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    (1890- )
    Seat of Lubbock County
    11th largest city in Texas
    Population (city): 258,862 (2019 estimate)
    Population (metro area): 314,840 (2019 estimate)
    Home of Texas Tech University
    Birthplace of Buddy Holly
    A tornado killed 26 people and caused $125 million in property damage (May 11, 1970)
    The Weather Channel named it 'America's Toughest Weather City' based on its blazing summer temperatures, high winds, and dust storms.
    The city dropped Buddy Holly's name from the Buddy Holly West Texas Walk of Fame and the annual Buddy Holly Music Festival after the singer's widow demanded more money for the use of his name.
    The Dixie Chicks dissed it in 'Lubbock or Leave It.'
    It is nicknamed 'Hub City' for being the economic center of Texas' South Plains region (the area south of the Panhandle).
    CNNMoney named it the 12th best place to start a small business.
    It hosts the largest free festival in Texas every July 4.
    Its Buddy Holly Center offers free admission every February 3 -- the 'Day the Music Died.'

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