoy their weekends. The sunsets aren't bad either!

Climate
Annual Average Temperature 66 degrees
Monthly Average High Temperature 97 degrees
Monthly Average Low Temperature 30 degrees
Annual Average Percipitation 24 inches
Annual Average Snowfall 2 inches
Elevation 2,164 feet
Average Summer Temperature 83.4F
Average Winter Temperature 44.4F
Average Fall Temperature 67.6F
Average Spring Temperature 66.5F
Average Rainfall 22.19 inches
Growing Season 221 days
Sunshine Days 327 days annually
 
Relative Humidity

January
6:00 a.m. - 73%
6:00 p.m. - 50%

July
6:00 a.m. - 71%
6:00 p.m. - 38%

 
Prevailing Wind SSW 12.1 mph
 
Freeze Dates

First Date: November 9

Last Date: April 2

Because it is a community of faith, you can find places of worship for several faiths:

When you aren’t celebrating your faith, you might see some of the local wildlife which include the white-tailed deer, mallard duck, raccoon and armadillo. Lake Sweetwater, Lake Trammell, and Oak Creek Lake, the three large area lakes are home to crappie, perch, catfish, Texas-sized bass, striper and redfish. Hunters find deer, turkey, quail, dove and other game in the surrounding areas.

Sweetwater is home to the KXOX radio station; and KRBC, KTXS, KTAB, and FOX television stations. You’ll find all the latest news in the Sweetwater Reporter, the local newspaper.

Sweetwater is also home to a multitude of organizations which spend a substantial amount of their time involved in community service. Contact the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce for more information at 325.235.5488 or chamber@sweetwatertexas.org.

Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce