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A+ Longview Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B+ Longview Cost of Living Cost of living is 3% lower than Texas
8812% less expensive than the US average
919% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Longview cost of living
F Longview Crime Total crime is 25% higher than Texas
Total crime
3,46834% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2934% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-15%Year over year crime is down
Longview crime
D Longview Employment Household income is 19% lower than Texas
Median household income
$44,30420% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$24,18319% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%12% lower than the US average
Longview employment
C Longview Housing Home value is 9% lower than Texas
Median home value
$129,90030% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$78917% lower than the US average
Home ownership
54%15% lower than the US average
Longview real estate or Longview rentals
A- Longview Schools HS graduation rate is 1% higher than Texas
High school grad. rates
78%6% lower than the US average
School test scores
70%42% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:112% lower than the US average
Longview K-12 schools or Longview colleges

Living in Longview, TX

Longview, Texas is a mid-sized city with a population of 82,184 people. According to the most recent Census, 71% of Longview residents are White, 22% Black and 1% Asian. If you are not a fan of long commutes, you will enjoy living in Longview. With average one way commute time of only 19 minutes, getting to and from work is a breeze compared to the national average of 26 minutes.

Living in Longview can be a fulfilling experience for anyone relocating to the city. Having said that, in the state of Texas, there are many incredible places to live, so choose wisely! The best areas in Longview and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, crime, cost of living, employment, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Texas and national averages.

With a livability score of 78/100, Longview is ranked #2,573 in the United States and #507 in Texas. Compared to the US average, Longview ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! Longview also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities, which is no small feat! There are seven total categories that create the livability score. Longview ranks well for amenities (A+), cost of living (B+), weather (B) and education (A-). Longview does not fare well for the following: crime (F) and employment (D). It might be a smart idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Longview has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive.

School test scores can be an important metric in deciding if the local area schools can provide a solid educational system for children. The schools in Longview have a test score average of 70%, which is well above the US average.

Longview real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Longview. The median home price for Longview homes is $129,900, which is 9% lower than the Texas average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Longview, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.9, which is 11.5% higher than the Texas average.

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Migrating to East Texas

Full disclosure here, I'm a Realtor. So, yeah I'm probably a little biased :)I'll tell you what I see as far as the market is concerned in Longview and East Texas. I have many clients moving to Longview from all over the US. I have two active clients right now from Chicago, one from Corpus Christi, one from Austin and another from Dallas. I moved here from Austin and have family in Longview that came from Fort Worth. Clearly we have a migration.Most of my clients moving here from other locations are business owners and retirees. They've sold a home is another area, mostly in strong seller's markets like Austin. These folks are getting top dollar for their homes in other areas and buying in Longview for value. Real Estate prices in East Texas haven't caught up with other areas in Texas. This is one reason why my parents moved here and many other families. Another reason for our new residents making to move is healthcare. Longview is a small city with two large hospitals and dozens of clinics/specialists. Making our city a comforting place for those who older and need access to medical professionals. Nightlife? Compared to larger cities, as you would expect, there's not much to speak of. Which in turn makes the community and family life here a little cleaner. We have a better daylife scene than nightlife. This area of Texas is meant for enjoying outdoor activities. It's beautiful here. The pine trees are incredible. We have multiple hiking trails and a few incredible mountain bike trails. If you're a golfer or love fishing, Longview has you covered! Get your boat out on the Lake O'Pines, Caddo Lake, Martin Creek Lake, Lake Fork and many others in East Texas. Jacob
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Longview, TX - Loads of History

Having three kids is rewarding yet exhausting. You would think that once I have time to get away, I would appreciate it. Well, in my cases, the only time I'm away from my family is when I go to visit my mother in Longview, Texas. Longview is an interesting place. It's interesting in the sense that it's the epitome of old school Texas. There's a lot of history in Longview, which includes Longview Heritage Walls, a post office that was built during the New Deal, and many other structures dating back over 100 years. Walking down the street in Downtown Longview feels as though the advancements in technology have ceased and you're in a completely different time and place. If you enjoy tradition and history, Longview is the perfect place to be.

I visit my mother in Longview several times per year. It's always during one of the annual events. These events include the East Texas Boat, RV, and Camping Expo, the Memorial Day Motorcycle Rally, AlleyFest, the Turnip Green Festival, and the Great Texas Balloon Race. I used to bring my kids to AlleyFest, but now they're ‘too cool' for it. My favorite event has always been the Great Texas Balloon Race. The best hot air balloon pilots in the world come to Longview for this race. It's taken very seriously, and it's an incredible sight.

If you plan on coming to the city of Longview for a vacation, there are a few things to keep in mind. One, you better like barbeque. Two, the events are the attractions. Three, it's all about tradition.
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Source: The Longview, TX data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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