LONGVIEW, TEXAS was founded in the early 1870's when Southern Pacific Railroad extended its track from Marshall westward into Gregg County. The railroad laid out a new town and called the new settlement Longview, reportedly because of the impressive view. The population of Longview, Texas grew to 5,036 in the 1930's, and more than doubled to 13,758 by 1940. Longview's growth has continued throughout the years and has a population of 80,931 as of 2014.
Longview, Texas is also the Birthplace of actor Forest Whitaker
Longview is the county seat of Gregg County and is located on the U.S. Interstate 20 and U.S. Highway 80 corridor that stretches from Dallas/Fort Worth through Shreveport/Bossier City, La., Dallas lies 125 miles west of Longview, and Shreveport is 60 miles east. Longview is proud to be the hub of East Texas outdoor recreation and leisure travel, and is famous for its fabulous festivals, fine dining and historic downtown. Longview’s festivals start in June. The city hosts major events including The Multicultural Festival, the Great Texas Balloon Race and the East Texas Boat, RV and Camping Expo which attract people from across the country. The events boast a plethora of live entertainment, exhibitors, and cuisine that reflect the many ethnicities and cultures that make up Longview. The Great Texas Balloon Race is a competitive event attracting world class hot air balloon pilots from around the world who compete for points toward national and international titles. There are 25 lakes, within 75 miles of Longview, providing many outdoor activities.
The unemployment rate in Longview is 4.40 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is positive. Longview jobs have Increased by 1.68 percent. Compared to the rest of the country, Longview's cost of living is 15.10% Lower than the U.S. average. The city features three school districts: Longview ISD , Pine Tree ISD and Springhill ISD along with several private schools.
Longview is also home to special events like The Great Texas Balloon Race
It's a good time to buy and sell real estate in Longview. Home appreciation is up 1.6% in the last 12 months. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 10.12 percent. In 2005 Longview was ranked #143 in cities to live in the USA.
Longview, Texas is a great place to call home.
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