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City Demographics

Andrews, Texas is located in West Texas, on the border with New Mexico, approximately 110 miles southwest of Lubbock and 35 miles north of the Midland-Odessa area. Andrews County was settled in 1876 and has a population of 14,786. The only incorporated city in the county, Andrews has a population of 11,088. (cen. 2010).

 

The median age in Andrews County is 35 years. Pre-school children account for 7.4% of the population. Those under the age of 18 comprise approximately 31.5% and persons over the age of 65 total about 12.5%. The 2000 US Census estimates the median household income to be $34,633, compared to the statewide average of $34,478. The population demographic breakdown for Andrews is as follows:                      

Hispanic or Latino Origin

50.2%

White (non-Hispanic)

46.0%

Black or African American

  1.7%

American Indian or Native

    .6%

Asian

    .6%

Other

    .9%

Andrews is considered a rural community with a petroleum and agricultural-based economy. It lies in the heart of West Texas cattle and ranching country. Agriculture, primarily livestock production, was the first industry that helped bring pioneers to the area. However, oil and gas exploration/production is the region’s mainstay. The oil and gas industry continues to be a major source of private sector employment. Andrews County is the second largest oil-producing county in Texas and the Permian Basin, a region that supplies 25% of the nation’s oil and gas production.

 

The Permian Basin region of West Texas is a semi-desert region with hot summers and mild winters.  In the Spring, winds can be extreme. Annual rainfall averages 10-14 inches.

 

Andrews’s schools are recognized for their academic and athletic excellence. Over 75% of all high school students participate in some type of extracurricular activity. The Andrews ISD is a 3A school district, which has won the district UIL title 38 of the past 41 years. Athletics programs have claimed numerous state titles including baseball and boys and girls golf. The community recently approved a $30.2 million bond issue to enhance all campuses, including the construction of a state-of-the-art Performance Center. There are three elementary schools grades (K-5), one middle school (6-8 grades) and one high school (9-12 grades).

 

Andrews has approximately 40 churches ranging from independent congregations to established denominations. The three largest denominations are Baptist (11), Church of Christ (4) and Methodist (2). Of the eleven Baptist churches, five are Southern Baptist.