What To Do
Longview is nestled in the piney woods of East Texas with great access to lakes, amenities, and affordability. Foodies will enjoy the BBQ scene and unique eateries around town. Families and outdoor enthusiasts can keep busy on the 10 miles of connected trails for pedestrians and cyclists. There are plentiful water activities and relaxation on surrounding lakes, plus a variety of parks and recreational activities from KidsVIEW, splash pads, disc-golf, and more. You will want to bring your walking shoes so you can enjoy the newly opened 26 acre Arboretum and Nature Center where nature, beauty and soul come together for the perfect gathering place.
While Longview is famous for our natural beauty and outdoor recreation, we also can boast of our flavorful culture and rich heritage! The museum district is something you will want to experience with the Longview Museum of Fine Arts, The Gregg County Historical Museum and the World of Wonders (WOW) Children’s Museum. Another favorite activity is attending one of the many fun and exciting festivals including the Great Texas Balloon Race, 4th of July Celebration, Downtown Live fall / spring concert series, and many other special events through the year.
Performing arts has an abundance of offerings beginning with ArtsView Children’s Theatre who offers much more than learning how to sing, act, or dance. Children of all ages, as well as adults, are introduced to essential knowledge and life skills every time they visit. Theatre Longview continues the experience of acting, directing, running sound or lights to carpentry and stage management in order to engage, inspires, the next generation of theater artists. Arts enthusiasts will also to enjoy the Longview Symphony and Longview Ballet performances. And of course, you will want to keep your eye on what is happening at the box office of the LeTourneau University Belcher Center. Each season offers a plethora of performances ranging from Blues to Soul to Rock and Roll.
Come and enjoy Longview … you will have the opportunity to embrace your life’s adventure by enjoying authentic experiences which is sure to deliver an enjoyable time in Real East Texas!
Weather & Climate
One might say Longview provides a wonderful climate with 211 sunny days per year on average-perfect for outdoor living! July and August are the least comfortable months with April, May, and October being the most pleasant months.
List of Schools & Universities
KC – Longview – (903) 753-2642
LeTourneau University – (903) 233-3000
UT Tyler – Longview University Center – (903) 663-8100
Texas Baptist College – 1 -800- 292-1062
Vista College – (903) 704-0544
Area Colleges and Universities:
East Texas Baptist University – (903) 923-2068
Kilgore College – (903) 983-8101
Jarvis College – (903)730-4890
Stephen F. Austin State University – (936) 468-2201
Texas State Technical College – (903) 923-3305
UT Tyler – (903) 566-7000
UT Health Center – (903) 877-3451
Oak Forest Montessori School – (903) 297-0634
St. Mary’s Catholic School – (903) 757-5855
The Crisman School – (903) 758-9741
Trinity School of Texas – (903) 753-0612
Christian Heritage School – (903) 663-4151
Schools & Universities
Longview offers a full-spectrum of education options from early-childhood to adult. Quality education is an important aspect of the Longview community on every learning level. Whether preschool, public or private curricula, vocational training or attaining a PhD, Longview’s education sector is strong and flexible to provide education opportunities and to meet the needs of the diverse employment base.
True transformation in our education system begins with understanding, and understanding comes from knowing the needs of our student population. The Longview Chamber has created an initiative, Every Child Has Access, to bring those partnerships together in order to meet those individually identified needs. Click the buttons below to view:
Longview Regional Medical Center was awarded the “America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Vascular Surgery Award™” (2020, 2019, 2018).
CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System is proud to announce that it is among the first health care organizations in the country to earn ClearHealth Quality Institute™ (CHQI) accreditation for telemedicine. CHQI is an independent health care accrediting body that offers the only telemedicine or telehealth accreditation program backed by the American Telemedicine Association (ATA).
Longview’s medical corridor is a major part of the local economy and is often a reason people choose to relocate to the city. If you work in the healthcare field, need a specific type of treatment or are simply assured by the thought of having state of the art facilities and personnel at your service, you appreciate this aspect of Longview. The city’s medical facilities provide some of the most advanced healthcare services in East of I-35. Two fully equipped and modern hospitals, CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center and Longview Regional Medical Center, offer care from a staff of doctors and healthcare specialist who have received national attention for their medical achievements. There are also dozens of medical clinics with a variety of specialties. Hundreds of physicians offer quality care in every major medical specialty. A complete range of medical services, surgical services, and emergency care are available in the heart of the city.
Rated #141 Best Small Places for Business and Careers 2019
Rated #175 Best-Performing Small Cities 2018
The unemployment rate hovered around 4.1% in 2019 according the Texas Department of Labor which is slightly lower than the US average of 4.7%. Job growth economists estimate about 9,600 will be added in the Longview area from 2018 to 2023.
Staffing and Employment Agencies
Work in Texas – https://www.workintexas.com/vosnet/Default.aspx
Economy & Job Market
Longview offers a broad employer base reflecting the economic diversity of the region. Although forged from a rich history in the oil and gas industry, Longview has a strong health care industry as well as manufacturing and technology base. Companies like Eastman Chemical, Flint Hills Resources, Westlake Chemical, SYSCO, Tractor Supply Distribution Center, and more have chosen Longview as home, followed by CHRISTUS-Good Shepherd Medical System and Longview Regional Medical Center. The continued development of industrial complexes coupled with the regional airport contributes to the area economy.
Area employers offer competitive wages. Many of our companies have been in the area for decades. New companies, like Dollar General Distribution Center, make the determined decision to house their facilities to East Texas because of the natural beauty and quality of life. The best part is, living and working in Longview guarantees a short commute.
View bus routes in Longview at http://www.longviewtransit.com/fixed-routes-(maps).html
Traffic & Transportation
Traffic is not an issue for Longview. The one-way commute averages 18.6 minutes, which is lower than the U.S. average of 26.4 minutes. The majority of commuters – 84.1% – drive their own cars to work, while 9.7% carpool, 2.7% work from home, and .2% take public transit.
I-20 runs on southeast boundary of the community. Highways 31, 59, 80, 259 and 300 keeps traffic moving through and around Longview. Loop 281 serves the bypass around Longview and connects to all major arteries.
An additional amenity is the City of Longview’s Fixed Route Bus System. To print downloadable maps visit Longview Transit.
Downtown is walkable and as the City continues with infrastructure improvements becoming a pedestrian friendly community is a priority.
For information on wages in the Longview area, Northeast Texas, or the Longview metropolitan statistical area (MSA), visit the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Bureau’s Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program produces employment and wage estimates for over 800 occupations. These are estimates of the number of people employed in certain occupations, and estimates of the wages paid to them. Self-employed persons are not included in the estimates. These estimates are available for the nation as a whole, for individual States, and for metropolitan areas; national occupational estimates for specific industries are also available.