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Tahoka, Texas
—  City  —
Location of Tahoka, Texas
Coordinates: 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]

Tahoka is a city in and the county seat of Lynn County, Texas, United States.[3] The population was 2,910 at the 2000 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 0.42% is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,910 people, 1,063 households, and 783 families residing 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/sq mi (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. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 44.78% of the population.

There were 1,063 households out of which 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 non-families. 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 spread out with 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 the median income 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 KBXJ (FM) 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 fron Lynn county.


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

Notable residents

Mildred W. Abbe (1914-2008) was named "Woman of the Year" in 1987 by the Tahoka Chamber of Commerce. She was a former Texas Senior Poet Laureate and was active with the Lynn County Museum and the Baptist church. A native of Chicago, Mrs. Abbe and her late husband, Robert E. Abbe, Sr. (1915-1977) came to Lubbock and then Tahoka through his employment with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 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 two daughters, Barbara Abbe and Reda Abbe. A second son was Robert E. "Buster" Abbe, Jr. (1943-2002).[5]

Daron Norwood, a country music singer best known for his radio hits "Cowboys Don't Cry" and "If I Didn't Have You," was reared in Tahoka.[6]


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